The secret ‘yeah.’

I feel compelled to make sure everyone gets a chance to listen to this version of “Bye Bye Love” that showcases our darling Benjamin’s incredible talent: only his voice and his bass. I swear this puts me in an other-worldly trance.

The first melodic bass notes of these isolated tracks invade every cell of my skin. I put my headphones on and close my eyes and I feel like I am in the recording booth with my man and his instrument. The first time I heard this I was surprised at how much he had going on that I could not discern on the studio recording but that contributed to the wonderfully addictive sound of this song. Of course, that awesome little riff at the beginning is always accompanied in my mind by the visual of him performing it in London — so sexy!  I care very little as to the technical imperfections of Benjamin’s bass playing (which some have noted in the comments on youtube); I only respond to what gives me pleasure, and this recording is HIGH on my list.

Being able to hear every nuance of Benjamin’s vocals is magical. The way he dives into the song with his aggressive “I can’t feel this way much longer”…his concise pronunciations at the end of each line… the growly way he says, “foggin’ all my energies until you visited”… when the words “orangy sky” slide out of his mouth… his occasional hushed intake of breath… and of course I’m just mad about his soft “yeah” in the second chorus; so subtle in the full studio version, so delicious here,  and SO adorably Ben!

Every second of this recording is grand delight.

**UPDATE (December 13, 2016): I’m so sad to see that this video is no longer on youtube! If it surfaces again I will be sure to add a new link. What a loss — this was one of my faves.

**UPDATE (August 24, 2017): Found it on Vimeo (many thanks to Michelle B!) so we can all enjoy it again. Hooray!

23 thoughts on “The secret ‘yeah.’

  1. Is there anyway I can download the audio ofof just him & the bass? That sounds so marvelous, and you have no clue it’s going on because of the other instruments, etc. If you can help me out with that, please pm me on my Facebook page!!

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  2. That was so awesome!! I love it. Did close my eyes and listen, your right, felt like being in the studio as he was making that. I could picture him, that beautiful blonde hair, liked him with blonde best, and that gorgeous mouth of his forming every word. Thank you a million times for your wonderful site, every time I visit I find something wonderful to see or listen to i had not yet.

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  3. I think we would have all sold our souls to BE in the recording booth with Benjamin and his “instrument”.


  4. EXCELLENT! Thank you for searching & posting this. I think Bass players who are lead singers (Paul McCartney) have a certain multi=tasking talent. It is so clear on this that if you are not paying close attention, you can loose where you are in the song because your bass line doesn’t follow the melody. But as we know from such over the top talent like Ben & Paul McCartney, they can play other instruments very well too.

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    1. I found this link. If it doesn’t work, then look up: The Cars – Drive (Acapella – Studio Dry Vocal). The only music barely heard is from headphone bleed. There’s also another, but has a little more music: The Cars – Drive (Stripped Down Version). Happy listening. If you’ve already found it–yay! ^_^

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      1. Missed one–posted in April of this year There’s also a few other submissions by Digital Split that have varying isolated portions of Drive. Give these a little time before you hear anything. A couple of them, I didn’t hear much and was afraid I’d blow my ears out if I turned it up too far.

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  5. I meant to say something last night, but I got wrapped up in my other post. I love this isolated version. It’s a little strange at first, but then—it’s Benjamin on his own. Kind of gives some insight into the recording process. Then I went for the opposite. I managed to sync it up (miracle of miracles ^_^) with the complete recording and had Benjamin moving in stereo, er, singing in stereo. Kind of like twins. Wooooo–can you imagine the world with TWO Benjamins? Talk about Double Trouble. Double the pleasure; double the fun (to borrow from Wrigley’s). Alas, it was not to be. : `{ Heavy sigh. Thanks for sharing. Heidee

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