Johnny Cash’s cover of NiN’s “Hurt” is one of my favorite examples of a) someone really taking ownership of a cover instead of just copying the original, and b) a cover I actually like a lot more than the original (although, to be perfectly clear, I think both versions are quite amazing). There’s something raw and real and immediately present about Cash’s approach to the song that just turns it into a real emotional punch in the sternum.
So, of course, I sucked when I did it, mostly because I am a better singer than I am a guitarist (which isn’t saying much, really, because I’m a rather awful guitar player, to be honest). Still, I had to try, and I’m glad I learned it.
While I did record some better sound, for some reason I decided to leave the video sound (through the Mackie) alone on this one. It wasn’t as tidy as the mixed version, but it was a bit more present, I think.