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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #100 on: October 22, 2011, 03:10:13 am »
How about Joe Cocker's 'With a Little Help From My Friends' ?

Please tell me this is a joke...  The only thing worse than Cockup's version of this song is watching a video of him performing it while fending off invisible wasps.

I agree that Joe Cocker screwed up "With a Little Help From My Friends", but his version of "Long As I Can See the Light" is much better than the original John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival version.

Janis Joplin's rendition of "Me and Bobby McGee" is far better than any other version, including Kristofferson's.

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #101 on: October 22, 2011, 03:37:21 pm »
...I scare myself - Thomas Dolby...

I didn't know that was a cover - cracking track  :thumbsup:

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #102 on: October 22, 2011, 04:53:00 pm »
Redlight, the John Martyn Glory Box---thank you!
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #103 on: October 22, 2011, 05:28:44 pm »
Hang on, I'm a NIN fan and I totally rate the Cash version of Hurt.  Because Trent sounds like a whiney little snit when he goes on about his empire of dirt.  Cash, there's time and pain and love and loss going back decades and it comes out in the breaks in his voice.  Man-tears are shed.

On which note, we've done Marilyn Manson's Tainted Love, yes?  Takes the sterility of the original and just turns it to pure snarling poison.  Delicious.
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #104 on: October 22, 2011, 06:05:01 pm »
the sterility of the original

Er, presumably you mean the sterility of the Soft Cell version? The Gloria Jones original is far from sterile.

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #105 on: October 22, 2011, 06:15:48 pm »
Matthews Southern Comfort's version of Joni's 'Woodstock'
The Matthews Southern Comfort version was number one in the hit parade when I was born.
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #106 on: October 22, 2011, 06:44:31 pm »
Biggest surprise for me so far, learning that "I fought the law" as played by The Clash is a cover...

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #107 on: October 22, 2011, 06:53:17 pm »
the sterility of the original

Er, presumably you mean the sterility of the Soft Cell version? The Gloria Jones original is far from sterile.

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #108 on: October 22, 2011, 09:18:24 pm »
Jolene, White Stripes.

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #109 on: October 22, 2011, 10:15:43 pm »
Hang on, I'm a NIN fan and I totally rate the Cash version of Hurt.  Because Trent sounds like a whiney little snit when he goes on about his empire of dirt.  Cash, there's time and pain and love and loss going back decades and it comes out in the breaks in his voice.  Man-tears are shed.

Fair enough, I stand corrected....

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #110 on: October 23, 2011, 08:45:29 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Fw8ZDwdyHJQ&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Fw8ZDwdyHJQ&rel=1</a>


This and most others they do ,ifts already been posted then sorry.
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #111 on: October 23, 2011, 11:41:43 pm »
That reminds me:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/1ENUFuv7yPA&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/1ENUFuv7yPA&rel=1</a>

Actually, I love the original.
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #112 on: October 24, 2011, 12:23:22 pm »
Jolene, White Stripes.

Plus teir version of I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself like, totally rocks d00d.
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #113 on: October 24, 2011, 07:05:04 pm »
the clash I fought the law far better than the original   :thumbsup:   


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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #114 on: October 24, 2011, 07:20:01 pm »
the clash I fought the law far better than the original   :thumbsup:   


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16u0wwCfoJ4   


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPXnoLAEUSQ

Bobby Fuller's isn't the original: it was written by Sonny Curtis and released by his group The Crickets on their first album, which came out just after Buddy's death (I think).  So, I suppose it's possible Fuller's version was out first but I think of the Crickets as being the original.  Try and hear it - not only do they get the words right but the tune as well!  I liked the "idea" of the Clash but never understood why the chose the worst vocalist in the group to be lead singer!

Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #115 on: October 25, 2011, 08:38:22 pm »
Moby Grape - M'cycle Irene.

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #116 on: October 25, 2011, 09:15:02 pm »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhIMEMDYxZE

Modified,  I posted the wrong link  :-[

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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #117 on: October 26, 2011, 09:23:53 am »
I liked the "idea" of the Clash but never understood why the chose the worst vocalist in the group to be lead singer!

It worked for Oasis
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Re: Cover versions that are better than the original
« Reply #118 on: October 26, 2011, 07:39:42 pm »
I liked the "idea" of the Clash but never understood why the chose the worst vocalist in the group to be lead singer!

It worked for Oasis

 ;D  I thought very briefly that Noel set everything too high just to make life even more difficult for Liam (no tune, daft words and too high) then I quickly realised Liam only plays easy (mostly nut) chords so that's why things are in those keys!