Friday, 26 September 2014

Jetta - I'd Love To Change The World

Is Jetta about to ditch her flourishing pop career for one in politics? Unlikley, but the title alone of her new song, a cover of I’d Love To Change The World by late 60’s / early 70’s blues rock band Ten Years After would suggest so. Of course even the likes of Billy Bragg or Frank Turner would admit that a pop song can’t change the world on its own, but in a small way it can make someone think and if someone is prepared to think they may change their perspective on things.

However on closer listening, despite the lyrics of the song being somewhat dated  (“everywhere, freaks and hairies, dykes and fairies”) Jetta’s transformation of the tune, with its impressively moody cinematic underscore, finds some relevance to today with Jetta singing for the disconnected youth of now. There’s still a massive gap between the people in government and those they represent. “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do, so I’ll leave it up to you,” Jetta sings, bringing home that feeling of detachment. 

This song has already been featured on the trailer for the forthcoming film Nightcrawler featuring Jake Gyllenhall. For many this will be a new song. Want to hear the (quite radically different) original? Click here.

Jetta - I'd Love To Change The World

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