Listen Bastille’s Dan Smith Cover “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
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An Early Holiday Gift
Dan Smith from the indie band Bastille added a little more majesty in the power ballad “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon. It was used for the annual holiday ad of British company John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners. It usually features a small short heartwarming film. People annually wait for this special ad to come out.
For this year, the story was called “Exciteable Edgar”. It follows the story of a miniature dragon that accidentally ruins their village’s tradition and melting snowmen because of his fire breathing. But he was able to redeem himself to the village when his friend thought of the solution for him to light the pudding for their communal feast.
“I’m heartened that the singer John Lewis chose to perform our song is in a band whose music I like,” he said. “That makes it all the sweeter. I’m an okay singer, I can sing the songs I wrote, but some people have a rare gift in their throat. Hearing your song sung by them is wonderful, and that’s how I feel about Dan’s version of ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling.’” – REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin
He did have some constructive opinions though.
“In the recording used in the advertisement, the Bastille frontman appears to belt, “I don’t fight this feeling any longer” instead of the actual opening line,”I can’t fight this feeling any longer.” “When I first heard that I was like, ‘Wait a minute, what? That’s not even grammatically correct, and it’s the title of the song. How did he get that wrong?’”
But this flaw was eventually fixed in the single version of the song.
The ad was released during REO Speedwagon’s North American tour.
Watch the video below.