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    Your favourite cover versions

    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?
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    My favourite cover:
    Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Muse

    Other good ones:
    Last Caress - Metallica
    So Happy Together - New Found Glory
    House of the Rising Sun - Muse
    Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - Muse
    I Think I Love You - Less Than Jake

    Worst cover would have to be by the Deftones. They absolutely murdered the great Smiths song Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.

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    muse - feeling good
    the whitlams - tangled up in blue
    grinspoon - don't change
    that pops/swing band that covered wonderwall
    katie noonan and michael franti - what's going on (from the panel)
    any of the versions of "house of the rising sun"
    john mayer - never tear us apart
    joe cocker - never tear us apart

    Hate
    marilyn manson - tainted love
    anything done by any idols
    Last edited by vic_orthdox; 09-04-2005 at 07:45 AM. Reason: adding more stuff i like instead of a new post

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    John Mayer's version of Sting's Message In A Bottle is exceptionally good when Mayer does a really good and really long guitar solo. Also George Michael's version of Sting's Roxanne has a very cool cafe/jazz feel about it, and since im a big fan of the jazz genre and George Michael's music I really like it a lot.

    So mine for now are,

    John Mayer - Message In A Bottle
    George Michael - Roxanne

    Both Sting songs.

    Cant think of any more at the top of my head at the moment.
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    I think several people have sampled choruses to great effect (most recent being Like Toy Soldiers) which I think is much better than the original. But in general I don't like covers. At all.
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    covers are good. repeating the same song, note for note, instrument for instrument, and releasing it as a single is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    muse - feeling good
    How could I forget that? Silly me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    covers are good. repeating the same song, note for note, instrument for instrument, and releasing it as a single is not.
    Covers can be good, but sometimes different isn't better.

    Will Young's version of Light My Fire is different, but it still made me wanna punch him in the throat!

    (Violence is wrong)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Covers can be good, but sometimes different isn't better.

    Will Young's version of Light My Fire is different, but it still made me wanna punch him in the throat!

    (Violence is wrong)
    haha. yeh, hard to argue with that. but at least he tried. i'd prefer that than another karaoke session.

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    Type O Negative's cover of Light My Fire is another one I forgot to mention. Like that too. Oh, and I hate Electric Six's Radio Ga Ga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_
    Oh, and I hate Electric Six's Radio Ga Ga.
    It really does suck in quite a major way, although (& this may be heresy to Queen fans) the original makes me wanna take the claw-hammer to the stereo.

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    The Living End's version of Duran Duran's Girls on Film has to be the best cover ever, considering what they had to work with.
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