Author Topic: Great cover versions  (Read 86361 times)

RJ

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #275 on: August 28, 2013, 10:43:44 pm »
Apologies if these have already appeared (but then that's partly the point ;)):

Inner City Blues - Working Week
Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies
I'm Looking Through You - Steve Earle
Walk On By - Stranglers

Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #276 on: September 26, 2013, 10:52:47 am »
The Damned's version of Eloise.
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #277 on: September 26, 2013, 11:56:46 am »
The All-nighter's Tainted Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18nkT-LK3eI

Not because it is better than the original
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPQFSBWBQVs

But because it is better than the Soft Cell out.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #278 on: October 21, 2013, 07:32:05 pm »
Probably not good enough for this thread, but Javis Cocker played Vanilla Fudge's slightly emotive psych-rock cover of You Keep Me Hangin' On yesterday, and mentioned the memorable performances by the band, so I went to check out the video. Wow. These lads are giving it everything.  The bassist looks as though his goldfish just died in a terrible accident, the guitarist gives some great gurning, and even the drummer's showing off by twirling his drumsticks. None of it's quite as scary as the singer/keyboardist, though. Especially his teeth.

http://youtu.be/YFabNBveHOk

Apparently Vanilla Fudge were a psych-rock covers band. It's like Deep Purple went pop.

Zipperhead

  • The cyclist formerly known as Big Helga
Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #279 on: October 21, 2013, 08:40:42 pm »
Apologies if these have already appeared (but then that's partly the point ;)):

Inner City Blues - Working Week

I've had to go and put that one because I haven't enjoyed it for far too long
Our son does know who Boz Scaggs is, we've done ok as parents.

Pingu

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #280 on: October 23, 2013, 10:14:58 pm »
Gideon Coe on 6Music is hosting a programme of covers right now.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #281 on: November 03, 2013, 09:13:38 am »
Have I mentioned Patax before? I have, oh  ;)

They Don't Care About Us

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vbZVtWQuVW4&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/vbZVtWQuVW4&rel=1</a>

Oh. And if you liked that, Smooth Criminal - no Bulerias, unfortunately

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/wSn9rwS4JJs&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/wSn9rwS4JJs&rel=1</a>

Gus

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #282 on: December 10, 2013, 05:01:58 pm »
The Dresden Dolls ~ War pigs

http://youtu.be/WimY82SpGhY

PaulF

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #283 on: December 10, 2013, 05:04:11 pm »
Just found another couple:

Mick Harvey's version of "The Way Young Lovers Do" and Fun Lovin' Criminals version of "Couldn't Get it Right"

citoyen

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #284 on: December 12, 2013, 09:52:51 am »
I love this. A stylish, soulful cover of an electropop classic...

https://soundcloud.com/izzy-lindqwister/dont-go

She's also done a great cover of a Jacques Dutronc song - which I love, being a Jacques Dutronc fan:

https://soundcloud.com/izzy-lindqwister/izzy-lindqwister-les-gens-sont

Her own compositions are rather good too!

Steph

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #285 on: December 22, 2013, 04:39:59 pm »
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Great cover versions
« Reply #286 on: January 11, 2014, 12:39:26 pm »
Just reminded of this by hearing it on 6music and I don't think we've had it before so...

I love the original, but this is one of those occasions where the cover is possibly even better. When you listen to it, it's almost impossible to believe it was written by a Dartford-born British public schoolboy... It could almost pass for authentic delta blues.

Dead Flowers - Townes Van Zandt

http://youtu.be/NBwC7Qzljso

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #287 on: February 07, 2014, 03:22:39 pm »
Wow, I hadn't realised that was a cover version ;D I heard it in the Big Lebowski, and assumed it was a van Zandt original.

He does have the proper accent to pull it off, and things do sound better with a proper accent, which is what I thought when I was listening back to Arab Strap's ultra-Scottish cover of You Shook Me All Night Long:

http://youtu.be/xZH1f3jENu0

T42

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #288 on: February 07, 2014, 03:53:34 pm »
The guitar on TvZ's Dead Flowers is beautiful - good bass.  Not too fond of some of his other stuff - hard to know when he's singing that way for effect or if he's just careless - but Dead Flowers is wellnigh perfect.
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #289 on: February 07, 2014, 04:00:13 pm »
Pissed quite often rather than careless actually.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #290 on: February 09, 2014, 10:08:27 pm »
Iron Maiden managed to do a version of Hocus Pocus without yodelling, which is an immediate improvement on the original.  Very good recording, and I'm a bit sad I only came across it yesterday.

Iron Maiden also do a fair cover of Doctor Doctor (the UFO version, not the Thompson Twins ::-) ).
Getting there...

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #291 on: February 11, 2014, 06:12:07 am »
Eddie and the Soul Band's version of Shaft (video link set to 6:37 in, which is where the 2nd 12 inch version starts)

http://youtu.be/ftaSCYk5Kg4?t=6m37s

As it says in the youtube "about" comment, in his later years Isaac Hayes performed a version live that was based on this rather than his 1971 original.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #292 on: February 11, 2014, 06:56:38 am »
The Ukulele Orchestra do a very good version of Shaft.
Getting there...

mattc

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #293 on: February 12, 2014, 02:44:16 pm »
clarion's Hocus Pocus post led me to this thread, on a forum that quite frankly scares me a little (and not just with the somewhat unrestrained sigs): http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=88154
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #294 on: February 12, 2014, 02:46:20 pm »
Sorry.
Getting there...

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #295 on: February 13, 2014, 08:35:19 am »
Lowell George - What Do You Want the Girl To Do

http://youtu.be/7a2lvQ2qMLE

It's an Allen Toussaint song that quite a few people have covered including Bonnie Raitt but this version from Lowell's solo album "Thanks I'll Eat it Here" is my favorite.
The whole album is excellent if you ever run across it by the way. I only have it on vinyl after picking it up in a bargain bin years ago.

[edit]
Wikipedia reveals that Bonnie Raitt is singing backing vocals on Lowell's version which is kind of circular.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #296 on: March 05, 2014, 03:03:10 pm »
I'm not a fan of Miles Kane but I just heard his take on Jacques Dutronc's Le Responsable (on the rather excellent soundtrack to the forthcoming film Svengali, currently playing on the office stereo) and I have to admit I liked it - it's a pretty straight cover, just with the words translated into English...

http://youtu.be/MRqdi_dpOfw

If the film is even half as good as the soundtrack, it'll be worth seeing.

Redlight

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #297 on: March 05, 2014, 08:33:42 pm »
Lowell George - What Do You Want the Girl To Do

The whole album is excellent if you ever run across it by the way. I only have it on vinyl after picking it up in a bargain bin years ago.


Agreed. The cover of I Can't Stand the Rain is pretty good too.

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Zipperhead

  • The cyclist formerly known as Big Helga
Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #298 on: March 05, 2014, 11:33:50 pm »
There are some songs that mere humans just shouldn't try and cover because they are, after all, not Etta. They just haven't lived enough and they just haven't got the voice for it, and adding warbling just isn't going to do it.

But, oh but, Koko Taylor did this version of I'd Rather Go Blind which is up there with Etta....

http://youtu.be/Hpvm4GbnFZQ
Our son does know who Boz Scaggs is, we've done ok as parents.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #299 on: March 07, 2014, 11:15:08 am »
Not a song and all classical music is essentially covers but:

Chris Thile - Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001

Bach on a mandolin by a master mandolin player.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.