Covers that are better than the original...

edited January 29 in Other music
... at least in the posters opinion of pop or rock.

Something really obvious like Soft Cells cover of Tainted Love (written by Ed Cobb & first recorded by Gloria Jones) immediately springs to mind.

How about some more, possibly less obvious;

Donvans "Lalena" by Deep Purple



Crowded House's "Better Be Home Soon" by Andrea Zonn



Plus a gaggle of Bob Dylan songs!


Comments

  • I forgot two huuuuuuuuge ones...

    Joan Baez's "Babe I'm gonna leave you" by Led Zep

    Prince's "Nothing compares to you" by Sinaed O'Conner
  • Better than the Gillian Welch/David Rawlings original.



    I also prefer this live version to the one on the album.
  • Hm, not a sophisticated choice, but it's part of my heritage, so here it goes.... Seven Bridges Road Eagles
  • Suzy6toes said:
    Hm, not a sophisticated choice, but it's part of my heritage, so here it goes.... Seven Bridges Road Eagles
    Can I add my ignorance to your lack of sophistication? :-)

    I don't know that song at all. What was the original?
  • Thanks for those guys.
    Enjoyed them all.
    When done well, a good cover makes me feel the safety of the familiar with the excitement of the new.

    I always think of this one (especially the NWA "Straigh Outta Compton" bit...)



    From this compilation album which is one of the best I've come across (possibly the only one ;-) ). Be assured, most all of the other covers are not comical!

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  • uglymusic said:
    Suzy6toes said:
    Hm, not a sophisticated choice, but it's part of my heritage, so here it goes.... Seven Bridges Road Eagles
    Can I add my ignorance to your lack of sophistication? :-)

    I don't know that song at all. What was the original?
    Steve Young  and there's also a warble version by Joan Baez if you're up for it Chris!  The Eagles used it initially as a pre-gig warm up.

    Love, Dave, that you're straight back at ya with Coltrane !!

    Ok, my next offering...... Dear Prudence    (reminded of this this morning)


    B-) B-) :D
  • Suzy6toes said:

    uglymusic said:
    Suzy6toes said:
    Hm, not a sophisticated choice, but it's part of my heritage, so here it goes.... Seven Bridges Road Eagles
    Can I add my ignorance to your lack of sophistication? :-)

    I don't know that song at all. What was the original?
    Steve Young  and there's also a warble version by Joan Baez if you're up for it Chris!  The Eagles used it initially as a pre-gig warm up.

    Love, Dave, that you're straight back at ya with Coltrane !!

    Ok, my next offering...... Dear Prudence    (reminded of this this morning)


    B-) B-) :D
    Thanks for the link to Steve Young. Somehow, he passed me by :-)

    Sorry, had to do the Coltrane!

    I'd forgotten the Siouxsie. What a great version!
  • Docfoster said:
    Thanks for those guys.
    Enjoyed them all.
    When done well, a good cover makes me feel the safety of the familiar with the excitement of the new.

    I always think of this one (especially the NWA "Straigh Outta Compton" bit...)



    From this compilation album which is one of the best I've come across (possibly the only one ;-) ). Be assured, most all of the other covers are not comical!

    image
    Snort, giggle :-)
  • Or, to upset any Queen fans around here, may I suggest another Dadaist effort by the aforementioned Bad Plus?


  • edited February 2
    Some really good ones in there, Souxsie! Essential cover.

    The Bad Plus doing Iron Man, surprisingly OK. That reminds me of 2Cellos covering "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC, excellent.
    Some more;

    Cat Steven's (edit) Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the cradle" by Ugly Kid Joe



    Fleetwood Mac's "Black magic woman" by Santana

    Re Joan Baez, not really a fan of her singing but Diamonds & Rust is a wrencher which has been much covered but not equalled.
  • God, Ugly Kid Joe, there's a blast from the past!! Just forwarded it to my little brother for a similar shot of pure nostalgia!!
  • How about:



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