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Stone Birds 07-28-2010 02:53 PM


scottsy 07-28-2010 04:10 PM

I just hate the way that Gary Jules version got RE - done by a few dumbass American Idol schmucks, which totally cheapened it... and the fact that it got thrown into nearly every "dramatic" episode of this or that show... it just started to get a bit overdone to the point where I actually WANTED to hear the original...

Stone Birds 07-28-2010 04:43 PM

Gary Jules, is pretty damn good, though i've really only heard his daytrotter session

glimpse of magic 07-28-2010 08:14 PM

red red wine by UB40
original by Neil Diamond

twist and shout by the beatles
original by top notes

scottsy 07-28-2010 08:17 PM

Easy by Faith NpMore easily betters the original... no disrespect to the Commodores, i just very much prefer the FNM version by a long shot!

boo boo 07-28-2010 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glimpse of magic (Post 908476)
twist and shout by the beatles
original by top notes

What was wrong with the original?

downwardspiral 07-29-2010 02:52 AM

i much prefer placebo's version of running up that hill. no disrespect to kate bush, but it just ain't my bag.

DreamTheater 07-29-2010 09:21 AM

Whiskey In The Jar by Metallica (Covered Thin Lizzy's which covered The Dublins or something like that)

scottsy 07-29-2010 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by downwardspiral (Post 908609)
i much prefer placebo's version of running up that hill. no disrespect to kate bush, but it just ain't my bag.

I really like that cover version myself!

crushedblind 07-29-2010 06:29 PM



jenny does really great pop covers

boo boo 07-29-2010 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DreamTheater (Post 908649)
Whiskey In The Jar by Metallica (Covered Thin Lizzy's which covered The Dublins or something like that)

What is wrong with the Thin Lizzy version?

nylonsmile 07-29-2010 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by downwardspiral (Post 908609)
i much prefer placebo's version of running up that hill. no disrespect to kate bush, but it just ain't my bag.

I agree with this. No insult to Kate Bush's original, but to me Placebo's version is light years better.

Raust 07-29-2010 11:22 PM



Much better than the Kurt Weill Ooompa version.



One of Led Zeppelin's great covers. The Jake Holmes version is much to slow for my taste they really transformed this song into there own.



I never liked Michael Jackson's original version of the song this one sounds much more edgier.

scottsy 07-29-2010 11:24 PM

I prefer that Alien Ant Farm version myself.... good call!

boo boo 07-29-2010 11:43 PM

I thought the Jack Holmes original of D&C is good but anyone who says its better than Zeps version is just being a pretentious twat I think.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Raust (Post 909068)


I never liked Michael Jackson's original version of the song this one sounds much more edgier.

Hell f*cking no, that version is a funny novelty but in the end they took a great pop song and turned it into a generic nu metal thing, blaaaaaaaaaah.

Jackson version wipes the f*cking floor with it.

Heavier =/= Edgier =/= Better

DreamTheater 07-30-2010 10:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boo boo (Post 908935)
What is wrong with the Thin Lizzy version?

Ehh, nothing really it's just I'm more of a Metallica fan that's all.

scottsy 07-30-2010 11:58 AM

RE: Smooth Criminal... I just think they took a pop song and made it into... another pop song. Nothing monumental, just a pop song that appeals to me more than it's orignal.

Frownland 02-14-2012 09:51 AM

I'm an avid Simon and Garfunkel fan, but there's no way that I can turn away from Yes's ten minute plus prog version of America.


Sansa Stark 02-14-2012 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frownland (Post 1154554)
I'm an avid Simon and Garfunkel fan, but there's no way that I can turn away from Yes's ten minute plus prog version of America.


ha my city is mentioned in America.

also:



>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> original songs

The Fascinating Turnip 02-14-2012 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Paloma (Post 1154566)
ha my city is mentioned in America.

also:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> original songs

Blasphemy. It's a great version, but it's not at all ">>>>>>>>>>>... the original song".

Paedantic Basterd 02-14-2012 02:03 PM

Honestly?


Euronomus 02-14-2012 02:51 PM

easy:



Maybe it's just because it's done live, but I've always thought this one was more immediate and "real" than the Fleet Foxes version.

sopsych 02-14-2012 09:58 PM

Rod Stewart - Downtown Train

And, like an earlier mention elsewhere, I expect most people to call that blasphemy.

Also, Set the Night to Music, by Roberta Flack and Maxi Priest. I prefer rock to R&B, but the original Starship version is lame.

Laser 02-15-2012 12:58 AM

I can think of one. I didn't buy A Thousand Suns but this cover for The Catalyst really owns. :thumb:


Mrd00d 02-16-2012 04:00 AM

I might or might not be alone on this, but I prefer Les Claypools' Fearless Flying Frog Brigade's covers of Pink Floyd's Animals album, from Pigs on the Wing, to Dogs, to Three Different Ones, to Sheep, to Pigs on the Wing 2. It's a live set, but I love it to death. Especially their Dogs.

