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Thread: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

  1. #31

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    Johnny Cash - Hurt

  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    "Raspberry Beret" by the Hindu Love Gods is miles better than the original.

    But I have a theory about this subject: I reckon that if you hear a cover and don't know that it is a cover at the time of first hearing it, and only find out subsequently, it is highly unlikely that you will ever prefer the original. Discuss.
    I had All Tomorrow’s Parties by Japan in my singles collection for years and then discovered about 20 years later that it was on the first Velvet Underground album.

    Your theory doesn’t apply to me 😜

  3. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    Not a cover version.
    Depends

  4. #34

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    Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (I believe rated the best cover ever, some years back. Willie Nelson does a superb alternative mellow style cover as well).

    Respect - Aretha Franklin

    Can’t get Used To Losing You - The Beat

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

    Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

    I Love Rock n’ Roll - Joan Jett

    MacArthur Park - Donna Summer

    Proud Mary - Tina Turner

    Tainted Love - Soft Cell

    Valerie - Amy Winehouse

    Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin

    Can’t Help Falling in Love With You - UB40

  5. #35

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    Johnny Was - An SLF classic. I love Marley’s version too but Fingers version is so so good. Fantastic live too

  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird23 View Post
    Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (I believe rated the best cover ever, some years back. Willie Nelson does a superb alternative mellow style cover as well).
    Willie Nelson The Scientist

    Valerie - Amy Winehouse
    Not for me, prefer The Zutons.
    I thought this was good:
    https://youtu.be/H4xYTspgC4M

    Gary Jules (?) mad world

    Florence and the Machine you've got the love (standing well back)

  7. #37

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    forgot about this one - Believe DMA's
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmwFnoMoDDg

  8. #38

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    Can't Get To You
    Original by the Temptations-


    Much better cover by The Jess Roden Band (skip to 6 mins - though the first track is good, too)-

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightOuttaCanton View Post
    I had All Tomorrow’s Parties by Japan in my singles collection for years and then discovered about 20 years later that it was on the first Velvet Underground album.

    Your theory doesn’t apply to me 😜
    Japan's I second that emotion I loved and, although Smokey Robinson's is a classic, the saxophones on this make it 👌

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lone Gunman View Post
    The Bobby Fuller Four's hit version of I Fought The Law is considerably better than the original by the Crickets, but the later cover by the Clash is better still.

    Siouxsie & the Banshees' version of Dear Prudence is much better than the Beatles' original. Their version of Helter Skelter is also superior (in my opinion at least....).

    I prefer Blancmange's cover of Abba's the Day Before You Came, but they're both great.

    Bowie's version of China Girl is a good deal better than Iggy's original.

    The Damned's cover of Eloise is better than Barry Ryan's original, although that's also quite decent.

    The Pretenders' cover of I Go To Sleep is better than the Applejacks recording or the Kinks original (but that was just a demo).
    Heard it on R2 the other day reminding me of how good that song is.

  11. #41

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    But I have a theory about this subject: I reckon that if you hear a cover and don't know that it is a cover at the time of first hearing it, and only find out subsequently, it is highly unlikely that you will ever prefer the original
    This might apply if you liked the song when you first heard it but not if you didn't.

    Here's an exception (in addition to the Scissor sisters one already mentioned ) Ramones' version of Baby I love you was a banger, loved it, but the Ronettes I heard afterwards and is better IMO.

  12. #42

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    Surprised no-one has mentioned Jimmy Nail's version of Rose Royce's Love Dont Live Here Anymore.

  13. #43

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleve van Leef View Post
    Not a patch on the original Denise by Randy & The Rainbows
    But did they have a pouting, mini skirted, filthy looking Debbie Harry singing it? .......I rest my case

  14. #44

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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightOuttaCanton View Post
    Johnny Was - An SLF classic. I love Marley’s version too but Fingers version is so so good. Fantastic live too
    Classic, one of the best SLF songs ever.

  15. #45

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Dwr View Post
    Classic, one of the best SLF songs ever.
    Agree - and also agree fantastic live, still a great live band

  16. #46

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by StraightOuttaCanton View Post
    I had All Tomorrow’s Parties by Japan in my singles collection for years and then discovered about 20 years later that it was on the first Velvet Underground album.

