So a few years ago I was watching the first Austin Powers movie, and started digging this song that was playing in the background when Austin and Vanessa are playing Twister and then Austin does all those “I’m going down in the elevator” tricks.
I Googled the lyrics and found the song, which was “You Showed Me” by The Lightning Seeds. I’ve been listening to it ever since, but I just learned recently, when researching this post, that The Byrds wrote the original version, and a band called The Turtles also did a cover. It’s funny because when I was in a high school, (and a bit of a music snob) I was always annoyed when people didn’t know that a cover was a cover. But now I have a specific case of me not knowing a cover was a cover. So sucks to be you, High School Me, I guess you’re just a knob like everyone else!
I think the Lightning Seeds’ version is still my favourite, just because it was the first version I heard, and the one that drew me to the song in the first place. It is the most pop-sounding, though. The Turtles’ version is interesting because it introduced the string portion and a certain accompanying melody, which the Lightning Seeds clearly used for their song. But the Byrds’ version is maybe the most authentic feeling, which makes sense, since it was the original.
As for the movie scene, I think this song is a better choice now that I know “You Showed Me” was a sixties song that was covered in the nineties. It fits the theme in Austin Powers of sixties and nineties culture being compared and contrasted.
Here’s the Byrd and Lightning Seeds versions for comparison: