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What are your favorite cover songs that stand on their own?

Lizard 2009/08/19 01:46:45
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And I mean NOTHING like the original, except (of course) the lyrics. Songs that stand on their own and are only loosely based on an original song.
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  • Philo-Publius 2009/08/19 02:25:23
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    +6
    I so love Stewie doing Rocket Man!


    And for my "serious" answer, I totally dig Counting Crow's version of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi".

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  • DancingMachine 2009/09/29 23:24:44
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    I liked it when Fall out Boy made a remake of Micheal Jacksons Beat It..
  • beyondtheparadoxical 2009/09/21 06:20:00
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    I've always loved this cover of "Your Love"... totally different vibe than the original.

  • PetrifiedElephantPoop 2009/09/04 20:25:12
    I'll just watch some videos...
    PetrifiedElephantPoop
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    This One

  • Cookie-chan ~Love Like This~ 2009/09/03 03:18:21
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    Cookie-chan ~Love Like This~

    I would lick him like a lollipop *o*
  • matsulori 2009/09/03 02:29:42 (edited)
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    "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm was better than the original. WAAAY better. My second fave is "Boys in the Hood" by Dynamite Hack.
  • tammerz/zɹǝɯɯɐʇ 2009/09/03 00:55:31
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    tammerz/zɹǝɯɯɐʇ
    I bring this band up EVERY time a music question comes around, but Biffy Clyro does lots of covers that I think are original.

    The one they did for Weezer's "Buddy Holly":


    cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way":


    and my particular favorite, the cover of Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name Of":


    The have several others including a cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella," Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out," The Killers' "When You Were Young," and even Pearl Jam's "Daughter."

    Even if the music genre's not your cup of tea, I think you could probably appreciate the versatility, and the time that goes into producing a cover of something that is distinct but still honors the original song.
  • Moderated 2009/09/03 00:52:35
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    +1
    I like GnR's version of "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Live and Let Die".
  • Lizard Moderated 2009/09/03 00:56:06
  • DISENFRANCHISED 2009/09/02 22:12:26
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    +1
    All the Beatles songs The BeeGees covered for the movie "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" songs beegees covered movie sgt peppers lonely hearts club band




    JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!

    SERIOUSLY:






  • Lizard DISENFR... 2009/09/03 01:03:00
  • sydney 2009/09/02 21:08:46 (edited)
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    +1
    Playradioplay does a really good job of covering Mr. Brightside by the killers...but that could just be my prejudice against the Killers speaking.


    EDIT: Alien Ant Farm did a realllllyyyy good Smooth Criminal, I actually love it more than the original.
  • Lizard sydney 2009/09/02 21:35:34
  • sydney Lizard 2009/09/02 22:42:39
    sydney
    Ugh...everyone loves them so much and I just don't understand.
  • Nika 2009/09/02 20:08:34
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    Well first off I have to say Joan Jett's I love rock n roll is better then the orginal (the one done with the blackhearts not the sex pistols obvoiusly).


    Cry Little Sister is better by Blutengel

    I like With A Little Help From MY Friends better in across the Universe


    Lollipop by Framing Hanley


    There's several others but thats all I can think of off the top of my head.
  • The Bantam Seditioner 2009/09/02 18:47:09 (edited)
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    The Bantam Seditioner
    Probably the most famous cover version (which, incidentally, very few people know is a cover version) is The Kingsmen's interpretation of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie".

    Here's the original doo-wop tune:



    And here's the iconic garage rock remake which dwarfed the original in record sales and remains instantly recognizable today:

  • Jehnyhal~ Hope Not Hate~the... 2009/09/02 17:20:57
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    +1
    Scissor Sisters cover Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out'. You can recognize it if you listen hard. It's great in itself though:
  • SparkleyPie 2009/09/02 16:36:49
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    +3
    Both of these covers of the original are great.


  • Psykhê Sparkle... 2009/09/02 17:06:02 (edited)
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    Haha. Yes! Love both... I'm partial to the animals cover though.
  • Jehnyha... Sparkle... 2009/09/02 17:22:17
    Jehnyhal~ Hope Not Hate~the Renaissance Women of PHAET
    +1
    Thanks for reminding me about 'House of the Rising Sun'. I don't know how I forgot about it!
  • Disko Pickle 2009/09/02 16:22:21
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    +5
    Nina Simone's version of Here Comes the Sun is completely original and just as good as George Harrison's version.

  • Moderated Disko P... 2009/09/03 00:54:42
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    i love her version of "i put a spell on you".....sound so full of smite! i love it!
  • no name 2009/08/19 23:20:56
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    Rod Stewart did a lot of great covers, like this:
  • Scarlette 2009/08/19 20:03:03
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    +1
    many ppl disagree but i think this vid blows the orig. away
  • pocket squirrel 2009/08/19 18:55:19
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  • ARoomWithAMoose 2009/08/19 17:00:46
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    +4
    Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt by NIN.
  • Bastion 2009/08/19 12:57:18 (edited)
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    +2
    The Residents way back in the 70's with James Brown's hit

  • bigeasy628 2009/08/19 12:55:16
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    Devo did "Satisfaction" better than the Rolling Stones. band cover devo satisfaction rolling stones
  • Lizard bigeasy628 2009/08/19 14:16:46
  • right this time 2009/08/19 12:51:11
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    +1
    I was scratching my head trying to think of covers and then I looked at your choices and saw Patty Smith. Definitely her version of "Gloria" is very cool. Many others I could name but let's start there.
  • Lizard right t... 2009/08/19 14:23:53
  • sasquatchette 2009/08/19 07:45:46
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    sasquatchette
    Does this count?

    Or this?


    In all seriousness ... I like Sarah Brightman's voice, even though she doesn't pull out the big guns in this cover -


  • stephanie_alanna 2009/08/19 05:23:39
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    Johnny Cash's cover of 'hurt'
  • Lizard stephan... 2009/08/19 05:43:15
  • mab~IFIT 2009/08/19 05:16:25
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    I like genesis but this one is a bit heavier to me anyways.
  • mab~IFIT mab~IFIT 2009/08/19 05:21:58
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    +2
    I don't think anyone did this yet!

  • Smoking Gunn 2009/08/19 03:52:10
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    +3
    Joey Ramone (The Ramones) Wonderful world...
  • Lizard Smoking... 2009/08/19 04:01:53
  • Smoking... Lizard 2009/08/19 04:09:27 (edited)
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    +3
    What a consequence... I originally chose that one 1st....lol.
  • 1348933 2009/08/19 03:33:59
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    +3
    Jimi Hendrix took Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" and made it his own. In my opinion, Jimi's rendition of this song is a timeless masterpiece. The music makes you feel cold, wet, nighttime winds whipping through you...

  • 1348933 1348933 2009/08/19 03:51:09
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    +1
    And I love Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" but it's difficult to find a good rendition. It's such a simple, beautiful, melancholy song. Here's a rendition that I like:

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