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Old 07-15-04, 07:53 PM
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I was in a local mall that has projection television on the ceilings and I caught what looked like a country band fronted by a female doing a god-awful cover of Def Leppard's Rock of Ages. Anyone know what this abomination is?
Old 07-16-04, 07:49 AM
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Good:

Sonic Youth - Ca Plane Pour Moi(find this one)
Pixies - Head On
Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane

Bad:

Every Guns n Roses cover ever
Old 07-18-04, 01:11 AM
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The Sidewinders version of Neil Diamond's SOLITARY MAN
The Sundays version of Stone's WILD HORSES
Luka Bloom version of Joni Mitchell's URGE FOR THE GOING
Jennifer Warnes version of Leonard Cohen's JOAN OF ARC (actually includes Cohen himself dueting as the voice of 'Fire', so this may be cheating a little as a cover version)
The Band's version of Bruce Springsteen's ATLANTIC CITY

All are powerful, evocatative, haunting covers that rival or exceed the originals IMHO.

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Old 09-16-04, 06:35 AM
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Originally posted by Buttmunker
[B]Reminds me of a story - Nilssen covered the Badfinger song Without You, an album track that went unnoticed. Nilssen heard it one night, thinking it was John Lennon, and loved it. He later found out it was by Badfinger, and said: "That song deserves to be #1!" So he covered the obscure tune and, sure enough, Without You went to No.1 in 1974
...And then, just to show that fate has a sense of humor, Mariah Carey covered it again and made the song unlistenable.

Has anyone heard John Mellencamp's cover of Like A Rolling Stone? It was part of his live show for years, but I think the only recording of it is on the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Tribute. I recently dug out that CD and listened to it. Damn. Mellencamp kicks off the show with this number and it rocks. He amazingly has Al Kooper reprising his legendary organ-work from the original and trades vocals with his wonderful background vocalist Crystal Taliefero. There is a solo from his fiddle player that really works nicely in the song, giving it a bluesy-country feel. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I might prefer it to the original version.
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Saw Korn live and they did a sweet cover of Cameo's "Word Up!"
Old 09-16-04, 05:12 PM
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Marianne Faithfull's cover of the Stones' "Sister Morphine"--the live version (actually Marianne wrote the lyrics to sister Morphine, but still a cover, I guess.)

Joe Cocker's cover of the Beatles "With a Little Help From My Friends" (from Woodstock)

Emmylou Harris's cover of Lucinda Williams's "Sweet Old World"

Hendrix's cover of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"

I think all of these are better than the originals (and the originals ain't too bad, either)
Old 09-17-04, 03:25 AM
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Ok. Off the top of my head

Bad--

Tiffany -- I Think We're Alone Now
Pet Shop Boys -- Always On My Mind
Hall And Oates -- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Mariah Carey - Against All Odds
Jermaine Jackson -- Daddy's Home

Good--

I like most of the ones already listed, can't think of too many more good ones.

How about "Feelings" by the Offspring?

JP
Old 09-17-04, 03:36 AM
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good:
rage against the machine - f the police (n.w.a. cover)
weezer - velouria (pixies cover)
natalie imbruglia - torn (ednaswap cover)

bad:
the entire weezer tribute album. all songs sound horrible by the bands on it.
Old 09-19-04, 01:52 AM
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What I think are great:

Green Day's cover of I Fought The Law
Jimmy Hendrix's cover of Johnny B Good

So whats everyone think of stevie ray vaughns voodo chille?
Also where are the links to the Fountains Of Wayne and Travis baby one more time cover?
Old 09-19-04, 03:24 AM
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Green Day's cover of I Fought The Law
I disagree with this one. Green Day's cover sounds too much like The Clash's cover.

Now a good cover of I Fought the Law was the Dead Kennedys' rendition.
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Good:
The Ataris(Boys of Summer)
Orgy(Blue Monday)
Johnny Cash(Hurt)
311(Love Song)
Reel Big Fish(Take on Me)

Bad:
Lenny Kravitz(American Woman)
Jessica Simpson(Angels)
Madonna(American Pie)
Kelly Osbourne(Papa Dont Preach)
AAF(Smooth Criminal)
Old 09-20-04, 12:25 AM
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Old 09-21-04, 02:16 PM
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Originally posted by gmal2003
Saw Korn live and they did a sweet cover of Cameo's "Word Up!"
rem covered this on the green tour in san jose as well.

however, my vote for best cover is "solitary man" covered by the sidewinders.

kms
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Originally posted by mike harnish


Joe Cocker's cover of the Beatles "With a Little Help From My Friends" (from Woodstock)

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that was actually on album before woodstock. i personally prefer the album version, because Joe looked freakin stoned out of his mind at that particuar performance. and what indeed was with the 2 dudes doing the "do you need anybody" line??? i surly thought that they were chicks on the album, so that was a bit creepy.
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Originally posted by Rypro 525
i surly thought that they were chicks on the album, so that was a bit creepy.
Same thing for Head East 's There's Never Been Any Reason
Old 09-21-04, 07:34 PM
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Korn's cover of Word Up is the worst song I have heard all year. Korn should not cover a song like that.
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Just realized that I posted two of the same tunes twice on this thread--Sister Morphine and With a Little Help From My Friends. The second post is from the Department of Redundancy Department.

