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Mikstaw's post in the Guns 'N' Roses post has got me thinking about other moments of musical murder. Times where a cracking song has been absolutely murdered by a cover version. I am not necesarily referring to just bad cover versions but more 'should never be forgiven moments'

Some for me are

Guns 'n' Roses on no less than three occasions - Knocking on Heaven's Door, Live and Let Die and Sympathy for the Devil

Madonna - American Pie (the music really did die that day)

Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb

Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes

Will Young - Light my Fire

M People - Itchycoo Park

Boney M - Heart of Gold

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde - I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

I have to stop now - this could go on a while.

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The majority of UB40's back catalogue with the worst offender being:

Jimmy Cliffs - Many Rivers to Cross

I am ashamed to have left that off my original list. UB40 are a major hall of shame contender.

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I am ashamed to have left that off my original list. UB40 are a major hall of shame contender.

Here are a few more by the great song writers....

"Breakfast in Bed " by Dusty Springfield album

"Cherry Oh Baby " by Eric Donaldson

"Come Back Darling " by Johnny Osbourne & The Sensations

"Every Breath You Take " by The Police

Here I Am (Come and Take Me) " by Al Green

"Homely Girl " by The Chi-Lites

"I Got You Babe " by Sonny & Cher


"I Think it's Going to Rain Today " by Randy Newman


"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight " by Bob Dylan


"Johnny Too Bad " by The Slickers

"Keep on Moving " by Bob Marley & The Wailers


"Kingston Town " by Lord Creator


"Light My Fire " by The Doors


"Please Don't Make Me Cry " by Winston Groovy


"Red Red Wine " by Neil Diamond


"Soul Rebel " by Bob Marley & The Wailers


"Superstition " by Stevie Wonder

"Sweet Sensation " by The Melodians


"The Way You Do the Things You Do " by The Temptations

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There are hundreds of decent songs that have been ruined by cover versions, here's just a few: -

Four Seasons - Ain't That A Shame

David Bowie - Alabama Song

Atomic Kitten - Eternal Flame

Bryan Ferry - Jealous Guy

Telly Savalas - If

David Cassidy - Cherish

Johnny Nash - Stir It Up

Amazulu - Montego Bay

Bananarama - Nathan Jones

Bay City Rollers - Keep On Dancin'

Bay City Rollers - I Only Want To Be With You

Shirley Bassey - Something

Carpenters - Ticket To Ride

U2 - All Along The Watchtower

Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

Elton John - Pinball Wizard

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These are 4 youtube "stars" if you will (the one with the red hair being the most popular, and the guy with the straightened brown hair the least) and they're well known for writing songs and playing them on the ukelele/guitar/acordian for all their YouTube fans to see, but they tried to join forces for this band called the "Sons of Admirals" covering Cat Stevens' "Here Comes My Baby" and blimey, it's a shocker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR5wKLfzGHo

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I can't argue with most of you, and particularly with regard to UB40 and their butchering of the soundtrack of my teenage years. Their first album, though, was and is a classic, IMO!

Metallica - Whiskey in the Jar

I thought Mettalica's cover of a Thin Lizzy cover of a Dubliners cover of a traditional Irish folk song was better than the slightly more dirgey version that Lynott managed to use to break through to POP world.

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I can't argue with most of you, and particularly with regard to UB40 and their butchering of the soundtrack of my teenage years. Their first album, though, was and is a classic, IMO!

SIgning Off was brilliant. Present Arms wasn't bad either. remember Madam Madusa from the enclosed 12" single? those two and Rat In The Kitchen are about all the UB40 you could ever want, or need. here's a 9 minute version of Madam Madusa*:

*aka Maggie Thatcher

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With fear of Bluebeard never buying me a pint again - just about ever cover song Rod Stewart has ever recorded especially every soul classic he's murdered with that croak he calls a voice.

oh it hurts me to risk conflict with the gorgeous BlueBeard (who is to Charlie Drake as Prince Charming is to Buttons) but Tim W has hit the nail on the head here.

And here is a horrible David Hasselhoff cover of Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy. You can like or dislike the original but Glen C sang it effortlessly, where as the Hoff posturises and simpers like a middle-aged tart trying to recapture her/his lost youth

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His version of Angel was sacrilege

I quite liked Angel, Never a Dull moment was a brilliant album, sort of see where Tims coming from as I am not too impressed with Rods versions of Soull songs.

I must admit to liking that croak he calls a voice though.

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