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"Favourite Cover version of a song"

Posted by byoffer on 06-19-12 at 09:58 AM
Bond's thread got me thinking about covers. Usually the original artist does it best, but occassionally a cover can be better.

Most people seem to prefer Jimi Hendrix's version of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower. Even Dylan, who says when he plays the song now he feels it is a tribute to Jimi.

Personally, my favourite cover is the Indigo Girls' version of All Along the Watchtower. Their acoustic guitar work is amazing, and I love their addition to the song.

Another favourite is Johnny Cash's version of Trent Reznor's Hurt. Johnny was awesome.

Both these songs go on my desert island mix.

So what are your fav cover songs?


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"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by qwertypie on 06-19-12 at 10:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAUMU3QQE6w

Boyce Avenue turned Katy Perry's "Teenaged Dream" from something slutty to something quite sweet.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by byoffer on 06-19-12 at 12:01 PM
That's excellent. Qualifies as better than the original.

Who is this guy? Just a youtube musician, or a professional performer?


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by cahaya on 06-19-12 at 10:39 AM
I have a lot of favorite covers, and here are some of them:

Jimi Hendrix: All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan), Born Under a Bad Sign (Albert King), Catfish Blues (Robert Petway), Hey Joe (The Leaves)
Carlos Santana: Oye Como Va (Tito Puente)
Stevie Ray Vaughn: Voodoo Child - Slight Return (Jimi Hendrix), Texas Flood (Larry Davis)
Eric Clapton: Layla (Derek & the Dominos), Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson), It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James), Hard Times (Ray Charles)
Jeff Healey: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles), Angel Eyes (John Hiatt)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight and the Pips), Midnight Special (Leadbelly), I Put a Spell on You (Jay Hawkins), Susie Q (Dale Hawkins)
Chicago (CTA): I'm a Man (The Spencer Davis Group)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Woodstock (Joni Mitchell)
Deep Purple: Hush (Joe South)
The Who: Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)
Frijid Pink: House of the Rising Sun (Texas Alexander) (psychedelic bliss!)
Rare Earth: I Know I'm Losing You (The Temptations)

I have at least a dozen or two more favorites, but this covers (no pun intended!) many of them.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by byoffer on 06-19-12 at 11:45 AM
Great list. Hey Joe is a good learner song on guitar (good walk on the basic chords, barre chords, etc). I never knew who originally did this song.

Jeff Healey's cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is fantastic. That guy was so talented, and his early death was quite a loss.

Be honest - how many of these are you playing on guitar?


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by cahaya on 06-19-12 at 12:13 PM
Be honest - how many of these are you playing on guitar?

Very few, along with some riffs/licks from a few others, but not the whole way through. Of these, I only know how to play two start to finish:

Susie Q: The first song I learned how to play completely through
Voodoo Child - Slight Return: A major technical challenge that took about a year before I felt like I got it down to something recognizable. It's doable with the Zoomfire 30 modeling amp (Marshall stack settings) and Hendrix JH-1 wah pedal I've got.

Blues riffs/licks from: Catfish Blues, Hey Joe, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, House of the Rising Sun.

Right now, I'm working on Led Zep's Whole Lotta Love. It's straight up power chord play with two main chords, and there's a good youtube vid on how to do the zooming slide parts. The lead high-note riffs, short as they are, are probably the toughest part to master. In open tuning, I can add the single bass note to go along with the power chords.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by kingfish on 06-19-12 at 12:26 PM
Stevie Ray Vaughn's version of the Beatle's Taxman.

Stevie Ray Vaughn's version of anything.

Joe Cocker's version of anything.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Brownroach on 06-20-12 at 00:10 AM
LAST EDITED ON 06-20-12 AT 01:51 AM (EST)

Ooh. Hush by Deep Purple. Lvoe it.

Also your Rare Earth, Santana and Chicago choices. I see the 60's/70's axis speaks to you.

Nah na-ah, Nah na-ah, Nah na-ah, Naah (and what song from a huge 1967 album did that riff basically rip off?)

(btw the original version of Hush was by Billy Joe Royal, who had a non-top-40 entry with it a year before Deep Purple. Joe South wrote the song and produced that recording but didn't sing it himself.)


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Sagebrush Dan on 06-20-12 at 00:19 AM
Great list! Johnny Rivers' version of Hey Joe was pretty good, too. A bit strong on the drums, but still good.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by cahaya on 06-21-12 at 09:04 PM
Johnny River's cover. Yeah, dig it! I've still gotta jive on Jimi's Monterey take, as well as the Lulu version, easily on the top 20 on my playlist.

Dayyum, the tongue action!