I prefer the Woodstock version of With a Little Help From My Friends because it's more intense and powerful than the studio version, which is really good, but seems too controlled compared to the live version. And Cocker was undoubtedly stoned out of his mind, or tripping, or both, during the Woodstock performance, which makes it even more impressive to me that he could pull off such a powerful performance under those conditions (or maybe it was because of those conditions). As for the two guys singing backing vocals, they're just singing falsetto; either that or they've been castrated. Lots of guys sing falsetto on tunes; Jagger does it on Miss You, for example. But, before seeing the Woodstock footage, I also thought Cocker's backing singers were women.
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http://s87617422.onlinehome.us/Songs...withoutyou.mp3

My friend and I were inspired to do "With or Without You" after hearing a cover of it. It was a spur of the moment thing at 4 am. He's singing and I'm on guitar. What do you guys think? One of the best or one of the worst?
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Great:

Slobberbone- You Shook Me All Night Long (originally ACDC)
Pearl Jam- Dock Of The Bay (originally Otis Redding I think)
Pixies- Winterlong (originally Neil Young)
Posies- Surrender (originally Cheap Trick)
Pixies- I Am The Cosmos (originally Big Star)
Faith No More- Easy (originally The Commodores/Lionel Ritchie)
Jayhawks- Life's Little Ups And Downs (originally Charlie Rich)
Nirvana- Girl Where Did You Sleep Last Night (originally Leadbelly)
Old 10-03-04, 11:33 PM
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Good:

Tool - No Quarter

Tori Amos - Smells like Teen Spirit

Tori Amos - Angie

Tori Amos - Enjoy the Silence

Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dream,s

Marilyn Manson - I Put a Spell on You

NiN - Physical

Eve's Plum - Save a Prayer (friggin' gorgeous!)

Veruca Salt - Somebody (Another gorgeous cover & I love the original)

The Deftones - To Have and to Hold

Nirvana - The Man Who Sold the World

Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

Kevin Conroy - Am I blue?

NiN - Dead Souls

Bad:

Johnny Cash - Hurt (pathetic)

Niki French - Total Eclispe of the Heart

Jessica Simpson - Angels

Jessica Simpson - Took my Breath Away

My Dying Bride - Roads (Portishead cover)

Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love

Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus

Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus

Him - Wicked Game

Tori Amos - Bonny and Clyde '98 (Eminem Cover - pointless and I'm a massive Tori Fan!)

A Perfect Circle - The Nurse who Loved me *studio version*. (To clarify, I am a huge APC fan, but hate the version on the album. The live version is very different and much better.)

Linkin Park - Wish

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Old 10-04-04, 02:34 AM
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Originally posted by LivingINClip



Bad:

Johnny Cash - Hurt (pathetic)
Wow. If anything Cash's remake makes the original seem pathetic.
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I don't like the Cash version of Hurt at all.

Sounds like this song needs a poll. Or was there one already ;-P
Old 10-07-04, 07:35 AM
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Good:
Suede - Brass in Pocket
The Killers - Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself? (one of my fave Moz tracks, and I can't believe I like their version so much)
Frenté - Bizarre Love Triangle
Suede - Shipbuilding
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Baxendale - Keep Feeling (Fascination)

Alright:
Travis - Baby, One More Time

Bad, bad, bad:
311 - Love Song
Orgy - Blue Monday
William Shatner - Common People
Sixpence None the Richer - There She Goes, Don't Dream It's Over

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Old 10-07-04, 05:36 PM
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Originally posted by MovieMaster11
Good:
The Ataris(Boys of Summer)
Orgy(Blue Monday)
Johnny Cash(Hurt)
311(Love Song)
Reel Big Fish(Take on Me)

Bad:
Lenny Kravitz(American Woman)
Jessica Simpson(Angels)
Madonna(American Pie)
Kelly Osbourne(Papa Dont Preach)
AAF(Smooth Criminal)
Wow I'm going to have to strongly disagree on the Love Song and Boys of Summer covers. Thos are two that I actually think are pretty awful but to each his own.
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On this month's Q magazine (the 80s issue) free CD there is a brilliant cover of George Michael's Faith by The Boy Least Likely To. I must have listened to at least 30 times the last couple days and went and got their CD from Tower as well.

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