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.
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).
Buy Please Don’t Go by KWS
Filed under: 1990s, Pop · Tags: 1992, bad cover version, British, British band, British one-hit wonder, cover song, cover version, KC and the Sunshine Band, KWS, Please Don't Go, worst one hit wonders