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Music cover versions - where the cover improves the original


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Driving home from work today I was listening to Johnny Cash's 'American IV: The Man Comes Around' album and it struck me how rarely I could say that I have heard a cover version of a song where I comfortably prefer the cover version to the original.

On that one album alone I would say that there are at least three Cash cover versions that I prefer to the originals (Hurt, Personal Jesus and One)

It got me thinking what other cases there are and the ones I could come up with are:

Hendrix's - All Along the Watchtower and Hey Joe

The Specials - Rudy: A Message to You

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Sammy Davis Jnr - 'In the Ghetto'

The Stranglers - Walk on By

The Pogues - Dirty Old Town

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

Rolling Stones - Time is on my Side

David Bowie - China Girl (bit of a cheat as Bowie co-wrote it anyway but Iggy Pop released it first)

The Who - Summertime Blues

After that I struggle. OK it looks like a few but it isn't really when you consider how many thousands are released. There are probably a few others I have forgotten andf if I did a little research I would come up with them but these are the ones that spring to mind.

Anyone suggest any others?

p.s If anyone says the Scissors Sisters version of COmfortably Numb they are banned for life icon_wink.gif

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Not a great fan of cover versions - especially nowadays as all you bleedin get is Westlife, Girls Aloud etc etc, murdering songs that were'nt even that good to begin with.

From a very biased point of view, the only ones I can think of right now are both cover versions The Jam did. One being David Watts (originally The Kinks) & the other Heatwave (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas).

I'll try and think of some more, but must admit, the original tracks are very rarely bettered.

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Nirvana - The man who sold the world

That one came very close for me but I am a huge Bowie fan and I just can't allow it to better in my biased mind - I will call it even icon_wink.gif

Bowie actually did a superb version of a Jacques Brel song called 'Port of Amsterdam' but I didn't mention that as I think it wa sonly released on a BBC Sessions album (Bowie at the Beeb - mostly with John Peel) rather than a studio album

And again with Nibs suggestions I am a huge Kinks fan and love their version of David Watts (as I do the Jam's version) so it was a clse call again.

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Not a great fan of cover versions - especially nowadays as all you bleedin get is Westlife, Girls Aloud etc etc, murdering songs that were'nt even that good to begin with.

It is that nmassive difference between an artist with integrity and a band being told what to do to make a quick bob isn't it. I have no time for cover versions which make no attempt to inject a different sound, angle and personality into the original song. That is probably why I like the Johnny Cash ones so much.

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Loz, once asked at a quiz What is the most covered song of all time,we thought of two at the time a) House of the Rising Sun or b)Yesterday, we went for Yesterday, the answer acc to the quizmaster was Love will Tear us Apart by Joy Division.What do u think.

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Just looked up the Wikipedia entry for 'Love Will tear us Apart' - the only cover version I know I have heard is The Cure one.

It is a song that should never have been covered by anyone - there are osme things that are far too attached to the internal torture of the writer. I have the original 12" on vinyl and dust it down on a regular basis.

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Loz Dear Friend, I have come to the conclusion that I am talking utter sh*te,I have (as they say in Ulster Scots) swallied too many Shhtella, I am off the Fags and the only comfort I can find is drink beer very quickly and listen to the Foo Fighters latest Skin and Bones,very very very good.

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Loz Dear Friend, I have come to the conclusion that I am talking utter sh*te,I have (as they say in Ulster Scots) swallied too many Shhtella,

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Go on yersel' son, have a wee swallie fir me an aww the troops in the CSR young team!

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O.K pop picker`s.Not arf. icon_lol.gif

My question to all.Which is the best cover version (by group,male or female) you have seen live.??

Again,for me U.B.4.0. will stand out. M.K.BOWL biggrin.gif

Clash.Police & Thieve`s (Locarno Coventry) will alway`s be up there. icon_wink.gif

Most recently.Bee Gee`s cover version by R.H.C.P @ The Ricoh.Amazing. icon_wink.gif

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Hmmm

I saw the Pogues do London Calling at the Town & Country Club (but they did have Joe Strummer singing instead of McGowan so not sure if that counts)

On a par with that was seeing Neil Young in Toronto in 1993 doing a version of Dylan's Hurricane

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Loz Dear Friend, I have come to the conclusion that I am talking utter sh*te,I have (as they say in Ulster Scots) swallied too many Shhtella,

I am off the Fags

Fancy a blowback Cloakey.To ease your nerve`s.?? icon_lol.gif

and the only comfort I can find is drink beer very quickly and listen to the Foo Fighters latest Skin and Bones,very very very good.

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I'm going to suggest: Muse - Feeling Good.

A very fine version and credit to Muse (see my earlier post) for stamping their mark on it....however better than Nina Simone - I'm not so sure.

I almost feel that there is a chance I will go to hell if I say Nina Simone's classic has been bettered (and I am not religous!) icon_wink.gif

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