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« Reply #60 on: June 29, 2020, 12:13:37 PM »
The first version of I Think We're Alone Now wasn't the famous one by 80s teen star Tiffany. It was two decades earlier, by "Tommy James and the Shondells".

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IkMFLUXTEwM

A different vibe when dung by a man I'll take the Tiffany version any day.
Never knew this, prefer this version.

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« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2020, 12:16:46 PM »
My family and I got a lockdown quiz question wrong because the quizmaster didn't know there have been four versions of A Star Is Born.

Ha! That came up in our last quiz too.

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« Reply #62 on: June 29, 2020, 01:25:10 PM »
Blame it on the Boogie

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« Reply #63 on: June 29, 2020, 01:29:58 PM »
Blame it on the Boogie
Maybe in part due to having two people called Jackson (Mick, who recorded the original, and his brother Dave) on the writing credits.

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« Reply #64 on: June 29, 2020, 01:33:08 PM »
Or he's an oblivious Big Fun fan?

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« Reply #65 on: June 29, 2020, 03:58:19 PM »
God Gave Rock & Roll To You by Kiss, originally by Argent, ie one of the Zombies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsG5V-o6uxY

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« Reply #66 on: June 29, 2020, 05:39:32 PM »
God Gave Rock & Roll To You by Kiss, originally by Argent, ie one of the Zombies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsG5V-o6uxY

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Re: Songs That People Don't Know Are Covers
« Reply #67 on: June 29, 2020, 07:22:46 PM »
The first version of I Think We're Alone Now wasn't the famous one by 80s teen star Tiffany. It was two decades earlier, by "Tommy James and the Shondells".

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IkMFLUXTEwM

A different vibe when dung by a man I'll take the Tiffany version any day.

...And Tiffany wasn't even the first to cover it, Lene Lovich also did a version (in 1978).

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« Reply #69 on: June 29, 2020, 11:01:04 PM »
Rockin' All Over The World is so strongly identified with the Quo that I should imagine most people believe they wrote it.  I remember John Fogerty finishing his set at Glastonbury with the song without explaining that he'd written it, thus no doubt bewildering 95% of those present.

I didn't know that!

But I did know that the Quo didn't write their '86 single In The Army Now. It was previously a 1982 hit in Norway for its original writers Bolland & Bolland.

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« Reply #70 on: June 29, 2020, 11:27:50 PM »
Natalie Imbruglia's Torn was a cover... from earlier that same year!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO5syjCX0xs

I remember there being two different versions in the Irish chart at the same time in 1997.

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« Reply #71 on: June 30, 2020, 01:49:09 AM »
If I remember correctly the lady who wrote Torn didn't copyright the song and gave it away for free, hence Imbruglia's convenient cover, the controversy started when she went on TFI Friday and when Evans asked her if she wrote the song she said she had.

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« Reply #72 on: June 30, 2020, 04:23:35 AM »
If I remember correctly the lady who wrote Torn didn't copyright the song and gave it away for free, hence Imbruglia's convenient cover, the controversy started when she went on TFI Friday and when Evans asked her if she wrote the song she said she had.

I'd be surprised if she outright lied about that.  The story as told on Wikipedia is that the song had been written by two members of a band called Ednaswap together with a guy who went on to produce Imbruglia's debut.  The intention had been that it would be a solo single for Ednaswap's singer - one of the writers of the song - and when that stiffed the band recorded it and intended to release it as a single, but before they could Imbruglia's version became a huge hit.  Frustrating, but no doubt the two writers were - and are - grateful for the royalties.

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« Reply #73 on: June 30, 2020, 11:41:02 AM »
Money's Too Tight To Mention is one that I only realise a few years ago
Wow. Never knew that. I seem to think less of Simply Red with each passing year.
Just had a listen. That is much better than the Simply Red one. And Hucknall rips off every little vocal tic.

I recently saw a video of a pretty pissed off John Oates talking about how Hucknall ripped them off on Sunrise. Clearly it wasn’t with their blessing.

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« Reply #74 on: June 30, 2020, 11:48:22 AM »
I'd be surprised if she outright lied about that.  The story as told on Wikipedia is that the song had been written by two members of a band called Ednaswap together with a guy who went on to produce Imbruglia's debut.  The intention had been that it would be a solo single for Ednaswap's singer - one of the writers of the song - and when that stiffed the band recorded it and intended to release it as a single, but before they could Imbruglia's version became a huge hit.  Frustrating, but no doubt the two writers were - and are - grateful for the royalties.

from what I can see from a Google - my source being a comment some guy left on a website - Chris Evans said "you're a great songwriter," Imbruglia said "thank you," and then an audience member shouted out "you didn't even write it - it's a cover!" There's probably a YouTube video showing the scene unfold.

