Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Music Talk
Reload this Page >

Best and Worst Cover Songs

Music Talk Discuss music in all its forms: CD, MP3, DVD-A, SACD and of course live

Best and Worst Cover Songs

Old 04-17-03, 12:34 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 14,201
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Best and Worst Cover Songs

Every artist releases covers... whether as a tribute to the original artist, or as a blatant attempt to cash in on someone else's brilliance. (Yes, I mean you, Mr. Bolton.)

In my mind, a good cover takes a song in a totally new direction -- like The Bangles with "Hazy Shade of Winter". Meciocre covers are just a rehash of the original composition like the Dixie Chicks "Landslide".

Bad covers take a song in a totally new direction -- down a dark and winding path that leads straight to the heart of EVIL. Bad covers warp your memory of the original so that you will never, ever be the same again.

Three words -- "Madonna" -- and "American Pie."

But in my mind these are not the best and worst covers. No, there is a place in heaven and a place in hell for two cover songs in particular:

BEST COVER: Art of Noise with Tom Jones, "Kiss" (orig. by Prince)
Just a brilliant revisting of this song. The original was funky and quirky, but Tom Jones totally reinvented the meaning of the word "funk" for this one.

WORST COVER:Don Henley, "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" (orig. from Guys and Dolls)
Oh. My. God. This was a great little swing-type number in the musical, just a fun song with a great beat. Don Henley's reggae-flavored version made me want to rip my own ears off. No, it actually made me want to schedule a lunch date with Mike Tyson and pour chocolate pudding over my ears on the off-chance that he might be a tad famished.

It is that bad. But what do you think?
Old 04-18-03, 10:23 AM
  #2  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 137
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
My cover takes

I don't object to a cover; I object to a cut rate one. That being said....

The Good: Postcards from Paradise (Flesh for Lulu)-Paul Westerberg, Video Killed the Radio Star (The Buggles?)-Presidents of the USA


The Bad:If I Was Your Girlfriend (Prince)-TLC, How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?(Prince)-Alicia Keyes, Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)-Alien Ant Farm, Don't Dream Its Over (Crowded House)-Sixpence None the Richer, True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)-Phil Collins, Basketball (Kurtis Blow)-Lil Bow Wow

The Ugly: Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)-Marilyn Manson,
Old 04-18-03, 12:31 PM
  #3  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 186
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Best: SIX FEET UNDER doing the Venom classic IN LEAGUE WITH SATAN !
Chris Barnes does some of his sickest vocals ever on that track.
Old 04-18-03, 12:37 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Goat3001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 17,116
Received 23 Likes on 11 Posts
Best:

Arch Enemy- Aces High (Iron Maiden cover)
Metallica- Die Die Die My Darling (Misfits Cover)
Cradle Of Filth- Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
Iced Earth- Highway To Hell (AC/DC Cover)
Old 04-18-03, 12:45 PM
  #5  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Posts: 15,108
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Best: Tool - No Quarter (Led Zeppelin)

Worst: Hole - Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac) & Avril Lavigne - Chop Suey (System of a Down)
Old 04-18-03, 01:05 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
Michael Corvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 62,539
Received 921 Likes on 654 Posts
Good:
Cat's In The Cradle - Ugly Kid Joe

Bad:
Any rap artist/pop artist ripping off a classic tune to make a quick $million$.

To me there is a big difference between a cover song amongst 12 other tracks on an ablum, and a cover released as the main single for that album. And further, taking a song(ala rap artists) and either ripping out the beat or refrain and discarding the rest of the original song like it was crap. A good recent example: eminem and his Aerosmith - Dream On track.
Old 04-18-03, 03:40 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
F For Fake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Louisville, KY - Home of Ali and HST!
Posts: 846
Likes: 0
Received 5 Likes on 2 Posts
I think Devo's version of the Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" stands as the definitive GREAT cover.

Talking Heads version of "Take Me to the River" is pretty great as well.

Although I've never heard the Burning London Clash tribute album, the idea of 311 doing "White Man in Hammersmith Palais", my all time favorite song, is enough to give me a headache. I will never listen to it. The very idea is blasphemy.
The following users liked this post:
tasha99 (03-05-24)
Old 04-18-03, 04:13 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 10,614
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
American Pie by Madonna...
Old 04-18-03, 04:14 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 1,367
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Cake - I Will Survive
Old 04-18-03, 04:24 PM
  #10  
dek
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: On the road to reclaiming Lord Stanleys Cup, Turlock CA
Posts: 11,311
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Worst - Tie between Sixpence None The Richer butchering The La's There She Goes/Crowded House Don't Dream It's Over.