While I'm on the subject of Les Claypool, here's the Primus songs that are covers that I enjoy more than the originals:

Amos Moses - original by Jerry Reed
Behind My Camel - original by The Police
Hello Skinny - original by The Residents [close one]
Intruder - original by Peter Gabriel
Making Plans for Nigel - original by XTC
Scissor Man - original by XTC
Silly Putty - original by Stanley Clarke [close one]
Sinister Exaggerator - original by The Residents
The Thing That Should Not Be - original by Metallica [This is the only example we have of what it would sound like if Les landed the audition after Cliff passed away]


Tool:

No Quarter - original by Led Zeppelin [close one]
Spasm - original by Peach
You Lied - original by Peach [close one]

CAKE:

Guitar Man - original by Bread
Multiply the Heartache - original by George Jones
I Will Survive - original by Gloria Gaynor [infinitely more enjoyable]
Jolene - original by Dolly Parton
Never Gonna Give You Up - original by Barry White
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - original by Doris Day
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - original by Kenny Rogers
Sad Songs and Waltzes - original by Willie Nelson
Strangers in the Night - original by Frank Sinatra

More to come

iamjose 02-29-2012 06:48 AM

This is a fun thread. I thing always be my baby by David Cook is better compared to the original version of Mariah.

Franco Pepe Kalle 02-29-2012 09:27 PM

I would say Lady Gaga's You and I song covers are two times better than the real record.

Mondo Bungle 02-29-2012 10:03 PM


skaltezon 03-01-2012 01:58 AM

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Slayer



. . . better than Iron Butterfly.

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Automaticchaos 03-02-2012 07:41 AM

Rage Against The Machine- The Ghost Of Tom Joad(Bruce Springsteen)
Lake Off Fire- Nirvana(meat puppets)
The Man Who Sold The World- Nirvana(david bowie)
Sumertime Blues- Rush(blue cheer)

Mrd00d 03-02-2012 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Automaticchaos (Post 1160956)
Rage Against The Machine- The Ghost Of Tom Joad(Bruce Springsteen)
Lake Off Fire- Nirvana(meat puppets)
The Man Who Sold The World- Nirvana(david bowie)
Sumertime Blues- Rush(blue cheer)

Nice choices! Rush has some killer ones. The whole Feedback album is excellent!

Rush:

Summertime Blues
Heart Full of Soul** so damn good
For What It's Worth
The Seeker
Crossroads

The Budokan Disciple 03-07-2012 08:38 PM

I actually prefer Frankie goes to Hollywood's version of "Born to Run" to the Springsteen original.
Bruce Spingsteen - Trapped (J. Cliff)
Nirvana - Man who sold the world. (D. Bowie)
Megan Washington - Straight Lines (Silverchair)
Ash Grunwald - Smokestake Lightening (Howlin' Wolf)

Scopitone 03-10-2012 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urban Hatemonger (Post 680876)
If a song can be made 'good' by covering it then surely that means the song was good in the first place and it's only the original performance of it that was bad.

Unless of course it means good as in the cover has a comical or satirical slant on the original in which it's still a bad song anyway regardless of how good you think it is, otherwise why parody it?

Just what I was going to say.

I think even a song like "Oops, I Did it Again" can show its value as a fun pop song when it's given personal interpretation by other artists. All you have to do is surf a bit of youtube to see all the bands who have covered it to realize it's a decent song under all that teenybopper production. (Or maybe I am confused, and it's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" that I mean. . .)

Phantom Limb 03-10-2012 12:50 PM

I don't know if someone already posted this, but it probably deserves to be posted twice regardless just because it's that good.


sopsych 03-11-2012 10:06 AM


Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest - Set The Night To Music - YouTube
The original, by Starship, is album filler.

I was tempted to cite Downtown Train, but the song is fine except for the vocals.

Sansa Stark 03-12-2012 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortcutToLast (Post 1164665)
Have you guys heard the cover of True Faith by Anberlin? Good cover/bad song!

Leave and never come back.

True Faith = awesome song by an awesome band
Anberlin = no1curr

Bloozcrooz 03-13-2012 08:25 PM

How bout a bad cover of a good song? LMAO!! Im sorry but this vid cracks me up

Mr November 03-13-2012 08:43 PM



Incognito covered by The Lost Fingers originally by Celine Dion.

Lost in the 80s is basically a bunch of good covers of crappy 80s songs.

Salami 03-14-2012 01:23 PM

I know this may seem like a plug for my hero Chris Thile, but he and the Punch Brothers did an absolutely fantastic job on improving an old classic by Jimmy Rogers called "Brakeman's Blues". The original has the merit of being old, respectable and classic, but it pales into insignificance when compared with the 2006 version from Chris and the lads. Jimmy has been outplayed, outclassed and even outyodelled. Of course, Jimmy wrote the song initially, but I think the newer version is phenomenally better.

Here's Jimmy's:



And here's Chris:


DoctorSoft 03-14-2012 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mondo Bungle (Post 1160480)

Hell yeah.


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