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Who did a cover of WHAT song?!? s/o off Songs you hate
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:56:19 PM »
I suppose this could include really super song covers that were amazing. 

Johnny Cash singing the Nine Inch Nails' song Hurt would be one that was amazing. It brought a richer painfully poignant edge to the song.  Made more so since it was one of the last songs he recorded.


Then you have this trainwreck.
I was reading an article about Celine Dion singing AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long.  Oh, my stars and garters! Besides in the video, I think that she is trying to do an air guitar thing like Pete Townshend (wrong band) and doesn't seem to even with the riffs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReDEUhRXS3U


So what remakes/covers of songs have really worked well?  Or what ones have made you tilt your head and go "huh?"

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2014, 03:37:47 PM »
Mariah Carey singing Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak"  It's just awful.

And let's not forget some of the "remakes" of songs at my retail job. There's a very jazzy, upbeat, i don't know what you'd call it version of Depeche MOde's "Just Can't Get Enough" And then another "poppy" version of an AC/DC song.
I mean really? Terrible.

But the absolute worst, also from my retail job, was a version on our holiday soundtrack of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music. First of all, I don't get why it shows up on holiday soundtracks. And this was a long, screechy, jazzy, 17 minute (yes we timed it) version. We all hated it and would laugh hysterically when it came on.

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2014, 03:39:09 PM »
I listened to "Hurt" as recorded by Johnny Cash yesterday during my road trip.

Covers I love.

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefers "Southern Cross" and "Brown Eyed Girl"
Hayley Westenra  "May It Be"
Smashing Pumpkins  "Landslide"
Annie Lennox "Take me to the River"
Depeche Mode "Route 66"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Higher Ground"
Rufus Wainwright "Hallelujah"
10,000 Maniacs "Because the Night"
Fugees "Killing Me Softly"

Covers I hate.
Cher "It's in His Kiss"

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2014, 03:41:09 PM »
I listened to "Hurt" as recorded by Johnny Cash yesterday during my road trip.

Covers I love.

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefers "Southern Cross" and "Brown Eyed Girl"
Hayley Westenra  "May It Be"
Smashing Pumpkins  "Landslide"
Annie Lennox "Take me to the River"
Depeche Mode "Route 66"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Higher Ground"
Rufus Wainwright "Hallelujah"
10,000 Maniacs "Because the Night"
Fugees "Killing Me Softly"

Covers I hate.
Cher "It's in His Kiss"

Speaking of Cher music, has anyone else watched the Hotel Hell episode where the owner thinks she's an amazing singer? Her rendition of a Cher song is cringe-worthy!

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2014, 03:45:10 PM »
^I thought of her while writing the post.

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2014, 03:47:54 PM »
Jonathan Coulton's cover of "Baby Got Back" is hysterical. :)



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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2014, 03:52:07 PM »
I love Metallica's cover of Turn the Page. Not fond of the original by Bob Seger though

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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2014, 03:55:08 PM »
I once heard a female singer do a slow-song version of my favourite song of all time, New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle."  I nearly lost my  mind. *angry face*

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2014, 04:06:29 PM »
Always thought "Brown Eyed Girl" was more Jimmy Buffet's style anyway.  Not that I don't like Van Morrison; never heard a cover of "Moondance" that was anywhere near as good as the original. 

Here are a couple of interesting ones off my "Golden Throats" album: 

Joel Gray singing "In a white room with black curtains in the station" (Don't know the song title.)  It's actually pretty decent.

Andy Griffith singing "House of the Rising Sun."  He sang this in his style with a rockin' harmonica playing along, and the words were somewhat different, but it's pretty good.

I think the really bad covers are when artists are performing things that are absolutely not their style.  It'd be like Bob Seger singing "Unchained Melody" or AC/DC doing "Whiter Shade of Pale" (as far as I know neither of these exist, although I like Bob Seger)

And then there are the worst of the bad covers:  William Shatner, who doesn't sing, and Leonard Nimoy, whose voice is flat.  Mae West's cover of "Twist and Shout" made Mr. Sirius literally fall out of his chair laughing.

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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2014, 04:34:49 PM »

And then there are the worst of the bad covers:  William Shatner, who doesn't sing, and Leonard Nimoy, whose voice is flat.  Mae West's cover of "Twist and Shout" made Mr. Sirius literally fall out of his chair laughing.

William Shatner mangling "Rocket Man."


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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2014, 04:42:46 PM »
Aerosmith's version of "Come Together" makes me cringe.  To quote DS2, "That's a *Beatles* song!"

Social Distortion does a really nice "Ring of Fire."

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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2014, 04:45:08 PM »
Andy Griffith singing "House of the Rising Sun."  He sang this in his style with a rockin' harmonica playing along, and the words were somewhat different, but it's pretty good.

"House of the Rising Sun" is a folk song, not an original by The Animals, so it's fair game for someone like Andy Griffith to do his own version. That's why the words are different.
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2014, 05:16:51 PM »
The version of "House of the Rising Sun" done by Andy Griffith sounds exactly like a folk song.  I didn't know it was one originally. 

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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2014, 05:38:05 PM »
I once heard a female singer do a slow-song version of my favourite song of all time, New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle."  I nearly lost my  mind. *angry face*

I think I would have too! Sounds a lot like the ones at work I posted about.

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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2014, 07:30:29 PM »
What about Pat Boone's album of metal covers. In a funny note, The Avett Brothers were on Jimmy Fallon and did a joke commercial,advertising their album of metal covers and played snippets.  It is hilarious,and available on YouTube.