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2014-03-10 10:29:51 PM  
"Twenty-six musicians who best-known songs..."

lol wut?

Fail tag for subby
 
2014-03-10 10:32:29 PM  
Elvis Costello's best-known song was written by Nick Lowe but Dave Edmunds's best-known song was written by Elvis Costello. Does that make Costello a failure or a genius?

To date, 24,972 artists have covered Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (tfa sez 586, but I think they missed a few). Jeff Buckley's version is by far the best, which according to subby makes him an utter failure as an artist. No wonder he drowned himself.

Lastly, "best-known" does not equal "best."

/that's the joke?
 
2014-03-10 10:32:56 PM  
And Sinbox, how do you throw up 1221 covers and not include Stevie Ray Vaugh's Voodoo Chile or Bob Dylan covering Hendrix's Watchtower?  A cover of a cover, by the original artist! (Yo dawg...) (Dylan admitted to liking Hendrix's arrangement more.)
 
2014-03-10 10:33:31 PM  
Car_Ramrod:

Screw that. Link them. Pasting them all in a thread is a dick move.


After the fifth cover of "A Day in the Life" no one is even reading that list, let alone clicking a link to hear anything on it.
 
2014-03-10 10:34:40 PM  
"Hey Joe, check out this list of covers that didn't include 'Hey Joe'."
 
2014-03-10 10:34:52 PM  

debug: Whisky in a Jar is a decent cover by them.


It really isn't. Metallica's cover doesn't even bother to follow much of the original melody.

Now, Thin Lizzy's cover is a good cover of that song.
 
2014-03-10 10:34:53 PM  
Sweet Jane (Cowboy Junkies) is in there twice.  It just happened to be the first one I looked for.  Weird.
 
2014-03-10 10:38:04 PM  
list fails
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-10 10:38:54 PM  

demaL-demaL-yeH: You have a very short attention span; you are a very slow reader; and you should be ashamed of yourself.


True.  Not really.  True.

None of which have anything to do with my original post.  When you ask someone what their favorite food is and they say, "steak, lobster, pizza" and keep going it is obvious they don't know what the word favorite is.  When someone says they are going to list a few of their favorites if the list gets beyond 10 or so they don't know what the word few means.  If the list gets much beyond 20 or 30 they have no idea what the word favorite means.

When asked what your favorite movie is you should list one answer.  You may get away with 2-3.  For songs, once again you should list one, but may get away with 10-20.  Words do have meanings.  For someone to have a favorite 1200 of a particular thing, they would need to be familiar with a sample size of millions if not more.
 
2014-03-10 10:39:05 PM  

vegaswench: Frente! needs to die a fiery and painful death for bastardizing New Order.  For shame.


People have different tastes.
Tip: Nouvelle Vague. Their covers of the DKs Too Drunk to Fark and the Lords of the New Church's Dance With Me are two of my favorite covers. Of course, you might just hate them with a passion...

That said, here's one you should like.
And here's one you might like.
 
2014-03-10 10:39:10 PM  

scottydoesntknow: No 'Hurt'?


lol
 
2014-03-10 10:39:19 PM  
Sixpence None The Richer - There She Goes - cover of The La's
 
2014-03-10 10:40:49 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: The Manfred Mann one surprised me - that's the only song I know from them, I never knew it was a cover.


Arguably, their second-best-known song is another cover, Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn."
 
2014-03-10 10:41:31 PM  

debug: Wow, over 1200 covers listed and you missed Stone Cold Crazy, a Queen cover by Metallica.  It always amazes me how many people don't know that's a Queen song.


I know it's not technically a cover, but "Ice Ice Baby" annoys all the all of me whenever I hear it, mostly because I'm sure the average potatoe counter doesn't have a clue who actually penned the bassline.

I had the misfortune of being near a television recently when it was being used to hawk chewing gum or some shiat like that.  I guess I'd rather see Vanilla ice's song used to shill products than the original.

