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  1. Hartigan

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    Inspired by Sick Boy.

    Can you think of any cover versions as good as, or better than, the original?

    I'm not talking about this lastest treand of rapping all over an old song. Or all thesee crappy girl and boy bands that release a classic note for note (though I'm prepared to allow the Moulin Rouge Lady Marmalade in for the video alone!) No, I'm talking about whole new versions. Songs that have been re-done, in a different way, but still work.

    I'm thinking the likes of 'Ever Fallen In Love' by the Buzzcocks. Fine Young Cannibals did a totally different version, that still works. I've got a bucketload. So has Sick Boy it seems. But always looking for new ones to try. The more obscure the better.
     
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    Robert Palmer did a good " Mercy me/ I want you " that was originaly a Mavin Gay song.
    He also did a version of " Get it on bang a gong " with the power station that was a T. Rex track if memory serves.
     
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    Natalie Merchant & Tracy Chapman - In The Ghetto.

    Download link here.
     
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    faith no more - war pigs (similar to sabbath version though)
    joe cocker - a little help from my friends
    jimi hendrix - all along the watchtower (& many others)
    sinead o'connor - nothing conmpares 2 u
     
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    Frijid Pink-house of the rising sun?
    Scissor Sisters-comfortably numb?
    Annie Lennox-take me to the river?
    Billy Idol-mony mony?
    Budgie-baby please don't go?
    ELP-pictures at an exhibition?
    Rolf Harris-stairway to heaven.................................I'll get my coat
     
  6. captaindobie

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    These spring to mind...

    1. Johnny Cash ' The Mercy Seat' (Nick Cave)
    2. Johnny Cash 'Rusty Cage' (Soundgarden)
    3. Johnny Cash 'One' (U2)
    4. Nick Cave 'Disco 2000' (Pulp)
    5. William Shatner 'Common People' (Pulp)
    6. Blue Aeroplanes 'The Boy In The Bubble' (Paul Simon)
    7. Jeff Buckley 'Hallelujah' (Leonard Cohen)
    8. Lemonheads 'Mrs Robinson' (Simon & Garfunkel)
    9. Siouxsie & The Banshees 'Dear Prudence' (The Beatles)
    10. Lambchop 'This Corrosion' (Sisters Of Mercy)
    11. Tricky 'Black Steel' (Public Enemy)
    12. William Burroughs '*uck Me Kitten' (REM)

    I'll come back later with some more!
     
  7. Sick Boy

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    Off the top of my head:

    Johnny Cash - Hurt
    Foo Fighters and Brian May - Have a Cigar
    Faliure - Enjoy the Silence
    Rob Zombie - Blitzkrieg Bop
    Godhead - Eleanor Rigby
    Carter USM - Bedsitter
    Carter USM - Rent :smashin:
    Kinesia - La Bamba

    Hayseed dixie album has a lot of great covers, although they all blend into one Jivebilly megamix.
     
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    Another vote for the Lemonheads version of Mrs Robinson.

    Also:
    Walk On By (The Stranglers)
    Telegram Sam (Bauhaus)
    Pressure Drop (The Clash)
    Lost In Music (The Fall)
    Green Door (The Cramps)
    Help (The Damned)
    Walk On The Wild Side (Jamie J Morgan)
     
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    Whiskey in the jar - Metallica
     
  10. captaindobie

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    God, forgot to include 'Hurt' by Johnny. Amazing cover version. Almost impossible to watch the video for that track and not shed a tear...

    Just thought of...

    Throwing Muses 'Cry Baby Cry' (The Beatles)
    Kristin Hersh 'When The Levee Breaks' (Led Zep)
    This Mortal Coil 'Song To The Siren' (Tim Buckley)
     
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    Johnny Was (SLF)
     
  12. Hartigan

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    :eek:

    I hadn't realised Johnny Cash had done so many! :eek:

    Might have to check them out for a laugh!

    With you guys on the Metal covers so far. Like Guns N Roses version of Live n Let die and Metallicas version of Turn The Page. Saw this done by a 'duelling pianos' act at Pat O'Briens in New Orleans n the US. Some screaming teenagers asked for them to do a Metallica song and the guy did this. Totally awesome.

    Marilyn Manson has done loads. Tainted Love and Personal Jesus are well known, but I prefer Highway to Hell and Another Brick In The Wall.

    For something really way out try Xentrix's Ghostbusters, or Rammsteins' Barbie Girl! :D
     
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    Most of the Johnny Cash cover versions come from the American Recordings series of albums he started recording in the early nineties. (4 in total)
    Each one of these albums is truly fantastic. Credit goes to producer Rick Rubin for re-introducing Johnny to a whole new audience after a few years in the wilderness. First got me interested anyway, and when you look back and explore the huge volume of work he did over the years, it is truly impressive.
    Don't check them out for a laugh ;), they were all recorded as genuine artistic interpretations of other peoples work. His version of 'The Mercy Seat' is brilliant, and the very fact that he could improve on an already great song by Nick Cave is testament to the man's genuis.
    Anyway, great thread, and sorry to harp on about Johnny Cash. Almost a hijack there...:devil:
     
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    Sisters of Mercy - Jolene (Dolly Parton) :) and :smashin: at the same time.
    Madness - It must be love ( Labi Sifri :confused: ) First heard this live before it was a single - ever seen 1000 teenage skinheads swaying?
     
