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Old 05-20-23, 04:02 PM
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Favorites

any song Metallica has covered
Ghost- if you have ghosts
Ghost- jesus he knows me
Type O - summer breeze
Type O - cinnamon girl
Hank Williams jr- kaw-liga
White Zombie- im your boogie man

Theres alot to mention. But there is a shit load more that suck.

The whole fucking album of Danzig sings Elvis blows. But what ive seen and heard of the elvis live shows, he sounds amazing. He needs to stop producing his own shit.
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Pat Benatar had a number of cover songs on her debut album. The two best, IMO, were Rated X (Nick Gilder) and No You Don't (The Sweet) ...


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I know everybody could not wait until we got a What is Love Cover (The theme of the Roxbury Boys on SNL).



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Originally Posted by bchbdaddy
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any song Metallica has covered
Ghost- if you have ghosts
Ghost- jesus he knows me
Agree with all of these. Any cover that Metallica does is usually pretty great, guess that's why they've been doing it since the B-side of the Creeping Death single back in 1984 (and the two there are among their best covers). The Ghost ones are great too, especially the former. How they completely transformed Roky Erickson's original and at the same time not made it sound like a typical Ghost song is really cool, I love it. Their cover of Army of Lover's Crucified is also really cool.
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Old 06-13-23, 01:31 PM
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Norwegian band Hurra Torpedo may have set the gold standard for cover songs with their version of Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' here. Mildly NSFW, by the way ...

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Well, that was different.
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Most of you probably aren't old enough the remember the original but I always liked The Rolling Stones version of Under the Boardwalk from 12x5. I often see it on lists of the worst cover songs. Anyway I've always found Mick Jagger generous in concert so here's a live version with Aaron Melville.

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Susanna Hoffs covers Bad Co.
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Originally Posted by sportsfan64
Susanna Hoffs covers Bad Co.
Woah. I can watch Susanna Hoffs sing the phone book. I particularly love her albums with Matthew Sweet. But adding in the stripper-pole dance moves brings this to whole 'nother level!
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Crimson and Clover - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
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This candidate for worst was just released today.



There's no effort to try Billy Joel's method of chronological lyrics. This is just a word soup mess.
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Disturbed- Sound of Silence
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Originally Posted by GuessWho
This candidate for worst was just released today.



There's no effort to try Billy Joel's method of chronological lyrics. This is just a word soup mess.
Just abysmal. Wow.
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Well Ghost pulls off another great cover. This time with Patrick Wilson as the lead on Shakespears Sister “ Stay”
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Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells" covered fantastically by Sarah Jarosz

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Jarosz Cover (from her album):


Jarosz Cover (solo live):
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Never was a Fall Out Boy fan but heard this last week

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^ That was posted just a few posts up.

The lyrics/events are changed and it's a little bit harder - but there's not enough of a difference to make it stand out.
If you hated the original, you will probably hate this as well. I do and I do.
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Maybe it does not count if you performed the song but this relic from the 80's is back and reimagined.

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A few favorites:

Scarborough Fair - Queensryche
Easy - Faith No More
This Guy's In Love With You - Faith No More
War Pigs - Faith No More
Dreaming - Smashing Pumpkins
Head On - Pixies
Born To Run - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
New York City - They Might Be Giants
Memories Can't Wait - Living Colour
17 Days - Living Colour

And this one isn't on any released recording that I am aware of, but I love the Yardbirds cover that covers the first half of this clip:
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Anything Faith No More covered.
Anything the Deftones have covered, especially Sinatra and Wax and Wane.
Breeders - Happiness is a Warm Gun
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Love and Rockets - Ball of Confusion

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Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
I heard this on the radio today a cover of that hit song from Tracy Chapman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq6yGtEQlpU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIOAlaACuv4

Tracy Chapman becomes first Black songwriter to win Song of the Year in CMA Awards' 56-year history

"I want to thank Tracy Chapman for writing one of the greatest songs of all time," said Luke Combs, whose remake made "Fast Car" a hit again 35 years after its release.

Reclusive singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman wasn’t present at the 57th annual Country Music Association Awards Wednesday. However, she was still one of the big stars of the night, when her signature song, “Fast Car” — which became a breakout hit for Luke Combs this past summer — won Song and Single of the Year, 35 whole years after she first recorded and released her version.

