Britney Spears has lent her vocals to Girgio Moroder’s classic song “Tom’s Diner.” The pop princess performed a cover of the song for the music producer’s upcoming album, Dèjá Vu. Britney fans have been in a meltdown since its release on Friday, April 24. The singer covered Suzanne Vega’s classic hit “Tom’s Diner,” which ruled the airwaves in the late 1980s and early ’90s. It looks like Britney’s collaboration with Girgio may rule the summer airwaves as well.
“Tom’s Diner” is the first single from Moroder’s album, which is his first in over 30 years, according to the Huffington Post. It was revealed in RollingStone magazine that Spears spoke with the disco king about covering the song on his album.
“Britney came to my management company with the idea to do a particular song with me, which was interesting because usually it’s the other way, with the producer offering a song.”
Spears’ lent her vocals, which were auto-tuned to hell and back, but it somehow works with the song. It gives this moody song a Daft Punk feel. Spears’ cover of “Tom’s Diner” has been getting rave reviews and has been trending on Twitter most of Friday afternoon.
The media has nothing but nice things to say about Britney’s new song. The writers at Hollywood Life have been grooving along to it.
“Hands down, Britney sounds amazing. Between the uptempo beat and her unique voice, this song is everything. We are getting a futuristic robotic feel and we love it!”
Contributor Nolan Feely of TIME magazine explained why the auto tune was needed for this cover of “Tom’s Diner.”
“Spears’ contributions sound downright robotic thanks to copious auto-tune, but before you wonder why any singer would need digital processing to sing the track’s simple and iconic doo-doo-doo hook, consider this: all that studio magic does, in a way, amplify the themes of voyeurism and alienation that reportedly inspired Vega’s original track.”
Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone magazine seems to agrees.
“The reenergized cover of the Eighties classic makes the song even more sonically dynamic, with Spears evoking Vega’s subdued, almost deadpan, delivery.”
Contributor Ashley Hoffman of Stylelite thinks that the sad lyrics perfectly pairs with Britney’s iconic voice in “Tom’s Diner.” She wrote that it’s “it’s sad, but the song is still throaty, clubby, and Britney.”
Britney Spears’ fans had a meltdown over the new song on Twitter. Thousands of them took to the social networking site to exclaim their excitement. The Britney army also caused “Tom’s Diner” to become of the top trending topics in the U.S. and worldwide. Some fans even compared Britney’s version to Suzanne Vega’s classic hit and Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries,” which also features parts of “Tom’s Diner.”
Most unexpected 2015 music news: “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega is made relevant again by Fall Out Boy, Giorgio Moroder, and Britney Spears
— Ian Ostaszewski (@ianostaszewski) April 24, 2015
Britney Spears’ covering Suzanne Vega is some kind of weird dream, right? Like, not exactly a nightmare, but not exactly something normal…
— Kenn Haspel (@Kenn_Haspel) April 24, 2015
Tom’s Diner RT Britney Spears Fav Suzanne Vega pic.twitter.com/znpehHMLFk
— BOBO (@BSpearsRemixed) April 24, 2015
— Gustavo Santoni (@guuh_s) April 24, 2015
— Aura Conte (@auraconte) April 24, 2015
Fall Out Boy already ruined Tom’s Diner, why not let Britney Spears ruin it too.
— Sterling (@TeamSterlo) April 24, 2015
Just say no to new version of Tom’s Diner #SorrySuzanne
— marqmanner (@marqmanner) April 24, 2015
The song was originally written in 1981 by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. It was later remixed in 1990 by British producers, Soul II Soul, which included the song’s outro “Doo doo doo doo, doo da-doo doo” — into the song’s hook. “Tom’s Diner” has spawned several pop, hip-hop, and rock remixes over the years.
Check out Britney Spears’ cover of “Tom’s Diner” below, along with Suzanne Vega’s original version and Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries.” Which version do you prefer?
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