Whenever Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” comes over the speakers at karaoke, it is a ’90s kid mandate to rock out emo-style to the classic grrr girl hit. Something so pure and angsty could only come from the whimsically goth mind of a Lilith Fair approved singer/songwriter, right? Nah.
The iconic Natalie Imbruglia song was a cover.
In 1997, this was a minor scandal since Imbruglia was considered a songwriter-type and her management didn’t go out of their way to announce that the hit single was, in fact, a cover. Imbruglia’s team kinda just let everyone assume she wrote the angsty hit. Per Yahoo:
“The single was penned by Scott Cutler and Anne Preven of the alt-rock band Ednaswap (who released two recordings of the song) with producer and ex-Cure member Phil Thornalley; Denmark’s Lis Sørensen and Norway’s Trine Rein also released their own versions of the song.”
Here’s the 1993 Ednaswap version:
And Lis Sørensen’s version:
Mash up the two and you get Imbruglia’s chart-topping version. Imagine if you found out that some Beyoncé or Taylor Swift song was a cover?!? Mind. Blown.
Last week, a random Twitter user pointed this out and Twitter is shook.
every "90s kid" comes of age 3 times:— horse the band (@VilinskiKonjic) August 24, 2017
• 18th birthday
• 21st birthday
• the day they find out natalie imbruglia's version of torn is a cover
It's a cover of an Ednaswap song, which in turn is an English version of a Danish song by Lis Sorensen. Wild, huh?— horse the band (@VilinskiKonjic) August 24, 2017
Holy shit. I'm cold and I am shamed.— Denise M R (@DDRey) August 25, 2017
Torn was a cover... The world is spiralling out of control I tell you!!! https://t.co/NEZImeujpQ— Ron Ha-Mercy (@ronron607) August 30, 2017
Just learned that Torn by Natalie Imbruglia is a cover and it's blown my entire world apart...— Aj McQuillan (@ajmcq89) August 30, 2017
If you’re recovering from the fact that your fave teen angst song was actually just carefully manufactured angst and the whole world is a lie, the only way to recover is with:
We’re all out of faith.