/Bowie and Mercury singing together pretty much would have brought the awesomepocalypse down upon us if they hadn't ended the song when they did
 
2014-03-10 10:44:55 PM  

vegaswench: demaL-demaL-yeH: Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Frente - Who?

Angie Hart. She does tons of covers. Instrumentally sparse, slowed down, and mostly good.

You take that back this instant.


Cut me a break:
1. I lurve Alison Krauss' vocals more than a certain farkette lurvs treif.
2. I like that Swiss/German duo BOY more than my kidettes like them.
3. Nobody has ever done a listenable cover of the Plimsouls' A Million Miles Away.
 
2014-03-10 10:46:13 PM  

ronin7: zappaisfrank: The first two Led Zeppelin albums....

Remember that time Robert Johnson used lyrics from an older song?

What a thief.


That doesn't rationalize away their blatant stealing from just about every Chicago blues artist and composer OR shamelessly ripping off Jake Holmes on "Dazed And Confused".

Try again, fanboy.
 
2014-03-10 10:48:49 PM  
Anything by Pentatonix.

http://m.youtube.com/results?q=pentatonix&sm=1

/sorry no link due to mobile farking.
 
2014-03-10 10:50:03 PM  

Car_Ramrod: mafiageek1980: Englebert Slaptyback: Twenty-six musicians who best-known songs are covers and not their own compositions


And one schmuck who needs to learn how to link to things.

Seriously - why would you copy+paste a list of 1200+ items into the thread?

Quit complaining. I didn't mind the list. Hell, I plan on checking a few of those out.

I would like to add a couple:

"I don't care anymore" by Kelis (Phil Collins Cover)
"Home" (take me home) by Bone Thugs n harmony (Phil Collins cover)

Screw that. Link them. Pasting them all in a thread is a dick move.

Also, it didn't even list any Reel Big Fish, who do awesome covers.


can't disagree with you about Reel Big Fish. Hell, I loved them back in the 90s and still love them now.
 
2014-03-10 10:50:27 PM  
Read on Wiki that Margaritaville wasn't intended for Jimmy Buffett. He got it when Elvis decided not to record it/died. True or not?
 
2014-03-10 10:51:05 PM  

Uzzah: TuteTibiImperes: The Manfred Mann one surprised me - that's the only song I know from them, I never knew it was a cover.

Arguably, their second-best-known song is another cover, Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn."


They also had a minor hit with their later version of Springsteen's 'For You'

(sfw)
 
2014-03-10 10:51:51 PM  

Sinbox: debug: Wow, over 1200 covers listed and you missed Stone Cold Crazy, a Queen cover by Metallica.  It always amazes me how many people don't know that's a Queen song.

I know it...I just don't care for it (or any of Metallica's covers that I've heard.)

Or, for that matter, any covers of Metallica I've heard (with the lone exception of the aforelisted Orion by Rodrigo y Gabriela. (sfw)


To be fair, Rodrigo y Gabriela are more talented than Metalica.
 
2014-03-10 10:53:22 PM  

demaL-demaL-yeH: Dr.Zom: David Lee Roth? I'd wager that his best known song is Just a Gigolo. I certainly hear it more often in bars. Also a cover.

The Ataris, "Boys Of Summer"

Why? For God's sake, why???

It beats the living crap out of Henley's.
That's why.
/Further questions?


That's like saying shiat pie is better than shiat soup.
 
2014-03-10 10:57:24 PM  

scottydoesntknow: No 'Hurt'?


'Hurt' is the best-known Johnny Cash song? You ARE joking, right?
 
2014-03-10 10:57:51 PM  
The KING of (lounge-style) covers:


i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-10 10:58:55 PM  
I've always enjoyed covers that go a whole new direction with a song. Granted that being "better" is a personal thing, it's neat to hear how flexible music can be.

