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#271242 - 08/31/09 05:07 AM What cover songs have you liked
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Ok I was listening to “The Birthday Massacre” and heard their cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and wondered who hasn’t covered this song. Quick trip to Youtube and I found covers from punk to trance and even one on Cantonese. This one has links to many of them:

Annakiya - I Think We're Alone Now (sash mix)

Got me to thinking what the most covered songs where, and not by tribute bands but someone who does there own version. I found this info so far:

Second Hand Songs

The Independent

Then started me thinking about the covers that I’ve ended up like more than the original even if I liked the original and thought it would be interesting to hear what covers other people liked as much or more than the originals.

Here’s a couple I thought of right away:

After The Fire - Der Kommissar

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts- Little Drummer Boy

So what covers have you liked.
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#271247 - 08/31/09 08:41 AM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: grunt]
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Geez, there's actually quite a few of them. A few off the top of my cranium would be....

All Along the Watchtower/Jimi Hendrix

Mr Tambourine Man/The Birds

Crying/K D Lang

VooDoo Chile-Little Wing/SRV(just as good as Jimi imo)

Heart Full of Soul/Rush

...and I really like the Sundays version of Wild Horses.
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#271259 - 08/31/09 11:25 AM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: Adrian]
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Good call on that cover by The Sundays.

Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" has to be one of the classic examples of a cover completely supplanting the original.

I'll have to browse my music and see what other covers I've enjoyed.

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#271261 - 08/31/09 11:34 AM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: CV]
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Astronomy by Blue Oyster Cult, covered by Metallica.
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#271262 - 08/31/09 11:44 AM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: CV]
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I forgot to mention Sweet Jane/Cowboy Junkies. .

I can't remember the # of times "Knocking on Heavens Door" has been covered by so many great artists (Clapton, Knopfler, Springsteen, Marley, GNR, Zevon, Healey, Aerosmith, Bryan Ferry.........).
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#271267 - 08/31/09 12:27 PM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: Ken.C]
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Ace of Base - "Cruel Summer"
Alien Ant Farm - "Smooth Criminal"
Ben Folds - "B*tches Ain't Sh*t"
Björk - "It's Oh So Quiet"
Cake - "I Will Survive"
Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews - "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Emmy the Great - "Where Is My Mind?"
Fiona Apple - "Across the Universe"
Lightspeed Champion - "The Flesh Failures"
Maia Hirasawa - "The Worrying Kind"
Matt Sharp and Maya Rudolph - "Not Tonight"
Melora Creager - "American Girl"
Persephone's Bees - "Paper Plane"
Petra Haden - "Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand"
Regina Spektor - "My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)"
Rodrigo y Gabriela - "Stairway to Heaven"
Russian Red - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
Sara Lov - "My Body Is a Cage"
Save Ferris - "Come On Eileen"
Sinéad O'Connor - "Sacrifice"
Squirrel Nut Zippers - "You're Drivin' Me Crazy"
Stan Marsh and Wendy Testaburger - It Happened In Sun Valley
They Might Be Giants - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"
Those Dancing Days - "Toxic"
Tori Amos - "I Don't Like Mondays"

And others.

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#271268 - 08/31/09 12:28 PM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: Adrian]
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Placebo has a cover of Running up that hill by Kate Bush. Not better than Kate Bush's version (she is Kate bush after all!) but quite good
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#271279 - 08/31/09 01:26 PM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: blackstar79]
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Great thread, Dean!

I think one of the joys of Jazz and Blues is hearing different interpretations of classic songs. It is good to see the same sensibility expressed in other genres.

Too many notes!

I'm going to leave Jazz and Blues pretty much out of this, otherwise I'd have to start listing a disproportionate number of artists and titles.

Same thing with (different thread?) Christmas/Holiday songs. The canon is not that large, and everyone probably has their own favorite versions.

Here's a start -

Everclear - Brown Eyed Girl

I like some of the Alison Krauss and Robert Plant versions better than the original Led Zep ones.

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive is a transcendent homage to the music of Louis Jordan.
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#271282 - 08/31/09 01:31 PM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: tomtuttle]
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Mad World - Gary Jules

Wish You Where Here - Catherine Wheel
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#271322 - 08/31/09 05:35 PM Re: What cover songs have you liked [Re: BlueJays1]
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I like the Clash version of "I fought the law"
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