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Covers that are better than the original

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  • Johnny AbruzzoJohnny Abruzzo PhillyPosts: 7,696
    Late to the party, but I concur with:

    Derek & the Dominoes: Little Wing
    Foo Fighters: Baker Street

    I'll add Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Everything is Broken

    Conquest by The White Stripes is a remake of something, right?

    I still think Trent Reznor's Hurt is better than Johnny's, but they are both incredible.
    mrs robinson - lemonheads.

    Ugh - seriously? :?
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    mrs robinson - lemonheads.

    Ugh - seriously? :?

    absolutely im serious. lemonheads arent a band i joke about. i guess it helps that i am not a fan of simon or garfunkle. imo the lemonheads version is brilliant. a great punk pop moment.
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  • Johnny AbruzzoJohnny Abruzzo PhillyPosts: 7,696
    absolutely im serious. lemonheads arent a band i joke about. i guess it helps that i am not a fan of simon or garfunkle. imo the lemonheads version is brilliant. a great punk pop moment.

    I think their version is garbage, but I guess we can agree to disagree. ;)

    Actually, if we're talking S&G covers, I'd take The Bangles doing A Hazy Shade of Winter over The Lemonheads. :P
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    absolutely im serious. lemonheads arent a band i joke about. i guess it helps that i am not a fan of simon or garfunkle. imo the lemonheads version is brilliant. a great punk pop moment.

    I think their version is garbage, but I guess we can agree to disagree. ;)

    Actually, if we're talking S&G covers, I'd take The Bangles doing A Hazy Shade of Winter over The Lemonheads. :P


    i think youre garbage :P ... nah just kidding... lalalalala i wont ever hear a bad word against the lemonheads. *sticks fingers in ears*

    ive not heard that bangles cover.
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  • Johnny AbruzzoJohnny Abruzzo PhillyPosts: 7,696
    ive not heard that bangles cover.

    The hotness factor helps it out. 8-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRx4PkXeVM
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  • StaffanStaffan Posts: 606
    "With A Little Help from My Friends"- Joe Cocker.....The Beatles original is great, but this version is off the charts.

    spot on, one of the greatest covers of all times !
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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
    ive not heard that bangles cover.

    The hotness factor helps it out. 8-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRx4PkXeVM


    hmm that was pretty darn good. :thumbup:
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  • merkinballmerkinball Posts: 2,262
    Pomplamoose ~ September (Earth, Wind, & Fire)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xycnv87N ... re=related

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  • catefrancescatefrances Posts: 29,003
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  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 35,263
    not sure about better but heard this one a few months ago on the radio and then again about a week ago. Seether covering Veruca Salt's "Seether ". Pretty good actually

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgVJ0n07Vxo
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  • Versus13Versus13 Posts: 187
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    No Quarter by Tool
    originally by Led Zeppelin

    or Halleiluah by Jeff Buckley
    originally by Leonard Cohen
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  • RobbyD462 wrote:
    No Quarter by Tool
    originally by Led Zeppelin

    Without question.

    Another is Band on the Run by Foo Fighters. Foo Fighters also did a great cover of Have a Cigar (Pink Floyd) although I wouldn't say it's better- just different.
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 10,984
    Another is Band on the Run by Foo Fighters. Foo Fighters also did a great cover of Have a Cigar (Pink Floyd) although I wouldn't say it's better- just different.

    Band on the Run is really cool, but Have A Cigar makes me wanna hurl. Too much rawk and completely throws out the funky groove of the original. Their take on Bad Reputation by Thin Lizzy is another where their desire to rock as hard as possible ruins it.
  • DewieCox wrote:
    Another is Band on the Run by Foo Fighters. Foo Fighters also did a great cover of Have a Cigar (Pink Floyd) although I wouldn't say it's better- just different.

    Band on the Run is really cool, but Have A Cigar makes me wanna hurl. Too much rawk and completely throws out the funky groove of the original. Their take on Bad Reputation by Thin Lizzy is another where their desire to rock as hard as possible ruins it.

    I get what you are saying. I don't listen to Foo's Have a Cigar to hear a slightly different, yet ultimately the same, version. I like it for it's different approach and variation. It's too easy to do a cover, that sounds just like the original with the exception of a different voice or slightly different tempo.
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  • nothinasitseemsnothinasitseems New JerseyPosts: 1,493
    I like Metallica's cover of Bob Seger's Turn The Page

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  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,851
    I am a diehard Clash fan and usually feel like nothing can touch these versions. But this version of Rock the Casbah by Rachid Taha has always made me wonder - it's definitely AS good, and maybe better? And then in looking for video to link, guess who is on guitar in this festival clip? Mick Jones himself! I'd say that is a vote that yes, this cover rocks tremendously!! (The recorded cover by Rachid Taha is actually a bit more blistering than this live version, but it's so cool to see Mick Jones up there! And I know for a fact that Joe Strummer would have said this version is better!)



    And then, Little Wing is one of my fave Hendrix songs. Like, love it love it love it (almost fell over when PJ closed Charlottesville with the full version of it after Baba - my dream final PJ encore!!). But Stevie Ray Vaughn's version almost always makes me cry. So amazing.

  • eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PAPosts: 35,263
    BRMC- Let The Day Begin (Robert Levon Been)


    The Call (Michael Been, Robert's father)


    i like BRMC's version better
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  • thefixer9thefixer9 Posts: 9,376

    keeponrockin" said:
    Girl From The North Country - The Black Crowes

    Just perfect.
    Have you ever heard Dylan's version? (from The Freewheelin Bob Dylan)

    No cover can ever come anywhere close to this.

    I totally agree
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  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,917
    RATM The Ghost of Tom Joad
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  • thefixer9thefixer9 Posts: 9,376
    I would also include:

    Johnny Cash- Rusty Cage
    The Killers- Romeo and Juliet
    Toadies- Someone Great
    Toadies- Don't Let Me Down
    Bruce Springsteen- High Hopes
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  • jamburgerjamburger Posts: 1,775

    Johnny Abruzzo" said:
    [quote="catefrances"]ive not heard that bangles cover.
    The hotness factor helps it out. 8-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRx4PkXeVM[/quote]


    hmm that was pretty darn good. :thumbup:

    Have you heard him cover Metallica's Fade to Black?
  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,917

    RATM The Ghost of Tom Joad

    Now I see a new version is included on Bruce's new album High Hopes... featuring Tom Morrello. WOW!
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  • goldrushgoldrush everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 5,428
    I'm not sure how many people would agree that this is better than the original (I think it is!) but it is definitely one of the best covers I've heard in a while. I posted it in the NIN thread yesterday and I just can't stop listening to it

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  • Who PrincessWho Princess out here in the fieldsPosts: 7,305
    Anything would be better than the original but this always cracks me up:

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  • Melvins cover of Kiss' Goin Blind
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    Metallica has a bunch but I LOVE Breadfan
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    Bad Company, Five Finger Death Punch
    If I had a hammer, Trini Lopez. Peter Paul and Mary do a nice version too.


    Great thread! I'll think of some more too.

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