Here in the US, Take That has never been a big deal. The British boy band had a hit here, ‘Back For Good’ in 1995, and they became water for the charming story of hoodlum Robbie Williams when the former Take That member briefly stabbed at American stardom in the late 90s. In the UK, however, Take That was a phenomenon – a chart-topping leviathan throughout the 90s that later propelled Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow to solo stardom. So when the 1975 Take That cover in the BBC Live Lounge, that means something.
The 1975 are a few days away from the release of their new album Being funny in a foreign language. Naturally, they recently stopped by the Live Lounge, where they performed a live studio version of their recent single “I’m In Love With You.” In keeping with Live Lounge traditions, 1975 also released a cover song. They covered “A Million Love Songs”, one of Take That’s first big hits.
Take That frontman Gary Barlow wrote “A Million Love Songs”, and the boy band included the ballad on their 1992 debut Take this and party. The single was a No. 7 hit in the UK. It’s a heartfelt, star-studded slow dance number with at least a bit of “Careless Whisper” in its DNA. (There is a plot smooth-jazz sax on this record.) In the Live Lounge, 1975 did a stripped-down, heartfelt version of the song, with nothing but piano and Matty Healy’s vocals. Below, watch the 1975 Live Lounge versions of “A Million Love Songs” and “I’m In Love With You,” and watch the original Take That video.
Being funny in a foreign language was released 10/14 on Dirty Hit/Interscope.