Cover Better than the original

KellerKeller Posts: 177
edited January 2013 in Other Music
Exactly what the title says...name some songs that bands have covered (in the studio) which you think are better than the original recording.

I know this is gonna be a topic with alot of arguements but i'll start

Original:Bob dylan - Knocking on heavens door

Cover:Guns N Roses - Knocking on heavens door
"Be what you want to be, see what you came to see"
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    oh that's not fair all dylan songs are better when they're covered.

    mrs robinson - lemonheads > simon and garfunkle.
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  • T C HT C H Posts: 85
    Maybe im biased, but PJs 'Baba..' kicks the ass of the who
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  • Ledbetterman10Ledbetterman10 Posts: 16,602
    i know everyone HATES Last Kiss, but hearing the original might make you appricate it more. i heard it at a block party and it sucks. the guy sings it all happily as if to say "Hooray! my girlfriend is dead!" Seriously, PJ's version is better.......but if i don't hear it for the rest of my life, i'll be fine.


    also, and some people might hate on me for this, but i enjoy Metallica's cover of Turn the Page more then Seger's original
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  • KellerKeller Posts: 177
    oh that's not fair all dylan songs are better when they're covered.

    Very true. Most of the examples that come to mind at first are dylan originals but no one said this has to be fair.
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  • KellerKeller Posts: 177
    I'll throw another very huge one out there

    Original: Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light

    Cover: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light



    Side note:i do not agree with metallica's Turn the page being better than seger's
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  • IwasBit10IwasBit10 Posts: 646
    I personally like Corgan's Landslide better than Stevie Nicks...
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  • The Waiting Trophy ManThe Waiting Trophy Man Niagara region, Ontario, Canada Posts: 12,158
    IwasBittin wrote:
    I personally like Corgan's Landslide better than Stevie Nicks...

    nice choice. ;)
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    stupid post.
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  • red mosred mos Posts: 4,953
    There are a couple of PJ tunes.

    Last Kiss (J. Frank wilson and the cavaliers), Crazy Mary (victoria williams), I got you (Split Endz, Neil Flinn, Tim Flinn)
    RITFW (Niel Young... Sorry Neil but Ed nailed this one).

    Joe Bonamassa - High water everywhere
    Original Charley Patton

    The Byrds- Hey Mr. Tamberine man
    Original- Bob Dylan
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  • StoneG82StoneG82 Posts: 806
    ryan adams - wonderwall > oasis
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    StoneG82 wrote:
    ryan adams - wonderwall > oasis

    a bold call.

    i do so love ryan adams' version. he makes it a bit sadder and more poignant.
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  • *Boy*Boy Posts: 112
    a bold call.

    i do so love ryan adams' version. he makes it a bit sadder and more poignant.

    you should hear Cat Power's version, just don't have a gun in hand reach cause jesus that brings you down.

    i'm gonna go with Rolling Stones - Bittersweet Symphony
    i like the The Verve version better
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  • JPS79JPS79 Posts: 148
    10,000 maniacs - Because the night. Original by The Boss.
    Seems the more you make
    equals the loneliness you get
  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    JPS79 wrote:
    10,000 maniacs - Because the night. Original by The Boss.

    just so we can get this right. springsteen had the music and the chorus down when he handed this to patti smith. he thought it would better suit her. she listened to it and despite misgivings of using such a well known artist's work, she wrote the verse words in one night.
    so if you're gonna attribute this song to springsteen please do so to patti smith as well.
    though i love both springsteen and patti smith, to me this will always be patti smith's song.
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  • holtzholtz Posts: 509
    *Boy wrote:
    i'm gonna go with Rolling Stones - Bittersweet Symphony
    i like the The Verve version better

    I like the Verve's version better as well, maybe thats because the Stones never recorded a song called Bittersweet Symphony.

