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2014-03-10 11:43:25 PM
Also, Metallica's cover of Breadfan by budgie was great. Concrete Blonde's cover of "everybody knows" was pretty high up there too.
 
2014-03-10 11:43:52 PM

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?


In three parts, no less.  For me it's less interesting that artists cover other artists' work -- that's been going on since musicians have been paid to play music.  The interesting story is back story on the original which gets covered.
 
2014-03-10 11:45:31 PM

Pentaxian: 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".


Her covers are awesome, and her voice is pure liquid winsome seduction.
(Carolina In My Mind live)
 
2014-03-10 11:58:04 PM
Would it have been preferable had I prefaced the listing "Covers I've Really Dug Upon Hearing During My Lifetime To Date"?

Probably not.

Would it have been best for me to include the listing two minutes prior to threadclose instead of at the top.

Probably. But who's to know and who's to say?


Also it was in three parts due to the arbitrary post size restrictions (you wanna know how much one may include in a single post? Take a look at parts one and two). I'd have liked to have only posted one master post.

Also, inclusions or exclusions are by personal preference.

Also, I'd never heard of the Bosshoss until a certain Farker's radio program of this past weekend. I'll definitely dig in more.

Also, thank you xrayspx. The correction has been made.

Also, I'll just post this list in my profile so that you don't have to read it again

As for the detractors: can't do much for ya but say,  "you know what to do. Do it!"

My half-hearted-not-very-sincere-at-all apologies to those whose asses my posts have chapped.
 
2014-03-11 12:00:15 AM
One of my favorite covers, and favorite songs, is Ooh Child by Valerie Carter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWHVG0rSTFY&feature=kp

I know nobody here watches SNL anymore but if you happened to the other night, this is the song they were harmonizing in the car.  They were playing the original by  The Five Stairsteps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrotsEzgEpg&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dvc18PQ7 xM SMX9UVe7luou
 
2014-03-11 12:00:35 AM
If you dug 'em and thanked me: you're welcome.
 
2014-03-11 12:03:49 AM

Sinbox: Also, I'd never heard of the Bosshoss until a certain Farker's radio program of this past weekend. I'll definitely dig in more.


He started playing their songs recently. A few months back, a certain lovely and talented modmin asked about German cowboy music during a LSCP thread, and I obliged.
 
2014-03-11 12:04:40 AM
No "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?" Link
 
2014-03-11 12:06:52 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Sinbox: Also, I'd never heard of the Bosshoss until a certain Farker's radio program of this past weekend. I'll definitely dig in more.

He started playing their songs recently. A few months back, a certain lovely and talented modmin asked about German cowboy music during a LSCP thread, and I obliged.


Well, thank you for the 'round-the-way intro.

I'm liking what I've heard.
 
2014-03-11 12:09:50 AM

Sinbox: A few of my favorite covers:

1. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (Richard Thompson cover) - The Del McCoury Band
2. 1977 (The Clash cover) - Edwyn Collins
3. 4th of July, Ashbury Park (Sandy) (Bruce Springsteen cover) - The Hollies
4. 634-5789 (Wilson Pickett cover) - Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band
5. 96 Tears (? And the Mysterians cover) - Eddie and the Hot Rods
6. Absolutely Sweet Marie (Bob Dylan cover) - Jason + The Scorchers
7. Across The Universe (The Beatles cover) - 10cc
8. Across The Universe (The Beatles cover) - Phosphorescent
9. Across The Universe (The Beatles cover) - Rufus Wainwright
10. A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover) - The Jeff Beck Group
11. A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover) - Big Daddy
12. A Day In The Life (The Beatles cover) - Captain
13. Addicted To Love (Robert Palmer cover) - Ciccone Youth
14. After Midnight (J.J. Cale cover) - Eric Clapton
15. After Midnight (J.J. Cale cover) - Merl Saunders + Jerry Garcia
16. After The Goldrush (Neil Young cover) - The Flaming Lips
17. After The Goldrush (Neil Young cover) - k.d. lang
18. Age of Consent (New Order cover) - The Golden Filter
19. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover) - Chet Atkins
20. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover) - The Bar-Kays
21. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover) - Count Basie
22. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover) - The Kingsmen
23. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover) - Ramsey Lewis
24. A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles cover) - Otis Redding
25. Ain't Nothin' To Do (The Dead Boys cover) - Green River
26. Ain't That Peculiar (Marvin Gaye cover) - Fanny
27. Ain't Too Proud To Beg (The Temptations cover) - The Rolling Stones
28. Airbag (Radiohead cover) - Radiodread
29. Alabama (Neil Young cover) - Smoke Fairies
30. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) (Bertolt Brecht cover) - The Doors
31. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
32. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) - The String Quartet
33. All Day + All of the Night (The ...


