Your Favorite Covers (as in, like, music)

kalisphoenix

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This might be a dupe. I searched, but didn't feel like poking through twenty pages of results trying to find an original topic. "This is a discussion forum, not a damned wiki."

Anyway: what are your favorite cover songs?

"Cocaine," by John Martyn (traditional).
"Codine Blues," by the Charlatans (Buffy St. Marie).
"The Letter," by Joe Cocker (The Box Tops).
"Hush," by Deep Purple (Joe South).
"Whiskey in the Jar," by Thin Lizzie (traditional).
"Eyesight to the Blind," by the Who (Sonny Boy Williamson II).
 

Jaffa Cake

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There's a thread here from earlier in the year, and there are a few older ones floating about too.

I'm happy to stick with my picks in that thread...
Jaffa Cake said:
The Byrds' cover of Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man
Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower
Soft Cell's cover of Gloria Jones' Tainted Love (although I much prefer the original)
The Clash's cover of The Crickets' I Fought The Law
Sid Vicious' cover of Frank Sinatra's My Way
The Jam's cover of The Kinks' David Watts

Plus I heard Elbow do a very good version of Destiny's Child's Independent Women once...
...and I'll add The Beautiful South's Cover of S Club 7's Don't Stop Moving. :p
 

SamIchi

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"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins covered by The Postal Service
"Deep Cover" By Dre & Snoop covered by Big Pun & Fat Joe renamed Twinz (Deep Cover 98')
 

Lyle

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They Might Be Giants have recorded a few covers, like "New York City" (originally recorded by Cub), "Caroline, No" (the Beach Boys) and "Yeh Yeh" (Georgie Fame).

Take 6 has recorded a lot of covers. Some of my favorites are "Sing a Song" (by Earth, Wind & Fire), "Biggest Part of Me" (Ambrosia) and "Never Ask Too Much (of Love)" (KRU).
 

mactastic

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Let's see...
Brain Damage by the Austin Lounge Lizards
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC Dixie (who doen't like ACDC covers by a bluegrass band?)
Take this Job and Shove It by The Dead Kennedys
Down and Out in New York City by Gov't Mule
War Pigs (an amazing version) also by Gov't Mule
Locomotive Breath by Les Claypool and the Frog Brigade
I Hate You by Slayer
We're Only Gonna Die For Our Arrogance by Sublime
 

Lyle

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mactastic said:
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC Dixie (who doen't like ACDC covers by a bluegrass band?)
It's Hayseed Dixie (not AC Dixie). They've also done covers of a bunch of other songs (including "War Pigs").
 

j26

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Alien Ant Farms version of Smooth Criminal is far better than Michael Jacksons original. There's much more energy in it.
 

SamIchi

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j26 said:
Alien Ant Farms version of Smooth Criminal is far better than Michael Jacksons original. There's much more energy in it.
Far Better? There might be more energy but saying it's far better is ridiculous.
 

true777

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Some of the best are:

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" covered by a) Futon and b) Emilie Simon.
"Tainted Love" ('Amour Sale') covered by Elecrtonicat.
"Shine On" and "Cambodia" covered by Apoptygma Berzerk.
"Too Drunk to ****" and "Just Can't get Enough" covered by Nouvelle Vague.
"Surfin' USA" covered by The Jesus and Mary Chain.
"Fever" covered by Superpitcher.
"Sweet Home Alabama" covered by Killdozer.
"Ziggy Stardust" and "The Passenger" covered by Bauhaus.
"Femme Fatale" covered by Emilie Simon.
"Good Vibrations" covered by Psychic TV.
"Sunshine Superman" covered by Jewel.
"Birth, School, Work, Death" (by the Godfathers) covered by Manhead.
"Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" covered by 1) Nick Cave, and b) Mark Almond.
"Wanted Man" and "I Love Rock'n Roll" covered by Queen of Japan.
"Don't Let me be Misunderstood" covered by Santa Esmeralda.

And my favorite of all times:
"Sympathy for the Devil" (Who killed the Kennedys Mix) by Laibach.
 

Sharewaredemon

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Elbow's cover of Independent Women is delightful, and there is a video of cat's playing it over at rathergood.com...

http://www.rathergood.com/independent_woman/


Favourite cover songs huh?

Well I really quite like Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez, and consider his cover of that song superior to the original.

I also like Hazy Shade of Winter by the Bangles more than the original.

Alas, I can't think of any others....
 

j26

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SamIchi said:
Far Better? There might be more energy but saying it's far better is ridiculous.
Isn't it great we all have different taste? Otherwise we'd all want to date the same woman, drive the same car, and go to the same place on vacation at the same time :)
 

true777

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Sharewaredemon said:
Well I really quite like Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez, and consider his cover of that song superior to the original.

Amazing song. I also like the cover better than the Knife version (even like it more than the Rex The Dog Remix of the Knife version).

Thanks for bringing this one up. Great song.
 

chris200x9

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i like I don't want to hear it by kid dynamite originally by minor threat (both great bands)

girl next door by blink 182 originally by screeching weasel

and

these boots were made for walking by operation ivy originally by I forget
 

ModestPenguin

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Nickel Creek covering Brittany Spears' Toxic

OMG AMAZING

Its a bluegrass band covering brittany spears and the lead vocals are done by a guy.

check it out
 

Tanglewood

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ModestPenguin said:
Nickel Creek covering Brittany Spears' Toxic

OMG AMAZING
Great Choice!!
Saw them in concert at the beginning of July and it was an awesome show at Humphrey's in San Diego. They did two covers The Weight by The Band and Toxic by Brittany Spears.

When they did Toxic, Chris Thile was just jumping all around the stage with his mandolin...it was great! :D
 

beatsme

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Jaffa Cake said:
There's a thread here from earlier in the year, and there are a few older ones floating about too.

I'm happy to stick with my picks in that thread...
...and I'll add The Beautiful South's Cover of S Club 7's Don't Stop Moving. :p
I thought "I Fought The Law" was the Bobby Fuller Four...
 

beatsme

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PickledSquirrel said:
Cash's cover of Nine inch nails' Hurt is absolutely world class, or his version of Cave's Mercy seat?

-Squirrel
I'd have to add Cash's cover of DePeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" as one of the all time best.

"Wild Horses" by the Sundays was a good one.

A few by the Beatles:
"Ain't She Sweet"
"Til There Was You"
"Words Of Love"

63 Eyes
"Powderfinger"

Circle Jerks
"I Wanna Destroy You"

Cowboy Junkies
"Sweet Jane"

Naked Eyes
"Always Something There To Remind Me"

Aretha Franklin
"Respect"