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RE: Covers that are better than the original

I prefer Sinead O`Connors version of `Nothing Compares To You` over the original by Prince.

Think it helps a little if you hear the cover version first which I did in this case.

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Re: First nomination:

Kat Maslich-Bode – Let's Go Out Tonight

The Blue Nile – Let's Go Out Tonight

The Blue Nile, everytime.

Third nomination:

Andrea Corr – Tinseltown In The Rain

The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain

The Blue Nile, everytime......Tongue out...so far away from the sentiment it's laughable.

 

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Most covers I've heard of Bob Dylan songs.

 

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

OneBoxSystem wrote:

Re: First nomination:

Kat Maslich-Bode – Let's Go Out Tonight

The Blue Nile – Let's Go Out Tonight

The Blue Nile, everytime.

Third nomination:

Andrea Corr – Tinseltown In The Rain

The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain

The Blue Nile, everytime......Tongue out...so far away from the sentiment it's laughable.

Well we'll agree to disagree on my nomination obviously...Wink

And to your example; if you want to start a thread on "horrendous covers of songs that cannot be bettered anyway", feel free...

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Because the Night by Patti Smith is better to my ears than the original from Bruce Springsteen

 

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

She's not there, I prefer Santana's version to The Zombies one &

Suzi Q, Creedance Clearwater Revival is better than Dale Hawkins version.

Something a little more recent ,Only Love Can Break Your Heart, my preference is for the Saint Etienne version over Neil Young's
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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus

Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal

Ryan Adams - Wonderwall 

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Tori Amos > The Stranglers   - Strange Little Girl

Ben's Brother  > Lady GaGa   - Poker Face

The Freestylers - Punks > Fred Wesly and the KG's - Blow Your Head  (not strictly a cover tho Smile )

Biffy Clyro > Franz Ferdinand   - Take Me Out

 

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Up Around The Bend - Hanoi Rocks

Knockin' On Heavens Door - G N' R

Mississippi Queen - W.A.S.P.

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Costello's cover of the Animals track (that was a cover too) 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22MZ21S2Syo

Actually Costello has done a number of really good covers over the years.

The one I dislike the most is Paul Young's version of Crowded House 'Don't Dream It's Over' Not a lot wrong with it... just nondescript.

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Black Box Recorder -Up Town Top Ranking (Althea & Donna)

Califone - The Orchids (Psychic TV)

David Bowie - Fill Your Heart (Tiny Tim)

Blind Faith - Well... All Right (Buddy Holly)

Nirvana - Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam (The Vaselines)

The Fall - Lost In Music (Chic)

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Cyrus Reveal

(Tried so hard to resist. Failed dismally.)

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

UB40 and Chrissie Hynde.. I got you babe.

UB40 ..  Kingston Town.

 

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

It would have to be Peter Gabriels cover of "My Body is a Cage" by Arcade Fire. Briliant song.

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RE: Covers that are better than the original

Andrew Everard wrote:

Cyrus Reveal

(Tried so hard to resist. Failed dismally.)

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