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Initial post: Nov 14, 2008 12:55:33 PM PST
idle says:
For some reason I get a charge out of a well done or clever cover song. There's a lot of crap out there but there are a few real gems as well. I'd love to see what other people think are great covers so that I can support this addiction of mine.
Here are a few of my choices.
Painted Black by Smack, they spun their own style with this one
Gimmie Shelter by Sisters of Mercy, dark, dark, dark
I Fought The Law by The Clash
Burn In Hell by Dimmu Borgir, it just makes me chuckle
Hurt by Johnny Cash, Trent Reznor wishes he could be that dark
I Got A Right by The Hellacopters, does The Stooges justice
Green Manalishi by Judas Priest, took an old Fleetwood Mac song and made it theirs
Lay Lady Lay by Ministry, hardly recognized it
Knocking on Heavens Door by Sisters Of Mercy, nearly impossible to find but damn it's good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 1:00:47 PM PST
W. Pardue says:
Any cover by Type O Negative (Cinnamon Girl, Hey (joe) Pete, etc. . . particularly Paranoid. )

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 9:43:06 PM PST
Piehole says:
all along the watchtower - jimi hendrix's cover of bob dylan immediately comes to mind

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2008 10:59:56 PM PST
And the mention of Hendrix also immediately brings to mind his cover of Hey Joe -- totally different than the original and a stone classic in its own right.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 6:02:38 AM PST
Andy Christ says:
Kings of cover songs Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. I enjoy every album they have put out. They cover a wide spectrum of music including 60's, 70's, show tunes, and country. They take any style of music and thow in a punk rock twist and a good lightheartedness, good stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 12:02:50 PM PST
idle says:
You just jogged my memory McBoner - Sid Vicious doing My Way, C'mon Everybody and Somethin Else.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 5:54:48 PM PST
Dw 1000 says:
With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker at Woodstock

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 8:02:31 PM PST
Dee Zee says:
Don't Think Twice (Bob Dylan) by the Wonder Who aka the 4 Seasons

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 8:33:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2008 8:37:22 PM PST
Just about any Dylan tune covered by The Band or The Byrds. Personal favorites would include "I Shall Be Released" by The Band and "Nothing Was Delivered" by The Byrds. Both groups did excellent versions of "This Wheel's On Fire" which I believe was cowritten with Rick Danko of The Band (though I kinda prefer The Byrds version).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 10:32:24 PM PST
oneamerican says:
Just a few:

Knockin on Heaven's Door -- Guns and Roses
Love Hurts -- Of many various remakes, Nazareth tops them all by far
Leader of the pack -- Twisted Sister
Shapes of Things -- Gary Moore
RESPECT -- Aretha Franklin

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2008 10:38:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2008 10:40:10 PM PST
devo - satisfaction
cracker - white riot
both tunes clever and fantastic.

me first and the gimme gimmes, great band!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2008 5:55:50 AM PST
More than clever, Rush's Anagram (For Mongo) is closer to genious. If you know what an anagram is just read the lyrics:

There's a snake coming out of the darkness
Parade from paradise
End the need for Eden
Chase the dreams of merchandise

There is tic and toc in atomic
Leaders make a deal
The cosmic is largely comic
A con they couldn't conceal

There is no safe seat at the feast
Take your best stab at the beast
The night is turning thin
The saint is turning to sin

Raise the art to resistance
Danger dare to be grand
Pride reduced to humble pie
Diamonds down to sand

Take heart from earth and weather
The brightness of new birth
Take heart from the harvest
Shave the harvest from the earth

Reasoning is partly insane
Image just an eyeless game
The night is turning thin
The saint is turning to sin

Miracles will have their claimers
More will bow to Rome
He and she are in the house
But there's only me at home

Rose is a rose of splendor
Posed to respond in the end
Lonely things like nights,
I find, end finer with a friend

I hear in the rate of her heart
A tear in the heat of the art

The night turns thin
The saint turns to sin

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2008 6:24:43 AM PST
SteveK. says:
Disc Two of Lipstick Traces compilation by Manic Street Preachers (esp. "We Are All Bourgeois Now")
Black Steel- Tricky
No Fun- Sex Pistols
Surfin' Bird- Cramps
Master Race Rock- Hellacopters
Walk On By- Stranglers
Only Love Can Break Your Heart- Saint Etienne
Head On- Pixies
Streets of London- Anti Nowhere League
Slow Death- Dictators
There's a Ghost in My House- The Fall
Redemption Song- Joe Strummer

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2008 6:59:56 AM PST
K. Carter says:
How about the Stones cover of "Like A Rolling Stone"?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2008 7:15:32 AM PST
idle says:

