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Regulator

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Worst Cover Versions Ever
« on: December 20, 2008, 01:04:45 pm »
Following on from the Cover Versions Which are Better than the Original thread...

...here's the Worst Cover Versions Ever thread.

I'll kick off with the Whitney Houston version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You".  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_utP1mGoutQ&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/_utP1mGoutQ&rel=1</a> is a tearjerker - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/HGC003Xz3CY&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/HGC003Xz3CY&rel=1</a> is vomit inducing.
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Really Ancien

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 01:10:56 pm »
Some reckon this is,
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/FONt47Z0KZg&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/FONt47Z0KZg&rel=1</a>
I think it has a certain charm.

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 01:12:58 pm »
Fugees massacring Killing Me Softly.
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Really Ancien

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008, 01:30:05 pm »
The worst cover versions are the pointless ones, ie songs which cannot be improved on. Baker Street comes to mind.

Damon.

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2008, 01:31:52 pm »
Tin Tin Out's version of "Here's Where The Story Ends".  Shelley Nelson, whoever she is, can't sing.
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LEE

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008, 02:28:22 pm »
Paul Anka's "Smells like Teen Spirit" (see same post in 'Best Cover Versions")

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PaulF

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2008, 02:57:29 pm »
Anything by Boylife or Westdrone

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2008, 03:35:55 pm »
The worst cover versions are the pointless ones, ie songs which cannot be improved on. Baker Street comes to mind.

Damon.
Agreed. Also pointless are the ones where nothing is changed from the original in terms of tempo, instrumentation etc, but they manage to remove all the soul and charm.

Most of the 'Best' covers do something innovative - reading the other thread probably confirms this.

A sub-category of 'Pointless' would be where an artist rips off someone ELSE's interpretation of a classic. (I guess this is how X-factor is produced.)

(I'm sure SOMETHING good could be done with Baker St, if the human race lives long enough. they would probably need to ditch the saxophone. And the guitar solo which is really the best bit - simple but perfect.)
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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008, 11:55:29 am »
Comfortably Numb by Scissor Sisters   :sick: No contest   :hand:

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2008, 10:24:29 pm »
As Hummers has broached the subject on the yin thread to this yang, Mark Ronson's version of "Stop Me..."

Original: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Vs-QttEvMfk&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Vs-QttEvMfk&rel=1</a>

Mark Ronson abomination:  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/dRG55KnZkqc&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/dRG55KnZkqc&rel=1</a>

I suppose they both have bikes in the video.
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zzpza

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2008, 11:01:07 pm »
my chemical romance version of under pressure. :( :( :(

Really Ancien

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2008, 11:48:26 am »
Why would you even try?
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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2008, 11:49:44 am »
I'm in two minds about Lawnmower Deth's version of "Up The Junction" ;D
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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2008, 12:00:40 pm »
This one made it as far as the Royal Variety Performance.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fKJU2w7ymJU&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/fKJU2w7ymJU&rel=1</a>

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2008, 01:52:08 am »
Comfortably Numb by Scissor Sisters   :sick: No contest   :hand:
+1.

CAMRAMan

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2008, 03:56:04 pm »
Elton John's Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was the first version of that song I heard, so I hated the original till I realised what an abortion Mr Dwight had made of it...
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alan

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2008, 04:17:37 pm »
Lennon & McCartney prove that original is best 8)

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2008, 04:28:17 pm »
Here's a seasonal one...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/2P49MNDyf_Q&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/2P49MNDyf_Q&rel=1</a>

I was a big fan of the Cocteau Twins but god only knows what was going through their minds when they made this.

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mikeitup

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2008, 05:41:43 pm »
When I was in a rock covers band a few years ago we rehearsed at Rich Bitch in selly oak, b'ham.
 our usual room (the dance studio) was booked all week by the Happy Mondays so we had the room next door. They did Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are back in town".
It was fracking awful!!!  :sick:

 Van Gogh would have cut his other ear off  ;D

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2008, 11:15:34 pm »
The Stereophonics version of Handbags and Gladrags. Kylie's version of Santa Baby. Westlife's everything.
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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2008, 12:04:33 am »
I think 'Fools rush in' by 'Lick the Tins' has all the charm of a badly photoshopped photograph.

The lead singer did appear rather tasty to a much younger person than what I am now..


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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2008, 11:11:55 am »
IMHO, the cover version of Comfortably Numb by the Scissor Sisters is hilariously brilliant. It's more like a live mash-up of the Bee Gees and Pink Floyd. It is funny, which may confuse some Floyd fans who have forgotten that before they become so tedious they were once funny too... and let's face it, for all its little flashes of brilliance, The Wall is a work of absolutely monumental and bloated egotism which deserves to be punctured. The Scissor Sisters actually remember what the point of a cover version is - to do something new with a song.  :thumbsup:




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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2008, 11:47:30 am »
The Stereophonics version of Handbags and Gladrags. Kylie's version of Santa Baby. Westlife's everything.

Oddly enough the version of Handbags and Gladrags that most people consider original wasn't the first version recorded - Chris Farlowe was the first to record a version.  I only found this out when I was googling about the Manics cover of Out of Time, also recorded by Farlowe (as a cover of the Rolling Stones original).

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Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2008, 12:22:25 pm »
IMHO, the cover version of Comfortably Numb by the Scissor Sisters is hilariously brilliant. It's more like a live mash-up of the Bee Gees and Pink Floyd. It is funny, which may confuse some Floyd fans who have forgotten that before they become so tedious they were once funny too... and let's face it, for all its little flashes of brilliance, The Wall is a work of absolutely monumental and bloated egotism which deserves to be punctured. The Scissor Sisters actually remember what the point of a cover version is - to do something new with a song.  :thumbsup:

The intention may have been an attempt at humour but it's still shit (IMHO, of course).

Re: Worst Cover Versions Ever
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2008, 07:03:48 pm »
As it's Christmas,

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

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