The Daydream Club Put A New ‘Dark Spin’ On A Joe Cocker Classic

Following the positive response and success of their cover of This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies. The Daydream Club have repeated the trick breathing new life into the Ray Charles, Joe Cocker classic Unchain My Heart.

Unchain My Heart

Unchain My Heart was written by Bobby Sharp and first recorded in 1961 by Ray Charles. Accompanied by his backup singers the Raelettes the song broke the top ten, reaching number nine on the pop singles chart and number one on the R&B singles chart. The song tells the story of wanting to be free from a woman who wouldn’t let him go.

The song was re-recorded by Trini Lopes in 1963 and then further popularised by ‘gravely voiced blues legend’ Joe Cocker when he named his 1987 album after the song. His version was re-released in 1992 reaching number 17 in the UK.

Now in 2022, The Daydream Club remind us of this classic song with their own unique take. Adam and Paula from the band explain:

“Whenever we do a cover we always set out to make it sound different to any other version that already exists. We noticed that most versions of Unchain My Heart are upbeat and bouncy so we went dark and edgy to emphasise the lyrics.”

Their version pulls you close with intimate vocals and layered harmonies which grow to form their own choir. Backed by Jungle-Book esque drums The Daydream Club’s decision to use both male and female vocals adds a new balance to the song’s one-sided narrative. Their arrangement also adds a deliciously ‘dark-noir twang’.

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Words Mark Knight