I’m going to do the 30-Day Song Challenge, which has recently gone viral. However, me being me, I’m going to expand on the concept to write a few lines about each of the songs I choose and why I chose them, as each of the songs I choose I am – for one reason or another – attached to.
Sinéad O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2U” (1990)
Sinéad O’Connor, in the eyes and ears of many, may be a one-hit wonder. However, that is a shame, given that she has produced more than one hit throughout her troubled yet surprisingly prolific career.
Recently, she has hit the news in Ireland for a heartbreaking performance of Snow Patrol’s “Run” on TV in honor of Irish COVID-19 victims. Not bad for someone who, for as long as I can remember, has been painted in a negative light on the news for as long as I can remember.
However, if you are going to be remembered for just one song, you better make it a good one. And “Nohing Compares 2 U” is a bloody great one. Sure, Prince wrote it. But I’ve heard his version and it’s no definitive version.
However, it is the video to this song that has always truly mesmerised me. A simple yet powerfully effective close-up of O’Connor and her trademark skinhead look. She looks vulnerable yet beautiful. Recalls iconic imagery of Joan of Arc.