    Your theory doesn’t apply to me 😜
    Noted.

  17. #47

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    But did they have a pouting, mini skirted, filthy looking Debbie Harry singing it? .......I rest my case
    Quite - however wrong it may be, it is VERY difficult NOT to consider that when listening to Blondie's version......

  18. #48

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by MacAdder View Post
    This might apply if you liked the song when you first heard it but not if you didn't.

    Here's an exception (in addition to the Scissor sisters one already mentioned ) Ramones' version of Baby I love you was a banger, loved it, but the Ronettes I heard afterwards and is better IMO.
    Of course - that is the basis of my theory.

    The Ronnette's version will never be bettered - just brilliant. Don't you ever think that some songs are SO good that there should be a 'cover-protection order' placed on them?

  19. #49

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by MacAdder View Post
    Japan's I second that emotion I loved and, although Smokey Robinson's is a classic, the saxophones on this make it 
    Agree with that. But when you hear the original it makes you realise what a truly great record it is.

  20. #50

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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightOuttaCanton View Post
    Johnny Was - An SLF classic. I love Marley’s version too but Fingers version is so so good. Fantastic live too
    How did I miss this one!

    Great suggestion - and very true.

  21. #51

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    Coincidentally, I just came across this yesterday. It's so bad I don't even know what to say. See how long you can last.


  22. #52

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by MacAdder View Post
    This might apply if you liked the song when you first heard it but not if you didn't.

    Here's an exception (in addition to the Scissor sisters one already mentioned ) Ramones' version of Baby I love you was a banger, loved it, but the Ronettes I heard afterwards and is better IMO.

    Personally, I thought The Ramones version was far better (can’t believe I missed it off my list).

  23. #53

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by MacAdder View Post
    Japan's I second that emotion I loved and, although Smokey Robinson's is a classic, the saxophones on this make it 👌
    One of my favourite covers. Seemed an unusual choice for Japan at the time but it turned out to be a beautiful version.

  24. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird23 View Post
    Personally, I thought The Ramones version was far better (can’t believe I missed it off my list).
    It's close

  25. #55

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBlue View Post
    Coincidentally, I just came across this yesterday. It's so bad I don't even know what to say. See how long you can last.
    Was going to switch it off as soon as he opened his mouth but then I thought this is a parody and the band members are doing brilliantly keeping straight faces.

    Then at the instrumental part you realise they're serious.

    I'm scarred!

  26. #56

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    Of course - that is the basis of my theory.

    The Ronnette's version will never be bettered - just brilliant. Don't you ever think that some songs are SO good that there should be a 'cover-protection order' placed on them?
    After the rendition of Comfortably numb posted yesterday, I think the scissor sisters should be banned from all recording studios

  27. #57

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    Might be breaking some unwritten rule here, but Heart's version of Stairway to Heaven, that they performed at a Led Zeppelin tribute is something else.

    https://youtu.be/LFxOaDeJmXk

  28. #58

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bloop View Post
    Might be breaking some unwritten rule here, but Heart's version of Stairway to Heaven, that they performed at a Led Zeppelin tribute is something else.
    I discovered Heart's mid to late-Seventies catalogue this time last year after watching the Virgin Suicides. The soundtrack includes their first US hit - Magic Man from 1975. That and Barracuda are quite brilliant singles and the first couple of albums are great too. I genuinely had no idea this stuff existed until a year ago - my knowledge of Heart was confined to their big mid-Eighties hits.

  29. #59

    Re: Banging Song Covers better than their original version OR shockers :yikes:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird23 View Post
    Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (I believe rated the best cover ever, some years back. Willie Nelson does a superb alternative mellow style cover as well).

    Respect - Aretha Franklin

    Can’t get Used To Losing You - The Beat

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

    Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

    I Love Rock n’ Roll - Joan Jett

    MacArthur Park - Donna Summer

    Proud Mary - Tina Turner

    Tainted Love - Soft Cell

    Valerie - Amy Winehouse

    Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin

    Can’t Help Falling in Love With You - UB40
    The originals of MacArthur Park and Tainted Love are far superior to the covers!

  30. #60

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    Weller’s version of Thinking of You is a work of sheer beauty compared to the Rose Royce original, in fact it’s probably my favourite track he’s done solo.

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