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covers that are better than orginals (non-pj)

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  • Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus
  • goldrushgoldrush everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 5,334
    goldrush wrote:
    Ryan Adams - Down In A Hole (Alice In Chains)
    MMJ - Rocket Man (Elton John) the Jim James solo version is awesome
    Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
    Zwan - Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden)
    Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men (Status Quo)
    Johhny Cash - Rusty Cage (Soundgarden)
    Johnny Cash - Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)
    Neil Young - Day In The Life (The Beatles)

    I already loved the original versions of all of these songs but I think the covers are much better
    I can't believe that I forgot Ryan Adams' version of "Time (The Revelator)" by Gillian Welch, a great Crazy Horse-style cover of an already great song.

    Ryan Adams - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96DJPZhNjOw
    Gillian Welch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4LdjEObjGo
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  • matabelematabele Posts: 277
    Alabama 3, Hotel California.
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    Zwan - Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden

    Goldrush: NICE!!!!
  • RYEzupSFRYEzupSF Posts: 6,003
    I'm saying this with the disclaimer that I smoked a shit ton of weed this weekend and when I heard this at 2am last night I was far from sober. I also realize this is more of a collaboration than a cover.

    P. Diddy and Jimmy Page: Come With Me :lol::lol::lol:
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  • Not necessarily better but certainly equal:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lXgC4eNJPE Tool's version of Demon Cleaner by Kyuss
  • RO74298RO74298 Posts: 2
    I don't remember the original artist on all of these...omitting Hendrix covering anyone as he ripped the head off whatever he was covering and made it his own.

    Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (Originally a June Carter recording)
    Susan Tedeschi - Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Dylan)
    Susan Tedeschi - Angel from Montgomery (John Prine)
    Ray Charles - Georgia
    Black Crowes - Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
    Allman Brothers - Statesboro Blues
    Ben Harper - The Drugs Don't Work
    Michael Jackson - aint no sunshine (he was 12 if you've never heard it....be prepared)
    Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
    Mindy Smith - Jolene (Dolly Parton)
    Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold (Sting)
    Annie Fitzgerald - Heavenly Day (Patty Griffin)
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Annie's Song
    Jeff Buckley - Mama You've Been on My Mind (Dylan)
    Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
    Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love (Bessie Smith)
    Shawn Colvin - You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Dylan)
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Little Wing

    I love covers lists...always a lot of fun
  • RO74298RO74298 Posts: 2
    RYEzupSF wrote:
    I'm saying this with the disclaimer that I smoked a shit ton of weed this weekend and when I heard this at 2am last night I was far from sober. I also realize this is more of a collaboration than a cover.

    P. Diddy and Jimmy Page: Come With Me :lol::lol::lol:

    Dude...i shamefully admit i love that tune.
  • RYEzupSFRYEzupSF Posts: 6,003
    RO74298 wrote:
    RYEzupSF wrote:
    I'm saying this with the disclaimer that I smoked a shit ton of weed this weekend and when I heard this at 2am last night I was far from sober. I also realize this is more of a collaboration than a cover.

    P. Diddy and Jimmy Page: Come With Me :lol::lol::lol:

    Dude...i shamefully admit i love that tune.


    Right? :lol::lol::lol:
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  • FraserFraser Posts: 30
    Richard Cheese - Gin And Juice :ugeek:


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  • merkinballmerkinball Posts: 2,262
    goldrush wrote:
    I can't believe that I forgot Ryan Adams' version of "Time (The Revelator)" by Gillian Welch, a great Crazy Horse-style cover of an already great song.

    Ryan Adams - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96DJPZhNjOw
    Gillian Welch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4LdjEObjGo

    I'll flip it a bit, and say that Gillian Welch's cover of Black Star is as good (maybe not better) than the orignal by Radiohead.
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  • mdigenakismdigenakis Posts: 1,337
    Blue Monday / Orgy.