Me too!
 
2014-03-11 12:10:59 AM

Sinbox: demaL-demaL-yeH: Sinbox: Also, I'd never heard of the Bosshoss until a certain Farker's radio program of this past weekend. I'll definitely dig in more.

He started playing their songs recently. A few months back, a certain lovely and talented modmin asked about German cowboy music during a LSCP thread, and I obliged.

Well, thank you for the 'round-the-way intro.
I'm liking what I've heard.


Hey ya.
 
2014-03-11 12:11:42 AM

theflatline: 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.


What have you, what have you, what have you done with a hit song??
 
2014-03-11 12:13:57 AM
Tiffany can make use of my covers anytime she wants. Debbie Gibson too... how else am I going to get a two headed love child?
 
2014-03-11 12:25:42 AM
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2014-03-11 12:26:34 AM
Never The Bride- Going To California
Tapping The Vein - Cornflake Girl.

/Ends my contributions.
 
2014-03-11 12:27:20 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Hey ya.


nice!

tangentially in the same vein

I don't feel like dancing

original for comparison

/like both.
 
2014-03-11 12:28:12 AM
The Chainsaw Kittens do a great cover of One is the loneliest number
 
2014-03-11 12:28:18 AM

John Buck 41: 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.


My lament is that anyone would listen to that piece of shiat song and desire to cover it. Perhaps I should have been clearer.

Having a craptastic Don Henley song as your primary legacy seems to be punishment enough for having covered it in the first place though. The circle of life, etc.
 
2014-03-11 12:36:55 AM

MizzouGuy: One of my favorite covers, and favorite songs, is Ooh Child by Valerie Carter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWHVG0rSTFY&feature=kp

I know nobody here watches SNL anymore but if you happened to the other night, this is the song they were harmonizing in the car.  They were playing the original by  The Five Stairsteps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrotsEzgEpg&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Dvc18PQ7 xM SMX9UVe7luou


Beth Orton cut a gorgeous version as well.

but my personal preferred re-interpretation goes to Nina.
 
2014-03-11 12:38:28 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: 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.


Huh!  Never knew they covered Lords of the New Church.  Nice!
 
2014-03-11 12:43:02 AM
I also disparage the notion that a musician has to create original work to be of any merit. I have been playing guitar for many a long year and have compiled a long list* of songs I can play for my own enjoyment, but I have only written one song, and it only has two chords, and I stole those chords from Supertramp's** "Give a Little Bit." Some people, in spite of how deeply they love music, just weren't cut out to write it.

*not "Sinbox" long
**disclaimer: not actually a fan of Supertramp
 
2014-03-11 12:43:43 AM
Does this count?
 
2014-03-11 12:45:38 AM
Some of those things are not like the others.

Doing a song written by someone else =/= cover song
anyway, here's some more Soft Cell
 
2014-03-11 12:48:27 AM
While it certainly hasn't been the track he's most known for, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds did a fantastic cover of Wanted Man.
 
2014-03-11 12:48:29 AM
Also, since this is an AV Club link, I have to point out two of my favorite covers from their Undercover series:

http://www.avclub.com/video/wye-oak-covers-the-kinks-38871
Wye Oak covers The Kinks' "Strangers"

http://www.avclub.com/video/clem-snide-covers-journey-38879
Eef Barzelay covers Journey's "Faithfully"
 
2014-03-11 12:57:28 AM
Nobody mentioned Dynamite Hack? Really?
 
2014-03-11 01:03:48 AM
12XU!
 
2014-03-11 01:08:35 AM
fats domino's version of lady madonna and junior parker's version of tomorrow never knows beat the beatles badly
 
2014-03-11 01:11:24 AM
They mention House of the Rising Sun and leave Nina off? Unacceptable.

http://youtu.be/aCuu5fOEB3Y

She did a lot of fantastic covers. I prefer her version of Strange Fruit and Just Like A Woman over Ella's and Dylan's. Not to mention her version of I Loves You Porgy is what got her noticed back in the day.
 
2014-03-11 01:11:42 AM
1200 covers and it ignored country music.  Go figure
 
2014-03-11 01:16:42 AM
Sinbox ---don't get me wrong. I love LOVE your work in boob threads but....sheesh.
 
