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(Cracked)   Six Songs People Apparently Think Are By the Wrong Artist, including that the Beatles did not write "Mr. Blue Sky" and unfortunately one of the songs is really performed by Bobby McFerrin   (cracked.com) divider line 321
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2012-06-29 09:30:44 AM
"Red Red Wine" is also attributed to Marley on YouTube.
 
2012-06-29 09:32:40 AM

Everything is Awful: scotzrewl: CSB..

*On a date. David Bowie's Heores begins.*

Date: "Who did this horrendous remake?"
Me: "Excuse me?"
D: "Who is this butchering The Wallflowers?"
M: "Umm.. That is the original. It was sung by David Bowie. The Wallflowers covered it."
D: "Really?"
M: "Yeah."
D: "Eh.. I never liked David Bowie."
M: "GTFO!"

/Cool Story


For the longest time, I thought The Man Who Sold the World was by Nirvana.



I want to know where you heard Nirvana's version of that song w/o the lead-in "This is a David Bowie song" comment (as heard on the Unplugged record)

/Good song, good cover
 
2012-06-29 09:36:37 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: I was sure it was Jackson Browne.


Hm. Turns out Browne provided backing vocals!
 
2012-06-29 09:39:34 AM
A lot of people think Roger Miller performed "I'm a Nut", but it was Leroy Pullins,

A lot of people think "Lies" was a Beatles song, but it was the Knickerbockers.
 
2012-06-29 09:39:46 AM

Grables'Daughter: There's an 80's song (maybe late 70's) that I would absolutely swear was Roy Orbison but isn't.

And since I can't remember the title or artist I have just posted for nothing.

Anything You Want

?- Definitely by Orbison.

The End of the Line- By the Travelling Willburys, written by Orbison, iirc
 
2012-06-29 09:45:55 AM

HAMMERTOE: The End of the Line- By the Travelling Willburys, written by Orbison, iirc


Sung by him also since he was a member of that band.
 
2012-06-29 09:48:15 AM
My favorite - people thinking that Aretha Franklin sang "Rescue Me" (it was Fontella Bass).

However, Aretha cashed in on this years later by singing a variant of the song in a Pizza Hut commercial. They asked her assuming she had originally performed the song, and since she needed the money, she didn't bother to correct them.
 
2012-06-29 09:48:18 AM

HAMMERTOE: The End of the Line- By the Travelling Willburys, written by Orbison, iirc


Orbison was one of the writers, along with the rest of the Wilburys.
 
2012-06-29 09:50:09 AM

armoredbulldozer: Cocaine isn't Clapton. JJ Cale did it first.


If people know anything about Eric Clapton at all, it's that he adores J.J. Cale and has done a few of his songs.

/Also, Clapton is GOD.

Loud_Mouth_Soup: What the fark is wrong with you people?


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I know the difference, but honestly, Holly Johnson does sound a little like Simon Le Bon.
 
2012-06-29 09:53:15 AM

BroVinny: Uzzah: Don't know if it's mentioned upthread, but I'd bet a majority of people would say the Beach Boys do "Dead Man's Curve," and have never even heard of Jan & Dean.

I had Jan & Dean inflicted on me from an early age.


A Pox upon you. "Dead Man's Curve", "Little Old Lady From Pasadena", and "Surf City" are great pieces of surf music
 
2012-06-29 09:55:09 AM

Sabyen91: IlGreven: Why is everyone going on about covers when TFA isn't about that at all?

Wait...Bobaflex didn't originally do "Sounds of Silence"?


Love Bobaflex, seeing them again in August.
 
2012-06-29 10:03:14 AM

mhd: majestic: And a lot of tards think "nothing compares to you" was by Skinhead O'connor.

The silly spelling should've been a hint, but I think there's a big difference between the boat load of songs that were popularized as cover versions and songs like those in the list, where people just attribute original songs to different, similar-sounding artists.

