Confidence Man performed in-studio for the "Like A Version" segment on Australian radio station triple j, covering DJ Sammy's dance rendition of Bryan Adams' "Heaven.
The cover was broadcast earlier this morning (September 2), and saw co-frontpeople Janet Planet and Sugar Bones don sunglasses known within the Australian vernacular as “speed dealers”. The performance also featured choreographed dancing from the two – a key part of the band’s live performances since their inception.
In a post-performance interview, Planet said that they wanted to cover a song that had a “’90s rave vibe”. We’ve played it in... "DJ sets a few times, and it’s been going off,” she said. Bones then succinctly added: “It needs to come back, so we’re bringing it back.”
The two also admitted that before choosing the cover, they were unaware of the Adams original. “We didn’t actually know [it was a cover],” said Planet. Stu, our manager – who’s old – told us that. We listened to [the original], and it’s not that good.
In addition to the cover, Confidence Man also performed their song "Holiday," a single from their most recent studio album, "TILT." Watch that below:
With this performance, Confidence Man are the third act to do ‘Like A Version’ with what is, ostensibly, a cover of a cover. In 2017, Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey performed a cover of the Natalie Imbruglia version of "Torn" on the segment – itself a cover of the 1995 Ednaswap single. The following year, garage-rock septet West Thebarton covered Florence + The Machine‘s version of ‘You’ve Got The Love’ for the station, a song originally by The Source and Candi Staton.
Bryan Adams released "Heaven" in 1983, as part of the soundtrack to the movie A Night In Heaven. It was later included on the tracklist of his fourth studio album, "Reckless," the following year. The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985.