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cilly_vanilly 06-09-2006 08:04 PM

you guys r missing out on a very obvious one
clearly "hallelujah" by jeff buckley is better than the original by leonard cohen.

scout_75 06-09-2006 10:35 PM

I really like Sepultura's version of Orgasmatron.

The Everlasting Gaze 06-10-2006 11:04 AM

All Along the Watch Tower - Jimi Hendrix


I know there is more, but I can't think of any.

Another Brick in the Wall - Kron was pretty good, not better then PInk Floyds.

STAiND 07-24-2006 01:34 PM

im a big fan of the beatles, but i watched dave matthews version of "in my life" at a tribute, and i was blown away.

nirvana4ever 08-15-2006 04:13 AM

NIRVANA-The Man Who SOld The WOrld
Pearl Jam-LAst Kiss

Imonlydancing 08-15-2006 04:32 AM

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Originally Posted by The Everlasting Gaze
All Along the Watch Tower - Jimi Hendrix


agreed.

also, i think Rage Against The Machine's version of Renegades Of Funk is better than Afrika Bambatta's (Sp?).

i'm not sure whether i like josé gonzales' version of heartbeats or The Knife's better, they're both so different, i like them both, but i think the majority would prefer José gonzales' ? i dunno.

Gr8tLyrik 08-15-2006 03:46 PM

White Stripes cover of Joleen by dolly Parton

MURDER JUNKIE 08-15-2006 03:52 PM

You are kidding right???

tdoc210 08-15-2006 06:35 PM

america (orig by simon and garfunkle) - Yes

_Spinning_ 08-17-2006 08:50 PM

Adeaze - How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gee's)

If you're into that kind of thing, of course.

holdyoualways 08-17-2006 09:19 PM

afis version of just like heaven is pretty good
but definetely not as good as the original
& tbs version sucks

Spike*Spiegel 08-18-2006 12:13 AM

mogwai's cover of GnR's dont cry

smashing pumpkins cover of landslide

Zaza 08-18-2006 12:57 AM

Finley Quaye's cover of "Sun is Shining" by Bob Marley.

Seltzer 08-18-2006 03:22 AM

Most definitely Death's cover of Judas Priest's Painkiller.

Judas Priest's original kicked copious amounts of ass in every way.


Then Death came along, add their own guitar solo and Chuck Schuldiner's awesome screams. I didn't think the original would ever be surpassed.

ddp 08-25-2006 08:56 AM

Hendrix coving "all along the watchtower"

Ok I know I might get in trouble with the next one.

Clapton covering "I shot the sherif" he adds a nice funky feel to it.

Leftovermelody 09-02-2006 01:37 PM

wasnt clapton the original for that song? :\

And dave matthews does a nice watchtower cover aswell.

MURDER JUNKIE 09-02-2006 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leftovermelody
wasnt clapton the original for that song? :\

And dave matthews does a nice watchtower cover aswell.

Ever hear of Bob Marley???

sleepy jack 09-02-2006 01:51 PM

I don't know if i've said this before, but Cap'n Jazz's cover of Take On Me is sexy.

swim 09-02-2006 01:53 PM

^Hell yea it is.

ddp 09-02-2006 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leftovermelody
wasnt clapton the original for that song? :\

God no!! Brother Marley!!

Kid Entropy 09-04-2006 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by right-track
The Beatles did a track on their first album 'Please, Please Me' called 'Baby It's You' (David-Williams-Bacharach). There's a soul version by The Sapphires currently showing on British TV.
It's the soundtrack to an Italian beer commercial (Pirroni ?) and it kicks the arse out of The Beatles version.


There's also a version by Elvis Costello and Nick lowe that's sweet.

People will think this sacriligious, but Roddy Frame (from Aztec Camera ) does an acoustic version of the Beatle's In My Life that is, indeed, better than the original.
And In My Life is my most favourite song, so that's saying something!

Kid Entropy 09-04-2006 06:42 PM

[QUOTE=stanworshipper]I may be in the minority here, but I liked Marilyn Manson's version of Tainted Love better than the original.


Actually, Tainted Love was originally a soul number,done in 1964 by Gloria Jones- and it's the best version by far...sounds a bit like Rescue Me by Fontella Bass, but way better.

