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Title: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: ZombieCake on March 12, 2021, 12:24:36 am
Lets's face it a lot of songs are covers these days, but sometimes a good live one comes along. There's loads out there.  It's nice when they are appreciative of the original and it works well.
I'll start with The Killers covering the Waterboys  'Whole of the Moon'.  As ever thoughts, comments, and reminiscing when enjoyment was allowed, are welcome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-cf_Oxo_U8
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: sinker on March 12, 2021, 07:52:17 am

I think this is the ultimate cover song ever; true to the original, not taking the pi$$ and passing it off as their own but with an edge that makes it just different enough to be worthwhile. This stands shoulder to shoulder with the original.

This is just magnificent in every way. Turn up to maximum and enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J06yQb4lbPk

Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: paul on March 12, 2021, 12:18:26 pm
How about a cover of a cover? I prefer Joe Cocker's version of "A Little Help From My Friends" over the original Beatles version and the Classic Rock Show do a good rendition of Cocker's version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIH2qsET_VE
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Julian Mann on March 12, 2021, 12:40:27 pm
Siouxie and The Banshees done a whole album of covers called "Through The Looking Glass". Every one is a gem!
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: JoshW on March 12, 2021, 01:58:15 pm
Probably unpopular opinion, but rate the moulin rouge version of Roxanne over The Police's version..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn0xXo1gwGY
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: crickleymal on March 12, 2021, 05:13:05 pm
I think this is better than the original

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5EyNj18gdjI
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: AR on March 12, 2021, 08:47:04 pm
The Sisters of Mercy's speed come-down paranoia-drenched take on "Gimme Shelter" is way, way better than the Stones original version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf5u9xKwnkk
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: pwhole on March 12, 2021, 09:29:57 pm
One of my favourite bands of all time, despite having to sort Bez out once at the GMex as he was 'stood oop'. Those were a funny few years, largely down to the sheer exuberance of Tony Wilson - what a dude. Nobody else could have brought Manchester and Sheffield together in those days - we had some great parties. Their cover of John Kongos' 'He's gonna step on you again' was originally recorded for an Elektra compilation of covers of previous artists, but accidentally became a huge hit everywhere, and we all know that one and it's magnificent. So they decided to cover another John Kongos song for the compilation, the lesser-known 'Tokoloshe' Man, which is this one right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8lIg1UNauU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8lIg1UNauU)
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: sinker on March 13, 2021, 07:43:44 am
The Sisters of Mercy's speed come-down paranoia-drenched take on "Gimme Shelter" is way, way better than the Stones original version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf5u9xKwnkk

OK, so.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tknb0x4Ka_g

Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: NewStuff on March 13, 2021, 08:36:09 am
Some cover songs nail it in ways the original doesn't. Disturbed is good at this, far more so than anything original by them. They nailed Land of Confusion by Genesis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4oYkIeGJc,
 and Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7RVw3I8eg

Some are in a totally different, tongue in cheek style, like Hayseed Dixie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYJUywl7CFw
and Steven' Seagulls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc

Some cover's, or arrangements are mindblowing. Classical pieces on electric guitar are a good example. Here's the 3rd movement of Moonlight Sonata, arguably played better than they guy who arranged it for guitar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6rBK0BqL2w
Here's something based on Vivaldi's four seasons from the same lass.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIGfO2Dgc9Y

This took an eternity to write as I watched all of these... again. NewStuff doesn't watch telly, and hasn't for decades, fecking loves music though.
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 13, 2021, 10:44:27 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYj2hex99gY
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 13, 2021, 10:57:24 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-EF60neguk

Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 13, 2021, 11:10:17 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-43lLKaqBQ
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 13, 2021, 11:18:46 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AHCfZTRGiI
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: hyweldavies on March 13, 2021, 04:10:27 pm
No one mentioned the greatest cover song of them all

https://youtu.be/qmGFFJtkDXA
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: ZombieCake on March 13, 2021, 08:09:09 pm
Siouxie and The Banshees done a whole album of covers called "Through The Looking Glass". Every one is a gem!

Spooky, had that very album blasting out on the car stereo this morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nAON-MwUPY


Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: pwhole on March 13, 2021, 08:52:26 pm
There's always this - Steely Dan's 1974 cover of Duke Ellington's first single, released in 1927. Probably still took them 793 takes to get it down though ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD2FCoxmWgA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD2FCoxmWgA)
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 13, 2021, 10:01:14 pm
Something a little different. Better than the Peggy Seger original in my opinion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p220yi2VOj8
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: ZombieCake on March 13, 2021, 11:39:25 pm
Here's also something a bit different that's rather nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw8ZDwdyHJQ
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 14, 2021, 09:16:58 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGxxgt2Qsx4
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Fishes on March 14, 2021, 09:29:23 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brrr3uFlvKU

Its also worth watching some of Yusaf Islam's more recent performances of this song. Age and fatherhood has added a greater depth to them.
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: hyweldavies on March 14, 2021, 10:10:43 am
Does this count?

https://youtu.be/khOfSVULtsU
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: AR on March 14, 2021, 11:00:46 am
There's Half Man Half Biscuit's take on Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjk2L5BFq1A
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: tamarmole on March 14, 2021, 11:18:35 am
The ever wonderful John Otway's take on Bob Lind's Cheryl's going home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8C-BwAbAdc
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: sinker on March 14, 2021, 11:53:16 am


My God....hasn't there been some utter crap recorded over the years....??!!?? Covers AND originals  :lol:
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: pwhole on March 14, 2021, 12:00:17 pm
I remember watching that Whistle Test live - my parents had already given up on me musically, and as I was 'old enough' to stomp off from the Silver Jubilee, I was clearly old enough to stay up late and watch Whistle Test and still get myself up for school. Taught me not to jump onto unstable objects too. They probably heard it through the floor though ;)
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: pwhole on March 14, 2021, 03:02:08 pm
This one also caused a considerable amount of consternation when it was first released as a single in 1978 - though it had the approval of Mick Jagger, so it was fine. It was passed around school like some wonderful alien artifact  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jadvt7CbH1o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jadvt7CbH1o)
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Ed on March 14, 2021, 04:16:11 pm
The Sisters of Mercy's speed come-down paranoia-drenched take on "Gimme Shelter" is way, way better than the Stones original version!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf5u9xKwnkk

New Model Army and Tom Jones version

https://youtu.be/CWK1F1b5uRg
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: tony from suffolk on March 14, 2021, 04:25:38 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brrr3uFlvKU

Its also worth watching some of Yusaf Islam's more recent performances of this song. Age and fatherhood has added a greater depth to them.
His recent re-recording of Tea For The Tillerman's excellent.
Title: Re: Sometimes Cover Songs Are OK
Post by: Robert Scott on March 14, 2021, 09:47:16 pm
Gosh - what discoveries. White Buffalo's "Highway Men", Cash's " Hurt", Seeger's "I'm gonna be an Engineer" to mention just a few highlights. Of course I knew Hendrix's "All along the Watchtower"

Bob Dylan also wrote and performed 2 versions of "Forever Young" on the Planet Waves album, neither of which sounded uplifting, so here is one of Joan Baez's covers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UoJ47SzjA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UoJ47SzjA)
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