Vanessa Jenkins & Bryn West: 'Islands In The Stream'
Released on Monday, Mar 9 2009
Published Monday, Mar 2 2009, 12:16 GMT
| By Alex Fletcher |
Ever since Sir Cliff teamed up with the Young Ones
cast to score a number one with 'Living Doll', Comic Relief has tapped the money-making potential of mixing music with comedy. The results haven't always been gold - Hale and Pace doing 'The Stonk' anyone? - but they're usually guaranteed to bring in the big bucks. Peter Kay's 'Amarillo' and '500 Miles' have set the bar high in recent years, so it feels appropriate that this year's effort comes from the BBC's biggest and (arguably) best comedy series in a number of years - Gavin & Stacey
Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones - in character as Bryn West and Nessa Jenkins - have enlisted the services of big hitters Sir Tom Jones
and Robin Gibb for this affectionate cover of the Parton-Rogers karaoke classic. The tagged on catchphrases ("genuine", "tidy") sound a little forced, but thanks to Jones's throaty Welsh vocals and the infectious goodwill of Brydon, everyone comes out of this with their dignity intact. Not convinced? Well, the CD single also includes Bryn West's rendition of 'Wisemen', a song which Brydon describes as "vintage James Blunt".> Click here to watch the 'Islands In The Stream' video