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 Affliiction
Joined: 9/15/2006
Msg: 45
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My favorite cover song that I think is far better than the original is Metallica's "Turn The Page". Bob Segar had a good song, but they really gave some life to it
 JMars
Joined: 10/14/2006
Msg: 46
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Posted: 8/7/2007 1:33:10 PM
Marilyn Manson's version of the Eurythmics (sp?) "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of...)".
 Montreal_Guy
Joined: 3/8/2004
Msg: 48
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Posted: 8/8/2007 11:03:43 AM

Richie Havens - Little Darlin - better than the Beatles (cant believe I said that outloud)


If you mean "Oh, Darling", that might be interesting.

He also does an AMAZING version of "In My Life " , on "Ritchie Havens Sings Dylan And The Beatles". I almost like that song more than Lennon's version, and that's rare for me to say. It's much more "wistful"....

One recent Lennon cover , U2's "Instant Karma" , doesn't even deserve a mention here. For a band of that quality to put that one out is just......... Compared to the original ?

Perhaps had they TOTALLY redone it, in another style, it might have at least been an acceptable attempt. A reggae/ska version, perhaps ?

I heard it on the radio, and said (to a friend) "What idiotic band killed THIS song ? " I didn't realize who was singing it, in my disgust.
 OU8one
Joined: 12/9/2006
Msg: 53
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Posted: 8/11/2007 11:26:40 AM
.... I so agree re: Boys of Summer..... The Ataris took a great Henley classic solo effort and trashed it... I would call it a spoof... they ought to be sued for that.....every time i hear it on the radio I switch stations immediately.... I wish their version would go away for ever !!...... on another topic of re-recorded originals... I think Stevie Ray Vaughns version of "TAXMAN" is a home-run.... right outa the park I say !!!!..... great guitar work in the SRV style and overall very tasteful effort !!....
 OU8one
Joined: 12/9/2006
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Posted: 8/11/2007 11:34:53 AM
....How about Eric Johnson live at Austin City Limits recording of " Cliffs of Dover".... now that is a world class rippin' piece of guitar work !!!...if you haven't heard it try and find it ( mid 1980's guitar player magazine issued a recording with the mag).... it has to be that live performance though...its freakin amazing..... !!
 Longrock1WW
Joined: 2/3/2007
Msg: 60
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Posted: 8/25/2007 11:16:17 PM
Joe****r made some great covers of Beatle songs.
 Longrock1WW
Joined: 2/3/2007
Msg: 61
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Posted: 8/25/2007 11:22:50 PM
No one mentioned maybe the best cover band of alltime, Van Halen!
 AvidArteest
Joined: 2/27/2007
Msg: 62
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Posted: 8/27/2007 7:57:18 PM
Sisters of Mercy did their version of Gimmee Shelter much better than the Rolling Stones, and I liked the original.
 flyguy51
Joined: 8/11/2005
Msg: 64
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Posted: 8/27/2007 10:52:30 PM
No one mentioned maybe the best cover band of alltime, Van Halen!

Gotta agree with you there. Their version of "You Really Got Me" rocks over the original. The vocals are all there, and the instruments are all superior to the original.

I'm certainly not a fan of Garth Brooks, but I have to admit from an objective standpoint that he now owns Billy Joel's "Shameless."
 mcgillj
Joined: 6/8/2004
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Posted: 9/10/2007 3:01:39 PM
Whoever said the NIN song Hurt convered by Johnny Cash.. right on.. I just.. its not quite the same coming from Trent a young.. 30 ish? guy.. when you see, and you can just HEAR the slight tremor in Cash's voice gives the song ALOT more power.

I also enjoyed Guns N Roses cover of The Stone's Sympathy fot the Devil.. the instrumentals just feel quite more POWERFUL than the original.. and on that song, I think the vocals are just much stronger.. althogh EVERY single cover I've heard of Paint it Black PALES in comparison.
 vladtepes97
Joined: 8/14/2007
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Posted: 9/18/2007 8:58:37 PM

simple rule = never try to cover a beatles or zepplin or who song...... thats just not right!


earth wind and fire: got to get you into my life. awesome!
april wine: tell me why. excellent.
 London Lass 59
Joined: 4/25/2007
Msg: 75
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Posted: 9/18/2007 9:21:32 PM
I don't know how many of you are familiar with Brian Ferry and Roxy Music. They had a hit with "More Than This" This song was also covered by 10,000 maniacs, I think I prefer their version. I do however, listen to both versions on occasion.

Other good covers are Gwyneth Paltrow/Huey Lewis version of a Smokey Robinson hit "Cruising" and Sex Pistols version of Sinatra's "My Way" :)
 gurblemurts
Joined: 2/24/2007
Msg: 77
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Posted: 9/20/2007 2:22:24 PM
tortoise and bonnie "prince" billy - daniel(orig. elton john)
sonic youth - superstar (orig. the carpenters)
miles davis - guinevere (orig. Crosby, Stills and Nash)
elliott smith - thirteen (orig. Big Star)

Sufjan Stevens' version of Free Man in Paris is really good but not quite as good as Joni's.
 Raveninns
Joined: 7/19/2005
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Posted: 9/20/2007 8:22:02 PM
Gotta Get you Into My Life by EW&F, as stated by a previous poster, excellent call...

