covers that are better than orginals (non-pj)

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edited July 2013 in Other Music
original: atlantic city by bruce springsteen ... ure=avmsc2

cover: justin townes earle,38865/

i just think the JTE version captures the feeling of the song so much better than the original. i absolutely love the cover version. it blows the original away.
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  • JordyWordyJordyWordy Posts: 2,257
    The best is easily Jeff Buckleys Hallelujah, but i love these ones:

    Cover: Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats ... re=related

    Cover band: Easy All Stars
    No Surprises
    Lucky ... re=related
    Sgt Peppers - ... re=related
    The Great Gig In The Sky - ... re=related
    Originals - Radiohead, Beatles, Pink Floyd

    Cover: Glen Hansard - Cry Me A River ... 1&index=21
    Original: Justin Timberlake

    Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince)
    Placebo - Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)
    Mark Lanegan - Man In The Long Black Coat (Dylan)
    Jim James - Going To Acapulco (Dylan)
    Cake - I Will Survive
  • JDBJDB Posts: 277
    Sepulturas version of Orgasmatron blows away the original by Motorhead.
  • Newch91Newch91 Posts: 17,560
    edited July 2010
    Every song The Beatles covered. And Jeff Buckley covering "Hallelujah".
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  • The first three that come to mind are:

    Type O Negative - Summer Breeze

    Faith No More - Easy

    Ryan Adams - Wonderwall
  • brainofebrainofe Posts: 256
    NIN - Dead Souls (orig. by Joy Division)
    Down in the hole, Jesus tries to crack a smile beneath another shovel load.
  • red mosred mos Posts: 4,951
    cover :you just can't win (dead weather)
    Original: Them

    The original is good too, but Dead weather really made this amazing. JW did change the lyrics a little though.
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  • Nowhere ManNowhere Man Posts: 333
    brainofe wrote:
    NIN - Dead Souls (orig. by Joy Division)

    Definitely, amazing version by NIN.

    I have to go with Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends"
  • Best by a mile is:

    White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself.

    Honourable mentions:

    Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World.

    Isaac Hayes - The Look of Love (for the ridiculously good guitar solo)
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  • Yellow LedbellyYellow Ledbelly Posts: 3,749
    Blows away NIN's version
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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 14,196
    Anything Hendrix touched by others. Particularly Dylans stuff.

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  • dcfaithfuldcfaithful Posts: 13,076
    Blows away NIN's version

    :thumbup: Totally.

    I'm also going to go out on a limb here and confess something:

    I love, love, love Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" (that guitar solo is fucking ace)...I think it completely eclipses Springsteen's version. Sorry Bruce, but it had to be said.
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    Ryan Adams - Wonderwall

    No doubt.
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    6/12/08 - Tampa, FL
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  • FenwayFaithfulFenwayFaithful Posts: 8,626
    JordyWordy wrote:
    Cake - I Will Survive
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  • markymark550markymark550 Columbia, SCPosts: 4,303
    mickeyrat wrote:
    Anything Hendrix touched by others. Particularly Dylans stuff.
    my favorite Hendrix cover is All Along the Watchtower (I'd guess that's probably a fairly standard pick)

    also like Mudhoney's cover of Halloween (Sonic Youth)
  • facepollutionfacepollution Posts: 6,622
    Blows away NIN's version

    I must strongly disagree with you there. Whilst undoubtedly a fantastic cover, some of the live versions NIN have done are incredible, my favourite being this one:

    absolutely spine-chilling stuff.
  • PJFAN_seattlePJFAN_seattle Posts: 2,969
    Elliott Smith's cover of Because (The Beatles) :D
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  • qontheboardqontheboard Posts: 585
    Young Man Blues - The Who

    Original by Mose Allison

    I think this one is definitely better than the original.

  • VeddernarianVeddernarian Posts: 1,734
    Kinks' Dave Davies On Van Halen Cover
    26th July 2010

    The Kinks’ Dave Davies has given a rare interview to Classic Rock Magazine, and in the interview he has laid into Van Halen’s famous cover of ‘You Really Got Me.’

    In the interview with CRM’s Rob Hughes he said:

    “Van Halen’s version was very Middle America. It was like, ‘Hey man, look at me with my tight trousers! Here’s our version of You Really Got Me!’

    “There’s the thing: good art isn’t always about having the comfiest technique. I shouldn’t encourage him, but I’m sure Eddie Van Halen played better when he was drunk. But it must be a good record if people like it.