However she may well be a great songwriter. She wrote Big Mistake with some guy called Mark Goldenberg and it's a banger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jg4VSp7GG0

I need to remind myself to check out her latest album - which is an album of covers - called Male, the idea being that all the songs were written by men. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_(Natalie_Imbruglia_album) Apparently it got good reviews but sold bugger all.

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« Reply #75 on: June 30, 2020, 11:57:13 AM »
Maybe in part due to having two people called Jackson (Mick, who recorded the original, and his brother Dave) on the writing credits.

I seem to recall that Blame it on the Boogie was strategically credited to "M Jackson".

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« Reply #76 on: June 30, 2020, 11:59:51 AM »
If I remember correctly the lady who wrote Torn didn't copyright the song

You don't have to copyright things you make. Anything you make you become the automatic copyright holder of, and you're protected under copyright law. So if you write a song and I nick it without permission you can sue me for royalties/whatever. You don't need to register the song or anything.

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« Reply #77 on: June 30, 2020, 12:01:28 PM »
And speaking of Tina Turner, What's Love Got To Do With It was first recorded by Bucks Fizz!

And The Best was first recorded by Bonny Tyler! And it is surprisingly similar to the Turner version.

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« Reply #78 on: June 30, 2020, 12:02:32 PM »
I seem to recall that Blame it on the Boogie was strategically credited to "M Jackson".

Here's a good almost-example! On the Simpsons episode featuring Michael Jackson, "Stark Raving Dad", the mental patient pretending to be Michael Jackson and voiced by MJ himself sings the song 'Lisa, it's your birthday, happy birthday Lisa....'.

However, the song is not sung by Michael Jackson! Instead, it was sang by Jackson impersonator Kipp Lennon, because Michael wanted to 'play a joke on his brothers'.

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« Reply #79 on: June 30, 2020, 12:03:14 PM »
Well he ended up playing the biggest joke on them of all.

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« Reply #80 on: June 30, 2020, 01:11:46 PM »
...And Tiffany wasn't even the first to cover it, Lene Lovich also did a version (in 1978).

And the Rubinoos in 1977

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxvP--GjPg

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« Reply #81 on: June 30, 2020, 01:44:43 PM »
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« Reply #82 on: July 01, 2020, 06:36:46 PM »
Always thought 'I Only Have Eyes For You' by The Flamingos was an original, I suppose because its from the 50s and because it was covered/sampled by The Fugees.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvzNeh4Mq1o

Then, I saw this link on the pre-CGI thread and find out its from 1934 (at least)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P76cUtCGRQs

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« Reply #83 on: July 01, 2020, 07:03:02 PM »
Rockin' All Over The World is so strongly identified with the Quo that I should imagine most people believe they wrote it.  I remember John Fogerty finishing his set at Glastonbury with the song without explaining that he'd written it, thus no doubt bewildering 95% of those present.

I remember being surprised to learn that Quo's 1986 hit In The Army Now was also a cover.

Norway's Bolland & Bolland released it in 1982
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjB9R0EG7xs

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« Reply #84 on: July 01, 2020, 07:05:16 PM »
And of course the king of these sort of threads must be  Hanging On The Telephone By The Nerves. ?

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« Reply #85 on: July 01, 2020, 07:21:56 PM »
And of course the king of these sort of threads must be  Hanging On The Telephone By The Nerves. ?
That'll be why it was mentioned on the first page.

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« Reply #86 on: July 01, 2020, 09:20:12 PM »
Led Zeppelin classic Dazed and Confused.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTsvs-pAGDc

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« Reply #87 on: July 01, 2020, 10:35:32 PM »
Led Zeppelin classic Dazed and Confused.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTsvs-pAGDc

People didn't know that was a cover because until very recently the writing credit read 'J. Page'.

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« Reply #88 on: July 01, 2020, 10:55:50 PM »
Yep, they certainly had form.

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« Reply #89 on: July 02, 2020, 01:17:22 PM »
Rockin' All Over The World is so strongly identified with the Quo that I should imagine most people believe they wrote it.  I remember John Fogerty finishing his set at Glastonbury with the song without explaining that he'd written it, thus no doubt bewildering 95% of those present.
yes. me.

I mean it does sound like every other quo song to be fair

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