This week’s theme, as mentioned last week, is covers.  A couple of you inserted some into the thread and I asked you to hold off only because as luck would have it, this had already been selected.  Thanks for your patience.

“All music is derivative” as someone commented on last week’s thread.  Artists perform new versions of songs all the time, whether as loving tributes or attempts to introduce them to new generations or just to make a buck.   If I name just about any song that has been covered by someone else, you’ll find a split among fans who either stay true to the original or think that the cover band perfected it.

I’ll admit that there are covers I like better just because I grew up with them or I already liked the covering artist and wasn’t very familiar with the original.  There are also several covers I hate because they’re not those things I just mentioned.

Some songs are just shitty no matter who performs them.  For example, yesterday, we saw the Senate GOP perform their cover of Senator Harry Reid’s classic 2013 hit “Take This Filibuster and Shove It”.  I can’t say I’m a fan of either version and I’ll probably hate the next one.  So it goes.

So let’s do this.  Here are the categories:

  1. “I’m just a copy of a copy of a copy.” – Safe reproductions of songs that take little risks or sound very different from the originals.
  2. “All your bass are belong to us.” – Much more difficult.  Improvements over the original versions of famous songs.  2. (b) For extra credit, I’m looking for covers that are so much better known than the originals, that the latter have been forgotten.
  3. “Break me off a piece…” – Samples of popular songs.  Most commonly used in rap, but there are exceptions.
  4. “Blurred Lines.” – It’s so similar in sound as to be a ripoff but isn’t identified as either a cover or a sample.  Let the lawsuits commence.
  5. “Hold my beer” – There are some YouTube performers out there with some capable covers.  Give them some traffic.

To participate, just add a song according to the theme.   Everything gets added to the YouTube playlist as the day goes on, as long as it’s on topic.

This week’s dedications!

mashav: We’ve pretty much exhausted Shatner’s “Common People” cover, I’m afraid.  Here’s something else.  This surpasses the original, in my opinion. She makes it her own. That poor fucking teddy bear though…

Grendel: Another cover that beats the original.  The song benefited from getting a bit more noisy.

pfluffy: Normally, I hate playing live versions, but that’s all there is for this one and I think it’s worth it.  This is basically a straight and safe cover, but the way she changes pitch at 2:51 to 3:04….oh, my Lord.  Even Cornell didn’t do that.  Great voice, even if I think the band sucks overall.

santino: Another live cover, but exceptionally done.  It’s “safe” but one of those rare cases in which the cover was good AND it made me appreciate the original even more.  Somehow, I just got it after hearing this.  Do you know what I mean?

dakrat: I can’t lie.  Generally, I don’t like the Foo Fighters.  I’ve really tried, but it just hasn’t worked out.  Nevertheless, this cover is–improbably–superior to that of the legendary original artist.

Zurvan: This song is best known for the cover by The Animals, but it’s much older.  Even this is a cover, many, many years removed from the original.  Truth is that when you read the song’s lyrics, it makes more sense when it’s from a woman’s perspective.

kevinmkr: Okay, this one is special.  It’s from #5, but I think this woman is brilliant and I could watch her uploads all day.  This particular cover almost makes me tear up.   Be sure to check out all of her videos.  Some of her covers are beyond insane.

westvirginiarebel: You have to love this one.  It catapulted one group to mainstream fame and revived the career of the other one.  I’m not even sure how to categorize it, but the video is fantastic.

Last thing.  I’m going to get “Hurt” out of the way now.  I’m sure three or four of you were ready to pounce on it, but I’m thwarting you.  Besides, you need to be challenged and this one’s too easy.  It’s the capstone on a week of dickish acts of mine.

Why am I playing the original NIN version?  Because I shit you not, there are a lot people these days who think the Johnny Cash version is the original.  It’s become a #2 (b).

Can you believe that?  You done got old.  Deal.

Would you like a dedication of your own next week?  It’s easy.  Just comment with a YouTube link to a song on theme this week.

