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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #650 on: May 07, 2019, 11:13:25 am »
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #651 on: May 08, 2019, 08:34:03 pm »
I was just about to post this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ophw7rvZcyc

... cos it was on the radio just now, and made me smile.

But then I found this post:

I know this sounds like being one of those 'novelty' style covers, but it's actually rather good:

http://www.last.fm/music/Corduroy/_/Motorhead

Jeez ...  :facepalm:
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #652 on: May 21, 2019, 09:16:56 am »
It's difficult no nominate a "great" with such a classic, but I came across this version of I'd Rather Go Blind by Beth Hart and The Guitar Playing Accountant, she utterly pwns it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEHwO_UEp7A

Do try to watch as well as listen (if you are interested, obv), she sings it like she means it. Ten minutes of magic.

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #653 on: May 21, 2019, 09:26:04 am »
One that DJ Spottyface presented to me, just the other day, is Eagles of Death Metal's cover of Family Affair.

Go hunt it out, you know you want to!
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #654 on: May 22, 2019, 01:03:29 pm »
It's difficult no nominate a "great" with such a classic, but I came across this version of I'd Rather Go Blind by Beth Hart and The Guitar Playing Accountant, she utterly pwns it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEHwO_UEp7A

Do try to watch as well as listen (if you are interested, obv), she sings it like she means it. Ten minutes of magic.

Beth Hart is a force of nature.

I wonder why that video credits the song to Tina Turner, its an Elliot James song (probably co-written with someone else but certainly not Tina Turner).
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #655 on: May 22, 2019, 01:27:47 pm »
Postmodern Jukebox ft. Morgan James - Dream On

https://youtu.be/Yq4KA0mUnC8
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #656 on: May 23, 2019, 11:17:25 pm »
The Passenger - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Caravan of Love - The Housemartins
Anything he cared to cover (except for what he recorded for "Pin Ups") - Bowie
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #657 on: May 23, 2019, 11:38:11 pm »
'Caravan of Love' demonstrates how good the Isley's were, yet again.

We saw 'The Christians' recently, at a small venue in East Lancashire. They did a good cover of 'Harvest for the World' in 1988, but not great. But a good reminder of the sentiment that informed 'Live Aid'.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hRbzaP4H3U

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #658 on: May 23, 2019, 11:45:09 pm »
I was reminded of this earlier - Grace Jones' version of the Pretenders' Private Life...

https://youtu.be/8xpVTUy4zDc

Superb but still not as good as the original.

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #659 on: May 24, 2019, 12:03:08 am »
A bit of youtube surfing led me to this absolute pop masterpiece...

The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
https://youtu.be/r3kQlzOi27M

Which made me want to listen to the equally brilliant Fun Boy Three version...
https://youtu.be/lFimGP5kgmc

Of course, the song was co-written by Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos and Terry Hall of Fun Boy Three.

And from the Go-Gos to a bona fide classic cover by another classic girl band:

The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
https://youtu.be/TxrwImCJCqk

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #660 on: May 24, 2019, 12:06:19 am »
And I'm sure we've had this one before but it's always worth repeating - a genuine better-than-the-original cover:

Kirsty McColl - A New England
https://youtu.be/Vnzpg5GgQCo

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #661 on: May 24, 2019, 12:12:30 am »
I was reminded of this earlier - Grace Jones' version of the Pretenders' Private Life...

https://youtu.be/8xpVTUy4zDc

Superb but still not as good as the original.

Chrissie thought it was better.

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Hynde is quoted as saying: Like all the other London punks, I wanted to do reggae, and I wrote "Private Life". When I first heard Grace's version I thought 'Now that's how it's supposed to sound!' In fact it was one of the high points of my career - what with Sly and Robbie being the masters, and Grace Jones with her scorching delivery. Someone told me it was Chris Blackwell's idea - thanks Chris!

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #662 on: May 24, 2019, 12:16:03 am »
Chrissie thought it was better.

Yes, I was aware of that, but I disagree. She's too modest!

Although to be fair I think I only prefer the Pretenders original because that's the version I knew first - often the way with covers, familiarity with one version making it hard to get to grips with a different version.

Of course, the Pretenders did some pretty decent covers themselves:
Stop Your Sobbing - https://youtu.be/RTVqZNObw5o
I Go To Sleep - https://youtu.be/Kfyg2aks76Y

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #663 on: May 24, 2019, 12:43:45 am »
I do like the Zappa version of 'Whipping Post'. I saw Zappa at the Wembley Arena in 1989, when he did his 'Stairway to Heaven', but there isn't a good version out there. How they came to cover the Allman Brothers is a good story.

