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Best and Worst Cover Songs?

POSTED BY: PHOENIXROSE
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Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:37 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


So I was going through my itunes, and I realized I have a lot of covers in my library. So, I started making a playlist, just for them, and I really enjoy it. I'd like to discuss cover songs with anyone who's interested, here, since a lot of you folks have pretty good taste. Now, this is partly so I can get recommendations on good music to add to my playlist, but I know that the bad covers will have to come up, because some are memorably terrible, even traumatic. I'd appreciate hearing about at least one cover song you enjoy, but mostly it's whatever you'd like to mention.

Some of my favorites:
Jonathan Coulton singing "Baby Got Back"
Disturbed rocking out "Land of Confusion"
Sarah McLachlan doing "Dear God"
Shawn Mullins doing "Changes"
The Barenaked Ladies goofing through "Material Girl" (a bootleg I heard years ago and haven't found again, sadface)
Hugo singing "99 Problems" ...with a banjo.
Tarja Turunen (formerly of Nightwish) singing "Poison"
The Goo Goo Dolls doing "American Girl"
Eric Cartman doing "Come Sail Away"
Ra rocking out "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"
William Shatner doing his sarcastic Shatner thing through "Common People"
Evanescence acoustically playing "Heart Shaped Box"

Some that I think are travesties that should never have happened:
Britney Spears daring to sing "I Love Rock and Roll" (or "Satisfaction" for that matter)
My Chemical Romance and The Used whining their emo way through "Under Pressure"
Vanessa Carlson using her little-girl-sounding voice to sing "Paint it Black"
...and so on.

Thoughts? Anyone? What are some of your favorites?

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Monday, January 21, 2013 4:10 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


There are a few of those groups I'm not familiar with, and a few of the songs also. I have a question about Shawn Mullins cover version of "Changes." I assume that is a cover of Bowie's song, not Phil Ochs right?



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Monday, January 21, 2013 6:25 AM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
I assume that is a cover of Bowie's song


Correct. It's fairly easy to find on youtube, if you want to hear it.


What reason had proved best ceased to look absurd to the eye, which shows how idle it is to think anything ridiculous except what is wrong.

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Monday, January 21, 2013 10:12 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I know I have a lot of cover songs in my collection too, it's just gonna take a while to track them all down. I've got my vinyl LPs (yep, still have a turntable), CDs, what is already on my iPod, stuff on my computer not yet tagged and loaded on the iPod, plus things in the Amazon Cloud, some of which I didn't even know I had.

I got an email from amazon this morning informing me I have mp3 versions of CDs I had purchased from them available in the cloud. I just listened to a Tom Waits album I am sure I never purchased, at least I know I have never had the physical disc in my possession from any source. Maybe I bought it for my son years ago and I just forgot about it.



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Friday, January 25, 2013 9:00 AM

LILI

Doing it backwards. Walking up the downslide.


Quote:

Originally posted by PhoenixRose:

Eric Cartman doing "Come Sail Away"


That is amazing. I wish more official full-length songs would be released of Cartman's covers, they're hilarious.

Jonathan Coulton also did a cover of "You Oughta Know" that I liked.
Tori Amos does some wonderful covers. I also remember Cher doing a cover of "Walking in Memphis" in an X-files episode, I thought that was pretty cool. Judas Priest did a live cover of "Diamonds and Rust" that's very different from the original, and really well done. (I guess I kind of like gender-flipped covers. They're interesting.)


Facts are stubborn things.

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Friday, January 25, 2013 9:29 AM

FREMDFIRMA



Dunno so much about good covers, although I too did like the Judas Priest one mentioned above, but BAD ones...

I think Metallibitchywhinycorporatewhorica has that market...
(wait for it)
....
Covered.


Whiskey in the jar was downright WINCE-worthy, like 3:15am at the pub by folks who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket and don't even know the lyrics bad... uggh!

-F

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Friday, January 25, 2013 11:07 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Hi PhoenixRose,

While at work I listen to the local Classic Rock station, their playlist sometimes is limited but, they usually play some good classic rock. On occasion they play some songs that make me scratch my head, one song in particular that (ahem) covers the "bad" portion of your question is (for me):

Van Halen's Cover of Pretty Woman; it is THE worst cover that has ever assailed my ears (video is even worse). It's like a screeching cat and nails on a chalkboard. Roy Orbison should rise and slap them - bad.

In the Good category:

Natalie Merchant's Cover of Bowie's Space Oddity

Devo's Satisfaction

Manhattan Transfer's Birdland

Norah Jones - Cold, Cold Heart

Marvin Hamlisch's Solace (The Sting soundtrack)

To name a few..............


SGG

That beast puts steam in a man's stride....

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Friday, January 25, 2013 11:24 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Hey EC,

I figured you for an old vinyl guy. I gave mine to my son who loves old-fashioned stuff (cars, typewriters, songs and records). He has a turntable on which to play; he really got a kick out of my old records especially Jean-Luc Ponty (especially the track: New Country) Imaginary Voyage, 1976.



Enjoy!


SGG

Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
I know I have a lot of cover songs in my collection too, it's just gonna take a while to track them all down. I've got my vinyl LPs (yep, still have a turntable), CDs, what is already on my iPod, stuff on my computer not yet tagged and loaded on the iPod, plus things in the Amazon Cloud, some of which I didn't even know I had.

I got an email from amazon this morning informing me I have mp3 versions of CDs I had purchased from them available in the cloud. I just listened to a Tom Waits album I am sure I never purchased, at least I know I have never had the physical disc in my possession from any source. Maybe I bought it for my son years ago and I just forgot about it.





