Cover versions that are better than the original

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Postby invisible Pole » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:26 am

The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
Madness - It Must Be Love
Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
The Beatles - Twist And Shout
The Clash - Police And Thieves
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Postby DrJ » Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:24 pm

Fountains of Wayne doing The Kinks song "Better Things" is one. Nick Lowe's take on "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road" is another and The Futureheads doing "Hounds of Love" is a current favourite.

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Postby King Hoarse » Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:19 pm

Of all the great versions of I Fought The Law I think the Dead Kennedys' is my favourite.

Kevin Rowland's The Greatest Love Of All (and all the other covers on My Beauty, including Labelled With Love)

Little Jimmy Scott's Jealous Guy

Lou Reed's September Song

Nina Simone's Pirate Jenny (and pretty much every cover for RCA, like Suzanne, Just Like Tom Thum's Blues, Since I Fell For You, I Think It's Going To Rain Today...My Way sucked, though)

Stiff Little Finger's Johnny Was (Bob Marley)

Chemical People's Rip It Out (Ace Frehley)

The Ramones' Surfin' Bird

Norma Waterson's The Birds Will Still Be Singing

and especially:

Richard & Linda Thompson's Dark End Of The Street
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Postby so lacklustre » Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:42 am

Sid Vicious - My Way
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Helter Skelter
The Specials - Monkey Man
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World





Girls Talk is hardly a cover, it was given to Edmunds and as far as I remember was a hit before EC ever recorded it. I prefer EC's take anyway.
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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:01 am

Hearing M. Ward's splendid version of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" (from his 2003 album "Transfiguration of Vincent") made me want to resurrect this thread. What a stupendous cover version - dusty and desperate - blows the doors off the original, and I like Bowie's version. Can I go back and make this my album of the year?

BTW, his new one, "Transistor Radio" is excellent (I've been raving about it elsewhere), but "Transfiguration" is a truly great record that everyone should hear.

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Postby BlueChair » Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:12 pm

Thought I'd chime in with some of mine:

Jimi Hendrix - Drifter's Escape (orig. Dylan)
Stop Your Sobbing - The Pretenders (orig. Kinks)
Summertime Blues - The Who (orig. Eddie Cochran)
George Harrison - If Not For You (orig. Dylan)
Johnny Cash - Rowboat (orig. Beck)

I'm sure I'll think of more...
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Postby ice nine » Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:42 pm

Last Train to Clarksville - Cassandra Wilson
While I wouldn't say it's better I will say its just as good for what it is.
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Postby noiseradio » Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:24 am

Respect - Aretha Franklin
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Postby guidedbyvoices » Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:11 pm

First ones to pop into my head:

Cat Power - her covers album has an amazing (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction tha ignores the chorus and turns the verses into a tense bluesy quiet desperation. As many times as I'd heard Satisfaction, somehow I never paid attn to the verse lyrics before, and it's like hearing a completely different song. Instead of defiant, it becomes a song of desperation. And extra points for doing it to a song so overplayed and part of the rock lexicon to make me hear it with new ears.

And the Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love medley on How The West Was Won where they blast through John Lee Hooker's Boogie Chillun, Ricky Nelson's Hello Mary Lou, Elvis' Let's Have a Party, and a ripping Going Down Slow. It kills me that for most people Zep have this stigma of being heavy 70s cock rock when they were sch an amazing band that would even play those songs just for sheer love of them! And the fact that every nigt for 4 years, they'd do this at the end of WLL or How Many More Times and just throw in whatever they felt like at that moment. Shaft? Sure. Beatles? Why not. Elvis? A given.
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Postby SweetPear » Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:48 am

I like a lot that have already been mentioned......

Stop Your Sobbing~the Pretenders
My Way~Sid Vicious
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood~Elvis Costello

Satisfaction~Devo (the Stones)
Mrs. Robinson~the Lemonheads(Simon and Garfunkle)
What a Wonderful World~Joey Ramone(Louis Armstrong)
I Touch Myself~Eve6 ( the Divinyls)
I Want You to Want Me~NOFX (Cheap Trick)
Video Killed the Radio Star~the Presidents of the United States of America( the Buggles)
And I LOVE this one....
I Will Survive~CAKE!!!!!! (Gloria Gaynor)
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Postby LittleFoole » Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:13 pm

Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover (of Jimi)

Walking On Thin Ice - EC's cover (Yoko OhNo !! )

Heartbreaker Hotel - Dread Zeppelin doing Heartbreak Hotel (the dead Elvis) to the tune of Heartbreaker (Led Zep) 8)

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Postby Bob And Charlotte » Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:59 pm

Baby one more time - Travis
Nobody does it better - Radiohead

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Postby Mike Boom » Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:22 pm

By Your Side - Beachwood Sparks (in which the Sparks turn Sade's song into a psychedelic epic)

Daytripper - Cheap Trick (in which the Trick turn up the Beatles original to 11 on the Richter scale)
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Postby selfmademug » Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:57 pm

I Call Your Name - Mamas and the Papas

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Postby bobster » Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:05 pm

Mike Boom wrote:Daytripper - Cheap Trick (in which the Trick turn up the Beatles original to 11 on the Richter scale)


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Postby King Hoarse » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:07 pm

SweetPear wrote:I Want You to Want Me~NOFX (Cheap Trick)


That's Propagandhi, not NOFX. Same label and same sound, though.
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Postby Mike Boom » Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:58 am

also
I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker
echos myron like a siren

with endurance like the liberty bell

and he tells you of the dreamers

but he's cracked up like the road

and he'd like to lift us up, but we're a very heavy load

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Postby Mike Boom » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:09 am

The Clash - Police And Thieves


Now, THIS is heresy :P

Sorry IP, but there is no way that this version is better than Junior Murvins. Perhaps in some parallel dimension where pasty white boys play reggae better than the Rastas mon. :D
echos myron like a siren

with endurance like the liberty bell

and he tells you of the dreamers

but he's cracked up like the road

and he'd like to lift us up, but we're a very heavy load

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Postby bobster » Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:14 pm

I'm not sure if this is heresy or just plain repulsive but I actually greatly prefer.....

Faith/Limp Bizkit

(Don't hate me...it's just about all the Limp Bizkit I've knowingly even heard!)
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Postby verbal gymnastics » Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:50 am

Alison - Linda Ronstadt




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