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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 09:13
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A reggae version of 'Dark Side of the Moon' ?

Heard it one day emanating from a street coffee cart.I think it works.

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 09:27
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The wonderful 10cc's 'I'm not in love' by Petula Clark has to be the most awful cover version since music was created ! Whatever made her think it was a good idea? Also why is it that Beatles covers are usually terrible except for the already mentioned Joe Cocker?
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 09:53
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I do not understand the vitriole shown in many quarters for the concept of cover versions. Musicians have performed other writers' works for centuries, and anyone has a right (as long as due royalties are paid and permissions are given) to perform and record any piece of music they like. Moaning about a cover is like suggesting that nobody in 2016 should be performing music written by Mozart or Beethoven or sung by Caruso or Sinatra.

Of course some covers are better and some are worse (and some are indescribably bad), but in the end which is more important? The music or the performer? Saying that a particular singer's version should be the only one to ever be recorded -as is often heard- gives some songs a sanctity they do not always deserve and strengthens the cult of celebrity, while often doing a disservice to the music itself.

The performer -even when recorded- is transitory, and can be easily forgotten; the music is forever.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 10:06
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IBMJunkman: That cover of The Sounds Of Silence really got me.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 10:26
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Jethro15 - I love the Kate Bush cover of Rocket Man. Haven't heard it for ages, but thanks to the internet it's going on now....
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 10:30
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Originally Posted by jethro15 View Post
UB40 (Ft Chrissie Hynde) – I Got You Babe

Truly, truly awful. Cher's own cover with Beavis & Butthead was better.....

I don't know what made me think of this, but Gun did a great version of Cameo's Word Up:

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 10:38
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For Aussies: the late Jon English: Bob Seger's 'Turn the Page'.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 11:42
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Shed Seven did a great version of the Stones "Jumpin Jack Flash" on TFI Friday which they released as a B side on a single.

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Paul Weller with a cover of Sister Sledge's "Thinking of you" is another cracker.

Never been a fan of the Spice Gorillas, but they did a version of my favourite Christmas song "Sleigh Ride", which I hope they rot in hell for. Awful.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 14:02
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Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven by Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 15:10
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The Bangles did a much better version of "Going down to Liverpool" originally by Katrina and the Waves. The video is just truly bizarre though, the band look like 3 male crossdressers plus Susanna Hoffs and they're in a car being driven by Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek. Apparently Nimoy lived next door to Hoff's parents or something like that but why this I don't know. So so odd.

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 17:00
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Personally I thought Joe Cocker's version of With a Little Help from my Friends was absolutely terrible. But then so was the original by Ringo!

Oh, and I prefer Petula Clarke to 10cc

Any votes for R**F H****s's Stairway to heaven?

Anyone else I haven't offended?
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 17:22
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Eva Cassidy - Over the Rainbow


Brings tears to my eyes every time.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 17:42
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Originally Posted by Martin the Martian View Post
I do not understand the vitriole shown in many quarters for the concept of cover versions.
I don't think the criticism is of the concept, it is of the end product. And, of course, opinions differ - the spice of life.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 17:48
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Another one not to be mentioned is surely the Rod Stewart version of 'Sailing' by Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 19:17
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Rihanna's 'Man Down', performed by Walk Off the Earth. Much better than the original. The video is interesting too. See if you can spot what I mean:

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 20:00
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Downtown Train - the versions by Rod Stewart and also Bob Seger knocked spots off the original by Tom Waits.

Gimme Some Lovin' by Thunder - mind you the original wasn't bad!

When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss.

Worst ever cover - When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 20:42
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There was mention a page or two ago about an artist covering his own song.

How about Jackson Browne's Take it Easy? He wrote virtually all the song, but because he was helped to finish it by Glenn Frey, it was credited to the two of them. The Eagles took it and had a monster hit with it, Browne didn't record his own version until a while later.

I'm biased, I had the pleasure of meeting Sneaky Pete Kleinow whose pedal steel defines the Browne version.

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 20:51
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There's a YouTube channel called Postmodern Jukebox where they take contemporary songs and cover them, but in a "retro" style - quite the opposite to covering older songs in a contemporary style. Earlier there was a reference to a cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World". Here's the Postmodern Jukebox Vaudeville interpretation of that song (the 7ft clown seems weird at first but he grows on you!).

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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 21:25
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50th state version Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Old 24th Apr 2016, 05:05
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Take Me To The River - Talking Heads
Pictures Of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven
Mrs. Robinson - The Lemonheads
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
Gloria - Patti Smith
Dancing Barefoot - U2
Dear Prudence - Siouxsie and the Banshees
I've Got a Feeling - Tesla
You're No Good - Van Halen
Brand New Cadillac - The Clash
California Man - Cheap Trick
Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chili Peppers

(and, to make it a baker's dozen )

Common People - William Shatner (feat. Joe Jackson)
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