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Max Headroom on 06-19-12 at 11:06 AM
Joe Bonamassa, Sloe Gin, cover of a Tim Curry song. Blows my mind every time I listen to it.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by qwertypie on 06-19-12 at 11:14 AM
Brent Spiner's version of "Sway" (from the movie Out to Sea) freakin' cracks me up everytime.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by weltek on 06-19-12 at 11:26 AM
LAST EDITED ON 06-19-12 AT 11:29 AM (EST)

Off the top of my head (my age is showing):

Wild Horses by The Sundays
Sweet Jane by The Cowboy Junkies
Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads
Killing Me Softly by The Fugees
Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana
and don't laugh...California Girls by David Lee Roth

ETA: I just heard this for the first time this weekend on Sirius XM: Jimmy Fallon does "The Doors sing the theme from Reading Rainbow." Awesome!
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/the-doors-sing-reading-rainbow-theme/1368107



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"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by frankz on 06-19-12 at 11:49 AM
Jimmy Fallon does a great Neil Young doing the theme song to Fresh Prince of Belair also. As well as Neil doing the classic Pants on the Ground. They should be on UTube.



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"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by byoffer on 06-19-12 at 12:10 PM
Here's Neil Young's Fresh Prince. That's fantastic.

Here's pants on the ground. *snicker*

Does Jimmy do these often? Seems I should check out his stuff more often.



"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by frankz on 06-19-12 at 12:40 PM
LAST EDITED ON 06-19-12 AT 04:33 PM (EST)

Jimmy is the BEST impersonator Iíve ever seen or heard. He is fantastic. He was on Howard Stern last week (heís a frequent guest) and he can just go from one impression to another in seconds. And he does a lot of music.

Hereís his
SNL audition tape.

And another favorite, although itís not really a cover. I still laugh all the way through it.
Tebowie.

ETA - New link to Tebowie. This video seems to be disappearing from the net. Hope this works.


I have neither been there nor done that


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by qwertypie on 06-19-12 at 07:20 PM
At the risk of lime helmeting myself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq2yN6kSw1g

Apologies for the reverse angle.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by kingfish on 06-21-12 at 09:22 AM
You look good in green. Goes well with that Margarita.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by cahaya on 06-21-12 at 09:53 PM
Dammit, it's July and we're already talking about Christmas duets? Hah!

Yeah, pour me one, I could use it about now.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Starshine on 06-19-12 at 11:42 AM
I know it wont be to everyone's taste however the St. Etienne cover of Only Love can break your heart does incredible things to me. Turn off the lights, turn up the sound.

And I would have to mention Song sung blue by my fave band Altered Images with John Peel (The most influential man in popular music ever) on backing vocals and whistling.

And of course I think I love you by Voice of the Beehive


The 7" version starts about five minutes in


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Estee on 06-19-12 at 11:59 AM
The Pet Shop Boys covering Kenny Rogers' Always On My Mind -- but only in the most extended version and just for the slow fade-in musical buildup at the beginning, where the beats come in one at a time.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Starshine on 06-20-12 at 07:32 AM
Which for some reason reminds me of the Roxy Music cover of Jealous Guy



"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by frankz on 06-19-12 at 12:22 PM
LAST EDITED ON 06-19-12 AT 03:19 PM (EST)

I Am The Walrus Ė Spooky Tooth (Beatles - In fact most of the album The Last Puff are cover tunes, check it out if you havenít)

Mr. Big Ė Govít Mule (Bad Company)

Sad and Deep As You Ė Govít Mule (Dave Mason)

Ok, pretty much any cover tune Govít Mule does but those are two favorites

Rusty Cage Ė Johnny Cash (Soundgarden)

Tainted Love - Marilyn Manson (Soft Cell)

Sweet Dreams are Made of These - Marilyn Manson (Eurythmics)

Turn The Page Ė Metallica (Bob Seger) (Garage Inc. is a wonderful covertune album if you like that kind of stuff)

And a recent one

While My Guitar Gently Weeps Ė Carlos Santana with India.Arie on vocals and Yo-Yo Ma. (Simply beautiful) While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Some others have already been mentioned and Iím sure Iíll think of more.

And Cahaya - The Who: Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran) Ė The Live at Leeds version for sure.



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"Just FTR"
Posted by Starshine on 06-19-12 at 02:04 PM
Original version of Tainted Love

A Northern Soul classic recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964


"RE: Just FTR"
Posted by frankz on 06-19-12 at 02:51 PM
You learn something new every day. Thatís one reason I like this place.

Thanks for setting me straight.


"RE: Just FTR"
Posted by qwertypie on 06-19-12 at 04:43 PM
I could just smooch you right now! Can't wait to use this nugget next time I'm with Vince's cousins.

"RE: Just FTR"
Posted by Brownroach on 06-20-12 at 01:59 AM
Tip of the hat to you, Starshine.

My ex-company owns the copyright to Tainted Love. It's one of the biggest moneymakers in their catalog.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by weltek on 06-19-12 at 06:52 PM
Ooh, Turn the Page. I love that. What was the one by Queen they covered? I couldn't decide if I liked Queen or Metallica's version better.


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"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by frankz on 06-20-12 at 11:06 AM
Stone Cold Crazy

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by cahaya on 06-20-12 at 06:16 PM
LAST EDITED ON 06-20-12 AT 06:18 PM (EST)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps Ė Carlos Santana with India.Arie on vocals and Yo-Yo Ma.

As partial as I am to Santana (my fav guitarist), I still like Jeff Healey's version a wee bit more. Both are truly beautiful to listen to.

