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Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« on: June 28, 2019, 04:02:21 pm »
In a previous life, I had a two-hour weekly slot on a local internet radio station, where I could (within reason) play and say whatever I liked

I usually had a theme for the show and particularly enjoyed doing one with the above title, where I played covers that I preferred to the original (or most well-known version).

After hearing Nick Cave play his Mercy Seat live two days ago, I will kick it off, not with the most famous cover of that song by the Man in Black, but by the lesser known Antipodeans, The Red Paintings.
(Interesting trivia: Trash McSweeney, the singer, has synaesthesia- He hears colours)

I’d be interested to hear other, preferably lesser known/unusual, great covers
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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2019, 04:06:42 pm »
I'm perhaps the biggest Doors fan on this forum. Light My Fire was their biggest hit. The cover I am contributing is NOT better than the real thing but it is likely the most unusual. For your listening pleasure I give you......the incomparable, Mae West!



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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 05:09:35 pm »
Great topic Brian.  Initially nothing sprang to mind.  And then I remembered ...




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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 05:13:06 pm »
Great cover, Brian. I knew this song from the Cash cover,  from the American Series that is has some special covers, such as One, originally U2 but I'll take the Cash version.

I'm perhaps the biggest Doors fan on this forum. Light My Fire was their biggest hit. The cover I am contributing is NOT better than the real thing but it is likely the most unusual. For your listening pleasure I give you......the incomparable, Mae West!

Different indeed.

May have been the biggest hit, but not best song in my book .... there's another topic.  Bands whose biggest hit or most eell known song is not their best ...

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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 05:43:26 pm »
Initially nothing sprang to mind.  And then I remembered ...

Ha! A couple of glasses of wine later, and I might be tempted to put up my own version here  ;)

Yours reminded me of this one, which for some reason has over 1/2 billion views on YT- much more than the S&G original...





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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2019, 09:58:24 pm »
You have to be good to better the original but this does it in spades.




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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2019, 11:27:11 pm »
great topic ... and wow on having had your own theme time radio slot ... off topic slightly ... did you ever listen to Bob Dylan's theme time radio hour show?

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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2019, 11:56:59 am »
There have been so many version of Man of Constant Sorrow that I don't even know who did the original but
one of the better known version is from the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6klHNfF2e_4

My favourite version is done by Dwight Yoakam. Way different from the Soggy Bottom Boys' version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6klHNfF2e_4

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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2019, 02:21:32 pm »
You have to be good to better the original but this does it in spades.





Very different, really enjoyed it.  Better.  Hmmm, almost so different that it can't be compared.  I love a wild live version, with the tempo lifted way up there ...

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2019, 02:25:26 pm »
Here's another.  Mate of mine who loves guitar was blown away by this song.  Told me all about the G3 performances.  He was shocked when I told him it was a Neil Young tune ... he didn't know much more NY than Heart of Gold.




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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2019, 02:50:37 pm »
I prefer the original to any cover 99 out of 100 times. There are many covers that are possibly better than the original but if I am forced to select the one version I will listen to for the rest of my life - then 99 times out of 100 I will pick the original. There are exceptions - Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah, Ron Sexsmith's Ring Them Bells, Them's It's All Over Now Baby Blue. And this - Aztec Camera's Jump:



To be honest, my favourite version of this song is by Mary Lou Lord - but the graphic for her video was just too weird to post here.

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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2019, 03:02:26 pm »
So many people do not know that Bob Dylan wrote and recorded All Along The Watchtower because we've been inundated with the Jimi Hendrix version for decades. This one is a classic in every sense.



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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2019, 03:54:46 pm »
c ... and wow on having had your own theme time radio slot ... off topic slightly ... did you ever listen to Bob Dylan's theme time radio hour show?
It was fun while it lasted; quite self-indulgent, as it took me a fair bit of time to choose what I wanted to play and say. Creative in it's own way, but I'm far happier investing my time in acquiring guitar skills to make crappy music, rather than push the play button for the excellent stuff (though I still like that).
I think at my peak I had between 10-20 listeners, half of whom I had invited on my fb page. I think I would have enjoyed working in radio as a career and even though I haven't listened to Bob's show, I'm not surprised so many pop stars have ended up presenting their own radio programmes  :)

@ Kontenda
I'm with you on most of the original vs cover debate, but every now and again a gem comes along.
The Aztec Camera version is special. I'm not sure however, if it would be as good if you didn't know the original. For me there is an element of 'I can't stand that song- oh wait, this actually sounds good'  ;)

While I'm at it I might as well offer another of my favourites:
Spirits in the Night, written by The Boss, but blown out of the water by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Still sounds fresh to these ears 44 years later



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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2019, 05:57:05 pm »
One of my first thoughts was the Dixie Chicks cover of Landslide. It's a great cover, but it's not better than the original. Than I googled Landslide covers and came up with this cover by the Smashing Pumpkins - I don't know any of their music and I don't think this is better than the original either, but this live version has a great acoustic lead

https://youtu.be/yIoAn5ySHeQ





For songs that really are better than the original, sorry to all the Bowie fans out there, but my favorite is Nirvana's version of The Man Who Sold the World

https://youtu.be/fregObNcHC8




(How do you embed an actual YouTube clip, instead of a link??)
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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2019, 06:55:30 pm »
(How do you embed an actual YouTube clip, instead of a link??)

In the case of the Nirvana video you posted, you only want to copy this part of the link "fregObNcHC8" (without quotes). Click the Youtube button from the reply toolbar and paste it in between the square brackets.  You never want to paste the whole Youtube link, just the several characters after the first equal sign. You also do not want to include this part "&feature=youtu.be".

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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2019, 07:20:48 pm »
Hope that makes sense.

It took a couple of tries, but then I got it. Thanks Hilts!
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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2019, 10:20:48 pm »
I'm reluctant to say this cover version is better than the original as it could be considered heresy by some... but it's pretty good I think-



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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2019, 10:58:16 pm »
Tried to modify my post using your explanation hilts but I’ve screwed it all up and lost the links. This tech is beyond me! I’ll get back to guitar practice and reading other peoples posts!
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2019, 11:11:22 pm »
I'm reluctant to say this cover version is better than the original as it could be considered heresy by some... but it's pretty good I think-





Wow wow wow!!! Fantastic cover!!! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2019, 09:57:49 am »
Shawn Colvin released an album called Cover Girl ... of covers.
It is great from start to finish.

I'm a huge fan of Bob Dylan yet dare to suggest this is better:




And this is a less well known song she has covered here - but simply beautiful:




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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2019, 10:33:38 am »
Wow wow wow!!! Fantastic cover!!! Thank you so much for sharing.
Absolutely, you only need to watch the looks on Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s faces to appreciate just how good it is - apart from taking time to listen to it of course!

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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2019, 11:15:02 am »




For decades this was the only version I knew. Its still better than the original though.

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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2019, 01:03:08 pm »
One of my all time favourite covers, maybe better than the original? I think so!



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Re: Cover songs- Even better than the real thing
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2019, 01:34:53 pm »
One of my all time favourite covers, maybe better than the original? I think so!




I think I'd agree with you Darrell.

More importantly ...

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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2019, 08:57:11 pm »
I think I'd agree with you Darrell.
More importantly ...
Good to hear from you again, here and on some other topics !!
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