Mark Ronson Covers Richard & Linda Thompson‘s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” featuring Raissa
- British-American DJ Mark Ronson teamed up with London-based singer-songwriter Raissa to cover “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”.
The original song was released by Richard & Linda Thompson in 1974 from their second album of the same title.
The track has been covered by, among others, Arlo Guthrie, Bellowhead, Dori Freeman, Julie Covington, Lucy Kaplansky, Matt Pond PA, Ocean Colour Scene, Sleater-Kinney and Weddings Parties Anything.
“I bet everyone here has a song (or two, or fifteen) that they’ve been rinsing during this period,” Mark Ronson said on Twitter. “In the first few weeks, one song I couldn’t stop listening to was ‘I want to see the bright lights tonight’ by Richard and Linda Thompson. for me, it’s the ultimate song about a messy weekend night out. All the weird but wonderful human interactions that go down. Not knowing what might happen once you head out that front door. Maybe a little hookup, a good time, even a hint of danger. But whatever it is, you know you’re going to forget about the boredom and stresses of everyday life for a few hours.”
He continued, “I imagine the reason I’ve been so drawn to this song is because I miss that all very much, I bet a lot of us do..”
The accompanying music video is made up of fan footage sent to him, featuring their respective towns and cities at night.
He said, “It was beyond anything we could have hoped for. So much emotional depth, humanity, humour, love and universality…I really wish we could have used all your clips, but alas the song is only 2:30.”
- source : ABC