    By far better.
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  • red mosred mos Posts: 4,953
    can't believe I forgot this one! :o

    Stone temple pilots- Dancing days (Led Zeppelin)

    not better than the original, but a damn good cover.
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  • Cliffy6745Cliffy6745 Posts: 31,243
    Not better than the original but phish doing while my guitar gently weeps is fucking incredible. That is one of the best songs in the history of music though so you can't top it.
  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 34,725
    edited July 2019
    Spiderbait- Black Betty


    Ram Jam- Black Betty


    i prefer Spiderbaits version actually


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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,604
    NYCPJ wrote:
    dcfaithful wrote:
    Cash...Hurt
    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.

    great call.

    I agree -- with both choices.
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,604
    Newch91 wrote:
    Benzor wrote:
    I can't believe that it took 3 pages for someone to say 'Hallelujah'. This is the definitive example of a cover being better than the original in my mind.

    I wrote it on the first page.


    I have to disagree. Take another listen to Leonard Cohen singing it.
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,604
    The Church covering the Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPrnA9bcFKk

    Roxy Music covering John Lennon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzGzRqNj58

    Nobody sings this song like Bryan Ferry does.

    I know the thread says "non-pj," but I have to say I just LOVE Ed singing "The Waiting" with Tom Petty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxv-wB2bCxs

    Richard Thompson covering Britney Spears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAS4ltt7DzI
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,604
    As good as the original -- The Clash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16u0wwCfoJ4
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness Brigadoon, foodie capitalPosts: 2,604
    Interesting, but I prefer the original -- "Redemption Song" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGVSTsgc ... re=related
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  • Spiderbait- Black Betty
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU1VfYYKMDk

    Ram Jam- Black Betty
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMLnDuzgkjo

    i prefer Spiderbaits version actually

    I prefer Nick Cave's version

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t22wGvzdi8g
  • Newch91Newch91 Posts: 17,560
    Roxy Music covering John Lennon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzGzRqNj58

    Nobody sings this song like Bryan Ferry does.
    With all due respect to Bryan Ferry and his attempt to sing the song, he just doesn't match the passion and pain John sings the song with. Not many, if any, singer-songwriters dig deep down in themselves and writes a song like this and matches it with the pain they were feeling when they wrote the song. Nothing can come close to the original.
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  • stargirl69stargirl69 Posts: 6,387
    I prefer Nick Cave's version

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t22wGvzdi8g

    Best cover of it,ever,makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.


    These are my favourite covers.

    I was at this gig almost done my back in going shit house rat crazy.

    The Raconteurs covering The Undertones,Teenage Kicks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxifY8drdi8


    The Black Crowes,the dirtiest of dirty sweaty covers of Dylan's Rainy Day Women.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je2tnlOlW_Q
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  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 34,725
    edited July 2019
    Spiderbait- Black Betty
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU1VfYYKMDk

    Ram Jam- Black Betty
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMLnDuzgkjo

    i prefer Spiderbaits version actually

    I prefer Nick Cave's version

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t22wGvzdi8g

    meh, didn't care for his version, sorry

    wow, didn't know Ministry did this cover as well (it's ok)



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  • HeisenbergHeisenberg Los Pollos HermanosPosts: 4,955
    stargirl69 wrote:

    The Black Crowes,the dirtiest of dirty sweaty covers of Dylan's Rainy Day Women.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je2tnlOlW_Q

    :thumbup:
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  • 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.)
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  • moretonbayfigmoretonbayfig Australia Posts: 805
    Violent Femmes cover of "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" by Culture Club
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3tQKozJHgw
  • davidtriosdavidtrios Posts: 9,729
    Cash...Hurt
    Blows away NIN's version

    +1
  • facepollutionfacepollution Posts: 6,744
    davidtrios wrote:
    Cash...Hurt
    Blows away NIN's version

    +1

    I love Cash's version as much as the next guy, but I still think this particular performance is THE best I've heard:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP2Dgftin6M
  • davidtriosdavidtrios Posts: 9,729
    davidtrios wrote:
    Cash...Hurt
    Blows away NIN's version

    +1

    I love Cash's version as much as the next guy, but I still think this particular performance is THE best I've heard:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP2Dgftin6M


    :shock: :clap:
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