Portishead: SOS (ABBA Cover)
on 22 June 2016
In an exhilaratingly dark version of ABBA's "SOS," Portishead's Beth Gibbons brings an immense heartbreak to the Swedish group's 1975 pop song. The cover is a tribute to Jo Cox (a Batley and Spen MP who fought for refugees' rights) who was murdered last week outside a library. In this context, and in this downtempo version, the song carries much more weight, pain and sorrow. The slow-burning video ends with a quote from Cox's first-ever speech in parliament, "We have far more in common than which divides us." It's a brilliant—albeit gut-wrenching—reminder of the gun violence and violence against women that we have grown all-too-accustomed to.