Cover Versions

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  1. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    I currently killing 10 minutes before I have to meet with one of my apprentices and I'm listening to some tunes.

    As I listen to a fantastic cover of Born to Run recorded by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, I started to wonder what other great covers are out there.

    To record a great cover I feel a band / artist has to do enough to make the song theirs but not too much to destroy the original song.

    So what are your favourite covers?
     
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  3. Olivier

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    Nothing Compares 2 U. I didn't quite like the original version even though it was a massive hit. But this version, boy my mind explodes. There's a catch though. Prince wrote the song for Sinéad O'Connor, so it's a "reverse cover" if you will.

     
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  4. gethinceri

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    Prince did not write the song for Sinead O'Connor.
     
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  5. Incubus

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    Can I be really obvious by posting a selection of famous covers that most people from any generation will know about?





     
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  6. cider_and_toast

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    I've just been thinking. Let's open this up a bit more to include really good (but far less well known) original versions of songs that are less famous than their cover version.

    Here's an example of what I mean. Police on my back is one of my favourite Clash songs. Turns out it was a cover and this is the (and every bit as brilliant) original. Who knew?

     
  7. gethinceri

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    OK, how about this one?

     
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    Not the NEC but played there on the Broadway the Hard Way tour...
     
  9. Olivier

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    Don't like it quite as much as the one live. It has too much antialiasing ...

    And thanks for correct me. I was living a lie :shocked:
     
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  10. McZiderRed

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    I don't know about favourites, but I loved the Madness' version of "It Must be Love", which is totally my era!

    But I absolutely love the original...

     
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    Travis does Britney, in the cover version sense...



    I think Bruce Springstein wrote this but Patti Smith had the hit



    I think I prefer Billy Braggs' original but Kirsty MacColl gave it a good go

     
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  12. cider_and_toast

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    Kirsty's version is good but it's always awkward when a lady sings a song that's clearly supposed to be sung by a man about a lady.
     
  13. Andyoak

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    At the risk of turning into a Britney (where are you Niko) covers thread...



    The original Britney cover :)
     
  14. McZiderRed

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    I know it's not strictly the correct thread, but I don't care!



    I love the song so much, that I'm pretending it's a cover version... :love:
     
  15. Rutherford

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    One of my favourite artists covering Elvis Presley and a song of his being covered by Anna Hartmann:

     
  16. Olivier

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    Save Ferris!


     
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  17. cider_and_toast

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    Olivier that's brilliant :cheer:
     
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    At the risk of turning this into the Billy Bragg thread this is one of my favorites from 'Brand New Boots and Panties' the Ian Dury tribute album.

     
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  19. Greenlantern101

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    Faith

     
  20. FB

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    Some of you may know I'm no great fan of the Beatles but Otis Redding made this song listenable to.

     
  21. Andyoak

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    This is what comes about when rifling about you're old vinyl...
     
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