Norther Kings do some pretty neat covers and I prefer their version of "nothing compares to you" to the original  http://youtu.be/5IFTh2vj1wU and, for fun, their cover of "I should be so lucky" is silly enough to work  http://youtu.be/PNbN9XbNvBU
 
2014-03-10 11:00:48 PM  

baltimoreblonde: Read on Wiki that Margaritaville wasn't intended for Jimmy Buffett. He got it when Elvis decided not to record it/died. True or not?


Buffet wrote it for Elvis to sing.  So it is a Buffet song.
 
2014-03-10 11:01:52 PM  

Dr.Zom: That's like saying shiat pie is better than shiat soup.


There's an old joke that begins:
A bunch of cowpokes were driving cattle when the cook up and died.

Bottom line: pie > soup, and you'd damned well better not complain about it.
 
2014-03-10 11:02:38 PM  

John Buck 41: scottydoesntknow: No 'Hurt'?

'Hurt' is the best-known Johnny Cash song? You ARE joking, right?


Yeah, everybody knows that it's Johnny 99. (promo video!)


album version

(another Broooooooooce! composition)

(heh)
 
2014-03-10 11:03:20 PM  

mafiageek1980: The KING of (lounge-style) covers:


[i.imgur.com image 850x607]


No Dick Cheese. Leave that for a certain Alaskan farker with a weekly radio show.
 
2014-03-10 11:04:34 PM  

ArmednHammered: Sinbox: A few of my favorite covers:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Yo dawg, I was gonna do a cover of your covers, but I see you've got it thoroughly covered.
/that is quite a list! ;-)


Wait? none are linked to amazon so i can easily click and buy because my personal list isn't as massive?
 
2014-03-10 11:09:59 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-03-10 11:13:24 PM  
Days Of The New does a fairly nice cover of 'LA Woman' (The Doors)
 
2014-03-10 11:14:03 PM  

Kyosuke: "Fail"?


It's all this tab does. Points at something and calls it a failure. It's beyond the point of being pathetic
 
2014-03-10 11:15:27 PM  

Dr.Zom: David Lee Roth? I'd wager that his best known song is Just a Gigolo. I certainly hear it more often in bars. Also a cover.

The Ataris, "Boys Of Summer"

Why? For God's sake, why???


Well it would seem that true to the list it is The Ataris biggest hit.  Several commenters seem to think the article is claiming the covers were better or were more famous than the original (which in many cases they were) but nope.  The claim is simply that the cover was the band's biggest hit.  Which is true.
 
2014-03-10 11:19:20 PM  
 
2014-03-10 11:20:22 PM  
Teenage Head - Hoodoo Gurus
Holiday in Cambodia - Sister Double Happiness
Chamber Brothers - Can't Turn You Loose

Back on target, the article misses Blondie - Tide is High, Pet Shop Boys - You Were Always On My Mind to name a couple.
 
2014-03-10 11:22:59 PM  

Thudfark: Back on target, the article misses Blondie - Tide is High, Pet Shop Boys - You Were Always On My Mind to name a couple.


Neither one of those would be the song they are best known for.
 
2014-03-10 11:23:47 PM  

Persnickety: Fail tag?  Really?  When did we decide that you can't be a good musician unless you only play material you've written yourself?  I guess the last performance of Beethovan's 6th I heard wasn't the beautifully sublime experience I thought it was because it was just a bunch of posers performing.


Looking at the first few Beatles and Stpmes albums, there's a healthy number of covers on them.  Bunch of overrated copycat Limey punks.
 
2014-03-10 11:24:31 PM  

mjbok: Thudfark: Back on target, the article misses Blondie - Tide is High, Pet Shop Boys - You Were Always On My Mind to name a couple.

Neither one of those would be the song they are best known for.


Well if they threw in all of UB 40s hits, this counts.
 
2014-03-10 11:25:52 PM  

zappaisfrank: ronin7: zappaisfrank: The first two Led Zeppelin albums....

Remember that time Robert Johnson used lyrics from an older song?

What a thief.

That doesn't rationalize away their blatant stealing from just about every Chicago blues artist and composer OR shamelessly ripping off Jake Holmes on "Dazed And Confused".