And another version I like a lot, believe it or not, is from AI contestant James Durbin with the White Album Ensemble. James at his soulful best.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by dabo on 06-19-12 at 12:47 PM
Nazereth Love Hurts (Everly Brothers)

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by dabo on 06-19-12 at 01:29 PM
The Beatles got their recording contract on their strength as a great cover band, and sometimes they got very inventive. Their early albums contain some great covers.

"Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" (Larry Williams)
"Long Tall Sally" (Little Richard)
"Please Mr. Postman" (The Marvelettes)
"Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry)
"Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry)
"Till There Was You" (Barbara Cook in Broadway cast of "The Music Man")
"Twist and Shout" (the Top Notes as "Shake It Up Baby" and the Isley Brothers as "Twist and Shout")

By far the best cover of a Beatles song, and there have been many great covers of Beatles song, has to be the live recording of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" by Elton John with guest John Lennon.
And then there's the spaced out version.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by agman on 06-19-12 at 05:10 PM
I know.....I know........Susan Boyle's cover of Wild HOrses! After I get done laughing at it, I feel like barfing over it!

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by kidflash212 on 06-19-12 at 10:39 PM
Taylor Dayne's version of Can't Get Enough of Your Love was better than Barry White's original in my opinion.


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"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by frankz on 06-20-12 at 04:26 PM
That doesnít resemble Bad Companyís version at all!

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by cahaya on 06-20-12 at 06:07 PM
And then there's Queen.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by byoffer on 06-19-12 at 10:56 PM
I guess there is no ignoring KD Lang covering Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

"Santana does the Zombies"
Posted by Sagebrush Dan on 06-20-12 at 00:21 AM
Great version of She's not There. Better than the original IMHO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La-9bHte8R8&feature=related


"RE: Santana does the Zombies"
Posted by Brownroach on 06-20-12 at 00:33 AM
Oooh, lvoe Santana's version. Wouldn't say it's better than the Zombies, but just as good.

1978 = probably my favorite year in pop music


"RE: Santana does the Zombies"
Posted by cahaya on 06-20-12 at 03:16 PM
Hah, I didn't realize this was a cover! Love the song.

I'd backtrack a few years from '78, but still good music then while I was just out of college.


"On the fence"
Posted by qwertypie on 06-20-12 at 00:26 AM
Lovers in a Dangerous Time -- Barenaked Ladies (Bruce Cockburn)

"RE: On the fence"
Posted by byoffer on 06-20-12 at 09:49 AM
I'm not on the fence about that one - it was great, and really the song that got things going for BNL (after the whole Toronto City Hall scandal. That was 21 years ago. Wow.

"Dread Zeppelin"
Posted by frankz on 06-20-12 at 12:26 PM
Ok, hereís something for everyone. An Elvis impersonator singing Led Zeppelin tunes with a reggae beat

Black Dog.




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"RE: Dread Zeppelin"
Posted by byoffer on 06-20-12 at 12:39 PM
Everyone? or no-one??

That was weird.


"RE: Dread Zeppelin"
Posted by frankz on 06-20-12 at 01:57 PM
No kidding.

This is only one cut. Itís not a one song schtick. Theyíve covered most of Zeppelinís tunes on their several albums. I actually have a couple. I like weird things.


"RE: Dread Zeppelin"
Posted by cahaya on 06-21-12 at 09:56 PM
Call it no one. Yeah, that was weird, but not weird enough to make the top 1000. Sorry, lah.

"RE: Dread Zeppelin"
Posted by Starshine on 06-20-12 at 01:52 PM
OMG! Thanks Frankz, I had forgotten how awesome Dread Zeppelin were.

Try The Boss Hoss Jesus built my Hotrod or Word Up for starters, but everything they do is magic.


"RE: Dread Zeppelin"
Posted by frankz on 06-20-12 at 04:03 PM
Well the fact that they are a German band makes it all the more entertaining.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by susang on 06-20-12 at 01:41 PM
Wall of Voodoo's version of Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)

Joan Jett's version of Crimson and Clover (Tommy James & The Shondells)



"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by kidflash212 on 06-20-12 at 03:43 PM
I almost posted Joan Jett in my post above but wasn't sure anyone else would know the song.


Capn2patch put me in motion!


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by frankz on 06-20-12 at 04:12 PM
Look, the only peeps hanging out in this thresd are us old folks. Iíd venture to guess 99% of us know Tommy James, oh and Joan Jett.

"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Brownroach on 06-20-12 at 11:31 PM
I almost posted Joan Jett in my post above but wasn't sure anyone else would know the song.

Oh yeah. Know the song. Both versions. But Joan Jett's does NOT top Tommy James & the Shondells' original. Must disagree, kid.


"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by kidflash212 on 06-21-12 at 08:07 AM
Joan's version was the first I heard and reminds me of High School. In some weird way it feels like the original to me.



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"RE: Favourite Cover version of a song"
Posted by Brownroach on 06-22-12 at 00:58 AM
Ah, well -- Tommy James's version was in early high school for me so perhaps the experience of first hearing it was more or less the same for both of us. Great song either way!