Label: Spirit Feel Records - SF 1001 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Blues • Style: Gospel
The song frames a heartbreaking exchange between a father not understanding a son's desire to break away and shape a new life, and the son who cannot really explain himself but knows that it is time for him to seek his own destiny. Stevens sings in a deeper register for the father's lines, while using a higher one for those of the son. Additionally, there are backing vocals provided by Stevens' guitarist and friend Alun Davies beginning mid-song, singing an unusual chorus of simple refrains.
Cat Stevens originally wrote "Father and Son" as part of a proposed musical project starring Nigel Hawthornecalled Revolussiathat was set during the Russian Revolutionand could also have become a film; the song was about a boy who wanted to join the revolution against the wishes of his conservative farmer father. The musical project faded away when Stevens contracted tuberculosis in Interviewed soon after the release of "Father and Son", Stevens was asked if the song was autobiographical. Responding to the interviewer from Dische said, "I've never really understood my father, but he always let me do whatever I wanted—he let me go.
Speaking to Rolling StoneStevens has said he is aware that "Father And Son" and several other songs mean a great deal to a large number of fans. I was listening to that song recently and I heard one line and realized that that was my father's father's father's father's father's father's father's father speaking.
The performance was presented in a video with two close camera shots of his wife and daughter, holding his infant grandchild. A version of the song was released in sung by Sandie Shaw. It became her twenty-ninth and final single on the Pye Records label, which had given her a highly successful string of hits in the s, making her the most successful British female singer of that Twist And Shout - The Beatles - Beatles Greatest. On the album Junkie and the Juicehead Minus MeJohnny Cash released a slightly changed version of the song with his stepdaughter, Rosie Nix Adamswith the title "Father and Daughter", with new lyrics.
Also inpunk band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes I Want To Rest - Various - Father And Sons their version on a 7" single entitled Stevens. Indonesian Heavy Metal band Power Slaves covered the song for their self-titled album in A version by Leigh Nash was released in on the Everwood original soundtrack album. Great Rock Classics of our Time. InThe Enemy covered the song for the album Radio 1 Established An Elizabeth Gillies version of the song was released in In an interview with The Guardianfrontman Wayne Coyne stated:.
I want to go on record for the first time and say that I really apologise for the whole thing. I really love Cat Stevens. I truly respect him as a great singer-songwriter.
And now he wants his money. There was a time during the recording when we said, this has a similarity to "Father And Son".
Then we purposefully changed those bits. But I do regret not contacting his record company and asking their opinion. Maybe we could have gone As I Want To Rest - Various - Father And Sons is, Cat Stevens is now getting 75 percent of royalties from "Fight Test", We could easily have changed the melody but we didn't. I am really sorry that Cat Stevens thinks I'm purposefully plagiarising his work.
I am ashamed. There is obviously a fine line between being inspired and stealing. But if anyone wanted to borrow part of a Flaming Lips song, I don't think I'd bother pursuing it.
I've got better things to do. Anyway, Cat Stevens is never going to make much money out of us. The cover was the sixth biggest selling boy band single of the s in the UK, [ citation needed ] sellingcopies receiving a Platinum sales status certification. The song features guest vocals from Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens.
Keating donated the profits from the single to the Band Aid Trust. Incidentally, "Father and Son" was the song that Keating sang when he first auditioned for Boyzone. In the producers of the film Moulin Rouge wanted to use "Father and Son" underneath the opening scene, but Stevens, having converted to Islamrefused on religious grounds given the somewhat racy nature of the film.
Stevens' original recording is featured in the final scene of the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The song is also featured in the film The Boat that Rocked. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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