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Old 10-19-06, 01:38 AM
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Best and worse live covers.

One of the better one's was a few nights ago with a heavy metal/hardcore band Between the Buried and Me covering the queen song "Bicycle Race". It was very faithful to the original version. The lead singer can actually sing and it didn't sound forced given that 95% of the time he does death metal type growls. There was also some really kick ass double bass drums in there too. Speaking of queen and what not, after the band got off stage the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" came on the speakers. As a joke, I started singing along quite loudly. A few others started joining in, and by the time we hit the second verse, the entire club was singing along, even clapping along to the piano interlude in the middle of the song. Someone next to me said that we sounded like a bunch of drunks, since it was so off key.

the worst cover was by some band that was opening for Velvet Revolver and Hoobastank, when they tried to cover Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin. The lead singer was off key and the band only played the basic parts of the song.

So when at a show, what are some of the better and just dreadful live covers you've heard.
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Old 10-19-06, 05:43 AM
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No Doubt - the End of the World(REM) - Mtv New Years party 1999.
Alice in Chains - getting pissed at boos at a show I went to(opened for KISS), the drummer started belting out the worst imaginable version of Beth possible.

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Telsa - Signs
Nirvana - anything off Unplugged
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Electrelane doing Springsteen's "I'm on Fire"
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Old 10-19-06, 09:07 AM
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Was at a Bob Dylan show a couple years ago and he did covers of Brown Sugar and Henley's End of the Innocence. Brown Sugar could have been worse, but was oddly compelling. Innocence was absolutely awful. I remember it starting up and thinking "What the hell is this..." then he started singing and my face shifted in fear and agony of its awful-oscity.

Although he did do good covers of Old Man and Zevon's Mutineer
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Old 10-19-06, 12:14 PM
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Best cover I've ever heard is The Living End's cover of "Tainted Love." I can't stand the original, but it rocks every time I've heard it live.
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Worse cover I've ever heard was Crazy Town doing a cover of refused's 'new noise'...no wonder refused broke up..
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Old 10-19-06, 01:09 PM
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I think Disturbed's land of confusion is pretty good. I heard a band that opened for OLP once do a very good version of Heart of RnR. I also heard Johnny Lang do Spanish Castle Magic. Stick to your own songs mr. lang.
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I can't recall too many off hand. But two that make me cringe are System of a Down covering Berlin's The Metro.

And 311, I believe it was them, covering the Cure's I Will Always Love You.
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Heart-Rock and Roll

I love thier live version more than the Zepplin original.
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Old 10-19-06, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
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I love thier live version more than the Zepplin original.
Speaking of, how about Wilson's cover of Battle of Evermore from the Singles soundtrack? Haunting.
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Old 10-19-06, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
I think Disturbed's land of confusion is pretty good.
That is just a straight cover song though right? Not live. It is a great rendition though.
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Eddie and the Hot Rods - The Kids Are Alright(Absolutely perfect cover)

Just about every nirvana cover is terrible, exceptions include fuel covering "breed".
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The Polyphonic Spree do mean covers of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and Nirvana's "Lithium," the latter of which is on their latest EP.

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When I was at a Coldplay concert a few months back they did a pretty good version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" I've heard my fair share of bad covers nothing comes to mind specifically. Nirvana's covers on Unplugged are amazing.
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Old 10-19-06, 08:48 PM
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Worst
Clay Aiken "When Doves Cry"

Best
Nickel Creek "Toxic"

Best patter about a cover
Beck "Trapped in the Closet"
- "I only have the mental capacity to memorize 17 verses."
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Old 10-20-06, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
Speaking of, how about Wilson's cover of Battle of Evermore from the Singles soundtrack? Haunting.
I've got to find that album so i can hear that cover.
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
I've got to find that album so i can hear that cover.
It's a great album all around. Two great AIC songs, two Hendrix, SP's Drown, two Pearl Jam songs (incl. State of Love and Trust), Chris Cornell's Seasons (haunting). It's probably one of the best movie soundtracks ever made.
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For me, the best will always be Pearl Jam doing Baba O'Riley
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Old 10-20-06, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Lunatikk
For me, the best will always be Pearl Jam doing Baba O'Riley
They do a killer live version of Sonic Reducer as well.
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My alltime fave is Queensryche AND Dream Theater playing The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" on their '04(?) tour together. Four guitarists, two drummers, two vocalists, and a keyboardist. Amazing.
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Not live, but Limp Bizkit's cover of "Behind Blue Eyes" has secured all of them a warm place in hell.

Best: I'm not going to pick one becuase it's impossible, but...

1. I saw Warren Haynes play "Sultans of Swing" with the Trey Anastasio Band at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Had to change my shorts at set break.

2. Have seen Phish cover Robert Palmer's "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" a few times and it's always been one of my favorite covers.
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Old 10-20-06, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bravesmg
I can't stand the original, but it rocks every time I've heard it live.
I'm assuming you're referring to the Soft Cell version as the original. But a lot of people have no idea how far back the song goes. Gloria Jones first made it famous in 1964.
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Old 10-22-06, 09:29 PM
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Go to an Elvis Costello concert and he does some amazing covers:

"My Baby's Gone" The Louvin Brothers
"When I Paint my Masterpiece" Bob Dylan
"Hidden Charms" Bo Diddley
"Mystery Train" Elvis Presley
"Wild Horses" The Rolling Stones
"I Still Miss Someone" Johnny Cash
"Sleepless Nights" Gram Parsons
"A Matter of Time" Los Lobos
"Must You Throw Dirt in my Face" Bill Anderson
"Gathering Flowers for the Masters Bouquet" The Stanley Brothers

Many of these are duets with Emmylou Harris, but they sound great live.
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I remember hearing a horrible Avril Levigne cover of Chop Suey by SOAD that was pretty painful a couple of years ago.
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