Tricky's version of Black Steel - I've gotta dig that one out now!
I like your taste in covers SeveK, you just can't go wrong with Hellacopters, Pistols or The Cramps putting a spin on the oldies.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008 4:09:43 PM PST
sf says:
most clever cover songs I can think of right now:

"Red Sails In The Sunset" as done by The Beatles (original by Fats Domino)

The Beatles rip this song to shreds with guitars. Fats Domino's original version was a slow piano-based song and used one of those huge acoustic bass guitars. The Beatles' version speeds it up and attacks all the horns and piano by replacing them with lead guitars, and Paul McCartney's electric bass guitar helps give a heaviness. A great example of what they were good at early on, it was the first thing they mastered.. taking someone else's song and putting their own twist on it, making the song their own.

"Silly Love Songs" by The Replicants (featuring lead singer of Tool - originally done by Wings)

This cover is barely recognizable if you don't know the original! It takes the Wings song and puts the sound of Tool all over it. Seemingly impossible to turn perhaps the most happiest love song about love songs ever, into something dark, sinister and scary? The song turns into a long lumbering beast.

Type O Negative - Their Beatles cover songs are really good if you like hard rock

Jimi Hendrix - "All Along The Watchtower" is good because it turns it into a song with what I think is a better "rock" feel

Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies - I agree they put a good spin on their covers

Laibach does great industrial style covers of entire Beatles and Rolling Stones albums... for example, the entire "Let It Be" album as if it were sung by Nazis in the early 1940s? Puts a whole new spin on "One After 909" , and trying to make it to the train station on time.

Everclear - "Brown Eyed Girl" (original by Van Morrison)

If you like to have an even more of a twist to your cover songs, you should check out:

The Rutles
Dread Zeppelin

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2008 3:09:02 PM PST
TM77 says:
All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) - DEVO
Tomorrow Never Knows - Monsoon
Cinnmon Girl - Type O Negative

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2008 8:17:41 PM PST
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I assume nobody's including covers by The Chipmunks. (Just kidding).

Peter Tosh's cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode".

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2008 8:23:19 PM PST
drive - deftones (cars cover)
white wedding - qotsa (billy idol cover)
it's no good - chevelle (depeche mode cover)

listen to those modern masterpieces...............

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2008 10:00:06 AM PST
I won't say best but my favorite is America by Yes. What an open jam!

Posted on Mar 22, 2009 9:07:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 24, 2009 7:57:15 AM PDT
W.H. says:
I Heard It Through The Grapevine: Marvin Gaye (Galdys Knight and the Pips cover)
Femme Fatale: Genevieve Waite (The Velvet Underground cover)
Something's Missing In My Life: Karen Carpenter (Marcia Hines cover)--K.C.'s version was not officially released but can be found on the internet
Dream A Little Dream of Me and I Can Dream, Can't I: Cass Elliot (I don't know the original artists' names)
A Stranger On Earth and The Crane Wife 3: Marianne Faithfull (Dinah Washington and The Decemberists covers)
The End: Nico (The Doors cover)
California Dreamin': Bobby Womack (The Mamas and The Papas cover)

Posted on Mar 22, 2009 11:27:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 22, 2009 11:29:35 PM PDT
You Keep Me Hangin' On ~ Vanilla Fudge
Woodstock ~ Matthew's Southern Comfort
Highway 61 Revisited ~ Pat Travers
(I Know) I'm Losing You ~ Rare Earth
Get Ready ~ Rare Earth
(I'm A) Road Runner ~ Fleetwood Mac
...just a few, the top two being the best ever, in my opinion.
and another vote for "America" ~ Yes

Posted on Mar 22, 2009 11:36:24 PM PDT
Hawkwind covering Gimme Shelter:O)))

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 12:28:33 AM PDT
N. Sanders says:
All along the watchtower, Bob Dylan's tune via Hendrix
Hurt, NIN's (aka Trent Reznor) tune via J. Cash
Green Manlishi, Peter Green's tune via Judas Priest
Little Wing, Hendrix's tune, via both SRV's instrumental & Sting's vocal versions
I can't quit you baby, Willie Dixon's tune via Zep
Shook me all night long, Willies Dixon's tune via Zep
Cortez the killer, Neil Young's tune via some cute gal & Satriani at "The Jammy's"
Love to change the world, Ten Years After's tune via WYLDSKY

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2009 1:01:13 AM PDT
Stevo says:
A few clever and/or good covers which are favorites of mine-not mentioned yet:

Lemonheads' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's- Mrs Robinson
Derek And The Dominoes' cover of Hendrix's- Little Wing(along with SRV's version)
Faith No Mores' cover of Keith Carradine's-I'm Easy
The Dead Kennedys' cover of Elvis'-Viva Las Vegas
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