Fugees, Killing Me Softly, oh they do this so well.

Lady Marmalade, by Pink, L'il Kim, Christine A and another girl (ooo can't remember her name...)

And of course, All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix on Ladyland and Peter Gunn on War Heroes, no more needs be said.

Cheers, Raven
 MrGuyCaballero
Joined: 2/27/2007
Msg: 81
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Posted: 9/28/2007 10:17:45 AM
I agree about The Sundays doing "Wild Horses". Catherine Wheeler's voice alone gets it done.

I also agree that Hendrix has done the best "All Along The Watchtower".

Here are some more (some don't actually beat the original but at least give them a good go):

The Cardigans covering "Iron Man" (Black Sabbath) - hilariously laid back and cool.
Devo covering "Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones) - another funny take on a legendary song, really stands on its own.
Primus covering "Tippy Toes" (The Meters) - actually, the whole Miscellaneous Debris e.p. consists of covers that are fantastic takes on the originals.
The Pixies covering "Head On" (The Jesus and Mary Chain) - I love the guitar sound on this one. It gives the song a more emotionally raw sound.
Daniel Ash covering "Day Tripper" (The Beatles) - I know, I know, but it IS very good, and very trippy.
The White Stripes covering "Your Southern Can Is Mine" (Blind Willie McTell) - just amazed they pulled it off.

But the Lifetime Achievement Award in this field has to go to Weird Al. His parodies regularly top the originals, at least in entertainment value.
 the_strawberry_statement
Joined: 9/27/2007
Msg: 84
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Posted: 9/30/2007 6:20:56 PM
Motley Crue covered Brownsville Station's, "Smokin' In the Boys Room" (don't like either version because I don't care for the song) and Gene Simmons' cover of the Prodigy's, "Firestarter" (which I love) SUCKS.
 Ravenstar66
Joined: 8/27/2007
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Posted: 10/2/2007 7:22:24 PM
Covers are a particular passion or hatred of mine...depends

Don Henley for sure

These were excellent and frequently better than the originals
Metallica - Turn the Page , Bob Seger
Aretha Franklin's version of Respect by Otis Redding
Van Halen's rendition of Dancing in the streets and You Really Got Me
Garth Brooks - Shameless
Annie, Are You Okay by Alien Ant Farm
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Jeff Healey, love that version
David Bowie - China Girl by Iggy Pop
The Talking Heads-Take Me To The River, Al Green
The Beatles,Twist and Shout by The Isley Brothers
Eric Clapton, I shot the Sherrif - by Bob Marley
The Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane-Lou Reed
UB40's, Red Red Wine - Neil Diamond
The Black Crowes, Hard to Handle - by Otis Redding
Eric Clapton, Cocaine - by JJ Cale
Soft Cell, Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Cream, Crossroads by Robert Johnson
Cheap Trick, Ain't That A Shame

I also really liked "Shout" by Disturbed, but they never should have tried Phil Collins...ick
 the_strawberry_statement
Joined: 9/27/2007
Msg: 86
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Posted: 10/7/2007 8:49:16 AM
Lenny Kravitz covered the Guess Who's, American Woman.dont like the song so dont have opinion on which is best.
 JackRW
Joined: 4/23/2008
Msg: 90
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Posted: 5/1/2008 8:58:07 AM
Don Henley's version is 100 times better than the Ataris.

The Hooters (All You Zombies, And We Danced, Day By Day) did a really good cover of 'The Boys Of Summer' on their latest CD.

http://www.myspace.com/thehooters

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Some really good (maybe not so well known) covers:
Damnations Tx. - Copper Kettle (Bob Dylan)
The Flatirons - Crazy Train (Ozzy)

Great covers album/CD:
Dead Ringer Band - Hopeville
 JackRW
Joined: 4/23/2008
Msg: 91
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Posted: 5/1/2008 9:10:55 AM
Pinmonkey has two really good covers:

Fly - Sugar Ray (much better than the original)

I Drove All Night - Roy Orbison (hard to top RO, but still a good version)
 the_strawberry_statement
Joined: 9/27/2007
Msg: 94
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Posted: 5/1/2008 10:29:09 PM
edit: i posted on wrong thread, sorry :)
 Ready4SomethingFun
Joined: 3/17/2008
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Posted: 5/5/2008 6:27:38 PM
But now I'm being driven nuts because I can't think of who originally sang "Last Kiss" and who later put out "If You Can Read My Mind" and anyone who can fill the blanks in, it's much appreciated.



J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers did the original "Last Kiss"

Haven't heard the Lightfoot cover.
 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 12/12/2008 7:05:17 PM
Robert Plant did really good covers of "Darkness, Darkness" & "Sea Of Love" & "If I Were A Carpenter."

 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 12/23/2008 12:43:58 PM
Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped" as done live by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in 1984 which was on that Ethiopian relief compilation album the following year.


 Mr_Artemis
Joined: 11/30/2008
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Posted: 12/23/2008 3:37:00 PM
Actually in the early 2000 that same song got covered again but in a dance version and sang by a female don't remember name off the top of my head but I think that is the best verison of the Boys of Summer.
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