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non capisco

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #30 on: July 25, 2019, 10:58:28 PM »
Grace Jones' version of 'Private Life' pisses on The Pretenders' original. Even Chrissie Hynde concedes.

I narrowly prefer Pet Shop Boys' 'Always On My Mind' to Elvis Presley's original, though I think both are pretty wonderful. The PSP version squeaks it because it has that keening guitar tone wailing up to the stratosphere towards the end. You can read it either as the bitter emotional dam hinted at in Neil's resigned delivery finally breaking or a celestial force taking his useless self-recrimination from him and hurling it away into the ether. Either works depending on your mood. It's alchemy whichever way you slice it.

Teenage Fanclub's version of Yo La Tengo's 'I Heard You Looking' is probably better. Both are gorgeous wallows you don't want to end but Teenage Fanclub's one goes on for about five minutes longer. Teenage Fanclub's version of The Bevis Frond's 'He'd Be A Diamond' is also the definitive version of that fucking excellent song.

I'm sure I'll be able to think of more of these.

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alan nagsworth

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #31 on: July 25, 2019, 11:02:36 PM »

non capisco

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2019, 11:07:32 PM »
Yeah, you know, the Beastie Boys cover of 'Always In My Mind' by Elvis Costello. You know what I'm talking about.

TheMonk

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #33 on: July 26, 2019, 04:25:45 AM »
My obligatory mention of Phil Collins' version of Tomorrow Never Knows.  John Giblin on bass and Shankar on violin.  Amazing.
His cover of The Times They Are A-Changing is the worst thing he ever did and ruled a line under him ever doing any interesting music again.

Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #34 on: July 26, 2019, 04:33:55 AM »
There aren't any, that's the point.

Mr Banlon

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« Reply #35 on: July 26, 2019, 05:01:21 AM »
Apache - Incredible Bongo Band

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famethrowa

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« Reply #36 on: July 26, 2019, 05:31:29 AM »
AAAAaaaaactually I think you'll find Elvis's version was not the original *puffs pipe*

Phoenix Lazarus

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2019, 06:10:28 AM »
John Lennon's version of Stand by Me is by far the best one.

Johnny Textface

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« Reply #38 on: July 26, 2019, 07:40:42 AM »
Shitty quality but I love this take on "I love L.A.". Should record it.
https://youtu.be/IWwHAmInees

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #39 on: July 26, 2019, 11:31:57 AM »
Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower. Dylan's is obviously good, but Hendrix makes it magical

Sinead's Nothing Compares 2 U

Dunno if this counts really, but Marc Almond doing a version of Say Hello, Wave Goodbye with Jools Holland is superior to the Soft Cell version. It's incredible


Better Midlands

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« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2019, 12:50:55 PM »

Sinead's Nothing Compares 2 U


Chaka Khan - I Feel 4 U

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« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2019, 01:02:56 PM »
Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine

Sin Agog

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2019, 01:05:38 PM »
Lil Stevie Wonder's We Can Work It Out kicks in a way La Beatles' version never did.

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« Reply #43 on: July 26, 2019, 01:40:51 PM »
A cover of a Coldplay song being better than the original is quite low hanging fruit I know, like dangleberries hanging from a Dachshund's bum.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUtg1GOA2gc

And this, just find original audibly boring.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTQcJx7xqAc

Shit Good Nose

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #44 on: July 26, 2019, 04:06:34 PM »
His cover of The Times They Are A-Changing is the worst thing he ever did and ruled a line under him ever doing any interesting music again.

You can take that drop-off point back even further to the previous album, Both Sides.  ...But Seriously was his last half decent album (and the last time he had a properly decent band with him in the studio), and that only scrapes through on the strength of just two songs (Colours and Satruday Night and Sunday Morning).  But Dance Into the Light and Testify are absolute gash by anyone's standards - I actually binned my copy of DITL (because Fopp was selling it for £3 brand new, so there wasn't any point trying to sell it second hand) after only one listen, and avoided Testify for years until it came free with a newspaper (can't remember which one).  Didn't even get through the whole thing before binning that too.

I've not heard anything from Going Back (his album of covers), but I understand it's fairly average.  Which makes it better than DITL and Testify, so take that for what you will.

Fabian Thomsett

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #45 on: July 26, 2019, 04:21:48 PM »

Fabian Thomsett

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #46 on: July 26, 2019, 04:23:43 PM »
Grace Jones' version of 'Private Life' pisses on The Pretenders' original. Even Chrissie Hynde concedes.

