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Please Don’t Go – KWS

There are good cover versions of songs. And there are bad ones.

I can’t decide if “Please Don’t Go” by KWS is the best cover version ever because it is so true to the melody and vocal stylings of the original by K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

Or it’s possibly the worst ever because it so slavisly apes the original. In other words, it brings very little new or interesting to the equation.

What do you think? A number one song warmed over by a third-rate cover version or sheer brilliance?

KWS is a British band who formed in 1992 and is still active in 2011. Three writers/producers/singers comprised the original group: Chris King, Winston Williams and Delroy St. Joseph. They were much bigger in the U.K. than the United States where they are generally forgotten. In fact, KWS charted four songs in the British Top 40.

In the United States, however, KWS’s only song to even come close to denting the charts was “Please Don’t Go” when it hit #6 on the Billboard Top 40. That transformed KWS into one-hit wonders (at least in America).

Listen to Please Don’t Go by KWS

Listen to Please Don’t Go by K.C. and the Sunshine Band

And that’s about it for the band. Though they still perform, their songs don’t play on the radio today.

As for my final assessment of “Please Don’t Go.” I’m placing it on my growing list of the worst one-hit wonders ever. Why? Because the song does absolutely nothing for three minutes and 37 seconds. Listen to it now.

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Then compare it to the original by K.C. and the Sunshine Band, their last #1 hit. I think you’ll agree the original slays the cover and the original ain’t that great of a song either (give me “I’m Your Boogie Man” or “That’s the Way I Like It” or “Keep It Comin’ Love” or the Sunshine Band’s greatest hit, “Get Down Tonight” any day of the week).

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2 Responses to "Please Don’t Go – KWS"

  1. Tom says:

    I disagree. I think that the KWS cover does a lot to the vibe and energy of the track. I would much rather listen to the KWS version.

  2. nick says:

    the singer from kws does a fair bit of contributing to other songs such as sweet butterfly on the chillout sessions album from ministry of sound. other than that, thats all i can find out about him and the band.

    as much as i like kc and the sunshine band, i do like kws’s version as it was the only song ive heard back in the 90s and only recently found out it was done as a remix and was an actual original version by kc. far out 🙂 and i figure that being that in the 90s there was an overabundance of dance hits in the style of eurodance as theyre called – music mixed from other producers from europe – it definitely was a part of the craze that people were drawn to after the 80s went and gone. kws’s song was the one song that really got me into electronic dance/techno/house whatever music and it still is an awesome track.

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