Make your own damn songs
Old 04-18-03, 04:28 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,685
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Da Thrilla
American Pie by Madonna...
You obviously haven't heard the Brady Bunch cover of it!
Old 04-18-03, 06:18 PM
  #12  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Boulder, CO
Posts: 53
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I just got the DVD of the 2001 John Lennon tribute concert in NY ("Come Together"). Lou Reed does an awesome rendition of Jealous Guy on it.

BB
Old 04-18-03, 06:39 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 2,847
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Good: Tool - No Quarter, Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide, All of Metallicas Covers hehe.

Bad: Dixie Chicks - Landslide, lots of others.
Old 04-18-03, 08:42 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Charlie Goose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sesame Street (the apt. next to Bob's)
Posts: 20,195
Likes: 0
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Good call on Tom Jones and "Kiss". I like it better than Prince's original.

Marilyn Manson - "Sweet Dreams"

Guns N Roses - "Live and Let Die"

Pat Boone's heavy metal covers -

Honk!
Old 04-18-03, 09:52 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 1,831
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Good:
Frente - "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order)

Bad:
Mariah Carey - "Open Arms" (Journey)
Old 04-18-03, 10:21 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Rypro 525's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: a frikin hellhole
Posts: 28,263
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
:thumbsdown: "tainted love" Manson
"turn the page" metallica
Old 04-19-03, 12:15 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 2,629
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
godawful: guns n roses - sympathy for the devil (stones cover) ughhh.

great: tool - no quarter (zep), david bowie - white light/white heat (velvet underground), marilyn manson - working class hero (lennon)

mediocre: foo fighters - have a cigar (floyd), marilyn manson - five to one (doors)
Old 04-19-03, 12:23 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 10,989
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Whoever does that new dance version of Don Henley's Boys of Summer
Old 04-19-03, 02:24 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
caligulathegod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Grove City OH
Posts: 3,856
Received 45 Likes on 26 Posts
Best: Time has come today (Chamber Brothers) Ramones. Well, Just about any Ramones cover could be here. They made every song they played their own.

Worst: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (HAIR) The Fifth Dimension. Somehow they managed to turn it into the cheesiest song ever.
Old 04-19-03, 05:26 PM
  #20  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Seattle
Posts: 230
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bad:
Any rap artist/pop artist ripping off a classic tune to make a quick $million$.

To me there is a big difference between a cover song amongst 12 other tracks on an ablum, and a cover released as the main single for that album. And further, taking a song(ala rap artists) and either ripping out the beat or refrain and discarding the rest of the original song like it was crap. A good recent example: eminem and his Aerosmith - Dream On track.
You're forgettin one important factor. The Artists have gotten clearance to use these exerpts and have usually financially compensated the original artists. What you suggest is that Aerosmith cannot profit from their song. Sampling is used by everyone and it's good for the industry because young people will eventually learn who the originator was and seek them out.

Good Covers-
Ben Harper- Strawberry Fields(Beatles)
Cassandra Wilson-Hellhound on my trail (RJ)

Bad Covers-
American Pie- madonna
Old 04-19-03, 06:03 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Up State NY
Posts: 1,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Great : Anthrax - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Slayer : Inda Gadda Divida

Bad: Krokus : School's Out
Type O Negative : Black Sabbath
Old 04-19-03, 06:19 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: East County
Posts: 35,207
Received 194 Likes on 159 Posts
I always thought Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenter's "Superstar" was excellent.
Old 04-19-03, 06:23 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Chad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Somewhere Hot Scoville Units: 9,999,999 Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Posts: 12,259
Received 811 Likes on 316 Posts
Best:

Lenny Kravitz - "American Woman" (The Guess Who)
The Wallflowers - "We Could Be Heroes" (David Bowie)
Guns & Roses - "Live & Let Die" (Wings)


Worst:

Sheryl Crow - "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns & Roses)

Last edited by Chad; 04-19-03 at 06:27 PM.
Old 04-19-03, 09:22 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Posts: 2,041
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Two of my favorites:

-Hendrix, “All Along The Watchtower”
-Pretenders, “Thin Line Between Love & Hate”
Old 04-19-03, 09:47 PM
  #25  
Senior Member
 
Ghostface180's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 950
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
After reading this thread, I just had to download the Avril Lavigne cover of "Chop Suey". It was one of the funniest things I have ever heard.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.