Clay Aiken Covers Mr. Mister

Speaking of the ’80s, can someone punch Clay Aiken in the throat for what he’s done to our favorite Mr. Mister song? Listen to “Broken Wings” here (Win Media), along with really atrocious versions of other rock ballads.

Think Bryan Adams’s “Everything I Do” is cheesy? Wait ’til you hear Clay’s cover. Via MySpace:

If any song made Aiken nervous, it was Adams’s Everything I Do (I Do It For You). That gravelly voice is so well-known, says Aiken about Adamss iconic rasp, I didnt know if I could do the song justice. With a lovely, restrained vocaland an arrangement with a lilting Celtic feel. Aikens’ version is an undeniable highpoint of the new disc; its one of the most romantic songs the singer has ever sung.

A Thousand Different Ways Tracklist:
1. “Right Here Waiting,” originally recorded by Richard Marx
2. “When I See You Smile,” originally recorded by Bad English
3. “Without You,” originally recorded by Badfinger
4. “Lonely No More”
5. “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word,” originally recorded by Elton John
6. “Everytime You Go Away,” originally recorded by Paul Young
7. “Everything I Do (I Do It For You),” originally recorded by Bryan Adams
8. “I Want to Know What Love Is,” featuring Suzie McNeil; originally recorded by Foreigner
9. “These Open Arms”
10. “Because You Loved Me,” originally recorded by Celine Dion
11. “Here You Come Again,” originally recorded by Dolly Parton
12. “Everything I Have,” featuring William Joseph
13. “A Thousand Days”
14. “Broken Wings,” originally recorded by Mr. Mister

Why is he so popular? He didn’t even win American Idol!