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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmduke2001 View Post
    In my opinion, Disturbed's cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" replaces Smash Mouth's cover of "I'm a believer" and Pearl Jam's cover or "Last Kiss" as the worst cover ever.
    Smash Mouth? You mean that Shrek band?

    Quote Originally Posted by luburch View Post
    Hurt - Johnny Cash
    Quote Originally Posted by jjredickrules View Post
    Are there any other covers where the original artist basically gave the thumbs up that "yeah, that's a better version"?
    Trent Reznor quote from Wikipedia: "[I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by brevity View Post
    Smash Mouth? You mean that Shrek band?
    I had the 'Astro Lounge' CD as a kid and listened to it all the time. Personally, I prefer Radio, Defeat You, and possibly Come On Come On. I never associated Smash Mouth with Shrek, since I had 2 years with them before the movie came out.

    Also, what do people think of The Lemonhead's version of Mrs. Robinson? Same original artist, same movie as the inspiration for this thread. Surprised I haven't seen it brought up (apologies if I missed it).
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    Favorites that come to mind first (sure I could come up with dozens more):

    "Feelin' Alright" -- Joe Cocker (Traffic) https://youtu.be/FoAO0851FwA
    "What's so funny . . . ." -- Elvis Costello (Nick Lowe -- here's a fun version from Letterman): https://youtu.be/eJ1ZQ99pKbY
    "Mutineer" -- Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires (seriously -- if you only watch one, watch this -- Warren Zevon): https://youtu.be/TX4nrkd0b0I
    "I Want You" -- Fiona Apple (with Costello, so maybe a cheat -- but as powerful as you will ever see if you stick through it): https://youtu.be/EiOmhOumh-w
    "Free Fallin'" -- John Mayer (Tom Petty): https://youtu.be/20Ov0cDPZy8
    "Jet Airliner" -- Steve Miller Band (bet most of you didn't know this was a cover -- I link the original by Paul Pena which I like better): https://youtu.be/Cjr5U7g6aiA
    "Morning Dew" -- Grateful Dead (the best cover band ever, this song from Bonnie Dobson; and yes I know most of you will not watch it or agree. You are either on the bus or you're not): https://youtu.be/xwvtQnIOkYc
    "Wooden Ships" -- CSN (Grace Slick, I link the original for those who have not heard it): https://youtu.be/hIccZsURyLc
    "Black Magic Woman" -- Santana (written by Peter Green when he was with Fleetwood Mac, really): https://youtu.be/7eANGHVQS9Q
    "Money (that's what I want)/Pressure Drop" -- David Gray (Beatles/Jimmy Cliff). https://youtu.be/CyEUso9UhjM
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  4. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    ...Pressure Drop" -- David Gray (Jimmy Cliff). https://youtu.be/CyEUso9UhjM
    Oooo, I dunno...Jimmy Cliff, now that's an icon right there, that is. Bold choice from OPK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonpie23 View Post
    we talking about the BEST covers?


    Elvis Costello - What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding

    Roxy Music - Jealous Guy

    Run DMC - Walk This Way

    Sam Smith - Won't Back Down

    to name a few...
    So is Walk This Way on your list because of the music or because it was an entertaining video?

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    Covers I enjoy:

    Aretha - Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) and The Weight (The Band)

    Leon Russell - A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall (Dylan)

    The Clash - Police on My Back (The Equals) I Fought the Law (Bobby Fuller)

    The Beatles - Twist and Shout (Isleys)

  7. #47
    X4 on Hurt performed by Johnny Cash

    I'm probably being petty in another thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    Oooo, I dunno...Jimmy Cliff, now that's an icon right there, that is. Bold choice from OPK!
    While on "The Harder They Come" soundtrack that made Jimmy Cliff famous, "Pressure Drop" was first done by Toots and the Maytals. Whose cover of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is transcendent btw. And the Clash's cover of "Pressure Drop" is superior to Gray's in my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dball View Post
    I thought Bobby Hatfield's (billed as Righteous Brothers) was pretty good. Al Hibbler had a gold record with it a decade earlier.
    Really? Godwin's law strikes so soon? In a music thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdahops View Post
    And the Clash's cover of "Pressure Drop" is superior to Gray's in my view.
    That's because The Clash is The Only Bsnd That Matters.

