Well, just as Taylor Hicks' unexpected season 5 cover of Ray Lamontagne's "Trouble" boosted that obscure troubadour's profile, or how in season 7 Jason Castro's "Hallelujah" spiked downloads for that Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley song and David Cook's "Billie Jean" generated attention for Chris Cornell's hard-rock Michael Jackson remake...Adam's chillbump-raising performance of the Tears For Fears goth-pop classic "Mad World" this week has renewed interest not only in the '80s original, but in the 2001 cover version by L.A. singer-songwriter Gary Jules.
But of course, as much as I adore Gary's interpretation AND Adam's--the latter of which last night was sort of a clever combo of the doomy TFF original and Gary's acoustic piano cover--there's still nothing like the vintage Tears For Fears recording, along with its oh-so-'80s accompanying video.
Perhaps the only thing that could've made Adam's performance last night any radder would have been if he'd busted out some new-wave dance moves like Roland Orzabal's below!:
- Adam Lambert
- Simon Cowell
- Ray Lamontagne
- Taylor Hicks