View Full Version : Cover versions that you prefer to the original

Bang Diddley
17-10-2010, 09:03 PM
I can't think of any at the moment.

18-10-2010, 04:44 AM
My Bloody Valentine's version of "Map Ref" by Wire. The original is great but the MBV version is, like, the best thing evar!

I know there are others. I'll think about it.

Bang Diddley
18-10-2010, 07:58 AM
I could only think of this overnight, same sort of production values as the Dionne Warwick version without being a complete rip off. But when I listened to DW version this morning I realised I was wrong.

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18-10-2010, 08:35 AM

18-10-2010, 09:00 AM
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18-10-2010, 11:48 AM
dinosaur jr - just like heaven

soft cell - tainted love

18-10-2010, 11:51 AM
S & TMO - Crazy, crazy nights
Johnny Cash - Hurt

18-10-2010, 11:53 AM


actually I love the original just as much

18-10-2010, 12:00 PM
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18-10-2010, 12:38 PM
can everyone please post BOTH THE ORIGINAL ARTIST AND THE COVER ARTIST please.

because not everyone knows these songs. thanks.

18-10-2010, 01:56 PM

18-10-2010, 02:10 PM
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18-10-2010, 02:16 PM
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18-10-2010, 03:52 PM
soft cell - tainted love

I take your cover and raise you ;)


this is actually my favourite cover of all time

18-10-2010, 05:00 PM

18-10-2010, 05:03 PM
Rivet - always thought that it was weird that a band could take a Sonics track and make it heavier and rawer. Their version of It's Not Easy (Rolling Stones) also very good.
How about (very obvious) Flying Lizards version of Money? Loads in that post-punk vein, Slits version of Heard it Through the Grapevine (though maybe not actually better than the original - which was by Martha Reeves I guess so you could in fact say Marvin Gaye's version surpasses the original), Devo's take on Satisfaction etc etc

18-10-2010, 05:36 PM
not sure whether i marginally prefer it, but always had a soft spot for Voivod's amped up version of Astronomy Domine.

Bang Diddley
18-10-2010, 06:36 PM
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More or less a note for note remake but but Badu's voice gives it a darker shade of blue.

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18-10-2010, 06:55 PM
cor nice thread..

images aside, doncha just love this tune...


the orig is dead good but once you've heard the above version it's just not as fun or as mental


18-10-2010, 09:27 PM
Obviously (though someone will inevitably disagree) Nothing Compares 2 U
Saint Etienne - Only Love can Break Your Heart (tho I love Neil Young too)
Galaxie 500 - Ceremony
Luna - Sweet Child o' Mine

Destroy: (most, some I have a sneaking if guilty affection for) 'ironic' indie covers of gangsta rap songs.

18-10-2010, 10:04 PM
Heard it Through the Grapevine (though maybe not actually better than the original - which was by Martha Reeves I guess so you could in fact say Marvin Gaye's version surpasses the original)

Actually by Gladys Knight, though it's been pointed out yo me by one pedant before now that Marvin's version was recorded first but sat on the shelves til after the GK one was released. So you could say it's the original one.

What else? Aretha's Respect obviously, Roberta Flack's Compared to What, Patti Jo's Make Me Believe In You.

This is originally a Bee Gees song. I've never heard it, but there's no way it's as good as this.

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18-10-2010, 10:06 PM
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19-10-2010, 12:17 AM
I think I like Arto Lindsay's version of "Erotic City" best of all.

19-10-2010, 09:18 AM
@ Idlerich. Yeah it's a funny case that. The way they get the guitar to sound in the cover... I am ignorant of pretty much everything else they have recorded -which I understand are mostly covers? I'll def check that stones one out, ta.

19-10-2010, 09:42 AM
I think I like Arto Lindsay's version of "Erotic City" best of all.

yeah me too i think

19-10-2010, 01:27 PM
Ken Boothe's version of Everything I Own is wicked, and the original (by Bread) is garbz.

19-10-2010, 01:36 PM
we also need a thread of songs that no one knows are covers. for instance: You're my Venus.

and isn't Walk like an Egyptian also a cover? and i once heard a pretty hard ragga version of it, been tryna find out what it is ever since.

matt b
19-10-2010, 01:41 PM
Snuff to thread:

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Bang Diddley
19-10-2010, 02:32 PM
The definitive version

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19-10-2010, 02:58 PM
we also need a thread of songs that no one knows are covers. for instance: You're my Venus.

and isn't Walk like an Egyptian also a cover? and i once heard a pretty hard ragga version of it, been tryna find out what it is ever since.

Hangin' on the Telephone- no-one ever seems to realise about that.

WLAE - not a cover, but offered to Toni Basil before the Bangles.

19-10-2010, 11:34 PM
roddy frame must have been thinking of "sweet jane". :cool:


empty mirror
20-10-2010, 09:50 PM

12-04-2012, 12:17 AM

12-04-2012, 07:09 AM
"Hangin' on the Telephone- no-one ever seems to realise about that."
The Blondie version is very similar to The Nerves' one I think. Wonder if they got any money for that.

12-04-2012, 10:21 AM
The Nerves had 4 or 5 good songs. Prefer their original to Blondie.




Only Will Oldham thing I like except for the Palace thing with "Come a little dog. Woof woof."



Of course, I'm never going to say that I prefer Jenkins', but I will say "Je sooz le grand zombie".

12-04-2012, 10:27 AM
Of course, I'm never going to say that I prefer Jenkins', but I will say "Je sooz le grand zombie".

With your Owens coat of choizon!

12-04-2012, 10:38 AM
There's tons more where these came from:












12-04-2012, 10:44 AM
I guess I can't really take the piss out of Johnny for mispronunciation... don't understand half of that song!

12-04-2012, 10:51 AM



12-04-2012, 10:55 AM
I often mention it but I think I prefer the Cher version (with Gilded Splinters I mean).
Heres one where, for what it's worth, I think I prefer the cover. Can't imagine that it will cause a huge controversy cos I doubt anyone will have strong opinions either way.



12-04-2012, 10:57 AM
Timebox's version of Beggin' may be better than the original - it's certainly more expensive (although come to think of it everyone knows it's a cover so it's not really relevant).


12-04-2012, 11:02 AM
I much prefer the 4Hero version of Les Fleurs to the Minnie Riperton one. I know exactly why they remade it, it's exactly right. So shoot me.

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12-04-2012, 11:10 AM
Maybe not so cool, but I definitely love this more than Jimmy Webb's original:


Also I'll take Husker Du's Eight Miles High.

12-04-2012, 11:14 AM

12-04-2012, 02:28 PM

Yeah that one definitely. One of the best screams ever recorded. Bar Hindley and Brady.

12-04-2012, 04:40 PM

12-04-2012, 05:23 PM
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Compared to the original, which is really dorky and about the time Pixies were crapping out into Frank Black Cheese, there's a weird sort of over-emotionalism to the sort of tantrum guitars.

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Surf-Punk-Metal solos in a Joy Division song is quite frankly, horrifically brilliant.

padraig (u.s.)
12-04-2012, 08:44 PM
the greatest joy division cover of all time by about a million orders of magnitude. probably one of the greatest covers of all time period.
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j mascis is a genius (see also: deep wound)
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not better than the original (how could it be?) but still amazing
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waaaay better than kiss. the mats did a bunch of good covers - 20th century boy, another girl another planet, etc
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padraig (u.s.)
12-04-2012, 08:48 PM
couple random YT things

girl w/harp >>> the dropkick murphys
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famous russian ska band cover of pendulum, turns shit into gold (cover starts about 90 seconds in)
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padraig (u.s.)
12-04-2012, 08:57 PM
+ a bunch of punk rock + hxc things that may only interest me

not better than the original - possibly the greatest hxc song of all time - but still great. in the early 80s before turbonegro some of the guys were actually in a pretty great hxc band called akutt innleggelse (oh + the original is by negative approach)
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original is by the partisans, equally awesome cover is by famous polish crust band from the 90s
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original is nuggets type 60s garage rock, but this is way better. especially the walking bassline.
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no d-beat band can ever be as good as discharge but this cover is from discharge's hair metal phase so it's way better than the original
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12-04-2012, 09:07 PM
[QUOTE=padraig (u.s.);283130]the greatest joy division cover of all time by about a million orders of magnitude. probably one of the greatest covers of all time period.
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Uh, God...something in my eye...thanks...