    Their cover version of "I Fought the Law (and the law won)" is great too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncexnyc View Post
    So is Walk This Way on your list because of the music or because it was an entertaining video?
    because it was a great cover...
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  12. #52
    My favorite cover albums :
    Step Inside this House - Lyle Lovett double album of covers by Texas Song writers.

    Poet - TVZ tribute album. Awesome covers by awesome musicians. I love Steve Earle's version of "Two Girls", Guy Clarks "To Live' is to Fly", REK's Mr. Mud and Mr. Gold, Emmy Lou's "Snake Song", Billy Joe Shaver's " White Freight Liner", Delbert McClinton's " Poncho and Lefty", John Prine's "Loretta" and "If I needed you" by The Cowboy Junkies but Lucinda's haunting version of "Nothin'" is my favorite.

    Shawn Colvin's "Cover Girl" and Nancy Griffith's "Other Voices, Other Rooms" are also regulars on my playlist.

  13. #53
    Some covers I enjoy
    Hurt - Johnny Cash (NIN)
    Turn the page - Metallica (Bob Seger)
    Man who sold the world - Nirvana (Bowie)
    Nothing compares to you - sinead (prince)
    Mad world - Gary Jules (tears for fears)
    Killing me softly - fugees (Roberta Flack?)

  14. #54
    Shawn Colvin - "Someday" (Steve Earle)
    Cake - "I Will Survive"
    Aretha - "Respect"
    Hendrix - "All Along the Watchtower"
    Ray Charles - "I Can't Stop Loving You"
    Jason & the Scorchers - "Country Roads" and "Absolutely Sweet Marie"
    Yes - "America"
    Jeff Buckley - "Hallelujah"

  15. #55
    Quote Originally Posted by jjredickrules View Post
    Also, what do people think of The Lemonhead's version of Mrs. Robinson? Same original artist, same movie as the inspiration for this thread. Surprised I haven't seen it brought up (apologies if I missed it).
    I like it. Makes it a different song, without ruining it.

  16. #56
    Just heard onnie Raitt's cover of John Hyatt's "Are You Ready for the Thing Called Love" which I like a little better than the original.

  17. #57
    Favorite Tongue in cheek covers

    Dynamit Hack cover if EAsy E's "Boys in the Hood"
    https://youtu.be/aeL9gagV_VA
    The Gourds cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice"
    https://youtu.be/H4hGSR5njZE
    Richard Thompson's cover of Brittany Spears "Oops I did it Again"
    https://youtu.be/uUeD2botpxA

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    Which one is the cover version???

    Graham Parsons and Keith Richards were hanging out together a lot and Parsons was in the studio when the Stones Recorded Sticky Fingers. Parsons was given permission to record Wild Horses as long as he didn't release it as a single(Did Graham Parsons ever have a single???). Anyway Graham's version actually came out before Sticky Fingers was released. Parsons' fans argue that Graham wrote the song http://nodepression.com/article/ive-...te-wild-horses and there is no doubt that his friendship with Richards greatly influenced the Stones' "Country" flavored records and songs. Since Mick, Keith and Graham all said it was a Glimmer Twins tune I'll go with that via Occam's razor. I've seen Mick quoted elsewhere saying that the lyrics were inspired by a Marianne Faithful Overdose. When she was revived he supposedly told her that he thought he had lost her and she replied "wild horses couldn't drag me away". I'm not sure which one is technically the cover version but the Stones version is way better.

