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Cover songs that you like better than the original

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by etb67, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Sorry if this has been done before, I did a quick search and didn't see anything quite like it.
    ...So, the wife is going on about that Joss Stone song "Fell in love with a boy" when I tell her that it was originally a White Stripes song. I said that the Joss Stone version was really nice, but that I prefer the original version. She then accuses me of being some sort of anti cover song snob (???). In my defense I said that there were many cover songs that I liked better than the original, but when put on the spot I could only think of three.

    Earth, Wind, and Fire- Got to get you into my life.
    Johnny Cash-Hurt
    Hendrix- All along the watch tower.

  2. plexibass


    Jun 30, 2005
    GEORGIA SATELLITES= dont pass me by
    GEORGIA SATELLITES= hippy hippy shake
    GEOGIA SATELLITES= games people play
    TOM PETTY & HEARTBREAKERS= psychotic reaction [box set]]
    E STREET BAND = war
    LITTLE RICHARD= i feel pretty AND hokey pokey [when liitle richard tells you to do the hokey pokey, DO IT] lr singing "i feel pretty" from west side story is one of the highlights of recorded music.

    BUCK OWENS AND THE BUCKAROOS= lousiana man. don rich on vocals.

    i'm sure there are more i'll add
  3. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    Watchtower-DMB and Hendrix versions(Dylan)
    Tainted Love-Living End(Soft Cell)
    Biffy Clyro-Take me out(Franz Ferdinand)
    Ben Harper-The drugs don't work(The Verve)
    Incubus-Hello(Lionel Richie)
    Easy-Faith No More(Commodores)

    I'm sure theres loads I'm forgetting......
  4. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    Phish had a real knack for making any song sound like they wrote it - so they are my favorite 'cover band', haha. I could make a long list but to name just one...Loving Cup (Stones).

    JJBACOOMBA Commercial User

    May 31, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Lecompte Bass Owners Club Member #2
    Calling You - Paul Young from the movie, Bagdad cafe. Great song, he did an exceleent job on it.
  6. "Hurt" Nine Inch Nails (Johnny Cash song)
  7. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Ok just thought of a few more,

    Janis Joplin- Summertime
    Luther Vandross- Superstar
    The Who-Summertime Blues
  8. Cougar207


    Jun 17, 2005
    St. Charles, MO
    I'm pretty sure Johnny Cash covered that song. I like Cash's cover of One by U2 and The Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of Higher Ground.

    EDIT: Forgot Tool's cover of Led Zeppelin's No Quarter.
  9. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Johnny Cash did indeed cover Hurt by NIN. And he did do it far, far better than the original :)


    Cradle of Filth - Hell Awaits (Slayer) and Black Metal (Venom).
    Opeth - Circle of the Tyrant (Celtic Frost)
    Type O Negative - Summer Breeze (Seals and Crofts)
    Norther - Youth Gone Wild (Skid Row)
    Nightwish - Walking in the Air (Whoever wrote the original Snowman cartoon song)
  10. Any early Beatles covers that they did, like "Roll Over Beethoven", "Long, Tall Sally", "Honey Don't", etc. I liked them all better than the originals. Lots of energy! :hyper:
  11. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    every springsteen cover he has done has been better than the original:

    we gotta get out of this place - animals
    -devil in a blue dress medley - mitch rider
    -drift away -?
    etc etc etc

    also joe cocker does great covers, basically made a career of it.
  12. pc


    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    Cake - I Will Survive
    Mike Flowers Pops - Wonderwall
    Toy Dolls - Livin la vida loca :D
  13. Oh. I'm dumb :)
  14. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Johnny Cash doing Hurt was the first that came to mind. Gives me goosebumps.

    Oh and I love Rush's cover of Summertime Blues. It's big, loud, and it sounds like they're having a blast.
  15. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    me too.

    I know lots of covers that I prefer to the original... but to come to Joss Stone's defence, "Victim of A Foolish Heart" is a smoking cover.

    I remember having arguments with my Mother back in the 80s.... I thought Robert Plant and the Honeydrippers did "Sea of Love" WAY better than Phil Phillips, but she wouldn't have any of that. It was a favorite song from her youth and she thought Plant butchered it
  16. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    AZ, USA
    Crosseyed Mary (Jethro Tull)
    -Covered by Iron Maiden
  17. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Santana - Black Magic Woman
    Jeff Beck - She's a Woman
    Derek and the Dominos - Little Wing (Maybe not better, but still petty good)
    Stones - Little Queenie
    Cream - Spoonful
  18. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    IMO, the best example of a cover that turned to be even more popular than the original tune is Joe Cocker's version of "With A Little Help From My Friends".
  19. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Van Halen's "Pretty Woman" and "You Really Got Me"
  20. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    MSI - Tom Sawyer

    :bag: :help:

    Ozzy & Claypool - NIB (but a very close call)
    Les Claypool's FFB - Live Frogs Set 2 (Pink Floyd's Animals Album)

    There's more, but I just rolled out of bed & can't think of any more.