The Spinners

♪ My Life Would Suck Without You (David Choi, 2009) ♪

In Cover, Oggs Cruz, Pop on April 19, 2010 at 7:30 am

It is a given fact that the Internet has made stars out of nobodies. From singers to porn stars, the Internet has made it easier for anyone with a little bit of talent and buckets of guts to reach an audience that was virtually impossible for anyone without a hired PR before. David Choi, Korean-American once-nobody who can decently play the guitar and is gifted with a pleasant singing voice, is one of those up-and-coming Internet stars. Choi’s weapon of choice is to convert songs, mostly those that were popularized by female pop artists and would seem inconceivable if sung by a guy, into acoustic pieces. On his website, you can download for free some of his original compositions and his acoustic covers of hits ranging from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”.

Perhaps my favorite of his acoustic covers is Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You”, a conventionally pleasant ditty that is sufficiently belted out by the first American Idol with just enough angst to make me forget the porno-tastic undertones of its title. Sung by Choi without the expensive frills of a commercial recording, the song surprisingly aches with newfound tenderness. Choi strips the song with its deliciously catchy rhythm and noisy anger, allowing the admittedly blunt and obvious lyrics to bleed with earnestness sincerity that is quite lovely. In all seriousness, when Choi sings with a delightfully deliberate phrasing of words—Baby I was stupid for telling you goodbye / Maybe I was wrong for tryin’ to pick a fight / I know that I’ve got issues but you’re pretty messed up too / Either way, I found out I’m nothing without you—you can’t help but be moved by the display of both earnestness and cluelessness in love, something that is completely lost in Clarkson’s polished yet ultimately lifeless rendition.

– Oggs Cruz

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