    “We got pissed off though, when we played America. The Kinks had an album out called Low Budget [1979] and we ended up touring and playing stadiums. Some kid came up to me after one of the gigs and said: ‘I like your cover of Van Halen’s You Really Got Me.’ You have to smile sometimes.”

    Van Halen’s version of the Kinks classic appeared on their 1978 debut album.
    Up here so high I start to shake, Up here so high the sky I scrape, I've no fear but for falling down, So look out below I am falling now, Oh please understand I just need, my friend, a way a way a way home.
  • DMB - Sweet Caroline (well, maybe not)
    Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide
    Johnny Cash - Hurt
    Sarah Maclachlan/Barenaked Ladies - Star of Wonder (or whatever it's called)
    Eric Clapton - Layla (2nd version is better)
    Foo Fighters - (Acoustic Everlong is better)
    Boys of Summer (Atari's version is cool)

    Here's a bunch of others, some I agree with (8-10 for starters). ... rsongs.htm
  • Pepe SilviaPepe Silvia Posts: 3,758
    sorry if it's been said but all along the watchtower by dylan, done by hendrix
    and radiohead's cover of joy division/new order's ceremony
    don't compete; coexist

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  • MysteryTrainMysteryTrain SingaporePosts: 1,175
    Derek & The Dominoes - Little Wing
    Johnny Cash - Hurt
    James Taylor - You Got A Friend
  • VeddernarianVeddernarian Posts: 1,734
    Robert Plant covering Los Lobos, "Angel Dance"
    Up here so high I start to shake, Up here so high the sky I scrape, I've no fear but for falling down, So look out below I am falling now, Oh please understand I just need, my friend, a way a way a way home.
  • yokeyoke Posts: 1,440
    some of my favorite covers

    The Bloodhound Gang - Kids in america (Kim Wilde)

    Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)

    Chris Cornell - Billie jean (acoustic live) (Michael Jackson)

    Social Distortion-Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones)

    Everlast - Folsom Prison Blues (Cash)

    The Fugees Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack)

    System of a Down - The Metro (Berlin)

    Goldfinger - 99 Red Balloons (Nena)

    Rage Against The Machine - Kick Out The Jams ( MC5)

    Rage Against the Machine - Street Fighting Man ( Stones)

    I love covers... maybe because I was in a cover band for years, who knows. There are tons out there and honestly to many to list( you guys have listed a bunch already).
    Thats a lovely accent you have. New Jersey?
  • yoke---what type of cover band?
  • Of The AggieOf The Aggie The ATXPosts: 1,198
    I've always loved Sonic Youth's version of Superstar. It is so haunting in a way The Carpenters sugar-sweet pop could never be.
  • yokeyoke Posts: 1,440
    yoke---what type of cover band?

    styles ranged quite a bit. We played everything from Classic Rock to PJ to cheezy 80s music. I guess you could consider us at the time hard rock in the way we covered some songs. We even brought out some nice ballads as well. Whatever we felt like playing really. Oh we stayed away from metal for the most part as my voice couldn't handle it or I couldn't get high enough for some stuff.
    Thats a lovely accent you have. New Jersey?
  • sounds pretty cool. Your band name should've been the local Yoke-ls. :lol:
  • KH71368KH71368 FloridaPosts: 64
    My all-time favorite is:
    Across the Universe - Fionna Apple/Beatles

    Honorable mention to:

    Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson/Annie Lennox

    I Put a Spell on You - Marilyn Manson/Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • maynardsuxmaynardsux Posts: 878
    "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" Urge Overkill (Neil Diamond)
    "Live and Let Die" Guns 'N Roses (Paul McCartney)
    "The Nurse Who Loved Me" A Perfect Circle (Failure)
    '93 Toronto
    '94 Detroit
    '10 Columbus
    '11 Detroit (Eddie solo), Toronto 1 and 2, Ottawa, Hamilton
    '13 London, Pittsburgh, Buffalo
    '14 Detroit
    '16 Ottawa, Toronto 1 and 2, Chicago 1 and 2
    '18 Chicago 1 and 2
  • VeddernarianVeddernarian Posts: 1,734
    Metallica doing that Bob Sieger song, On the road again...
    Up here so high I start to shake, Up here so high the sky I scrape, I've no fear but for falling down, So look out below I am falling now, Oh please understand I just need, my friend, a way a way a way home.
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