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Originals or covers?
« on: September 02, 2011, 03:54:31 PM »
So, any bands out there that you think does a specific cover than the original band?

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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 04:24:48 PM »
There have been a few times when I liked the cover more than the original...

- Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover of Little Wing by Hendrix
- Pantera's cover of Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath
- Metallica's cover of Breadfan by Budgie
- Metallica's cover of Killing Time by Sweet Savage
- Metallica's cover of The Wait by Killing Joke
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011, 04:31:18 PM »
There have been a few times when I liked the cover more than the original...

- Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover of Little Wing by Hendrix
- Pantera's cover of Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath
- Metallica's cover of Breadfan by Budgie
- Metallica's cover of Killing Time by Sweet Savage
- Metallica's cover of The Wait by Killing Joke
Stevie Ray did great. Love that song. With Metallica, they did Loverman by Bad Seeds way better. I happen to dig Dream Theater's version of Iron Maiden's "To Tame A Land" way way better although iron maiden's was great too.

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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011, 04:58:28 PM »
There have been a few times when I liked the cover more than the original...

- Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover of Little Wing by Hendrix
- Pantera's cover of Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath
- Metallica's cover of Breadfan by Budgie
- Metallica's cover of Killing Time by Sweet Savage
- Metallica's cover of The Wait by Killing Joke
Stevie Ray did great. Love that song. With Metallica, they did Loverman by Bad Seeds way better. I happen to dig Dream Theater's version of Iron Maiden's "To Tame A Land" way way better although iron maiden's was great too.

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I really like Dream Theater's version of "Gangland" off the live NOTB cd.  It really brings out the jazziness of the original.

I have to think on this.  I know there are covers out there I like better than the original.  The one that springs to mind instantly is Maiden's version of Montrose's "Ive Got the Fire," esp Paul's version.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011, 07:15:52 PM »

A few that come to mind:

Joe Cocker's With a Little Help from My Friends (original: The Beatles)

Bryan Ferry's The Price of Love (Everly Brothers)

Bryan Ferry's Jealous Guy (John Lennon)

Hothouse Flowers' I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash)

Eric Clapton's Stone Free (Jimi Hendrix)

Cream's Crossroads (Robert Johnson)

George Thorogood's Treat Her Right (Georgie Fame)

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011, 07:38:37 PM »
Just about anything by Bob Dylan is better as a cover.  He was a terrific song writer.  The problem was, he just couldn't sing them worth a darn.  Except Lay Lady Lay.  That one was just plain good.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2011, 08:01:28 PM »
The Beatles' cover of Twist and Shout is the stand-out version.
Buddy Holly's cover of "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" is tied with the original Chuck Berry version, IMO
Nirvana's Vaselines ("Molly's Lips", "Son of a Gun", "Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam") covers are much better than the originals. I also like their cover of Bowie's "Man Who Sold the World", but again, that one's more tied with the original.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes do a great cover of- everything, they're a punk cover band supergroup. Their Blowin In the Wind album is just instant happy.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2011, 08:41:03 PM »
Just about anything by Bob Dylan is better as a cover.  He was a terrific song writer.  The problem was, he just couldn't sing them worth a darn.  Except Lay Lady Lay.  That one was just plain good.

Sacrilege!  Except for Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower.  Actually, Ministry's cover of Lay, Lady, Lay is pretty cool.

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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011, 08:47:56 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The only cover band I ever could properly appreciate was a dead band from here in LA called Cubensis, man those brothers were good.  They had it down, not in the usual costume and acting style of most lame cover bands, I mean musically.  These guys were really really good.  I've seen the dead, I actually really enjoy what Bobby does with Ratdog these days too, but Cubensis playing weekly at dive bars gives a great reason to go dancing all night. 

My pops really likes Dread Zeppelin but me, meh.

And Vamrat, its funny that you've read my mind.  I ridiculously enjoy almost every Dylan cover I've ever heard, especially Hendrix (not just along the watch tower, Hendrix often covered Dylan tunes..) but in regards to originals, not as much.  I can tolerate em, but I really don't dig em.  But tastes change, I used to despise Robert Plant but lately I have been able to even enjoy Led Zeppelin III!

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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2011, 08:56:16 PM »
I like Social Distortion's cover of Ring of Fire.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2011, 08:58:21 PM »
I like Social Distortion's cover of Ring of Fire.

That's a good one that I can't believe I didn't list myself. The Dwarve's cover of The KKK Took My Baby Away (Ramones) is spot on.
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2011, 09:17:24 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2011, 09:24:39 PM »
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2011, 10:10:51 AM »
Just about anything by Bob Dylan is better as a cover.  He was a terrific song writer.  The problem was, he just couldn't sing them worth a darn.  Except Lay Lady Lay.  That one was just plain good.

Yeah, his singing was just awful but the songs themselves are classic.

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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011, 11:25:16 AM »

And Vamrat, its funny that you've read my mind.  I ridiculously enjoy almost every Dylan cover I've ever heard, especially Hendrix (not just along the watch tower, Hendrix often covered Dylan tunes..) but in regards to originals, not as much.  I can tolerate em, but I really don't dig em.  But tastes change, I used to despise Robert Plant but lately I have been able to even enjoy Led Zeppelin III!

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Wow.  I did not even know that All Along the Watchtower was Bob Dylan and not originally Jimi Hendrix.  I'm not generally a hair metal fan but Guns and Roses did a much better job with I'm Not Knocking on Heaven's Door, though this is one of the more tolerable Dylan-sang Dylan songs.

Ever hear David Bowie's Song for Bob Dylan?  It's not a cover but is pretty darn good.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2011, 12:06:15 PM »
I like Social Distortion's cover of Ring of Fire.

Speaking of Bob Dylan and Social Distortion, Mike Ness' Don't Think Twice (from one of is solo albums loaded with covers) isn't half bad either.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2011, 07:59:15 PM »
Found a Ministry cover for Lay Lady Lay.

And KMFDM doing Material Girl.
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Re: Originals or covers?
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2011, 08:05:52 PM »
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And KMFDM doing Material Girl.

That one is really funny.  ;)

There are two good cover versions of Springsteen's "Because the Night": one is by Patti Smith, the other is by 10,000 Maniacs. (If I recall, both Springsteen and Smith wrote parts of the original, but they recorded separate versions.)

Metallica's cover of "Last Caress/Green Hell" by the Misfits is fun.



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« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2011, 08:26:21 PM »
William Shatner's Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds is waaaay better that the original.

And I define 'better' based not on musicality, but on entertainment value...  :D
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« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2011, 09:16:03 PM »
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Turnpike Troubadours' cover of "Doreen" is better than the Old 97's original IMO.
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