    From wikipedia-
    Although the song's lyrics were written by Verve vocalist, Richard Ashcroft, it is also credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger because the song uses the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song, "The Last Time" as its foundation.
  • JPS79JPS79 Posts: 148
    just so we can get this right. springsteen had the music and the chorus down when he handed this to patti smith. he thought it would better suit her. she listened to it and despite misgivings of using such a well known artist's work, she wrote the verse words in one night.
    so if you're gonna attribute this song to springsteen please do so to patti smith as well.
    though i love both springsteen and patti smith, to me this will always be patti smith's song.
    True, Didn't feel like getting all technical about it and you saved me the time. Figured most people would know this info already.
    Seems the more you make
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    JPS79 wrote:
    True, Didn't feel like getting all technical about it and you saved me the time. Figured most people would know this info already.

    well now EVERYONE will. :)

    that is everyone who reads this.
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  • JPS79JPS79 Posts: 148
    I don't listen to The Dead that much anymore but actully like Sublime's cover of Scarlet Begonias better than the orginal.
    Seems the more you make
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  • Dylan: All Along the Watchtower...covered a million times, but just about every Jimi Hendrix version trumps all.

    Outkast: Ms. Jackson...The Vines turned this into such an incrdible, dark tune...gives me chills actually.
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  • The Knife - Heartbeats (original)

    Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats

    Kylie Minogue - Hand on your Heart (original)

    Jose Gonzalez - Hand on your Heart
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  • i know everyone HATES Last Kiss, but hearing the original might make you appricate it more. i heard it at a block party and it sucks. the guy sings it all happily as if to say "Hooray! my girlfriend is dead!" Seriously, PJ's version is better.......but if i don't hear it for the rest of my life, i'll be fine.


    also, and some people might hate on me for this, but i enjoy Metallica's cover of Turn the Page more then Seger's original

    metallica's turn the page is heads and shoulders above seger's...i agree :)
  • PJs cover of "let my love open the door" knocks spots of the original Pete Townsend song.

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  • Hendrix's all along the watchtower
    Warren Zevon's knockin' on heaven's door (The GNR version is awful!)
    both Dylan songs

    Scissor Sisters' comfortably numb: danceable and raveable.
  • transplanttransplant Posts: 1,088
    the only Dylan cover that sounds better than the original is All Along the Watchtower. A lot of artists have successfully pussified his songs and stripped the life out of them for top 40 radio.

    cover - Moby: That's When I reach for My Revolver
    original - Mission of Burma

    cover - Metallica: Astronomy
    original - Blue Oyster Cult

    cover - NIN: Dead Souls
    original - Joy Division
  • audiodaveaudiodave Posts: 1,623
    transplant wrote:
    the only Dylan cover that sounds better than the original is All Along the Watchtower. A lot of artists have successfully pussified his songs and stripped the life out of them for top 40 radio.

    cover - Moby: That's When I reach for My Revolver
    original - Mission of Burma

    cover - Metallica: Astronomy
    original - Blue Oyster Cult

    cover - NIN: Dead Souls
    original - Joy Division

    Damn it! Someone beat me to it. I was thinking Deal Souls too. Great tune, but Trent nails it.
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  • T C H wrote:
    Maybe im biased, but PJs 'Baba..' kicks the ass of the who
    OUTRAGIOUS.
    Love pj, Not better than the Who's version.
    There 2001 version at a concert for America is better thirty years after their prime.
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  • NickyNoochNickyNooch Posts: 629
    Pearl Jam's cover of Crown of Thorns
    Original: Mother Love Bone

    Black Crowes: Hard to Handle (cover)
    Otis Redding (original)

    George Thorogood: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (cover)
    John Lee Hooker (original)


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  • prytocorduroyprytocorduroy Posts: 4,355
    Smells Like Teen Spirit:
    Tori Amos > Nirvana




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  • Wow...so many


    Cover - You Really Got Me - Van Halen
    Original - Kinks

    Cover - Seasons in the sun - Too Much Joy
    Original - Terry Jacks

    Cover - America - Yes
    Original - Simon and Garfunkel

    Cover - Simple Man - Gov't Mule
    Original - Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Cover - Back Door Man - The Doors
    Original - Howlin' Wolf

    Cover - You Shook Me - Led Zeppelin
    Original - Muddy Waters

    Cover - Twist and Shout - Beatles
    Original - Top Notes?

    Cover - Piece of my heart - Janis Joplin
    Original - Irma Franklin

    Cover - Take me to the river - Talking Heads
    Original - Al Green
  • NickyNoochNickyNooch Posts: 629
    danny72688 wrote:
    Smells Like Teen Spirit:
    Tori Amos > Nirvana




    Sike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fuck that bitch!

    I almost went off on you without seeing the Sike.

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