Cover version of the month #6
Of course Young's version remains timeless, its rustic, simplistic acoustic chords and Young's aching, breaking voice singing;
Yet, for me, St Etienne arguably improve upon Young's genius, taking the song to new places that just so happened to fit in with the Acid House and ecstasy scene that was gripping the nation at the time.
Released in 1990, Only Love Can Break Your Heart remains a pre and post club favourite, also sounding superb in clubs. This was recently played at Everything Shakes at The Admiral in Glasgow and it was probably the song of the night.
The song was recorded in 2-hours in a makeshift bedroom studio - it has that raw, unpolished quality and it remains a true gem that will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.
There are a raft of remixes to explore;
Andrew Weatherall a mix in two halves
Masters at Work dub remix
Richard X remix
Kenlou B Boy New mix
Fox Base Beta mix
Flowered Up remix