Song: If I Only Knew
Cover Artist: Tom Jones
Album (Year): The Lead And How To Swing It (1994)
Original Artist: Rise Robots Rise
Rise Robots Rise was a little known experimental hip-hop group from the early 90′s that I discovered on a record store promo compilation that included this song. It was catchy as all hell and I immediatly picked up the full album which did not dissapoint. They never got any radio play near me, and as far as I was concerned noone had ever heard of them but me. They were my own little secret.
Then in 1994 pop/soul/lounge singer Tom Jones covered the song on his album ‘The Lead and How To Swing It.’ The song started getting mad radio airplay and I found myself constantly pointing out to people that the song was actually a cover, and that while Tom Jones did a great job on it, the original was excellent as well. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you like better.
Tom Jones – If I Only Knew
Rise Robots Rise – If I Only Knew