Try again, fanboy.


Or putting their names on them, as if they came up with them.
 
2014-03-10 11:28:06 PM  

mjbok: Thudfark: Back on target, the article misses Blondie - Tide is High, Pet Shop Boys - You Were Always On My Mind to name a couple.

Neither one of those would be the song they are best known for.


West End Girls and You were Always on My Mind were the Pet Shop boys most well known hits.

Blondie the Tide is High while it is not Call Me, Rapture, or the other ton of Blondie Hits, was a big ass hit on her AutoAmerican LP and saw intense radio time and she sang it on the show Solid Gold, so it was pretty big for her.
 
2014-03-10 11:29:16 PM  

brandent: Dr.Zom: David Lee Roth? I'd wager that his best known song is Just a Gigolo. I certainly hear it more often in bars. Also a cover.

The Ataris, "Boys Of Summer"

Why? For God's sake, why???

Well it would seem that true to the list it is The Ataris biggest hit.  Several commenters seem to think the article is claiming the covers were better or were more famous than the original (which in many cases they were) but nope.  The claim is simply that the cover was the band's biggest hit.  Which is true.


Yes. Not sure why this is so hard to understand. The only explanation is that some Farkers are too lazy to actually read the headline.
 
2014-03-10 11:30:18 PM  
Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Anthrax, like really really love them.  But they are THE BEST cover band.  Got the Time, Antisocial, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Remember Tomorrow, Bring the Noise, Big Eyes, Anthem, TnT, Jailbreak, Keep on Running, and tons more.  They do a cover on almost every album and their love of the original always shows.
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, even with Joey getting the lyric wrong is WAY better than the original.
 
2014-03-10 11:30:55 PM  

Thudfark: Well if they threw in all of UB 40s hits, this counts.


I looked at it like if I name a band to someone who is aware of the band, but not a huge fan what song would they name.  Blondie - Call Me.  Using that criteria the article is fairly close.  That's why Zep isn't on there, because Stairway to Heaven would be their tune.
 
2014-03-10 11:31:11 PM  

theflatline: Black Betty - Tom Jones


0/10
 
2014-03-10 11:34:29 PM  

vegaswench: Frente! needs to die a fiery and painful death for bastardizing New Order.  For shame.


Frente's biggest hit in Australia was actually a different song - "Accidentally Kelly Street" (and they need to die a fiery and painful death for that as well).

Here's the best version of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hf3XvAVqNg
 
2014-03-10 11:35:46 PM  

theflatline: People Are Strange - Echo and the Bunny Men.

Black Betty - Tom Jones

But my real favorites are:

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Harper Valley PTA

Chris Cornell I Will Always Love You         -  most amazing cover ever.


Those are all well and good as "favorite covers" go but, as has been pointed out in other instances, none of those are songs which the respective artists are best known for.
 
2014-03-10 11:37:07 PM  

demaL-demaL-yeH: 1. I lurve Alison Krauss' vocals more than a certain farkette lurvs treif.


Alison is a shiksa goddess. And to keep this somewhat relevant to the thread:

Alison Krauss covering "Big Log" the Robert Plant song
This was done for her brother's album, a few years before "Raising Sand".
 
2014-03-10 11:40:46 PM  
Thanks for those, and thanks for informing me that Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have recorded THREE cover albums in the last 8 years.  I don't know how I missed it, but they're good.  Also, Matthew Sweet seems to have eaten John Popper and washed him down with Meatloaf.  Good to know.

However, some of those go the wrong way.  For instance, Nick Cave & Mick Harvey wrote Mercy Seat, which Johnny Cash then covered.  I wouldn't mention it, but you seem like you may perhaps be kind of an obsessive completist :-)

Also, Worried Man (DEVO cover of Neil Young).  I've just always liked that DEVO and Neil Young were a whole thing and it's a good video.
 
2014-03-10 11:41:15 PM  
Got the time: Anthrax covered Joe Jackson.
 
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