Worst cover songs?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jared Lash, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Came about as a side conversation in my other thread. I'm not talking about random local bands (the kids playing "Final Countdown" at some fairgrounds), or a bad live version (ie Celine Dion crapping all over AC/DC)but rather major label releases where a known artist butchers a song.

    For example:

    Madonna doing American Pie is pretty bad.

    Don't want to end the thread early, but this is about as bad as I can think of: Hillary Duff doing My Generation. The horrible lyric change seals it completely. And that's to say nothing of the "bass solo".

    Whatcha got? (Links would be helpful)
  2. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
  3. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Actually that was there the whole time.

    What I went back to edit it was "Links would be helpful. :p

    Anybody else?
  4. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Ok, then I missed it :p

    It deserves to be mentioned twice anyway, it truly is that awful.
  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Gun & Roses desecrating Dylan's Knockin on Heavens Door...hey hey hey hey hey
  6. Nappa


    Dec 20, 2006
    Fargo,North Dakota
    Nirvana cover.

    Edit, whoops nvm...
  7. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    I agree on the American Pie.

    Here's Britney Spears' version of Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction":

    I mean, often when you do a cover, you usually try to convey the message and feel of the original song but in a different way. Here it is completely lost in some light-hearted jamming when the song is about hopelessness (suicide actually). I don't see the point at all with this cover. Great playing though.
  8. bassistkll


    Sep 23, 2007
    Ventura, CA
    IMO Sonic Youth's reworking of Carpenters' "Superstar" is a sacrilege. . Carpenters rocked!

    Wish you well.
  9. What was that Beatles cover the Jonas Brothers did? That was pretty awful.
  10. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Damn you. I'd ALMOST forgotten about that terrible cover since the I haven't seen the Target ad with it for a couple weeks.

    Hello Goodbye

  11. You started it! :D
  12. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
  13. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    That Final Countdown link makes me want to cry.

    EDIT: Oh, and my contribution- Limp Bizkit
  14. Frank Sinatra doing George Harrison's "Something"

    Proof, if you needed any, that a great artist can ruin a great song.

    I doubt George Harrison could do "My Way" any better but he had sense enough not to try.
  15. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
  16. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83 Guest

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    311 covering Lovesong by the Cure... UGH!!!

    Or any Cure covers, for that matter.

    The Ataris version of Don Henley's Boys of Summer was also a complete turd.
  17. stflbn


    May 10, 2007

    Regardless... there's some very entertaining jiggling and bouncing going on in that video.

  18. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    My son (11) listens to a lot of my CDs and has copied many to his iPod, but he still listens to Radio Disney when we're in the car. Just when I think I've heard the worst cover imaginable, they always play a remake performed by their next rising pre-fab teen "star" that is far worse than the cover I used to think was the worst cover ever.

    Unfortunately it seems like 50% of the songs they play on Radio Disney are cover versions. :help:
  19. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83 Guest

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    had to have been a body double... that woman is nothing but a fake, British accent, some crackpot religious belief and some gristle...