    Warning - off-topic tangent ahead. As a side note Dead Flowers is definitely a Graham Parsons inspired song and one of the most obvious "drug songs" ever recorded. Parsons allegedly sent Richards heroin through the US mail. The two were known to refer to heroin as "Dead Flowers" and the type of heroin they used was called "Brown Susie". Mick said he didn't care much for the country tunes because he considered himself a blues singer but I disagree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS_yyRk_dj8

    Segue back to topic - Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle both covered Dead Flowers. Both had battles with addiction and both recorded Heroin influenced song (Townes - White Freight Liner and SE - South Nashville Blues and CCKP). The normally prolific Earle did not record a record during his "4-year vacation in the ghetto" which ended with a 60-day jail term for his second drug arrest in less than 12-mos. He was arrested in South Nashville
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M-nU5c6kRM
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    During said vacation SE hocked his guitars and allowed Robert Earl Keen to record my favorite SE song Tom Ames Prayer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5xhyuCkPBA SE wrote the song as a teenager in the 70s but never recorded it so he offered the song to REK for some walking around money. Clean and outta jail in 1994 SE then released an acoustic album of old unrecorded songs and covers - Train a Comin' - including Tom Aames Prayer. I love REK but he can't touch Steve on that one.

    Thus ends perhaps my longest ever DBR post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotusland View Post
    Graham Parsons and Keith Richards were hanging out together a lot and Parsons was in the studio when the Stones Recorded Sticky Fingers. Parsons was given permission to record Wild Horses as long as he didn't release it as a single(Did Graham Parsons ever have a single???). Anyway Graham's version actually came out before Sticky Fingers was released. Parsons' fans argue that Graham wrote the song http://nodepression.com/article/ive-...te-wild-horses and there is no doubt that his friendship with Richards greatly influenced the Stones' "Country" flavored records and songs. Since Mick, Keith and Graham all said it was a Glimmer Twins tune I'll go with that via Occam's razor. I've seen Mick quoted elsewhere saying that the lyrics were inspired by a Marianne Faithful Overdose. When she was revived he supposedly told her that he thought he had lost her and she replied "wild horses couldn't drag me away". I'm not sure which one is technically the cover version but the Stones version is way better.

    Warning - off-topic tangent ahead. As a side note Dead Flowers is definitely a Graham Parsons inspired song and one of the most obvious "drug songs" ever recorded. Parsons allegedly sent Richards heroin through the US mail. The two were known to refer to heroin as "Dead Flowers" and the type of heroin they used was called "Brown Susie". Mick said he didn't care much for the country tunes because he considered himself a blues singer but I disagree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS_yyRk_dj8

    Segue back to topic - Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle both covered Dead Flowers. Both had battles with addiction and both recorded Heroin influenced song (Townes - White Freight Liner and SE - South Nashville Blues and CCKP). The normally prolific Earle did not record a record during his "4-year vacation in the ghetto" which ended with a 60-day jail term for his second drug arrest in less than 12-mos. He was arrested in South Nashville
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M-nU5c6kRM


    During said vacation SE hocked his guitars and allowed Robert Earl Keen to record my favorite SE song Tom Ames Prayer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5xhyuCkPBA SE wrote the song as a teenager in the 70s but never recorded it so he offered the song to REK for some walking around money. Clean and outta jail in 1994 SE then released an acoustic album of old unrecorded songs and covers - Train a Comin' - including Tom Aames Prayer. I love REK but he can't touch Steve on that one.

    Thus ends perhaps my longest ever DBR post.
    Wild Horses is recorded with Keith playing a five-string guitar (base string removed) and tuned to open G. He speaks about this tuning at some length in his book, "Life." It is a pretty odd tuning so I assume that Keith came up with the rhythm himself. It is a blues tuning, not a country one.

    But that's just a guess, or perhaps just a tidbit of dubious import.

    (Aside: Start Me Up! is in the same tuning. Keith makes some reference in his book to the fact that he hears folks try to cover this song, but they can't do it wholly right because it's not in standard, six-string tuning. Pretty sure that Pink Houses by John Mellencamp is in the same five string, open-G tuning).
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    Whose cover of "Not Fade Away" do you prefer, the Dead or the Stones?

    I attend perhaps an unhealthy amount of bluegrass concerts, and all the bands I follow are great at covers. Some of the best current ones are Greensky Bluegrass's covers of "Atlantic City" and "When Doves Cry."

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