TumorAttitude 06-09-2009 05:55 PM

GOOD covers of BAD songs
 
I can't think of any. Please prove that there are some.

LoathsomePete 06-09-2009 05:58 PM

"Oops I Did It Again" by Children of Bodom was slightly more tolerable than the original, probably due to the juxtaposition of a death metal band doing a cover of a pop song.

Stone Birds 06-09-2009 08:40 PM

The Fray - Heartless (Kenye West)
Chack my journal for a download.

Janszoon 06-09-2009 08:45 PM

Motorhead's cover of "Stand By Your Man" is pretty rad.

ZaborgZaloog 06-10-2009 12:33 AM

In Flames - World of Promises

The original is a *** song by some hair metal band I can't remember.

Janszoon 06-10-2009 06:45 AM

Oh, I just thought of another one, Laibach's cover of "Live is Life" by Opus.

Here's the original:



And Laibach's infinitely better fascist marching tune cover of it:


Stone Birds 06-10-2009 06:48 AM

i played them at the same time (it sounded amazing)

transparent_opacity 06-13-2009 05:10 AM

Elliot Minor:- Rule the world XD

RonaldSays 06-13-2009 06:40 AM

Foo Fighters did a version of Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street". That song is just too smooth and the Foofies turned it into something rocking like they always do.

Astronomer 06-13-2009 06:58 AM

'Mad World' by Gary Jules. Very sad and touching version of the song. It was originally done by Tears for Fears I believe, and it was a tad lame.

RonaldSays 06-13-2009 07:05 AM

Oh yeah, that Gary Jules version is brilliant. It has very tragic feel to it. It's in the Donny Darko movie and is a perfect example of a song that totally fits the movie. Don't know the Tears for Fears version though.

Urban Hat€monger ? 06-13-2009 07:05 AM

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?

Astronomer 06-13-2009 07:10 AM

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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?

True, the song would have to have good aspects in the first place and perhaps let down by the execution or performance of the original artist.

Quote:

Originally Posted by RonaldSays (Post 680875)
Oh yeah, that Gary Jules version is brilliant. It has very tragic feel to it. It's in the Donny Darko movie and is a perfect example of a song that totally fits the movie. Don't know the Tears for Fears version though.

Yeah, I first heard it while watching Donnie Darko and thought it was pretty touching. The Tears for Fears version is really... 80s synthpop-esque? Not my kind of thing.

RonaldSays 06-13-2009 07:26 AM

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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.
Not sure about this. Depends on what you mean by "the song". You can make lame song lyrics sound good by coming up with a great arrangement and production. However when you take the original arrangement and make that sound good then you're right.

Maybe even a bigger accomplishment: some bands cover a brilliant song and can make it sound bad.

Quote:

Yeah, I first heard it while watching Donnie Darko and thought it was pretty touching. The Tears for Fears version is really... 80s synthpop-esque? Not my kind of thing.
Hm, I may give it a listen just to hear what it's about. Never really liked Tears for Fears anyway.

Urban Hat€monger ? 06-13-2009 07:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RonaldSays (Post 680880)
Not sure about this. Depends on what you mean by "the song". You can make lame song lyrics sound good by coming up with a great arrangement and production. However when you take the original arrangement and make that sound good then you're right.

They're still lame song lyrics regardless of how you dress them up, it won't make them any better. Just the same way you can use a generic riff & have 100 guitars playing it, it's still a generic riff.

Arrangement and production polish things off, they don't make the song.

RonaldSays 06-13-2009 07:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Urban Hatemonger (Post 680882)
They're still lame song lyrics regardless of how you dress them up, it won't make them any better. Just the same way you can use a generic riff & have 100 guitars playing it, it's still a generic riff.

Arrangement and production polish things off, they don't make the song.

But I think a song can still be good despite lame or meaningless lyrics. It's the whole package that counts. Of course that's just my 50 cents.

Urban Hat€monger ? 06-13-2009 07:42 AM

I never said you have to have good lyrics to make a good song.

jbrah 06-15-2009 09:19 AM

See you again-Breathe Carolina


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