/ BEST cover versions of a song
One of mine. Cover od Del Amitri This Side of the Morning (I reckon this fella must spend his entire life breaking up with women with the songs he writes)
And don't get me started on Rod Stewart covers of Dylan. Mama You Been On My Mind and Tomorrow Such a Long Time are both extraordinary.
Are you suffering from dementia?!?
Just you-tubed the Rod Stewart Dylan covers, they are pretty darned good. Rod was a bit of tw*t but he was definitely a great singer of other people's songs - he makes them his own.
Best Dylan cover has to be Hendrix though, surely?
Or you could go for broke and try Chimes of Freedom, the 50 years of Amnesty International CD, with 49 Dylan covers plus the title track by the man himself. Some interesting/unusual stuff on there - Desolation Row by My Chemical Romance anyone?
Agree that All along the Watchtower by Jimmy Hendrix is better,but I also like the Dave Mason version.
Sailing done by Rod Stewart.
Who is best Sting or Eva Cassidy for Fields of Gold?
Don't like the disco version of Light my fire(Doors) though.
Nothing compares to the original, and it's not just Curtis's vocals, and the genuine feeling behin them, but also Hooky's bass, Morris's percussion and hannett's production. Never fails to move me.
Oh, and the Nouvelle Vague is a better cover (and don't dare mention Paul Young), but I really like the Heaverly Pregnant Brothers rendition - Snow will keep us off school (again)
John otway's version of House of the Rising Sun
As recorded at Abbey Road, with me on backing vocals
I am a fan of good covers, its always fun to see another artists/genres take on a song(well,maybe not always...)
Personal favourites: CCR - heard it through the grapevine, Hendrix - Watchtowers.
also this: Hot 8 Brass Band - Sexual Healing
Melanie Safka did great covers e.g. Carolina in my Mind and Ruby Tuesday.
> Melanie Safka did great covers e.g. Carolina in my Mind and Ruby Tuesday.
Wow I'd not heard this one before. FANTASTIC - Mr Tambourine Man
Nomeansno – Beat on the brat.
Mr Wright & Mr Wrong – Victoria.
Jello Biafra with DOA – We Gotta Get Out of this place.
Butthole Surfers – Hurdy Gurdy Man (particularly the Jim Melly re-mix)
DOA – Its not unusual.
Johnny Cash did great covers....
Johnny Cash - Sea Of Heartbreak
Johnny Cash - I won't Back Down
To the op
can this count as a cover?
it is a well known piece by an artist not usualy known for this type of music,
there might be versions of this song that are performed with precision but not with this much feeling.
Jeff Buckley ; Dido's lament.
here is phil shepherd's take on it,
This is defo a cover, a brilliant take on an old classic. IMO.
MC5. Baby please don't go,
> John otway's version of House of the Rising Sun. As recorded at Abbey Road, with me on backing vocals.
Oh you jammy jammy b*gger! Have you seen the movie yet?
flaming lips version of kylies 'cant get you out of my head'.
i for one think hendrixs version of watchtower totally lacks what makes the dylan original so good. a far second place, tho great in other ways. that said, theres a neil young version floating about (early 90s???) where he does a cover of BOTH versions in one - the lonely gloom of dylan with the howling intensity of hendrix. as only NY could.
not sure if orchestral counts as a cover, but the zappa version of the rite of spring is profoundly good. compounded by zappa being one of the few (only??) rock musicians who made genuinly valuable forays into orchestral.
Bowie's cover of 'All the Young Dudes', technically he wrote it, but his was still a better version IMO.
Can't believe no one has mentioned cash's version of 'hurt' yet
The best cover version ever?
Motörhead's version of Motorhead. Originally a Hawkwind song, far better with Lemmy singing.
Blue Oyster Cult's version of 'We gotta get out of this place' is very good.
(as is Big Tuna's version of Poker face but you'd have to go see the band to hear that one).
> Are you suffering from dementia?!?
I think Rob's been sniffing glue.
I was interested to see what this cover was so I just youtubed it. Very lucky as I switched off after about 15 seconds as many items on my desk would have been smashed to smithereens.
The lyrics, ever so slightly adjusted, were the only reading at our wedding in October and, old romantic that I am, watching this has made me unexpectedly well up (it may not have the same effect on you).
Johnny Cash - Hurt
> Who is best Sting or Eva Cassidy for Fields of Gold?
Is that a joke? Eva Cassidy's! And indeed the winner of this thread. Good night.
> Is that a joke? Eva Cassidy's! And indeed the winner of this thread. Good night.
I can't agree. sting has the beautiful and sublime playing of Kathryn Tickell on his version. Wins every day.
"New York New York" by Frank Sinatra
> Oh you jammy jammy b*gger! Have you seen the movie yet?
Not yet, will have to wait until the DVD comes out
The apocalyptica album that covers metallica with four cellos is pretty damn good :) can't youtube at work for link sorry.
> YES!! never thought id see it mentioned.
> flaming lips version of kylies 'cant get you out of my head'.
With all due respect to Coyne, Haynes et al, I was trying not to go for "novelty" covers in this thread. I see the predictable "Gourds doing Gin & Juice" has already been trotted out, as has Scala Choir. Sigh. Can't wait for someone to bring up Hayseed Dixie.
(I'm not comparing Butthole Surfers and Flaming Lips to Hayseed Dixie, mind you!)
Novelty cover of a novelty song: Bongwater doing Bedazzled.
