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Was subjected to the awful, awful cover of Jim Croce's "Operator" while shopping just now. It's not like I'm a massive fan of the original song, but it has a certain soulful plaintiveness to it which I can respect, and I like Croce generally. The cover sounds like it's sung by a bad lounge singer on Valium. Seriously, it's like being in a dive bar which is just pretentious enough and hates its customers enough to hire some off-duty office worker with his own guitar. After a stressful day of telling customers where the 'any' key is, he pops a few pills and slurs his way down to 'The Lounge.' "But that's not the way it feels"... I'm surprised you feel anything with that much diazepam in you. Apparently the cover is by someone named Jesse Malin, who normally is a punk rocker... I have to imagine he's appalled that this, out of all his material, is what gets airplay.

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