If we're including the former, I'm voting for "I love Rock 'n Roll".

/Or "Hush"


Like woah, listening to Hush on Slacker at the moment...
 
2012-06-29 10:05:25 AM
I originally thought Joe Jackson's "It's Different for Girls" was an Elivs Costello song.
 
2012-06-29 10:10:33 AM

Godscrack: I always thought "Love is Like Oxygen" by Sweet, was by E.L.O.

Isn't that weird?


I came here to say the same thing. Glad I'm not the only one.
 
2012-06-29 10:25:17 AM
Prince did NOT write or perform "Oh, Sheila". That was Ready For The World. Stop labeling your MP3s wrong, dipshiats.
 
2012-06-29 10:38:50 AM
As an almost 40 year old guy whose been in radio 17 years, I'm getting a kick out of these posts.

Nothing in Cracked article was new to me.

Some of the insanely obscure instances you all site are.

Also, as a small boy, like, when it was new, I thought Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town" was KISS. Seems like a fair mistake, attributing a song to a much more well-known (and in the eyes of a lil kid, more memorable) band who also did the dual-lead thing.

Never heard of The Gourd's "Gin & Juice" cover being attributed to anyone but them, or Hayseed Dixie. Phish!?!?!?

And yeah, Napster/Limewire/etc. isn't helping.
 
2012-06-29 10:44:52 AM
the Mr. Blue Sky thing is kind of intentional as ELO is Jeff Lynne's idea of the direction the Beatles would have gone had they stayed together, so there's that.
 
2012-06-29 10:51:03 AM

runcible spork: • phaseolus: Speaking of covers, how many of y'all know who recorded the original version of Black Magic Woman without looking it up? Or Jesus is Just Alright?

It kills me that Santana lifted the song, even the solo, from Peter Green's original. Is the other the Byrds?



Sort of. That's what I thought when I posted last night. But it turns out the Byrds' version is also a cover, something I hadn't been aware of until I looked it up later.
 
2012-06-29 10:58:56 AM
Here is the Lennon ELO comments:

Link
 
2012-06-29 11:00:26 AM
 
2012-06-29 11:02:28 AM
Nothing From Nothing isn't Bill Withers.
Is She Really Going Out With Him? is neither Rick Springfield nor The Cars.
The Spin Me Round cover is not Marilyn Manson.

Good job nailing the Lunatic Fringe.

Green River has the opening riff lifted from Long Cool Dress.
 
2012-06-29 11:05:57 AM
and Prince didn't perform Let's go all the way. It was Sly Fox. :)
 
2012-06-29 11:10:18 AM
This thread is suffering mildly from unintentional cover versions of previous comments.
 
2012-06-29 11:22:39 AM
"One of the most memorable themes in movie history has to be "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop. That's why everyone knows it's written and performed by Harold Faltermeyer! OK, like six people know that."

Uh... make that seven.

I'm not proud of it, tho.
 
2012-06-29 11:43:59 AM
Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link
 
2012-06-29 12:05:27 PM
Other Hollies hits include songs like "Carrie Anne" and "The Air That I Breathe" (which, regardless of what the English court system and even this publication may tell you, was not ripped off by Radiohead. If one chord change and two notes of verse melody always served as a proper basis for plagiarism, no one could ever copyright music ever).

What an idiot. First time I heard Creep I heard The Air That I Breathe in it, and not in the verse. This guy doesn't even know which area was ripped off.
 
2012-06-29 12:11:51 PM

Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link


#1 The Fixx on quaaludes. Sounds Depeche Modey too.

#2 That one does sound a lot like New Order

Never heard of either one. Fad Gadget? lol
 
2012-06-29 12:17:38 PM

Spartapuss: Nothing From Nothing isn't Bill Withers.
Is She Really Going Out With Him? is neither Rick Springfield nor The Cars.
The Spin Me Round cover is not Marilyn Manson.