Good call. Hynde wrote a great song but The Pretenders sound so awkward doing reggae.

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #47 on: July 26, 2019, 06:58:23 PM »
John Lennon's version of Stand by Me is by far the best one.

No it blummen well isn't. I really dislike Lennon's version, his voice is so grating. Lennon was a great rock and roll screamer, but Stand By Me is not a song that demands to be rock and roll screamed. The Ben E. King original is still, despite its ubiquity, a truly beautiful, moving piece of music.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #48 on: July 26, 2019, 06:59:13 PM »
Lil Stevie Wonder's We Can Work It Out kicks in a way La Beatles' version never did.

This is true.

Phoenix Lazarus

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #49 on: July 26, 2019, 07:05:39 PM »
The Damned's version of Eloise, by whoever did that originally.

TheMonk

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #50 on: July 27, 2019, 07:50:40 AM »
You can take that drop-off point back even further to the previous album, Both Sides.  ...But Seriously was his last half decent album (and the last time he had a properly decent band with him in the studio), and that only scrapes through on the strength of just two songs (Colours and Satruday Night and Sunday Morning).  But Dance Into the Light and Testify are absolute gash by anyone's standards - I actually binned my copy of DITL (because Fopp was selling it for £3 brand new, so there wasn't any point trying to sell it second hand) after only one listen, and avoided Testify for years until it came free with a newspaper (can't remember which one).  Didn't even get through the whole thing before binning that too.

I've not heard anything from Going Back (his album of covers), but I understand it's fairly average.  Which makes it better than DITL and Testify, so take that for what you will.
Yes, if you ranked his albums best to worst they’d just be in order of release. Testify in particular is an uninspired steaming turd of an album.

Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2019, 03:04:28 PM »
I was going to post The Flying Lizards' Money, then remembered that it's not 'better' than the original at all, more a very amusing neo-dadaist joke, like Summertime Blues, so just different.

Barrett Strong is a whole lot better than the Beatles as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeVx1C73o8k

Lizards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-P2qL3qkzk


Rizla

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #52 on: July 27, 2019, 03:17:01 PM »
Original versions of songs I didn't realise were covers until fairly recently - "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aLNwOxPsjg
"Hanging On The Telephone" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emy5mA8Ixtc
"No Regrets" (Walker Brothers) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKU0S5K5aYE
"Bette Davis Eyes" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAQsOJbs-yo


Tony Tony Tony

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #53 on: July 27, 2019, 04:10:47 PM »
The Disturbed doing The Sound of Silence even has loads of reaction vids on you tube showing folks hearing it for the first time.

The cover itself is spine tingling https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4

Phoenix Lazarus

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #54 on: July 27, 2019, 04:26:14 PM »
Just remembered.  There was a cover of Sandie Shaw's Always Something There to Remind Me that got lots of airplay in June 1983, but didn't quite crack the charts.  I can't understand why, as the version, by Naked Eyes, was, and is, an awesome version-way better than the original, as far as I'm concerned.

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

Jockice

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« Reply #55 on: July 27, 2019, 04:29:06 PM »
I remember reading a review of the Mo-Dettes version of Paint It Black in Record Mirror which said it was better than the original. Now I liked The Mo-Dettes (and actually bought the single) and think the Rolling Stones are overrated but that is utter bollocks.

Hear for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq2zNhhL-l0

Cuellar

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #56 on: July 27, 2019, 04:29:48 PM »
The Disturbed doing The Sound of Silence even has loads of reaction vids on you tube showing folks hearing it for the first time.

The cover itself is spine tingling https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4

Here's my reaction vid:



I think I'm going to stop coming into this thread, I'm obviously not in sync with it.

Jockice

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #57 on: July 27, 2019, 04:32:30 PM »
Grace Jones' version of 'Private Life' pisses on The Pretenders' original. Even Chrissie Hynde concedes.

Dunno about being better, but this is a lovely version of Brass In Pocket by Suede.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glf5u5-Gi6U

Phoenix Lazarus

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Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #58 on: July 27, 2019, 04:39:08 PM »
Original versions of songs I didn't realise were covers until fairly recently.....
"No Regrets" (Walker Brothers) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKU0S5K5aYE

Thanks for reminding me of Midge Ure's incredible version of that.  The original was pretty good, but Ure's was out of this world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=249&v=4NdRLYi862Y

Re: Covers That Are Better...
« Reply #59 on: July 27, 2019, 04:40:43 PM »
It will always be Money by the Flying Lizards.