covers that are better than orginals (non-pj)

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  • BikePHLBikePHL Posts: 456
    The Pixies covering Warren Zevon's "Ain't That Pretty At All"

    Sonic Youth covering Madonna's "Into the Groove"

    Dinosaur Jr. covering The Cure's "Just Like Heaven"

    Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby covering Tom Petty's "Walls"
    Alpine Valley Music Theatre - Sep 03, 2011, Alpine Valley Music Theatre - Sep 04, 2011, Eddie Vedder Solo - Tower Theater - June 25, 2011, Tres Mountains - TLA - March 23, 2011, Brad - World Cafe Live- Oct. 10, 2010, Wachovia Spectrum Arena - Oct 31, 2009, Wachovia Spectrum Arena - Oct 27, 2009, Eddie Vedder Solo - Tower Theater- June 12, 2009, Eddie Vedder Solo - Tower Theater- June 11,2009, Susquehanna Bank Center - Jun 20, 2008, Susquehanna Bank Center - Jun 19, 2008, Tweeter Center at the Waterfront - May 27, 2006, Wachovia Center - Oct 03, 2005, Fleet Center - Sep 29, 2004, Tweeter Center - Jul 02, 2003, Tweeter Center - Jul 11, 2003, First Union Spectrum Arena - Apr 28, 2003, Blockbuster Music Entertainment Center - Aug 29, 1998, RFK Stadium - Jun 14, 1998
  • BikePHLBikePHL Posts: 456
    And just for fun I'll throw in Vanilla Fudge covering the Supremes "You Keep Me Hangin On"
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 28,899
    common people - william shatner better than common people- PULP
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  • iammine16iammine16 Vancouver, BCPosts: 641
    NIN covering Joy Division's "Dead Souls"
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 28,899
    iammine16 wrote:
    NIN covering Joy Division's "Dead Souls"


    ooh yes. the crow has one of the best soundtracks ever.
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  • clashmanclashman Posts: 317
    Beck- Sound and Vision (Bowie)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnOmrDzRrGQ :o
  • Who PrincessWho Princess out here in the fieldsPosts: 7,135
    Here's a bunch of others, some I agree with (8-10 for starters).

    http://www.whatisthatsong.net/charts-li ... rsongs.htm
    I never saw this list till looking at this thread. He's found some good ones but some are really off the wall. Jose Feliciano's version of Light My Fire is better than the Doors? :wtf:

    Also, as a fan, I have to point out that #92 is dead wrong. The Who did not cover Blue Cheer's original of Summertime Blues. The original was by Eddie Cochran:
    http://youtu.be/MeWC59FJqGc

    The Who were playing it back when they were still the Detours. I like Cochran's version a lot but will admit to being partial to The Who's. ;)
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 42,512
    "Quinn The Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)" - Manfred Mann's version (just called "Mighty Quinn") is better than Dylan's IMO.

    Also, I like Johnny Cash's "Hurt" better than NIN's.
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  • mbangel10mbangel10 Posts: 548
    I think the Foo Fighters always add something to a cover...

    Born On The Bayou(CCR) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh7P3gmm_cM

    Band On The Run(Paul McCartney and Wings) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7grAuTtjgE

    Darling Nikki(Prince) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAN-PMt9EuI (sorry for the weird video, I was trying to find a non-live copy and the only one I could find readily is about some chick and her cat but with the lyrics.)

    I'll add the Foo Fighters cover of Keep the Car Running by Arcade Fire. I like it better than the original.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttUgUO8UZsY
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,391
    Here's a bunch of others, some I agree with (8-10 for starters).

    http://www.whatisthatsong.net/charts-li ... rsongs.htm
    I never saw this list till looking at this thread. He's found some good ones but some are really off the wall. Jose Feliciano's version of Light My Fire is better than the Doors? :wtf:

    The fact that I still think the original of "Hallelujah" is the best aside, I am looking through this list and stomping my foot and disagreeing with #20. There is No.Freaking.Way. Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" is better than Dolly Parton's. I HATED that song until I heard Dolly Parton sing it. When Dolly sings it, it's a beautiful song. The Whitney Houston version has me falling over things trying to change the radio channel. It is cringe-inducing, painful to hear.
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,391
    #21 -- Jose Feliciano? That one has to be a joke.

    "Tainted Live" might be one of the best covers ever.

    "She's Not There"?? Nah. Santana's great, but the Zombies did it best.

    "Sweet Jane" -- Cowboy Junkies do a very interesting rendition; it's so different that I don't know if it evn can be compared to Lou Reed's version.

    "Dancing Barefoot." -- The Church put U2's cover to shame. I wish I could find a studio version of it, it's amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpxw0XqGIp4

    The Church also do an interesting cover of "Hounds of Love." As much as I love the Church, I don't know that I prefer their cover to Kate Bush.

    "Brown Eyed Girl" -- There's only one Van Morrison, and shame on anyone who suggests Jimmy Buffett sings it better.