Good job nailing the Lunatic Fringe.

Green River has the opening riff lifted from Long Cool Dress.


Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson, from the album Look Sharp, love that whole album, still listen to it regularly.
 
2012-06-29 12:27:03 PM

dletter: Here is the Lennon ELO comments:

Link


I never made the connection with Grapevine, but it's there sure enough
 
2012-06-29 12:29:05 PM

Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link


Never heard of either song or either band, which was fine with me. Now I can't unknow it, thanks a lot.

/asshole
 
2012-06-29 12:30:59 PM

Crewmannumber6: Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link

Never heard of either song or either band, which was fine with me. Now I can't unknow it, thanks a lot.

/asshole


I'm sorry, not enough Friday in it?
 
2012-06-29 12:49:17 PM

Thudfark: Crewmannumber6: Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link

Never heard of either song or either band, which was fine with me. Now I can't unknow it, thanks a lot.

/asshole

I'm sorry, not enough Friday in it?


Frankly, it could use little more
 
2012-06-29 12:53:25 PM

Thudfark: Crewmannumber6: Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link

Never heard of either song or either band, which was fine with me. Now I can't unknow it, thanks a lot.

/asshole

I'm sorry, not enough Friday in it?


To be fair... those were some esoteric bands/songs.... "The Camouflage" song was only a #60 Billboard hit in the U.S. (although #1 on dance charts, but, sheesh, how many fly by night dance club "hits" were there in the 80s that are forgotten now).... and "Fad Gadget" from what I could find had no US success.

So, sorry some stuff that maybe is relevant in Finland never really made it over here. The guys snark was a bit much, but, neither of those songs would really count for what the article is talking about.
 
2012-06-29 12:58:03 PM

dletter: Thudfark: Crewmannumber6: Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link

Never heard of either song or either band, which was fine with me. Now I can't unknow it, thanks a lot.

/asshole

I'm sorry, not enough Friday in it?

To be fair... those were some esoteric bands/songs.... "The Camouflage" song was only a #60 Billboard hit in the U.S. (although #1 on dance charts, but, sheesh, how many fly by night dance club "hits" were there in the 80s that are forgotten now).... and "Fad Gadget" from what I could find had no US success.

So, sorry some stuff that maybe is relevant in Finland never really made it over here. The guys snark was a bit much, but, neither of those songs would really count for what the article is talking about.


It's been a long week, sorry.
 
2012-06-29 01:01:37 PM

GAT_00: I doubt many people know that Blinded By the Light is by Bruce Springsteen either, or that Bob Dylan wrote All Along The Watchtower.


Also came here for "Blinded by the Light." Manfred Mann be damned.

But speaking of BS...I'm sure most kids think "Fire" by Babyface and Des'ree is the original, but the Boss recorded it in the late 70s.
 
2012-06-29 01:05:20 PM

DVDave: But speaking of BS...I'm sure most kids think "Fire" by Babyface and Des'ree is the original, but the Boss recorded it in the late 70s.


Only asking because I don't know. Was the pointer Sisters' version after Bruce's, or did he release his after, like he did with 'Because The Night'?
 
2012-06-29 01:09:38 PM

DVDave: Also came here for "Blinded by the Light." Manfred Mann be damned.


Again though, that wasn't the point of the article (people thinking covers were originals).... but, people are going off on tangents here as it is.
 
mhd
2012-06-29 01:13:57 PM

DVDave: Also came here for "Blinded by the Light." Manfred Mann be damned.


Also "For You". Which, as opposed to "Blinded by the Light" sounds quite different compared to the original, with the whole uptempo arrangement really masking the fact that it's about attempted AW suicide.
 
2012-06-29 01:20:25 PM

RexTalionis: When I first heard Stealers Wheel's Stuck in the Middle with You, I thought it was by Bob Dylan.


Half the Internet seems to think it's by the Dead, which totally befuddles me.
 
2012-06-29 01:23:55 PM
that list was one song to honestly mistake, #4 - The Hollies with Long Cool Woman. The rest are pretty much for people who didnt live through the 80s/90s, probably like the author.
 
2012-06-29 01:37:28 PM

dletter: DVDave: Also came here for "Blinded by the Light." Manfred Mann be damned.

Again though, that wasn't the point of the article (people thinking covers were originals).... but, people are going off on tangents here as it is.


Got it.
Then I'll just say "about half a dozen Beach Boys songs that were actually Jan and Dean"

But that has already been covered as well, so I got nuthin' new to add.
 
2012-06-29 02:02:53 PM
List fails without the Springsteen clone "On the Darkside" from the Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack.
 
2012-06-29 02:15:20 PM

Grables'Daughter: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Grables'Daughter: Nope. This was a one hit wonder that I always thought was Roy Orbison.

Anyone?

He doesn't sound much like Orbison but it sure as hell sounds like an Orbison song plus there's the title.

J.D Souther-Only Lonely

You don't think he sounds like Roy Orbison in this song?

Because I think he sounds exactly like him.

Anyone else?


Yes. I thought that song was Roy Orbison for years.
 
2012-06-29 02:21:40 PM

dletter: Thudfark: Crewmannumber6: Thudfark: Alright, no peeking. Name the bands:

Link

Link

Never heard of either song or either band, which was fine with me. Now I can't unknow it, thanks a lot.

/asshole

I'm sorry, not enough Friday in it?

To be fair... those were some esoteric bands/songs.... "The Camouflage" song was only a #60 Billboard hit in the U.S. (although #1 on dance charts, but, sheesh, how many fly by night dance club "hits" were there in the 80s that are forgotten now).... and "Fad Gadget" from what I could find had no US success.

So, sorry some stuff that maybe is relevant in Finland never really made it over here. The guys snark was a bit much, but, neither of those songs would really count for what the article is talking about.


Actually, those 2 were club hits in Toronto as well as the UK. Nobody over here has probably heard of them either unless they are seriously into the 80s. Just posted them for shiats and giggles because they always get confused for Depeche Mode which is on topic.

/Contrary to popular billboard charting methods, music does exist outside the lower 48.
 
2012-06-29 02:37:57 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Grables'Daughter: Nope. This was a one hit wonder that I always thought was Roy Orbison.

Anyone?

He doesn't sound much like Orbison but it sure as hell sounds like an Orbison song plus there's the title.

J.D Souther-Only Lonely


Souther was hugely influenced by Orbison (weren't we all), which is why he served as one of the back up singers on Roy's special 'A Black And White Night' (along with Jackson Brown, K. D Lang, Bonnie Raitt and Jennifer Warren, all hit hits to their credit).

Link
 
2012-06-29 03:46:37 PM
Holy shiat, People Think Bob Marley Sang "Don't Worry Be Happy"!?

Holy shiat!

// Bob was a Rastafarian, they have this whole downtrodden complex thing going. The closest he got to an upbeat song would be something like 'Lively up yourself".

// I would have probably become a Rasta if I had stayed on the island.
 
2012-06-29 03:59:37 PM
Also not the Beatles, but often mistaken for them.
 
2012-06-29 04:27:53 PM
If I had a dollar for every time some retard yelled "Life is a Highway" at a Tom Petty concert, I'd be rich as a motherfarker.

Similarly, if I had a dollar every time the cover of Gin and Juice the Gourds did came on, and somebody said that it was Phish, i'd be rich.

People are funny.
 
2012-06-29 04:28:51 PM
I'll Stop the World and Melt with You isn't The Cure. Curiously, I didn't see it in the comments here or TFA.
 
2012-06-29 04:37:27 PM

thegod082: I'll Stop the World and Melt with You isn't The Cure. Curiously, I didn't see it in the comments here or TFA.



Why would anyone think that?
 
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