2014-03-11 01:19:32 AM
Los Lonely Boys' best known song is Heaven, not La Bamba. La Bamba was at the end of their live album. Only hard core fans even know about it.
 
2014-03-11 01:22:17 AM
Odd, I heard an interview back in 06' with Joe Cocker where he stated the song "A little help from my friends" was written by another, his version came out weeks before the beatle's version..  LIAR!!
 
2014-03-11 01:35:45 AM
Exodus:  Pump It up

Terry Jacks : Seasons in the Sun

Eric Clapton : I shot the Sheriff

Deep Purple : Hush

The Go-Gos : Vacation

Elvis : Blue Suede Shoes

Bill Haley and the comets :Shake Rattle & Roll

Bow Wow Wow : I want Candy

I would have picked Joan Jett's Crimson & Clover

The Clash  :Should I Stay or Should I Go

Every George Thorogood song

Kelly Osbourne : Papa Don't Preach
 
2014-03-11 01:40:48 AM
I use to think that "few" usually meant 3, 4, or maybe 5. Now I know that it actually means 1,200.
 
2014-03-11 01:43:27 AM
That Ataris cover isn't bad, but, it doesn't capture the vibe that the original does. As a person who has lived in seasonal beach towns for quite a few years, that song resonates well.
 
2014-03-11 01:45:56 AM
Anyone mention Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and their live Pink Floyd Animals cover?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD_dSa2mGKY&list=PL8E75C6B42C4B9ADA

/bought the album
 
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2014-03-11 01:47:35 AM
Without running down the list of 1200 covers, where's the love for Me First and the Gimme Gimme's?  I mean, without covers, they wouldn't even exist!

 
2014-03-11 01:48:12 AM

New Age Redneck: Nirvana?

Meat Puppets and Vaselines tunes were staples, no?

Nothing against their original work....


Smells Like Teen Spirit was neither Meat Puppets or Vaselines.
 
2014-03-11 01:56:38 AM

Sinbox: Would it have been preferable had I prefaced the listing "Covers I've Really Dug Upon Hearing During My Lifetime To Date"?


It would have been more honest to say "check out all this spam!"
 
2014-03-11 02:13:12 AM

Wellon Dowd: God knows I love her but any song performed by Linda Ronstadt.


I had no idea Linda Ronstadt performed this song, or that this is the version Whitney was exposed to. This is beautiful.
 
2014-03-11 02:13:37 AM
Does Milli Vanilli count?
 
2014-03-11 02:23:33 AM
WTF. Dolly Parton's original of I Will Always Love You can bring me to tears. Houston's cover is overwrought and it's objectively not the "gold standard."
 
2014-03-11 02:43:41 AM
Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn"

Originally done by Ednaswap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWCOb0wxYCE
 
2014-03-11 02:53:54 AM
The Rolling Stones got famous doing covers.  They didn't write their own hit until "Last Time" in 1965.

www.virginmedia.com
 
2014-03-11 03:09:46 AM

Harry_Seldon: Wellon Dowd: God knows I love her but any song performed by Linda Ronstadt.

I had no idea Linda Ronstadt performed this song, or that this is the version Whitney was exposed to. This is beautiful.


She did a powerful version of First Cut is the Deepest in '73. Sheryl Crow did a better remake in 2003.
 
2014-03-11 03:15:10 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Harry_Seldon: Wellon Dowd: God knows I love her but any song performed by Linda Ronstadt.

I had no idea Linda Ronstadt performed this song, or that this is the version Whitney was exposed to. This is beautiful.

She did a powerful version of First Cut is the Deepest in '73. Sheryl Crow did a better remake in 2003.


Geez, I always assumed that was an original song by Sheryl Crow. I guess that explains why it is a better crafted song than much of her original material.
 
2014-03-11 03:22:59 AM

Harry_Seldon: demaL-demaL-yeH: Harry_Seldon: Wellon Dowd: God knows I love her but any song performed by Linda Ronstadt.

I had no idea Linda Ronstadt performed this song, or that this is the version Whitney was exposed to. This is beautiful.

She did a powerful version of First Cut is the Deepest in '73. Sheryl Crow did a better remake in 2003.

Geez, I always assumed that was an original song by Sheryl Crow. I guess that explains why it is a better crafted song than much of her original material.


It was a Cat Stevens song - '67. Strangely enough, British singer P.P. Arnold released it as a single before Stevens' album came out.
 
2014-03-11 03:49:38 AM
 
2014-03-11 03:58:03 AM
New York Groove - Hello
Written by Russ Ballard of Argent.
 
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