Novelty cover of non-novelty song: Bongwater doing Everybody's Talkin' :-)
OOOhhhhhh what a great thread:
Merry Clayton's version of Soutern Man (by Neil Young) always puts a tingle down my spine:
another (fun) fave is Hackney Colliary Band's cover of the Blackstreet classic 'No Diggety'
I love that piece of music, all ways up.I like the Alison Moyet version as well as various classical types, along with the Jeff Buckley version.I really enjoyed the radio documentary on all the covers.
What about Duke Ellington's Three Suites?(Nutcracker,Peer Gynt, and his own Suite Thursday).
Cream's version of Crossroads?
In the real world, when I was a teenager, I used to go to a pub with my parents at Ingbirchworth between Huddersfield and Penistone(The Rag and Louse, or The Fountain).There on a boxing day they had a choir in and they sung "While Shepherds Watch" to 7 different tunes.So it was easy to remember the words.
I liked Alien Ant Farms Smooth Criminal cover
Lost in Music , Sister Sledge covered by The Fall, uh.
> Lost in Music , Sister Sledge covered by The Fall, uh.
You just reminded me of Mark E Smith singing Ghost in My House - quite good.
John Otway is a god to all of us failed rockstars.
Sid Vicious - My Way.
+1 quality cover.
Other good ones,
'There is a light that never goes out' by the smiths, covered by Noel Gallagher
'where is my mind' by the pixies, covered by James blunt (good, but not as good as the original)
'sweet dreams (are made of these)' by Eurythmics, covered by Marilyn manson,
'Smells like teen spirit' by nirvana, covered by tori Amos
'tiny dancer' by Elton John, covered by Dave grohl
'man who sold the world' by David Bowie, covered by nirvana
Yeah that's a great cover, forgot all about that one. I've heard 'bitter sweet symphony' as another good cover by Noel but the quality was crap. Also 'hey hey my my' by oasis was a great track.
I secretly like Avril Lavigne
Damned covering MC5 'Looking At You'
Sex Pistols covering (Who's?) 'Stepping Stone'
(yes, a bit of a shit band, but you certainly get boredom & spite in it :-) )
Dead Kennedys covering Bobby Fuller 5's 'I Fought The Law'
(except they won :-)
Jeff Beck Group 'Going Down'
(love the way it goes from boogie-woogie to 70's rock) (ripped off from The Ventures?)
covered by The Pink Faries
apologies for the crap album version, the live one is much better!)
> Blue Straggler's from 'the worst version thread'
> Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" covered and (IMHO, nailed) by Skinhead O'Connor
> Prince is great, but I'd rather snog Sinead..that might haver a lot to do with it ;-)
Ha, I read about her on a dating site a while back. apparently she finds it hard to meet nice blokes. Give it a go, you never know.
Looks like an attractive fortysomething woman to me: http://i.usatoday.net/life/_photos/2012/02/17/Sinead-OConnor-is-all-about-being-herself-RP113M37-x-l...
She looks awful. Lovely in 1990 though
Most people are in better shape when they're 23 than when they're 45!
Others may well think differently.
> Others may well think differently.
Looks ok for her age to me!
Perhaps it's just a perception that she's aged badly because as a singer in the limelight, more attention was paid to her dress/makeup etc?
Besides, I get the feeling she's quite dirty in the sack, so wouldn't cross her off the list :P
I notice you don't have a profile pic
Last night, Status Quo performed a fantastic version of John Fogerty's 'Rockin all over the world' in Glasgow. (they also performed some not so fantastic versions of jingle bell rock and walking in a winter wonderland)
Jennifer Warnes did a very good version of that. In fact, she did a whole album of Leonard Cohen covers which is excellent.
Nick Cave's 'In the Ghetto' is pretty splendid.
And I agree with Padraig's suggestion of FGTH's cover of 'Born to Run' - thoroughly wonderful.
I think you must be looking at different photos to me.
I had a look at that Daily Mail link and I think Sinead has aged rather well compared to those in the article I saw below.
Al Green - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - originally done by the BeeGees, but not like this.
Dusty Springfield - Breakfast in Bed
Searching for footage of old blues footage, I found this, she has become a favourite artist of mine,
If you like blues folky music you might love this ,
She calls herself iplabanjonow on you tube
This is a mississippi john hurt tune, many of these old blues tracks are from a tin pan alley background and all end up covers one way or another , iplabanjonow does this track proud.
Mjh; Richland woman's blues
And here she covers Skip James , crow Jane ,
I Highly recommend you take the time to give this artist a listen, an amateur with a guitar and a pc , keeps blues alive.
Johnny Doughty's version of the Golden Vanity, or Streets of Port Arthur.
An acquired taste, of course.
I was about to post this, and saw it at the top of the list. Saw it performed live this week and it was something - taking on an untouchable original (which I still prefer BTW) and doing something new with it.
They do a mean White Rabbit too.
erm... Bill Baileys message to Metallica :)
Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal covered by Alien Ant Farm.
> Sid Vicious - My Way.
Don't think anyone has mentioned All Along The Watchtower - JH
or Nina Simone's Feeling Good by Muse.
> erm... Bill Baileys message to Metallica :)
....... or COCKNEY ROCK!
The Foo Fighters cover of Baker Street knocks my socks off.
RATM made Maggie's Farm their own song.
Faith no more's version of Easy is amazing, and they are also amazing live.
> RATM made Maggie's Farm their own song.
stop being silly
always liked "Sympathy" by Jane's Addiction, a cover of The Rolling Stones's "Sympathy for the Devil".
> I liked Alien Ant Farms Smooth Criminal cover
> I liked Alien Ant Farms Smooth Criminal cover
Just watched on Youtube! I like.
For a different version by Dylan himself listen to Live at Budokan.
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