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"The only thing I'm concerned about is that people are aware that there are alternatives to Captain & Tennile or the Allman Bros." (FZ in Zappa On Air)

There's a sense in which you play "Whipping Post" as the ultimate joke on encores, because that's the most requested encore song of all time.
Well, I'll tell you how it happened. We were playing Helsinki, Finland about six or eight years ago, and in the middle of this very quiet, nice concert hall from the back of the room a voice rings out, "Whipping Post." And I thought, if we only knew it we could blow this guy's socks off. You know, it would be great to just ... sure, fuck you, "Whipping Post" ... all right, here it is. So, when we got Bobbie Martin in the band I said, "He can sing the shit out of 'Whipping Post' and so let's go for it."
What did the other members of your band think when you said ...
"God damn right, let's do it." They love it. They enjoy playing it.
Did you similarly like Duane Allman?
I never listened to their music. I like "Whipping Post," though. In fact, I think they even premiered it when we were working together at this pop festival at the baseball stadium in Atlanta years and years and years ago. It was the first time I heard this song and I liked it then, thought it was really good but I am not an Allman Brothers consumer.
But, as a guitarist you were obviously aware of Duane Allman.
Well, I heard him like the same way I hear other things, if it happens to be on the radio when I go someplace. I don't follow it, I don't consume it.
But, you do offer a kind of homage to a famous dead guy who was a great player.
The credit is all his. It's his song. I didn't invent it. It's a great song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu32TgPeXM8

Probably the most pertinent comment from 9 months ago.

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Was listening to Zappa's "Whipping Post" with my band as we were all riding together in the van on the way home after playing. At one point when the band stopped playing and you could hear the sound of the live audience, my bass player was freaking out, suddenly realizing that he was listening to a live performance. "WHAT! This is LIVE?"  We were all in shock, honestly.

However, it's worth remembering that there was enough money in album sales to re-record any faults in the live performance, and plenty of studios in LA to do that in.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #664 on: May 24, 2019, 11:32:07 am »
I'm curious about them, but not curious enough to press "play"

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/24/morrissey-california-son-review-clumsy-covers-troll-like-spirit

Anyone feel like taking one for the team?

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #665 on: May 24, 2019, 08:28:32 pm »
I've heard Wedding Bell Blues and Lady Willpower on R2 and yes, they're pretty woeful...

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #666 on: May 25, 2019, 10:23:09 am »
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #667 on: May 25, 2019, 10:41:26 am »
I'm curious about them, but not curious enough to press "play"

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/24/morrissey-california-son-review-clumsy-covers-troll-like-spirit

Anyone feel like taking one for the team?

No, and nor is a record shop in Cardiff.

Merseyrail have taken down advert posters for the album, so I guess they're going to sit this one out too.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-48393548
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #668 on: May 25, 2019, 08:54:18 pm »
Joan Osborne - What becomes of the broken hearted:

https://youtu.be/rG5FGjnp_yU

Its a cover but the band is The Funk Brothers i.et. the Motown House Band when all these hits were originally rerecorded.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #669 on: May 25, 2019, 09:26:13 pm »
Grace Potter  - Why Don't You Love Me?

https://youtu.be/r8qBuxGvGCw
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #670 on: May 27, 2019, 10:55:20 pm »
An epic "With a little help from my friends".

https://youtu.be/x3yJTI7otqA

Its from a festival in the US. Not sure exactly who everyone is but on guitar there is Derrick Trucks (Allman Brothers) and Doyle Bramhall II. On vocals its Susan Tedeschi and Chris Robinson (Black Crowes). Huge number of other musicians and backing singers, presumably this was an ensemble effort from everyone playing at the festival.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #671 on: May 28, 2019, 08:51:39 am »
All About That Bass by Postmodern Jukebox:

https://youtu.be/aLnZ1NQm2uk
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #672 on: May 28, 2019, 05:54:31 pm »
Radcliffe & Maconie played the Madness version of It Must Be Love on Saturday morning. It's one of tracks where you can easily forget just how good it is because it's been somewhat dulled by over-familiarity (see also Soft Cell's Tainted Love) but it really is excellent. Well worth taking a moment to listen to it properly to remind yourself...

https://youtu.be/vmezIIrFQmY

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #673 on: May 29, 2019, 09:28:39 am »
Over-familiarity with Soft Cell is easy enough to avoid.

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #674 on: May 29, 2019, 10:26:40 am »
Over-familiarity with Soft Cell is easy enough to avoid.

By not listening to commercial radio, you mean?

I imagine there's a statistic about Tainted Love being played somewhere in the world at any time, along the lines of that one about Friends being shown on TV somewhere in the world at any time.