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Cover Songs in Music
« on: October 20, 2012, 10:11:32 PM »

Everyday on the radio and TV you here remakes and cover tunes of songs by other artists.  Some you hear of that you never realized that were previously done like I always thought that Michael McDonald's song Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher was a cover of Rita Coolige, but actually the former Mrs. Kris Kristofferson took it from Jackie Wilson.

Any songs that you want to point out.

I would like to say Manfred Mann's Blinded By The Light that was originally done by Springsteen in Greetings From Asbury Park.  The difference is that in Bruce's song there was no Early Whirly  in the line Little Early Whirly came by in his curly whirly but a Pearly Curly or something of the sort in the original.

Rod Stewart Downtown Train was a remake of Tom Waits also done by Patty Smythe.
Celine Dion's Power of Love was done by another female artist  ( cannot remember her name) and also covered by Air Supply.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 10:39:42 PM »

U Can't Touch This was originally done by Rick James.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 10:46:15 PM »

There are lots of them. Some artists even do entire cover albums. Some songs off the top of my head:

Aerosmith: Come Together (originally by the Beatles)
Guns N Roses: Live & Let Die (Wings), Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)
Weezer: Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Smashing Pumpkins: You're All I've Got Tonight (The Cars), Landslide (Fleetwood Mac), Jackie Blue (Ozark Mountain Daredevils), Transmission (Joy Division, live only), many, many more
The Killers: Shadowplay (Joy Division)
Jack White: I'm Shakin' (Rudy Toombs)
Disturbed: Land of Confusion (Genesis)
And that's just scratching the surface.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012, 11:45:09 PM »

One recent cover that I really like is Metallica's cover of Deep Purple's "When a Blind Man Cries". I had never heard the song before I heard Metallica's version, so I went and sought out Deep Purple's original. I like both versions as each is a uniqie interpretation.

The thing about covers, is usually you know they are a cover song, and the band covering the song is offering its own interpretation of the original. I usually like covers if they're done well. One thing I really hate, and is one big reason why I can't stand rap music, is sampling. MC Hammer's U Can't Touch This wasn't a cover of Rick James, it sampled the original beat and bass line, and MC Hammer added his own lyrics. That's what I can't stand, sampling somebody else's music and trying to pass it off as your own.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 01:43:48 AM »

Check Yo Self was originally done by Grandmaster Flash.

This thread was originally done by Bach.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2012, 01:44:16 AM »

Check Yo Self was originally done by Grandmaster Flash.

This thread was originally done by Bach.

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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2012, 04:08:48 AM »

Most Beatles covers are terrible. 
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2012, 04:11:51 AM »

Smashing Pumpkins: You're All I've Got Tonight (The Cars), Landslide (Fleetwood Mac), Jackie Blue (Ozark Mountain Daredevils), Transmission (Joy

Billy Corgan's side project Starchildren did a cover of Joy Division's "Isolation."  It totally kicks ass.

A list of Pumpkins covers would take several hours to compile.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2012, 04:34:25 AM »

Most Beatles covers are terrible. 


agreed.  that goes for Bob Dylan covers. I also don;t like when people cover Zeppelin and ruin it.  Zeppelin songs have one definite sound that should never be tampered with.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2012, 05:36:12 AM »

Tool did a great cover of Zeppelin's No Quarter. Suck it.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2012, 08:22:27 AM »

Billy Corgan's side project Starchildren did a cover of Joy Division's "Isolation."
Would New Order playing Joy Division songs count as a cover? The band changed its name after Ian Curtis killed himself, but they have studio versions of at least four songs from the JD era (Ceremony, In A Lonely Place, Transmission, and Love Will Tear Us Apart). Nine Inch Nails also covered their song "Dead Souls", and Joy Division themselves did a live cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray".

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A list of Pumpkins covers would take several hours to compile.
Indeed. One of their singles in the MCIS era had B-sides that were all covers. There's a website that has every song SP has ever played, live or studio, covers included, but I can't remember it.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2012, 01:36:37 PM »

Here are some of my favorite covers...

The White Stripes - Jolene (originally sung by Dolly Parton)
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal (originally sung by Michael Jackson. I know a lot of people don't think too highly of this cover, but I like it)
Cake - War Pigs (originally sung by Black Sabbath)
30 Seconds to Mars - Bad Romance (originally sung by Lady Gaga)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster (originally sung by The Ohio Players)
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2012, 03:33:02 PM »

A number of bands have done whole albums of cover songs, in tribute to some of their influences. The ones that come immediately to mind are by Rush and Styx.

