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22nd Mar 2002, 15:41
I was just listening to the radio while in the office at work, and for the first time in ages they played The Doors - "Light My Fire" and it was the LP version too. It made me remember of a terrible version that Mae West did of the song.. .. .As well as other awful cover versions such as . .William Shatner covering "Mr Tambourine Man". .Tim Curry "Anyone who had a heart". .Senator Sam Ervin "Bridge over Troubled Water". .. .what are the "best" worst cover versions that other PPRuNers would nominate?

Send Clowns
22nd Mar 2002, 15:42
Kermit the Frog's soft version of "Wild Thing". Hilarious <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

22nd Mar 2002, 15:46
Send Clowns,. .. .you mean his acoustic version? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

Hagbard the Amateur
22nd Mar 2002, 17:16
Oliver Reed's cover of Wild Thing on Parkinson clutching a litre jug of vodka and orange.. .Priceless.

22nd Mar 2002, 17:23
Rolf Harris' "Stairway to Heaven"? He'd never even heard of the song until he had to do a cover of it...

22nd Mar 2002, 19:31
As much as I love Rolf <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" /> I have to nominate his version of Bohemian Rhapsody...... .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 22 March 2002, 15:32: Message edited by: swashplate ]</small>

Tartan Gannet
23rd Mar 2002, 18:18
Terry Wogan's "Floral Dance".. .. .Now this brings up an interesting theory of mine. . .. .Many songs I feel catch on not so much for their lyrics but for the tune backing and instrumentation in the most popular version.. .. .As an example, Unchained Melody. I heard the original version. Pale and insipid compared to the later covers. Why? It lacked the well known recurring 6 note theme backing . Likewise Red Red Wine, the reggae version by UB40 beats the original pure vocal out of the park to my ears. Another was MacArthur Park. Richard Harris version, slow and turgid, Donna Summers upbeat cover lit up all the lamps! Sloop John B, flat as a pancake until the Beach Boys version.. .. .One example of a song which owed all to its backing and instrumental was Baker Street. The saxophone and instrumental passages are what made that song an all time classic. Take those away and Gerry Rafferty's singing is dull as dishwater, a bloke singing about a famous road and tube station in London, big deal it could be the back streets of Baghdad for all the words matter. . .. .The test to me is if the purely instrumental version of a song is as popular as the vocal. Hence the appeal of opera etc. I cant understand a word they are singing most of the time but Wagner and Verdi knocked out some bloody good tunes!. .. .Now what do others feel on this idea?. . . . <small>[ 23 March 2002, 14:21: Message edited by: tartan gannet ]</small>

Squawk 8888
23rd Mar 2002, 21:55
I'm with you on that, TG. Gimme Shelter by the Stones was lame and noisy, Jagger sounded like he just got kicked in the whatsits and popped some painkillers before recording it. Same song done by Sisters of Mercy in the 80s kicked ass, was as important as London Calling to my generation.

24th Mar 2002, 03:28
"If" by Telly Savalas must surely qualify as the worst record ever made.. .. .No 1 for how long ? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

24th Mar 2002, 06:40
"You are so beautiful" by Alfalfa (Little Rascals) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

429 CJ
24th Mar 2002, 06:58
"Dude is a Lady" by Pete Smith is a real icon of just how not to do a cover... .. .Now that cover by William Shatner, wasn't that meant to be a put-up? He sounded more stoned (as the connitation of the song was aimed) than the original. Horrible yes, but then undertone of the song.

PPRuNe Radar
24th Mar 2002, 20:05
And who could forget that Hamrah version of 'Teenage Dirtbag' and his First Officer doing 'Run to the Hills' at the last Xmas GatBash.. .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

25th Mar 2002, 10:35
Sylvester Stallone...Baby's Got a Blue Dress On. .so bad they refused to release the movie <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Hersham Boy
25th Mar 2002, 13:05
Madonna's cover of American Pie. Not good bad, not fuinny bad - just BAD.

429 CJ
25th Mar 2002, 15:51
Hershy, you're right, that was just plain UGLY BAD.. .. .I reckon the best cover I've ever heard would have to be Kylie's version of "Counting the Beat". FFFFWWWWOOOOORRRRRR! It kinda just "did" it for me <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

25th Mar 2002, 19:50
I'll go for Ronan Keating and the bird out of clannads' version of the Fairy Tale of New York.. .. .As well as being as dull as a wet wednesday, they changed the lyrics from 'you cheap, lousy faggot' to 'you're dirty and haggard'. .. .apparently they didn't want to offend anyone........ .. ........seems someone missed the point.. . . . <small>[ 25 March 2002, 15:51: Message edited by: BigGreenPleasureMachine ]</small>

Tartan Gannet
25th Mar 2002, 21:08
Hersham Boy, I actually PREFERED Madonna's Anerican Pie, and its video, to the original version.

25th Mar 2002, 21:33
After just hearing Mel Torme's cover of Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" I think that has to come close as being one of the worst covers I've heard in my life <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />