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2013-06-15 03:46:27 PM

Mole Man: Spencer Davis Group

vs.

Chicago.

I'm a Man.


   Good one...I gotta go with Spencer Davis.
 
2013-06-15 03:48:48 PM

AcesFull: Hoopy Frood: AcesFull: Angry Buddha: AcesFull: Angry Buddha: The Clash's "I Fought the Law" outshines the original (and previous covers) by light years. Why Green Day thought they could subsequently even strum a farking chord of that song is baffling.


  I Fought The Law...Bobby Fuller Four.    For xtra credit,google Bobby Fuller death/murder/suicide...Super weird.

I'm famiar with Bobby Fuller Four and The Crickets' original version. But not the death/murder/suicide bit with the former. YEESH! Suicide my arse.


 Did not know The Crickets did I Fought The Law...Was that with Buddy?    Check any old footage on Buddy playing guitar...He does not ever use any up strokes playing lead or rhythm..All down strokes!


Post-Buddy. There were a lot of personnel changes after he left the band. That was with Sonny Curtis, who later wrote and performed the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.


   Ralph Emery had Sonny and Joe B. on after the Buddy Holly movie came out....And to put it mildly,Sonny was still very very bitter...It was painful to watch.


In the early 90s I dealt with a record rep on a weekly basis who was a neighbor of Sonny Curtis. She said he was a sweet guy. That, of course, doesn't contradict your post.
 
2013-06-15 03:51:09 PM

Mole Man: Spencer Davis Group

vs.

Chicago.

I'm a Man.



  House Of The Rising Sun....The Animals.....Roy Acuff.
 
2013-06-15 04:00:39 PM

JesusIsNowBlind: LewDux: steamingpile: Whatthefark: How about "Tainted Love"?

Original by Gloria Jones.

Cover by Soft Cell

I am amazed people don't realize this is a cover since those who first heard it in the 80s were most likely around the first time.

Original was b-side for commercially unsuccessful song released in 1965

It was absolutely massive in the northern soul scene back when I was a kid, this was even pre-Soft Cell.

/get off my scooter


I doubt many people knew NS, popular songs alone, especially in USA.
/Northern Soul
 
2013-06-15 04:01:39 PM

AcesFull: House Of The Rising Sun....The Animals.....Roy Acuff.


Or Woody Guthrie in 1947
 
2013-06-15 04:02:47 PM

John Buck 41: AcesFull: Hoopy Frood: AcesFull: Angry Buddha: AcesFull: Angry Buddha: The Clash's "I Fought the Law" outshines the original (and previous covers) by light years. Why Green Day thought they could subsequently even strum a farking chord of that song is baffling.


  I Fought The Law...Bobby Fuller Four.    For xtra credit,google Bobby Fuller death/murder/suicide...Super weird.

I'm famiar with Bobby Fuller Four and The Crickets' original version. But not the death/murder/suicide bit with the former. YEESH! Suicide my arse.


 Did not know The Crickets did I Fought The Law...Was that with Buddy?    Check any old footage on Buddy playing guitar...He does not ever use any up strokes playing lead or rhythm..All down strokes!


Post-Buddy. There were a lot of personnel changes after he left the band. That was with Sonny Curtis, who later wrote and performed the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.


   Ralph Emery had Sonny and Joe B. on after the Buddy Holly movie came out....And to put it mildly,Sonny was still very very bitter...It was painful to watch.

In the early 90s I dealt with a record rep on a weekly basis who was a neighbor of Sonny Curtis. She said he was a sweet guy. That, of course, doesn't contradict your post.


  I think the root of it was,in addition to no monetary compensation,Joe and Sonny were never,even consulted on anything....Do you remember Joe B. being the manager at that Nashville apartment complex?
 
2013-06-15 04:03:42 PM

borg: List fails without Me and Bobby McGee


No kidding. And they even had Janis Joplin on the list. Talk about something staring you right in the face...
 
2013-06-15 04:22:06 PM
Kind of off topic, but I had tho share this Deak Kennedys little heard cover ofThe Honeycombs "Have I The Right". Its awesome!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33jrWg78RJU
 
2013-06-15 04:53:33 PM
"Morning Dew" (originally by Bonnie Dobson, not the Grateful Dead); Einstruzende Neubauten's cover is pretty bad ass.

and I'd only mention "Son of Preacher Man" because too many people think it was Aretha Franklin who did it first.
 
2013-06-15 05:39:49 PM
Hoopy Frood:
Post-Buddy. There were a lot of personnel changes after he left the band. That was with Sonny Curtis, who later wrote and performed the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Which Joan Jett did a cover of!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWQHhKrdtSA
 
2013-06-15 05:44:20 PM

No_Sir: Which version do you like better?  Joe Cocker's cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends" or the original Beatles' song.


Why not both?
 
2013-06-15 05:50:10 PM

Mole Man: Spencer Davis Group

vs.

Chicago.

I'm a Man.


Spencer Davis Group. (Although the Chicago version is pretty shambolic in its wonderfulness).

As for "House of the Rising Sun",  the Animals are the definitive version and it's an absolute classic. But I'm a sucker for this one.
 
2013-06-15 05:53:06 PM

Mole Man: Spencer Davis Group

vs.

Chicago.

I'm a Man.


Needs more cowbell.
 
2013-06-15 05:55:22 PM

Rocket To Russia: Hoopy Frood:
Post-Buddy. There were a lot of personnel changes after he left the band. That was with Sonny Curtis, who later wrote and performed the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Which Joan Jett did a cover of!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWQHhKrdtSA


Hahahaha! That's great.
 
2013-06-15 06:04:02 PM
Do the songs Mechanix (Megadeth) and The Four Horsemen (Metallica) count? The lyrics are different, but they are the same instrumentally.

/The Four Horsemen would be the hit song in this example.
 
2013-06-15 06:04:41 PM

Sprachkundige: Istanbul -- originally by The Four Lads.


Just learned that one was a cover recently. Came to post it myself.
 
2013-06-15 06:16:15 PM

AcesFull: Mole Man: Spencer Davis Group

vs.

Chicago.

I'm a Man.

   Good one...I gotta go with Spencer Davis.


I love Steve Winwood, but...no, Terry Kath's guitar work is insane in that version. Give me Chicago.
 
2013-06-15 06:25:22 PM

endtimethirtyfour: "Morning Dew" (originally by Bonnie Dobson, not the Grateful Dead); Einstruzende Neubauten's cover is pretty bad ass.

and I'd only mention "Son of Preacher Man" because too many people think it was Aretha Franklin who did it first.



She turned it down before it was offered to Dusty Springfield.
 
2013-06-15 06:32:14 PM
There have been some very interesting covers of Dolly Parton's Jolene.

Cover versions by
The Sisters of Mercy
Strawberry Switchblade
Queen Adreena (Possibly NSFW video)
 
2013-06-15 07:35:00 PM
Green Manalishi
Original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjOD8i-8uWY

Cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT2DktNBRfo

Both versions kick ass, IMHO.
 
2013-06-15 07:37:49 PM
 
2013-06-15 07:40:59 PM
 
2013-06-15 07:58:22 PM
 
2013-06-15 08:01:49 PM

runcible spork: endtimethirtyfour: "Morning Dew" (originally by Bonnie Dobson, not the Grateful Dead); Einstruzende Neubauten's cover is pretty bad ass.

and I'd only mention "Son of Preacher Man" because too many people think it was Aretha Franklin who did it first.

She turned it down before it was offered to Dusty Springfield.


I actually had ~not~ know that before I wiki'd it; I knew Franklin did it eventually, but didn't know that...nor that Erma Franklin had recorded a version of it as well.
 
2013-06-15 08:14:25 PM

endtimethirtyfour: runcible spork: endtimethirtyfour: "Morning Dew" (originally by Bonnie Dobson, not the Grateful Dead); Einstruzende Neubauten's cover is pretty bad ass.

and I'd only mention "Son of Preacher Man" because too many people think it was Aretha Franklin who did it first.

She turned it down before it was offered to Dusty Springfield.

I actually had ~not~ know that before I wiki'd it; I knew Franklin did it eventually, but didn't know that...nor that Erma Franklin had recorded a version of it as well.



Don't remember it verbatim, but the anecdote in the liner notes to my copy of Dusty in Memphis is that Springfield and Franklin met in an elevator somewhere, shortly after the single was released, and Aretha looked at Dusty, and simply exclaimed "Girl!" There may have been some head waggling.
 
2013-06-15 08:29:02 PM

DeathRaySanta: When Ike & Tina Turner's cover of "Proud Mary" first hit the AM radio, I hadn't heard the CCR original.  When I finally did hear it, many months later... well, it was just about the lamest thing I'd ever heard.

/likes it rough


Or you just like shiatty versions of classic songs, just like my sis-in-law who thought the sake and has shiatty taste in music.
 
2013-06-15 08:59:12 PM
Oingo Boingo cover of I am the Walrus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPUK8esrpNA
 
2013-06-15 09:21:54 PM
No UB40' s cover of "Red, Red Wine?"  Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2013-06-15 09:45:16 PM

broncoitis: Oingo Boingo cover of I am the Walrus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPUK8esrpNA


That's pretty awesome.
 
