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Covers that are better than the original

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  • goldrushgoldrush everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 5,276
    I think these covers are much better, although I do love the originals:

    Ryan Adams - Down In A Hole (Alice In Chains)
    MMJ - Rocket Man (Elton John) the Jim James solo version is beyond awesome
    Johnny Cash - Rusty Cage (Soundgarden)
    Johnny Cash - Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)
    The Afghan Wigs - Creep (TLC)
    Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
    Zwan - Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden)
    Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men (Status Quo)
    Neil Young - Day In The Life (The Beatles)
    Black Crowes - Hard To Handle (Otis Redding)

    One of my all time favourites is 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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  • nuffingmannuffingman Posts: 3,014
    The only one I can think of.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPOIy4Kb9M4 :lol:
  • mbangel10mbangel10 Posts: 548
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c9U5GHJZFE
    1000 Homo DJs - Supernaut

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdr9FiNZoQ
    Faith No More-Easy

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Hey+Sailor/eKlel
    The Detroit Cobras - Hey Sailor (cover of hey sah-lo-ney)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiT_jdaUWe4
    Mondo Cane - Scalinatella

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFyy3XB_3Y4
    Husker Du - Love is all Around
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  • Any song by The Who that PJ has ever bothered to play

    oh...and Rockin' in the Free World

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  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 13,745
    "With A Little Help from My Friends"- Joe Cocker.....The Beatles original is great, but this version is off the charts.
  • LoulouLoulou AdelaidePosts: 6,236
    ++++++++++++1 Love that song Rico, it always makes me hell emotional. I do really like the bloke from The Tea Party's version and Nine Inch Nails version too. But there's something about Johnny's old ragged voice that makes it come alive, like you can hear the pain in his voice. NIce choice! :)
    thefixer9 wrote:
    Quite straightforward I think ... I'll start off with this one.

    One by Johnny Cash
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4dlqVlj6UA

    I agree, also Hurt by Johnny Cash. One of the most emotional song ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho
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  • LoulouLoulou AdelaidePosts: 6,236
    Witchu- Queens of the Stone Age
    Lay Lady Lay- Ministry (Not better than original but great)
    Easy -Faith No More
    This Guy's in Love With You -Faith No MOre
    I Started a Joke -Faith NO MOre
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper
    Golden Slumbers -Ben Folds
    Drugs Don't Work -Ben Harper
    Heaps more but can't think... :lol:
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  • Loulou wrote:
    Witchu- Queens of the Stone Age
    Lay Lady Lay- Ministry (Not better than original but great)
    Easy -Faith No More
    This Guy's in Love With You -Faith No MOre
    I Started a Joke -Faith NO MOre
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper
    Golden Slumbers -Ben Folds
    Drugs Don't Work -Ben Harper
    Heaps more but can't think... :lol:
    loulou, who did the orginal "Witchu"...one of my fav QOTSA songs
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  • "Baker Street" by Foo Fighters

    Love the guitar riff in place of the sax!
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 10,910
    Loulou wrote:
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper

    Ewww....No way
  • I like Metallica's cover of Bob Seger's Turn The Page
  • Atomic PunkAtomic Punk Posts: 2,941
    a couple of my absolute favorites were mentioned..
    Baker Street by the Foos, Landslide by the Pumpkins and Easy by Faith No More

    I didn't see the following, but I didn't click all of the links

    Sexual Healing by Soul Asylum
    I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier - Mad Season
    I Found Out - RHCP
    Dancing Days - STP (no, not "better", but damn good)
    Out on the Tiles - (again, not necessarily better, but I really enjoy it)
    You Really Got Me - Van Halen
    Where Have All the Good Times Gone? - Van Halen
    You're No Good - Van Halen
    Dancing in the Streets - Van Halen
    You're So Vain - Faster Pussycat
    Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
    Higher Ground - RHCP
    Ghost of Tom Joad - Rage Against the Machine
    Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones
    Signs - Tesla
  • LoulouLoulou AdelaidePosts: 6,236
    Ewwwwwwwwwww? :lol: Ben Harper's version of that was great! I like the Beatles version too though.
    DewieCox wrote:
    Loulou wrote:
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper

    Ewww....No way
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  • LoulouLoulou AdelaidePosts: 6,236
    I'm not sure dude, my bro told me it was one day and I was like 'Huh???' So he could be wrong, he's a bit of a stoner! :lol:
    Loulou wrote:
    Witchu- Queens of the Stone Age
    Lay Lady Lay- Ministry (Not better than original but great)
    Easy -Faith No More
    This Guy's in Love With You -Faith No MOre
    I Started a Joke -Faith NO MOre
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper
    Golden Slumbers -Ben Folds
    Drugs Don't Work -Ben Harper
    Heaps more but can't think... :lol:
    loulou, who did the orginal "Witchu"...one of my fav QOTSA songs
    “ "Thank you Palestrina. It’s a wonderful evening, it’s great to be here and I wanna dedicate you a super sexy song." " (last words of Mark Sandman of Morphine)


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  • rriversrrivers Posts: 3,673
    pandora wrote:
    This is a great thread...I'll have to post many! :D

    Might not get agreement on this one, seeing how awesome the original is
    but I adore this man and wish he hadn't left this world wanting more

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8ATQccd ... re=related

    I can agree it's at least as good as the original. Nice post!
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  • jimed14jimed14 Posts: 9,488
    ok, I went through both threads, and felt compelled to answer as I've been off the board for a while. These songs were not mentioend, but really think they should be.

