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Lordofthefiles

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Covers That Are Better...
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:18:00 AM »
I’m sure the thread has been done before, but... I just saw this and thought it was great as fuck.

Which covers are better than the originals?


I Wanna Dance With Somebody - David Byrne

https://youtu.be/izx8J6U7xzo

Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019, 01:23:16 AM »
The Doug Anthony All Stars' version of 'Throw Your Arms Around Me':
https://youtu.be/q1fy9HY4gmE

Bennett Brauer

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2019, 02:05:55 AM »
Free Design's cover of 'Light My Fire'. Ace session musicians such as Randy Brecker and Billy Cobham, Bob Mann's subtle guitar lines, and hauntingly lush vocal harmonies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAeki1bv4ns

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2019, 02:22:57 AM »
Why is Randy Newman's beautifully understated and bitter 'God's Song'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0TvfqmWf4M

somehow still not as affecting as Etta James' unrestrained anger? Is because of her biography, her background in gospel singing which made it such an unusual and interesting choice of song to cover?

Questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKfxqWgGRBQ

BlodwynPig

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2019, 07:47:49 AM »
Zeus B Held’s Fool on the Hill

Jockice

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2019, 08:31:00 AM »
You can close the thread now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNfU_RMbUCA

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2019, 09:51:54 AM »
can we close the forum instead?

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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2019, 12:20:20 PM »
The Doug Anthony All Stars' version of 'Throw Your Arms Around Me':
https://youtu.be/q1fy9HY4gmE
I’ve never got this, the original is much better to these ears. So’s Crowded House version. But each to their own.

Johnny Cash doing Hurt?
Walk This Way by Run DMC?

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2019, 12:32:36 PM »
Robert Wyatt, 'At Last I Am Free' (original by Chic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xQx4G11pRo

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2019, 01:22:48 PM »
Ryoji Ikeda - Back In Black

Dot matrix printer smears hot sexy butter all over squawky krankies tribute act.

The Mountain Goats - Sometimes I Still Feel The Bruise

Absolutely soul-shredding, although the original is almost painfully personal to the point of intrusion to listen to, like watching a stanger crying alone, or a heart-broken golden retriver.

Coil - Going Up

How do you turn the theme tune for Are You Being Served into a lake of chanting, wailing ghosts vaping pink orgasmic smog around a fairy castle full of magic tricks

Afghan Whigs - Creep

Fat Greg D dressed up and looking good prowling a school disco in duct-taped sunglasses just leaking delerium and lust.

I would also like to direct your attention to this fucking AMAZING Deerhoof collection of covers on YouTube --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSYXnHVnSlY

seriously that Def Leppard cover is tasty


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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2019, 01:47:37 PM »
My obligatory mention of Phil Collins' version of Tomorrow Never Knows.  John Giblin on bass and Shankar on violin.  Amazing.

Donny Hathaway's Jealous Guy.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2019, 05:04:13 PM »
An obvious nomination, but nearly every Dylan song covered by The Byrds is better than the original.

Cuellar

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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2019, 05:08:47 PM »
An obvious nomination, but nearly every Dylan song covered by The Byrds is better than the original.

I'm sorry but I don't think I've ever read a more wrong opinion.

You might as well have written 'Joan Baez's cover of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2019, 05:23:35 PM »
I'm a Dylan fan, but I prefer the Byrds versions of Chimes of Freedom, My Back Pages and what have you. The fact that I heard them before the Dylan originals is probably a significant factor here, as Bawb's versions aren't as melodically polished. They sound like demos, which obviously isn't his fault.

You might as well have written 'Joan Baez's cover of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

I would've written that if I believed it to be true, but I don't.

pigamus

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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2019, 05:32:53 PM »
The only Dylan cover I can think of off the top of my head that I prefer to the original is Alan Price's version of To Ramona.

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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2019, 05:36:13 PM »
'Joan Baez's cover of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'

Yep, I prefer that one.

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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2019, 05:39:04 PM »
Yep, I prefer that one.

Nah, not for me, Clive.

The live version from The Last Waltz is better than The Band’s original studio version, mind you.

pigamus

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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2019, 05:39:22 PM »
I like it too, but it's not actually a Dylan song, is it?