Return to Forever: Medieval Overture

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 4:51 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I love Jean-Luc Ponty! I have four of his albums on vinyl, plus another on CD which is a collaboration with him and Stephane Grapelli.



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Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:21 AM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Quote:

Originally posted by LILI:
Tori Amos does some wonderful covers.


Oh, yes. I have her cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on my playlist, actually. And a couple other Coulton covers, because I like pretty much all of them. I also remember that "Walking in Memphis" cover, I'll have to look for that.

Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Natalie Merchant's Cover of Bowie's Space Oddity


Excellent! I hadn't heard that one; always great when an artist I like covers an artist I like.

On the subject of David Bowie, I enjoy the version of "Under Pressure" he sang with Annie Lennox. There aren't many singers whose voice I like as much as Freddie Mercury's, but she ranks up there.


What reason had proved best ceased to look absurd to the eye, which shows how idle it is to think anything ridiculous except what is wrong.

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Monday, January 28, 2013 10:28 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Stephane Grapelli, now that's a name I haven't heard in some time. Gotta go out and get me that one, I love me some Stephane Grapelli (He scored one of my fav movies from the 70s Going Places) Great! Thanks for the info.

SGG

Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
I love Jean-Luc Ponty! I have four of his albums on vinyl, plus another on CD which is a collaboration with him and Stephane Grapelli.




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Monday, January 28, 2013 10:46 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Hi Rose,

You can catch her cover of Bowie's classic on You Tube



Bowie and Freddie Mercury, classic singers in Rock, they don't come better.
Both sing together on this song, one of the classics of Rock & Roll.
But Annie Lennox is probably the only singer today that can do that song any justice, I love her.





SGG
Quote:

Originally posted by PhoenixRose:
Quote:

Originally posted by LILI:
Tori Amos does some wonderful covers.


Oh, yes. I have her cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on my playlist, actually. And a couple other Coulton covers, because I like pretty much all of them. I also remember that "Walking in Memphis" cover, I'll have to look for that.

Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Natalie Merchant's Cover of Bowie's Space Oddity


Excellent! I hadn't heard that one; always great when an artist I like covers an artist I like.

On the subject of David Bowie, I enjoy the version of "Under Pressure" he sang with Annie Lennox. There aren't many singers whose voice I like as much as Freddie Mercury's, but she ranks up there.


What reason had proved best ceased to look absurd to the eye, which shows how idle it is to think anything ridiculous except what is wrong.


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Monday, January 28, 2013 3:15 PM

NAVYSEILS


Quote:

Originally posted by PhoenixRose:

Vanessa Carlson using her little-girl-sounding voice to sing "Paint it Black"




I like that, and I'm not ashamed!

As for some others...
I like Metallica doing "Whiskey in the Jar" (Not sorry for this one either FREM!)
I like Limp Bizkit doing "Welcome Home(Sanitarium)"
Eric Clapton does a good "It Hurts Me Too" & "Cocaine"
Florence & The Machine doing "Addicted To Love"
Hendrix doing "All Along The Watchtower"
The No Doubt version of "It's My Life"



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Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:40 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


I almost forgot. I actually heard Vanessa Carlton "sing" Paint It Black live in Ft. Lauderdale a few years back (at the height of her popular song 1000 Miles) - it wasn't pretty.

All I could think was WHY!?


SGG

Quote:

Originally posted by PhoenixRose:
So I was going through my itunes, and I realized I have a lot of covers in my library. So, I started making a playlist, just for them, and I really enjoy it. I'd like to discuss cover songs with anyone who's interested, here, since a lot of you folks have pretty good taste. Now, this is partly so I can get recommendations on good music to add to my playlist, but I know that the bad covers will have to come up, because some are memorably terrible, even traumatic. I'd appreciate hearing about at least one cover song you enjoy, but mostly it's whatever you'd like to mention.

Some of my favorites:
Jonathan Coulton singing "Baby Got Back"
Disturbed rocking out "Land of Confusion"
Sarah McLachlan doing "Dear God"
Shawn Mullins doing "Changes"
The Barenaked Ladies goofing through "Material Girl" (a bootleg I heard years ago and haven't found again, sadface)
Hugo singing "99 Problems" ...with a banjo.
Tarja Turunen (formerly of Nightwish) singing "Poison"
The Goo Goo Dolls doing "American Girl"
Eric Cartman doing "Come Sail Away"
Ra rocking out "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"
William Shatner doing his sarcastic Shatner thing through "Common People"
Evanescence acoustically playing "Heart Shaped Box"

Some that I think are travesties that should never have happened:
Britney Spears daring to sing "I Love Rock and Roll" (or "Satisfaction" for that matter)
My Chemical Romance and The Used whining their emo way through "Under Pressure"
Vanessa Carlson using her little-girl-sounding voice to sing "Paint it Black"
...and so on.

Thoughts? Anyone? What are some of your favorites?


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Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:33 AM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


I just hit my bored lurker limit.

Here's my dos pesos.

Good:
Faith No More - Black Sabbath's "War Pigs"
Godsmack - Pink Floyd's "Time"

Different:
Scissor Sister's - "Comfortably Numb"
Well, atleast it's in no way trying to be the original.

Hate:
Five Finger Death Punch - "Bad Company"
Egh, didn't they know (according to Back to the Future 3) in the old west a shotgun ("scattergun") was considered a wussy weapon.


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