“I’m having a midlife crisis at the tender age of just eighteen, and I’ve had to ask myself what is my dream and what is a dream is it something to have and to not achieve, just like a faith when to know to just believe. Oh why could my creative mind not be satisfied with an NVQ in Building and then an apprenticeship. It is an honorable trade, a respectable pay and it’s what most of my friends did but, I want more than this town, the glitz and the glamour and I’m trying to carve a career from a dream but where can I get an A-Level in Chance, a diploma in What-if and a B-Tech based on a whim, and if i never see it through then I’ll never quite know and it’s this fault that right now makes my life so hard. Will i work to a great success? I fight to be the best and I won’t accept that I wouldn’t survive. This isn’t a hobby, it’s more than a past time. It frustrates me when people say it looks fun. Calm down mate, you’re forgetting why I do it. If I make it look easy it’s a job well done. So I’ll pull up my ballet tights and belt out the high notes and I’ll make Staniszewski proud. Touch wood, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just get a nine to five and blend straight in with the crowd.”
This is the somewhat urban piece of philosophical spoken word taken from The Lovable Rogues’ cover of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.” Generally speaking, I’d be the type of individual that would stick quite religiously with the opinion that the original version of a song is undoubtedly the best version. However, on a few occasions my somewhat stubborn opinion has been challenged through examples ranging from Ellie Goulding’s take on “Your Song” right through to Placebo’s cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” Indeed, The Lovable Rogues’ cover of “The A Team” was one of these instances where as a huge Ed Sheeran fan I was momentarily in awe of this cover. I do not by any means believe that this cover is better than the original, but it is certainly up there. This version paired with the quirkiness of the ukelele and their very own spoken word interjection that is coloured with their British lilt throughout, will undoubtedly strike an emotional chord in their audience. There is a very candid vibe to this cover accentuated through their Arctic Monkeys-esque loyalty to their British accent and throughout their spoken word they remain as natural and as honest as the scenery within this video, hopelessly and fruitlessly questioning “what is my dream and what is a dream?” These questions are undoubtedly on the minds of teenagers and young people worldwide, The Lovable Rogues bring to the fore the uncertainties of life and our dreams embracing them and reassuring us that they are the very things which inevitably fuels us on as individuals, making life worth living. There is no denying the charisma and inspiration present throughout The Lovable Rogues words.
Entering this year’s “Britain’s Got Talent” although they didn’t win, “The Lovable Rogues” have attracted the attention they have longed for and it will undoubtedly aid them in the future of their musical careers whilst they reach out for their dreams. I’m expecting (and hoping) to see big things from them in the future.