padraig (u.s.)
12-04-2012, 09:29 PM
this one is much funnier if you know the original (that's aimee mann w/the sweet rattail). gang green was great hxc band (that later turned into shitty bar rock but whatevs), they were both from boston so it's basically an in joke. I mean i like both versions. the best thing is probably aimee mann + her asshole stockbroker BF tho.
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best iggy pop cover of all time I think. zorra literally means bitch or slut, so me gusta ser una zorra is has a feminist connotation at the same time (like the raincoats covering lola kind of)
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paralisis permanente is kind of a cult band from the early post-franco era, the singer died really young in a car crash. I prefer this to bowie.
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not a cover but interesting. the vocal sample is from crucifix, a legendary anarchopunk band from the states. before techno the hartnoll bros were punk kids listening to crass + all that (which makes sense I think)
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+ the original
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padraig (u.s.)
12-04-2012, 09:39 PM
cradle of filth is terrible terrible terrible but tbf this one cover slays
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pretty surprised no one's put this up. not better than marvin but pisses all over CCR for sure
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+ 2 from living colour who are underrated I think

pretty cool version of pere ubu
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+ go to 2:22 on this one to hear a great take on "house music all night long..."
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padraig (u.s.)
12-04-2012, 09:40 PM
+ that's it. popping out of a hole every few months to hit you luka-style with a proper deluge of YT embedding.

12-04-2012, 10:15 PM
The best example of turd-polishing I know. Annoyingly, this youtube version is a bit glitchy, but no matter. Mixes really well with jungle, too, if you're so inclined. (I'm thinking 'Warhead' by Krust, maybe.) Inexplicably, this went top 10 by dint of being on the b-side of the Manics' cover of "Theme from M.A.S.H." - which it effortlessly trounces.


I shan't link the original; if you're unaware of it then you have led a charmed life. (Not that I'm anti-Bryan Adams per se - Run To You, fuck yes.)

It also featured on the NME's "Ruby Trax", which largely consisted of semi-ironic cover versions (e.g. Tori Amos doing "Ring My Bell", for fuck's sake!). This was also on it, though, which I still love, and punctures the pompousness of the original beautifully (again, you surely know the original here):


12-04-2012, 10:38 PM
Forgive me, I'm drunk and full of meat. I do quite like the original, too, but I adore this.


12-04-2012, 11:20 PM
This live version of the previously-mentioned Husker Du/Byrds classic is quite a thing to behold. The shouting! The moshing! The mud!


13-04-2012, 07:53 AM
Ditto on the Slits. Someone did mention it tho.

Can't find PJ Proby's version of Tainted Love :(

14-04-2012, 10:03 PM
My favourite cover. Took me a while to remember it because it's not a proper cover: it's a Frankenstein's monster of two great tunes:


Ness Rowlah
20-04-2012, 11:11 PM
Think there's a similar thread somewhere in the archives.

Dylan is the first that spring to mind as I can't stand his voice,


I prefer both Hendrix's


and XTC's (too long) version of "All Along The Watchtower" (which owes a lot to Devo's interpretation of Stones's "Satisfaction"):


Ness Rowlah
20-04-2012, 11:27 PM
The Bob Ezrin produced version of Peter Gabriel's "Here comes the flood" is good, but overproduced and wouldn't have been out of place on an Alice Cooper record:


and ended up on Robert Fripp's "Exposure" album in a stripped down and much improved version (still sung by Gabriel):


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_(Robert_Fripp_album) - didn't know that there was a third album to go with the Gabriel/Fripp ones - Darryll Hall's "Sacred Songs" and that Darryll "recorded vocals for most of the tracks on Fripp's solo debut, Exposure however due to pressure from RCA and Hall's management this was cut back to just two songs on the final release". Live and learn

Ness Rowlah
20-04-2012, 11:38 PM
The Door's "People are strange" -


get's transformed to nocturnal listening by Stina Nordenstam (who sadly seems to have stopped recording,
and only seems to turn up every four years or so to record vocals for David Sylvian's projects):


Ness Rowlah
21-04-2012, 12:31 AM
I guess a "standard" is not strictly speaking (?) a cover song, but boy are there many versions of "Gloomy Sunday" aka the "Hungarian Suicide Song"- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloomy_Sunday

I'm prone to The Associates version, but this 1959 version in Finnish is suitably down (even looks like the girl is crying on the end):


Then there's Grace Jones's goldmine of covers on "Warm Leatherette" and "Nightclubbing".