Original Song: Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" (1967)


What better way to lead off a 1993 Hendrix tribute album than with some queasy Robert Smith whining that suggests he's winging it when it comes to the words? Though who knows, that might just be the after-thought vibe he's trying to put across. He gets most if not all of them right—his timing's just way off. Guitar (admittedly heavier than you'd expect) seems random, too, and there's no propulsion to speak off.

Overall effect is more or less: Huh? Maybe they were trying to sound “inventive,” but the least they could've done is shelled out for a drummer who sounds like a human being. It's sorta pathetic when the Spin Doctors' “Spanish Castle Magic” cover blows you out of the water.