I'm also a fan of tribute albums.

I guess some of my favorite cover songs are "You Really Got Me" and "You're No Good" by Van Halen, "I'm A Man" by Chicago and "Come Together" by Aerosmith. I also like "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" as done by the Stones.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2012, 05:19:22 PM »

Tool did a great cover of Zeppelin's No Quarter. Suck it.

See also: Dread Zepellin.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2012, 07:09:25 PM »

Disturbed: Land of Confusion (Genesis)

Also Shout (Tears for Fears), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2), Midlife Crisis (Faith No More), and Living After Midnight (Judas Priest).

All decent renditions.

Covers are OK if done right. What gets me is when idiot uncultured youth do not recognize that they are listening to a cover of a well-known classic song. Like the time someone told me about this amazing song called "Riders on the Storm"... by Snoop Dogg. *facepalm*
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2012, 07:14:16 PM »

My favorite cover is April Wine's "Sign of the Gypsy Queen." I'm guessing very few people outside of Canada know that April Wine's version is a cover.

Ozzy Osbourne did a cover album and I liked a couple of the tracks on there too. I didn't think they were better than the originals, but I very rarely like covers to begin with.
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2012, 09:35:43 PM »

Another cover song done by Cake that I really like: I Will Survive (originally sung by Gloria Gaynor).
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« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2012, 10:43:07 PM »

"Hard To Handle" by the Black Crowes was originally done by Otis Redding in '68. Didn't know that it was a remake for the longest time. In this case the remake is better than the original.

"(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" was first done as an R&B song by Luther ingram in 1972, remade by Barbara Mandrell as a country song in 1979.

In the 90's, two country songs by John Michael Montgomery "I Swear", and "I Can Love You Like That" were immediatly remade into R&B/pop songs by All-4-One.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers do a good cover of "Brandy", which was originally be The Looking Glass in 1972.

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" Originally by Marvin Gaye, remade not much later by CCR.

"Hooked On A Feeling". Originally by BJ Thomas, remade by Blue Suede.

Miley Cyrus recently covered Poison's "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"

Joss Stone and Les Paul do a pretty good remake of Bonnie Raitt's "Love Sneakin' Up On You"
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« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2012, 11:50:15 PM »

I cover 4'33" nightly.
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2012, 01:51:44 AM »

I don't understand cover songs when they are nearly indistinguishable from the original - the No Doubt version of "It's My Life" comes to mind - it's like the shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho." An interesting exercise, perhaps, but nothing was added to the artistic life of the song.

Most Beatles covers are terrible. 

Agreed for the most part, but I do enjoy the Earth, Wind and Fire version of "Got To Get You Into My Life."
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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2012, 02:35:21 AM »

I don't ever listen to cover versions. In my opinion, Pink Floyd covers are usually horrible as the music can never be truly covered. Pink Floyd used instruments most bands don't ever think of using. To sum it up, when I listen to music, it's gotta be the original song from the original album (occasionally I will listen to a greatest hits album).
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2012, 03:59:28 AM »

Speaking of covers, isn't Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 originally done by a 60s or 70s group?  I can't find evidence on wikipedia, but I distinctly remember a song that had its tune played before.

Hocus Pocus was done by two bands.   A heavy medal band and some other artist who yodeled throughout the song.  Both versions were played on classic rock in the 90s, although the songs were originally done years earlier.

Supertramp's Give A Little Bit was redone by Google Dolls
Joni Mitchell's Pink Taxi was redone by another artist.
Juice Newton's Angel In The Morning was redone in the chorus part by an R & B artist who did not cover the verses and added his own style.

A lot do not know, but Rod Stewarts's Broken Arrow was originally done by Robbie Robertson (ex Band member).

We all know Kid Rock used the chords to Warren Zevon's Wearwolves of London and some of the music to Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama to form All Summer Long.  ( I am late for work and have no time to look up the spelling on the word)
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Re: Cover Songs in Music
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2012, 10:49:47 AM »

I cover 4'33" nightly.

Do you time it?  If not, then it isn't really 4'33", is it?  You might, perhaps, actually be composing a new piece which you might entitle 4'51".
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« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2012, 10:50:33 AM »

I usually hate Beatles covers.
But I usually like U2 covers.

Anyone else like U2 covers?
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