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    Rolling Stones - Paint It Black = U2 (the only song by U2 I like)
    Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil = Guns N' Roses
    David Bowie - Fame = Infectious Grooves
    The Who - Behind Blue Eyes = Limp Bizkit
    The Misfits- Die, Die My Darling = Metallica
    Queen - Stone Cold Crazy = Metallica


    Hartigan
    Where did you hear the Rammstein track?
     
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    Rammstein - Das Model
    GNR - New Rose
    Eater - Waiting For The Man
    Delilah - Sensational Alex Harvey Band
    I Would Walk 500 Miles - Less Than Jake
    Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam - Nirvana
    Jolene - Queen Adreena
    Isolation - Therapy?
     
  17. Hartigan

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    Ha ha. No problem mate. :hiya:

    I pretty much always check out a cover 'for a laugh'. After all, why else woul anyone pick up 'Common People' by Bill Shatner, for exmple. That's not to say the cover doesn't turn out to be surprisingly good.

    I've already mentioned on another thread a band called 'Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' who do Punk/Ska covers of classic songs. The mere thought of a punk 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' is hilarious, but the end result rocks! As does their version of Lionel Richies 'Hello'.

    Some of my all time favourite covers are Alabama 3's version of 'Hotel California' - quite dark and disturbing, and Marilyn Manson's version of 'Another Brick in the Wall', which again I've already mentioned previously, but its that good.

    I'm currently trying to trace a couple of covers that a DJ friend of mine used to have but lost his music collection. One is a version of 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia', but called 'The Devil Went To Jamaica'. A Google search lists about 12 different artists, anybody know who really did it? The other is more obscure - a version of 'The Sweeney' theme tune funked up and with lyrics added, probably by some radio DJ. Any ideas?

    And keep the suggestions coming. I look forward to trying many of them out.
     
  18. Hartigan

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    Great suggestions. I know some of those already. Rammstein, GNR and Therapy are great, but will have to check out that Nirvana track, and I'm also strangely drawn to Queen Adrena and Jolene. Can't wait!
     
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    Oooh, good thread. A few off the top of my head but no doubt I'll dig up some more later:
    Pressure Drop - The Clash
    Pressure Drop - The Specials
    Redemption Song - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleroes
    Doesn't Make it Alright - Stiff Little Fingers (particularly the awesome Peel version)
    Death or Glory - The Clash
    99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger
    Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson
    Radio - NOFX
    Antennas - NOFX
    Blue Monday - Orgy
    Viva Las Vegas - Dead Kennedys
    The Brews - Rancid
    My Way - Sid Vicious
    Don't Fear the Reaper - The Mutton Birds
    Common People - William Shatner
    Knowledge - Green Day

    Plus of course all of the Johnny Cash covers which are sublime; Hurt and One in particular.

    I know there are plenty of repeats from earlier posts but I like them too. :)
     
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    :clap: great cover

    and 'Down Under' by Pennywise
     
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    Mr. Bungle is always a great band for covers, as they do some pretty eclectic stuff at live shows.

    Faith No More - Easy Like a Sunday Morning
    Geordie - House of the Rising Sun
    Mr. Bungle - Sixteen Tons (amazing version of the Jimmy Dean classic)
     
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    Mr Bungle? Have I heard that name before?

    Did they do a version of Dire Straits Money For Nothing...? Sounded a bit like 'The Banana Boat Song'?
     
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    Mr. Bungle is one of Mike (Faith No More) Patton's side projects. Definitely weird, but one of my favorite bands. (along with Fantomas, go figure) Sixteen Tons is definitely worth checking out, but it's not really indicative of their style, which is more Alternative Metal.

    All Music - Mr. Bungle
     
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    Ah, cheers. That's where I've heard of Mr Bungle.

    Mike Patton Rocks! I remember him fronting Faith No More live on the MTV Music Video Awards. He was totally p**sed! Out of his tree! Could hardly stand up! :D

    Ever heard the version of 'This Town Ain't Big Enough' that Faith No More did with The Sparks? Top Track! :D
     
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    Tori Amos - Raining Blood (Slayer)
    Tigertailz - Creeping Death (Metallica)
    Aerosmith - Come Together (The Beatles)
    Jane's Addiction - Sympathy (For The Devil) (Rolling Stones)

    I've always liked Great White's various covers, they've even done a whole album of Zeppelin songs, but i wouldn't admit that in public. ;)
     
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    Haven't heard that one.

    Back on topic, here's some more noteworthy Mr. Bungle covers:

    "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" (Elton John)
    "I Don't Need Society" (D.R.I.)
    "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Prince)
    "Star Wars Montage" (John Williams)
    -Creature Cantina + Imperial March + Main Theme
    "Wicked Game" (Chris Isaak)

    Another great artist for cover songs is Tori Amos.
    "Smells like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana)
    "Raining Blood" (Slayer) (whoops, beaten by less than a minute)
    "If 6 was 9" (Hendrix)
     
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    do another edit, quick, the Hendrix song is "if 6 was 9"
     

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