    While I love the influence, I prefer the covers for these a bit more ...

    Police and Thieves

    The Clash
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQXgfD0UKIY

    Junior Murvin (original)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQriZQbT ... re=related



    Train Kept a Rollin'

    Aerosmith - (my favorite)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFpKzNyddA0

    Yardbirds -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IgPIveQ ... re=related

    Tiny Bradshaw (orignal)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci4EQDD4CqA


    And for those that put Tool covering Zep's No Quarter ... here's a version I would take over Tool any day (but not over Zep)

    My Brighest Diamond
    (note, I am *in love* with Shara Worden)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR97Ne4ZuGc
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  • rb115565rb115565 Posts: 222
    The Wedding Singer on Old School Signing "Total Eclipse of The Heart" Now thats a great cover!!!!
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  • thebrigthebrig Posts: 390
    "Baker Street" by Foo Fighters

    Love the guitar riff in place of the sax!

    I have to concur...this version of the song is superior IMO...much more edge than the original. RIP Gerry Rafferty.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... video&aq=2
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  • Kraven wrote:
    All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Probably the most famous/greatest cover ever)
    Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Warren Zevon
    Knockin' on Heavens Door - GNR is probably one of my least favorite covers ever
    Crazy Mary - Pearl Jam

    Love in Vain - The Rolling Stones
    Just My Imagination - The Rolling Stones
    Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - Nirvana
    I Heard It Through the Grapevine - CCR


    It may be blasphemy, and Ed would probably ask me to turn in my Ten Club membership, but I think Pearl Jam does Love Reign O'er Me better than the Who.

    agree with those ones

    and Love Reign O'er Me
  • merkinballmerkinball Posts: 2,262
    A few more:

    Gillian Welch ~ Black Star (Radiohead)
    Peter Gabriel ~ The Book of Love (Magnetic Fields)
    Dirtbombs ~ Living for the City (Stevie Wonder)
    Calexico ~ Guns of Brixton (Clash)
    Iron & Wine ~ Waitin' for a Superman (Flaming Lips)
    Flaming Lips ~ Go (Daniel Johnston)
    Los Lobos ~ Bertha (Grateful Dead)

    Maybe not better than the original, but at least as good as...
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  • EraserheadEraserhead Stoke-on-TrentPosts: 2,635
    Swans (with Jarboe on vocals) covering Love Will Tear Us Apart
    Radiohead - Nobody Does it Better
    White Stripes - Death Letter
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 10,910
    Loulou wrote:
    Ewwwwwwwwwww? :lol: Ben Harper's version of that was great! I like the Beatles version too though.
    DewieCox wrote:
    Loulou wrote:
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper

    Ewww....No way

    He did to it what he does to alot of songs. He oversings it and makes it sound generic and cheesy.
  • rb115565rb115565 Posts: 222
    The White Stripes doing "Waliking With A Ghost"
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  • LoulouLoulou AdelaidePosts: 6,236
    He did to it what he does to alot of songs. He oversings it and makes it sound generic and cheesy.
    Awww :cry: , I thought it was lovley! :lol: Nevermind, one person's trash is another's treasure! :D
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    mrs robinson - lemonheads.
    hear my name
    take a good look
    this could be the day
    hold my hand
    lie beside me
    i just need to say
  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    make it wit chu was originally recorded for the desert sessions 9/10. not sure how you cover yourself. 8-)
    Loulou wrote:
    I'm not sure dude, my bro told me it was one day and I was like 'Huh???' So he could be wrong, he's a bit of a stoner! :lol:
    Loulou wrote:
    Witchu- Queens of the Stone Age
    Lay Lady Lay- Ministry (Not better than original but great)
    Easy -Faith No More
    This Guy's in Love With You -Faith No MOre
    I Started a Joke -Faith NO MOre
    Strawberry Fields -Ben Harper
    Golden Slumbers -Ben Folds
    Drugs Don't Work -Ben Harper
    Heaps more but can't think... :lol:
    loulou, who did the orginal "Witchu"...one of my fav QOTSA songs
    hear my name
    take a good look
    this could be the day
    hold my hand
    lie beside me
    i just need to say
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