2013-06-15 09:48:09 PM
surprised not to see these two commented on;

"Hard Sun" by Eddie Vedder (original by Indio)
"I Need a Lover" by Pat Benatar (original by John Cougar)
 
2013-06-15 10:01:10 PM
and "China Girl" on the list is a Fail since it was co-written by Bowie and Iggy ..... just because Iggy released his version years before Bowie, doesn't mean Bowie's is a cover ......

If you want to show some Bowie covers, post the entire Pin Ups album
 
2013-06-15 10:04:46 PM

steamingpile: DeathRaySanta: When Ike & Tina Turner's cover of "Proud Mary" first hit the AM radio, I hadn't heard the CCR original.  When I finally did hear it, many months later... well, it was just about the lamest thing I'd ever heard.

/likes it rough

Or you just like shiatty versions of classic songs, just like my sis-in-law who thought the sake and has shiatty taste in music.


Well um, ok.  CCR has some great songs in their catalog-- "Hey Tonight" "Up Around the Bend" and "Green River" are some that classik rawk radio hasn't made me sick of (just yet). There's a few others, as well.

Their version of "Proud Mary" is not among those. Hearing Tina's version before the CCR version gave me a defining first impression of the song: It's dynamic, raw, kicks ass. Tina literally owned it.

The CCR version is, in comparison, your elderly drooling old grandpa slowly passing out in his La-Z-Boy watching "HeeHaw". Hell, the performance isn't too far removed from what you could do on an acoustic guitar at a campfire singalong.

That's not necessarily a bad thing-- rock is all about simplicity. But when you've already heard the song shot in the ass with a serious dose of energy and soul.... ehhh, no contest. It's like going from broadband back to dialup.
 
2013-06-15 10:05:10 PM
 
2013-06-15 10:42:05 PM
Bert Bacharach/Dionne Warick - Always something there to remind me

vrs.

Naked Eyes cover.
http://youtu.be/zMAe31FFHbo
 
2013-06-15 11:08:32 PM

VibroCount: http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=XcEgvKb_V90

or

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=_Q2rZb7E0EY


Holy shiat, is that original good. And since Etta James is dead, no one will cuss me out for saying so.

Is that Harry Morgan at 3:40 in the first link?
 
2013-06-15 11:30:21 PM
It's similar enough to the original to say that Daft Punk covered "Cola Bottle Baby" from Edwin Birdsong.
 
2013-06-16 01:03:13 AM

Broktun: List fails
Not a Rick Roll, click it, you will not be disappointed.

Promise


I'll see your Emmylou Harris and raise you the Everly Brothers (Also NOT a Rick Roll).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFE2SnliiV0
 
2013-06-16 01:28:24 AM
Oh, and I forgot to mention that this album is probably the ultimate collection of pop covers:
i1243.photobucket.com
http://www.discogs.com/Residents-The-Third-Reich-N-Roll/master/20973
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRweyGHJ3bc
 
2013-06-16 01:38:38 AM

Snausages75: VibroCount: http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=XcEgvKb_V90

or

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=_Q2rZb7E0EY

Holy shiat, is that original good. And since Etta James is dead, no one will cuss me out for saying so.

Is that Harry Morgan at 3:40 in the first link?


Why yes, yes it is.
 
2013-06-16 05:52:45 AM
Sam & Dave  I Thank You
ZZ Top  I Thank You

Bob Dylan  Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Cat Power  Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

J.J. Cale (Call Me) The Breeze
Lynyrd Skynyrd  (Call Me) The Breeze

J.J. Cale  Cocaine
Eric Clapton  Cocaine

J.J. Cale  After Midnight
Eric Clapton  After Midnight

Marvin Gaye  I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Creedence Clearwater Revival  I Heard It Through The Grapevine

The Rolling Stones  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaciton
Devo  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Otis Redding  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

The Velvet Underground  Sweet Jane
The Cowboy Junkies  Sweet Jane
Mott The Hoople  Sweet Jane

Bob Marley and the Wailers  I Shot The Sheriff
Eric Clapton  I Shot The Sheriff

The Call  Let The Day Begin
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club  Let The Day Begin

The Doors  Light My Fire
Jackie Wilson  Light My Fire
Jose Feliciano  Light My Fire

The Beatles  Something
Isaac Hayes  Something

Lee Dorsey  Working In A Coal Mine
Devo  Working In A Coal Mine

Bright Eyes  Lover I Don't Have To Love
Bettie Serveert  Lover I Don't Have To Love