Single of the Year was the first announced category of Wednesday's CMAs ceremony, and Chapman was of course the first person Combs mentioned in his heartfelt acceptance speech. “I want to thank Tracy Chapman for writing one of the greatest songs of all time,” he gushed. “I just recorded it because I love this song so much. It’s meant so much to me throughout my entire life. It’s the first favorite song that I ever had, since I was 4 years old.”

Only minutes passed before Combs was back at the podium to accept the Song of the Year award, which goes to songwriters. The audience erupted in cheers and a standing ovation when Chapman's name was announced by country legend Bill Anderson, at which point Anderson's co-presenter Sara Evans read Chapman’s brief acceptance speech.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t join you all tonight. It’s truly an honor for my song to be newly recognized after 35 years of its debut. Wow. Thank you to the CMAs, and a special thanks to Luke and to all of the fans of ‘Fast Car,’” the absent Chapman’s statement read.

Combs’s “Fast Car” remake was a massive crossover hit in 2023, receiving airplay not just at country radio but on top 40 and adult-contemporary stations — thus introducing Chapman, who has not released any new music herself since 2008, to a whole new audience (and earning her an estimated $500,000 in royalties, according to Billboard). When Combs’s version topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, Chapman became the first Black woman to ever score a country No. 1 hit with a solo composition. With her CMA victory, she made history again as the first Black songwriter, of any gender, to win Song of the Year since the CMA Awards debuted 56 years ago.
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GOOD (like as well as, if not better than, the original):
Talking Heads - "Take Me to the River" (Al Green)
Lenny Kravitz - "American Woman" (The Guess Who)
Jimi Hendrix - “All Along The Watchtower” (Bob Dylan, who said "I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way.")
Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix)
Nazareth - "Love Hurts" (Everly Brothers)
Linda Ronstadt - "That'll Be the Day" & "It's So Easy" (Buddy Holly), "Blue Bayou" (Roy Orbison), "When Will I Be Loved" (The Everly Brothers), "Tumbling Dice" (The Rolling Stones), "Hurt So Bad" (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
The Byrds - "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - "Blinded by the Light" (Bruce Springsteen) & "The Mighty Quinn" (Bob Dylan)
Harry Nilsson - "Without You" (Badfinger)
Peter Paul & Mary - "Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan)
The Black Crowes - "Hard to Handle" (Otis Redding)
Queensryche - "Scarborough Fair" (Simon & Garfunkle)
Faith No More - "Easy" (The Commodores - and I prefer The Commodores version)
The Carpenters - "Superstar" (aka "Groupie (Superstar)" - Delaney & Bonnie)
Aretha Franklin - "Respect" (Otis Redding)
Janis Joplin - "Me and Bobby McGee" (Kris Kristofferson)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Woodstock" (Joni Mitchell)
The Beatles - "Twist and Shout" (The Isley Brothers)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - "I Love Rock N Roll" (The Arrows)
Santana - "Black Magic Woman" (Fleetwood Mac)
Led Zeppelin - "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Joan Baez)

BAD:
Blues Brothers - "Soul Man" (Sam & Dave) - actually *everything* on their "Briefcase full of Blues" album. Good only because it introduced people to the original artists.
Electric Light Orchestra - "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry)
Disturbed - "The Sound of Silence" (Simon & Garfunkle)
Guns & Roses - "Live & Let Die" (Wings) - basically *anything* they covered is pure dreck.
Bananarama - "Venus" (The Shocking Blue)
Mariah Carey - "Without You" (Badfinger)
Ike & Tina Turner - "Proud Mary" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) - I've disliked this one since it came out.
Faith Hill - "Piece of My Heart" (Janis Joplin)
Pat Boone's entire "In a Metal Mood" album - so bad it almost turns you off Big Band music as well.
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I don't know about best or worst, but I really like these covers by Elephant Revival. I've been listening to TOOL and Youtube suggested the Schism cover. I think it's awesome, though they did cut out my favorite 2 minutes of the song. I decided to go to see them in August.



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A couple I like:

Folk artist Marissa Nadler's covers of Black Sabbath's "Solitude" and Danzig's "Blood and Tears"
Lords of the New Church's cover of The Balloon Farm's "A Question of Temperature"

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