Yep, yet another music thread!
On VH2 (music channel) over here there's a cover version day, so in the best tradition of "monkey see, monkey do" I thought I'd canvass CW's opinions as to their favs.
I can wax pretentious about music for hours &, generally, cover versions are a force for evil. Cynical managers use them as a shortcut to the pockets of the fans of Westlife/Boyzone/Girls Aloud who are generally too young to have heard the original &, without wishing to sound too condescending, possibly not the most discerning of audiences anyway. Sometimes tho covers can be amazing, occasionally outstripping the original version of the song. I guess for me the prime example of this is Hurt by the late, great Johnny Cash. A pretty unremarkable Nine Inch Nails song about common-or-garden drug abuse (I'm not a fan of theirs...) is turned into a moving treatise on mortality & a man's life's work when sung in Cash's cadence with Rick Rubin's understated backing; helped, of course, by its remarkable video. I have to say I was welling-up when I saw it today. It gets me every time.
For me covers are best when they are completely different readings of the song. Other covers I love include:
Nobody does it better - Radiohead
Just like heaven - Dinosaur Jnr
Billie Jean - Ian Brown
Jolene- The White Stripes
Always on my mind - Pet Shop Boys
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
8 Miles high - Husker Du
Mrs Robinson - The Lemonheads
Any one else love (or hate) a cover version?