John Lee Hooker  Crawling King Snake
The Doors  Crawling King Snake

Bertolt Brecht  Alabama Song (Whsky Bar)
The Doors  Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Howlin' Wolf  Back Door Man
The Doors  Back Door Man

The Doors  Crystal Ship
Crystal Ship
Joyride  Crystal Ship

The Doors  Take It As It Comes
Ramones  Take It As It Comes

The Doors  The End
Nico  The End

Led Zeppelin  No Quarter
Tool  No Quarter

Tom Waits  I Don't Wanna Grow Up
Ramones  I Don't Wanna Grow Up

Creedence Clearwater Revival  Effigy
Uncle Tupelo  Effigy

The Carter Family  No Depression (In Heaven)
Uncle Tupelo  No Depression (In Heaven)

The Jam  The) Butterfly Collector
Garbage  Butterfly Collector (NSFW stationary image)

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles  Tears of a Clown
The (English) Beat  Tears of a Clown

Aretha Franklin  Runnin' Out of Fools
Neko Case  Runnin' Out of Fools

The Zombies  She's Not There
Neko Case and Nick Cave  She's Not There

The Troggs  Our Love Will Still Be There
The Fluid  Our Love Will Still Be There

Glenn Campbell  By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Isaac HayesBy The Time I Get To Phoenix

The Beatles  Got To Get You Into My Life
Earth, Wind & Fire Got To Get You Into My Life

Crowded House  Better Be Home Soon
Kasey Chambers  Better Be Home Soon

Buzzcocks  Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
Thea Gilmore  Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)

Vince Taylor and His Playboys  Brand New Cadillac
The Clash  Brand New Cadillac

Eddie Holland  Leaving Here
Pearl Jam  Leavin' Here
The Birds  Leavin' Here
The Who  Leavin' Here
Motorhead  Leavin' Here

Pink Floyd  Cymbaline
Hawkwind  Cymbaline


Junior Murvin  Police and Thieves
The Clash  Police and Thieves

The Beatles  I'm Looking Through You
The Posies  I'm Looking Through You

Big Joe Williams  Baby, Please Don't Go
Them (feat. Van Morrison)  Baby, Please Don't Go
Lightnin' Hopkins  Baby, Please Don't Go
AC/DC  Baby, Please Don't Go
The Amboy Dukes  Baby, Please Don't Go
Al Kooper  Baby, Please Don't Go
Budgie  Baby, Please Don't Go


Then of course there are the 3.432 trillion recorded versions of Louie, Louie
 
2013-06-16 09:21:59 AM
I must find the Doors covering Brecht. As long as we're here, many covers of Pirate Jenny and several of Mack the Knife.
 
2013-06-16 09:25:10 AM
TFA: And no one's really found a way to improve it [I Love Rock and Roll] since.

I don't think so
 
2013-06-16 09:29:10 AM
This thing has gotten pretty far off track from the notion of "forgotten" originals or those eclipsed (in popular culture) by subsequent cover versions.
 
2013-06-16 09:39:33 AM

runcible spork: This thing has gotten pretty far off track from the notion of "forgotten" originals or those eclipsed (in popular culture) by subsequent cover versions.



/ ironic, isn't it?
 
2013-06-16 11:26:11 AM
List fails without Waylon Jennings cover of Turn The Page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhoq8KTfb1E

Even Bob Seger couldn't this. I think it was actually BETTER than Seger's version.
 
2013-06-16 11:47:15 AM

Artcurus: List fails without Waylon Jennings cover of Turn The Page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhoq8KTfb1E

Even Bob Seger couldn't this. I think it was actually BETTER than Seger's version.


Waylon also covered MacArthur Park
 
2013-06-16 11:48:06 AM

Artcurus: List fails without Waylon Jennings cover of Turn The Page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhoq8KTfb1E

Even Bob Seger couldn't this. I think it was actually BETTER than Seger's version.


Honestly, most cover versions beat Seger's version, because Seger's was too damn mellow, with the porn sax and mellotron.

/and the album version Seger refuses to rerelease on CD is better than the live version.
 
2013-06-16 01:25:43 PM
Submission fails for linking to an autoplay video.

F U subs
 
2013-06-16 02:18:49 PM
This is my favorite ever Beatles cover song. Yes never equaled this (though they were a great band) in my opinion.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfsbF2yYpi4
 
2013-06-16 02:22:37 PM

Artcurus: List fails without Waylon Jennings cover of Turn The Page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhoq8KTfb1E

Even Bob Seger couldn't this. I think it was actually BETTER than Seger's version.


Wow! Never heard that before. That is a great version.
 
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