I have just been listening to Coil's cover version of 'Tainted Love'. I knew the Soft Cell and Marilyn Manson versions and wondered what other artists covered it - after checking on wiki, it looks like it has been covered 39 times!
So this started me thinking about cover versions - does anyone know any particularly good or bad ones? I think that it's rare that a cover sounds more inspired than the original but it's always interesting to listen to.
(shamefully I know the Christmas season starts for me when I start to play Mariah Carey's and then MCR's versions of 'All I want for Christmas is you')
Originally Posted by CMB1888
Tool - No Quarter (originally by Led Zeppelin)
Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode)
Dropkick Murphy's - It's A Long Way to The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll) (AC/DC)
Thrice - The Earth Isn't Humming (Frodus)
Sunn O))) - F.W.T.B.T (I Dream of Lars Ulrich Being Thrown Through the Bus Window instead of My Mystikal Master Kliff Burton) (Metallica; FWTBT = For Whom The Bell Tolls)
Most covers, but a particularly bad one is Daniel Küblböck's "interpretation" of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Watch the video here...
Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love (Soft Cell)
Billy Idol - Mony Mony (Tommy James & The Shondells)
Colin James - Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
Brooks & Dunn - My Maria (B.W. Stevenson)
Peal Jam / Eddie Vedder - Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders)
Celine Dion and Anastacia - Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
Guns n’ Roses - Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney and Wings)
But if I were to take more time, I could add dozens more to each list.
Last edited by Palmer; 15-10-2008 at 17:05.
The only ones that come to mind are Devo's cover of Satisfaction (originally by the Rolling Stones, o' course) and Johnny Cash covering the Mercy Seat by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Both of which I like, personally.
I dislike Marilyn Manson and his covers, a lot. So I guess that can be my bad cover mention.
Last edited by chess mess; 15-10-2008 at 17:09.
Occasionally a cover can outshine the original. Here's one that comes to mind:
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah [Leonard Cohen]
But of course covers aren't meant to be better than the original just a new take on it. I like it best when the cover artist fully makes the song their own. Johnny Cash excels at this.
Jeff Buckley's death was the real great musical tragedy of the 90s, forget Cobain.
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Rufus Wainwright's cover's better.
Originally Posted by JonG
Johnny Was - Stiff Little Fingers (live version from 'Hanx') (Bob Marley)
Tom Sawyer - MSI (Rush)
Basin Street Blues – Julie London (Louis Armstrong). I don't like the arrangement so much but her voice is just beautiful.
Jack The Ripper - White Stripes (Screamin' Lord Sutch)
and as for Hallejullah, I must agree with Iota -
Originally Posted by Iota
Song 2 - My Chemical Romance (Blur)
Whiskey In The Jar - traditional Irish - Thin Lizzy did a great version - but Metallica!
I Fought The Law - Dead Kennedys (The Clash)
FYI, I Fought the Law is a Sonny Curtis song. I think the first to perform it was the Bobby Fuller Four.
Originally Posted by CMB1888