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Covers that are better than the original
« on: 05 Apr 2020, 01:56 »
It's not very often that a new band or musician's cover is better than the original or hit version of a song.  Recently I discovered my new favorite band of musicians "Leonid and Friends" while searching an old song, "Vehicle" on youtube.  Has anyone else made similar discoveries? 

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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #1 on: 05 Apr 2020, 11:56 »
Tori Amos covering Slayer:


Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #2 on: 05 Apr 2020, 12:34 »
Urge Overkill's cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl, you'll be a woman soon":



Nirvana's "Love Buzz", originally from Shocking Blue (also the original authors of Bananarama's "Venus"):



And of course,


Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #3 on: 05 Apr 2020, 18:11 »

Despite the version of Take That is the most famous, this cover of the veteran Chuck Jackson is better than the Dan Hartman's original:



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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #4 on: 06 Apr 2020, 00:07 »
I love Johnny Cash's Hurt.  I can't say it's better than the original.  Just as good, maybe, in its own way.

Here's one that's similarly just as good in its own way.  Failure's cover of Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode:


Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #5 on: 07 Apr 2020, 12:53 »
I'm not sure if dubs count, but the version of Be Prepared from the Lion King by the late Rikard Wolff still feels great years later.


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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #6 on: 09 Apr 2020, 12:50 »
I don't know, Blondbraid. It's hard to surpass the slick menace of Jeremy Irons' performance (though apparently Jim Cummings doubles for him in the last verse).

I've come to appreciate the Nancy Sinatra version of this a bit more with time, but I still think I prefer this cover by, of all bands, Coldplay:


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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #7 on: 09 Apr 2020, 13:28 »
For me, it's probably just about any Bob Dylan cover. Weird fact: I like Dylan's songs, but I can't stand his voice. Many of my favorite songs are covers of Dylan songs. Guns and Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," and the Ramones' "My Back Pages." Every one of them a Dylan song sung by better vocalists.

But if I had to pick one, it'd be Jeff Healey's bluesy cover of "When the Night Comes Calling"


By way of comparison, here's Dylan's original, which is like nails on a chalkboard to my ears.
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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #8 on: 09 Apr 2020, 13:56 »
For me, it's probably just about any Bob Dylan cover. Weird fact: I like Dylan's songs, but I can't stand his voice. Many of my favorite songs are covers of Dylan songs. Guns and Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," and the Ramones' "My Back Pages." Every one of them a Dylan song sung by better vocalists.

Hahah, same thing happens to me with Neil Young. Great songwriter, horrible performer (for the most part... he does have some brilliant moments, especially when he goes acoustic.)

The Ramones' "My Back Pages"! Such a great choice! Actually, pretty much all the covers on Acid Eaters are fantastic.

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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #9 on: 09 Apr 2020, 15:25 »
For me, it's probably just about any Bob Dylan cover. Weird fact: I like Dylan's songs, but I can't stand his voice. Many of my favorite songs are covers of Dylan songs. Guns and Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," and the Ramones' "My Back Pages." Every one of them a Dylan song sung by better vocalists.
That's not a weird fact, it is a very normal reaction to Bob Dylan. His voice and random accordion insertions do not do his songwriting skills any favours.
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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #10 on: 09 Apr 2020, 17:16 »
Guns and Roses did have a few memorable covers. Another one being:


Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #11 on: 09 Apr 2020, 17:41 »
Guns and Roses did have a few memorable covers. Another one being:



Nice - yeah I always liked this version, too.

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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #12 on: 09 Apr 2020, 17:47 »
Guns & Roses - what an AMAZING cover!   :cheesy:

Here's another one.  Guns & Roses covering Since I Don't Have You from The Skyliners.


Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #13 on: 10 Apr 2020, 04:30 »
I have to agree with everyone about Dylan.  As much as I enjoy him, I do enjoy the covers more.  The first one I heard will always be my favorite, and that's Jimi's Watchtower.

Guns & Roses do some good ones as well.  I think I may prefer their Live and Let Die as well.  Don't forget about their Dylan cover, either.

Here's another cover I may prefer to the original:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - We Almost Lost Detroit (Gil Scott-Heron cover)


The original is a fantastic track, much more laid back with some sweet grooves.  This one is more intense, more urgent.  I like it when an artist re-invents a song, or makes it their own, rather than just a reproduction.

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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #14 on: 11 Apr 2020, 01:46 »


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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #15 on: 12 Apr 2020, 12:15 »
I'm having a Nick Cave day and... how could I have forgotten about this terrifying cover of Leonard Cohen's Avalanche?


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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #16 on: 12 Apr 2020, 20:17 »
Afaik this is also a cover:


Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #17 on: 14 Apr 2020, 00:03 »
Vader kicking Metallica's ass. The ending really gives me goosebumps :D

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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #18 on: 04 May 2020, 12:03 »
Got to add one more Johnny Cash entry.



Absolutely love this, works so well with Cash's distinctive and somehow emotion laden simple style.

Also...
...The Girl From Ipanema...

I must be getting older, I can remember being young(er) and thinking this is tacky, now I just think 100% tune!
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Re: Covers that are better than the original
« Reply #19 on: 05 May 2020, 04:37 »
Does the Samhain version of "All Hell" count? Both groups had Glenn Danzig on vocals.