    Aztec Camera's cover of "Jump" makes me giggle every time I think of it. It's like a complete deconstruction of Van Halen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COtZZmWKcRI

    Flying Lizards, "Money" -- Yeah, great cover.

    Concrete Blonde's cover of "Everybody Knows" -- yes, her vocals add something to the song. Are y'all familiar with "I'm Your Fan"? http://www.amazon.com/Im-Your-Fan/dp/B000002ISX REM's cover of "First We Take Manhattan" is *excellent*, and I think the Pixies "I Can't Forget" also outdoes the original.

    Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U" -- Should be at the top of this list. Amazing.

    Soup Dragons, "I'm Free" -- I didn't even know that was a cover!

    "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" -- What, no mention of William Shatner's cover?!? ;)
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 2,391
    The Church did an album of covers, called Box of Birds: http://www.amazon.com/Box-Birds-Church/dp/B00000JPDC

    Some of my favorites:

    George Harrison's "It's All Too Much" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIVwpP7h25Q

    Television's "Friction" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZk1_FOdES0

    Ultravox, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsrY7zIRueI
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  • Randy420Randy420 Posts: 45
    Shinedown - Simple Man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgFQ6WmxdMs

    Also really dig Five Finger Death Punch's cover of Bad Company..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVo8g7T39A4
  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,461
    Randy420 wrote:
    Shinedown - Simple Man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgFQ6WmxdMs

    Also really dig Five Finger Death Punch's cover of Bad Company..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVo8g7T39A4


    :sick:

    Simple Man is a decent cover, but it just doesn't begin to approach the Skynyrd version.

    Five Finger Death Crotch reserved an especially fiery spot in hell for themselves for what that did to Bad Company.
  • YardenYarden Posts: 796
    Kate Bush - Rocket Man (Elton John)
  • Who PrincessWho Princess out here in the fieldsPosts: 7,135
    The fact that I still think the original of "Hallelujah" is the best aside, I am looking through this list and stomping my foot and disagreeing with #20. There is No.Freaking.Way. Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" is better than Dolly Parton's. I HATED that song until I heard Dolly Parton sing it. When Dolly sings it, it's a beautiful song. The Whitney Houston version has me falling over things trying to change the radio channel. It is cringe-inducing, painful to hear.
    I was familiar with Dolly Parton's version years before Whitney's (kind of hard to avoid country music if you live in Texas) and always thought it was lovely. I think the fact that she wrote it probably added to her interpretation. Whitney's version is overblown and awful.
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  • RobbyD462RobbyD462 Victoria BCPosts: 4,645
    Tool-No Quarter
    originally by Led Zeppelin :shock:
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,461
    RobbyD462 wrote:
    Tool-No Quarter
    originally by Led Zeppelin :shock:

    If you're talking the original studio cut, I agree and I'm as big a Zeppelin fan as you'll find. But I don't think Tool's version comes close to the live cut from The Song Remains the Same.
  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 29,161
    Well maybe not better but still very good. The Dreaming covering Garbage's "#1 Crush"

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  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 14,191
    Metallica covering Budgies Breadfan. Metallica does quite a few but this one stands out.

    Smashing Pumpkins covering Fleetwoods Landslide.

    Minor Threat covering Wires 12XU.

    Sublime covering the Deads Scarlett Begonias. Blasphemy I know…

    Peter, Paul and Mary covering Pete Segers (Trini Lopez) If I had a hammer.
  • InHiding80InHiding80 Upland,CAPosts: 7,623
    Foo Fighters/Prince - Darling Nikki
    STP/Zeppelin - Dancing Days
    Bowie/Stones - Let's Spend The Night Together
    Living Colour/Talking Heads - Memories Can't Wait
    Deftones/Duran Duran - Night Boat
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  • bluegracebluegrace Posts: 2,336
    Jose Gonzalez covering the Knife's Heartbeats.
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  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 29,161
    Ok i didn't even know this was a cover until just now
    Prodigy- Fuel My Fire

    originally done by L7


    I guess i'm just used to hear the Prodigy's version.
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    The Sundays - Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)
    Social D - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
    Rush - Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds)
    Love Spit Love - How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)
    Gary Jules - Mad World (Tears for Fears)
    Birdy - People Help The People (Cherry Ghost)
    The Presidents - Kick Out the Jams (MC5)
    The Lovemongers - The Battle of Evermore (Led Zeppelin)
    Angie Aparo - Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
    Letters to Cleo - Dangerous Type (The Cars)
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  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 29,161
    Ghost- Crucified

    originally done by Army of Lovers
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  • DewieCox said:



    RobbyD462 wrote:

    Tool-No Quarter

    originally by Led Zeppelin :shock:


    If you're talking the original studio cut, I agree and I'm as big a Zeppelin fan as you'll find. But I don't think Tool's version comes close to the live cut from The Song Remains the Same.

    Agreed, nothing will ever best the full live version from Song Remains the Same. Phish does a damn good cover during live shows though.
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  • Chicago made "I'm a Man" by Spencer Davis Group much better.

    Bowie's version of "Across the Universe" has more soul and feeling than the original by the Beatles.

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