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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2019, 05:43:04 PM »
I like it too, but it's not actually a Dylan song, is it?

It's not, no, so I don't really understand why it's been brought up in relation to Dylan and The Byrds.

Phoenix Lazarus

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2019, 06:39:54 PM »
Blancmange's cover of Day before you Came, by Abba. 

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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2019, 06:41:05 PM »
Blancmange's cover of Day before you Came, by Abba.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Phoenix Lazarus

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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2019, 06:45:27 PM »
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Oh yes it is.  Lovely deep soulful vocal outclasses the Abba wench's weak vocal on that track.

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« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2019, 06:54:41 PM »
Oh yes it is.  Lovely deep soulful vocal outclasses the Abba wench's weak vocal on that track.

You are definitely wrong about this. Unaccountably so.

Also, 'wench'? That's nice.

Sin Agog

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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2019, 07:38:10 PM »
Dunno about better, as Jeanette and especially her soothing, breathy folk pop with the band Pic-Nic is lovely, but I do listen to the Czech all-girl gypsy punks Zuby Nehty's cover of Porque Te Vas far more often: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8pOuKK9ixB0

Same with Lizzie Mercier-Descloux's mutant disco cover of Arthur Brown's Fire: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wm1UpmVZGcg (album version's better, but it's cool seeing her made up like one of those black and white people off the original Star Trek)

Lotta O.G. Garage Rockers would cover tracks not more than a few weeks old.  Much prefer the feral vocals on The Electras' take on Action Woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mFD7vZvCPA

The original Dumb Head's a bit twee and lame compared to Joe Meek and The Sharades' (and an early drum machine's) almost girl group electro dub version of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UGrFr7wAUc

Love the growly resurrected soulsman Nathaniel Mayer's version of Lennon's I Found Out (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prJUmn9MBPc).  That dude totally proved that soul and garage created a sexy superior mulatto child in Detroit.

Cuellar

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« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2019, 08:46:54 PM »
Yep, I prefer that one.

You are completely insane and should section yourself immediately

Cuellar

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« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2019, 08:50:49 PM »
I'm a Dylan fan, but I prefer the Byrds versions of Chimes of Freedom, My Back Pages and what have you. The fact that I heard them before the Dylan originals is probably a significant factor here, as Bawb's versions aren't as melodically polished. They sound like demos, which obviously isn't his fault.

Polished to the point of inanity in The Byrds' hands. All their covers sound exactly the same. Jingle-jangle boring harmonies.

I remember reading a Julie Burchill(?) article that made the same point - yes, Dylan can write a tune, but wouldn't it be nicer if a better singer sang them so they sounded pretty? UNNnnngggghg

alan nagsworth

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2019, 09:09:19 PM »
Soft Cell - Tainted Love

Felix Kubin - Hello

Cake - I Will Survive

And the all time greatest cover song...

The Slits - Heard It Through The Grapevine

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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2019, 09:14:35 PM »
Polished to the point of inanity in The Byrds' hands. All their covers sound exactly the same. Jingle-jangle boring harmonies.

I remember reading a Julie Burchill(?) article that made the same point - yes, Dylan can write a tune, but wouldn't it be nicer if a better singer sang them so they sounded pretty? UNNnnngggghg

Julie Burchill making a career out of saying stupid things has nothing to do with me liking The Byrds. I love Dylan, I just happen to think that the handful of Dylan songs recorded by The Byrds are great (apart from Lay Lady Lady, obviously, their version of that is an abomination).

If you think they're boring, then fair enough. Nothing I can do about that.

Oh, and Van Morrison/Them's version of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue is definitive.

Cuellar

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« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2019, 09:51:02 PM »
Oh, and Van Morrison/Them's version of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue is definitive.

Yeah that's a good un

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« Reply #29 on: July 25, 2019, 09:51:51 PM »
Devo's Satisfaction is the best cover ever made. Complete reworking into a whole different vibe, clever and witty and exhilarating (the single version of course).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZCQWs60LI

Very happy to read comment underneath: "Seems devoid of anything rock and roll. Pretty much sucks".