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spootyjim

Long time lurker, first time commenter. Music covers are a particular passion of mine. One of my favorites is Killswitch Engage’s cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” The video is silly as all get-out, but I always liked KSE precisely because they didn’t hew to the dark and brooding stereotype of heavy metal bands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR7dG_m3MsI

santino

Good choice on Staind!!

For #2, and not surprisingly are from my favouritest band.

Feeling Good
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

As an aside, I really think Muse could do a kick ass cover of Party In the USA. This song just screams, heavy guitar cover!

A little Girl Talk for #3. I dare you to sit still while listening to it.

For #5, a favourite with me and my daughter, 10 second songs

Another #2, Guns N’ Roses

I’m going to go rogue and call this 2 c), where the original is better than the cover.
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spootyjim

While I enjoy watching the back and forth here, I don’t really have the time or attention span to throw my hat in the ring for politics. Music, I can do 😀

I’ve never cared much for the Deftones. I can’t really pin it down, since some of their singles are really good but when I venture into their albums they just lose me along the way.

I’ll match your CCR cover with The Children of Bodom covering “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRbKc32i09c

mashav

Dick! I posted Hurt last week!
https://youtu.be/lul-Y8vSr0I

spootyjim

Disturbed always has done good covers. My tastes are quite… eclectic. Which is why I’m going to leave you with a Finnish bluegrass outfit covering an Australian heavy metal band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc

Zurvan

I’m going to take a different track.

A good friend of mine is a composer. He and a few other friends got together and re-wrote a bunch of songs into what they call “Cinematic Pop” and then professionally recorded them. Essentially popular songs were re-written to be done with full orchestra and choir (I was in the choir). A few examples:

The Cure: Friday I’m In Love

Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

AWOLNATION – Sail

santino

Brilliant! I love show tunes.

santino

Good one! Which reminds me. You can almost sing Big Bang Baby, word-for-word to this tune.

Can’t believe I totally forgot about Faith. Maybe spootyjim likes it?

Bridging the gap between the Sixties and the Seventies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X6e7uctAww

A cover of a cover of a cover:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=becWr0vc6cA

Considering what’s going on in the world right now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn91L9goKfQ

Last but not least:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cPgonpbwo

mashav, There’s enough Johnny to go around.

Gonna say #2 on this. Johnny owns it.

Great choice on the Fourth of July. One of my favorite SG songs. Looks like Rusty Cage is taken.

How about Shirley Bassey vs. Pink

santino

I like ’em better when they were called AC/DC.

YES, Great cover. I love Dio,, but this cover was simply ..powerful.

Santino, great one!

Here is an Alice in Chains copy band doing an Aerosmith cover rather competently.

Cover of many covers

I am not sure it beats the Animals but that guy has a really interesting voice.

I Loved Ronnie James Dio…. His passing was a huge loss to the world of metal.
Other musicians got together and did a tribute album.
Jack black did a cover of Last In Line, one of my favorite tunes..

in the same album Rob Halford. covered Man on Silver Mountain

spootyjim

Gah, I’d completely forgotten about Limp Bizkit covering Faith. It’s one of the few things by Bizkit I can listen to for multiple plays.

Along the same lines, Seether completely crushed their cover of Wham!’s “Careless Whisper.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2471d2EbjbA

santino

Yes, Godsmack! I have their debut album somewhere in the dark recesses of my iPod. That was a Columbia House purchase.

santino

A couple of Killers covers.

Shadowplay
Romeo & Juliet

Simple man,,, Shinedown..… i love this song and most all the covers.

Thunderstruck Steve’n’Seagulls finnish redneck anyone?

Cotton eyed Joe, Country sisters.…… if anything its good eye candy

I love bagpipes.. fracking crucify me.. lol Thunderstruck on bagpipes.

mashav

pfluffy, I actually almost (almost) prefer this one to Hurt.
I just wanted to call Thrill a bad word.
I gotta say, I am surprised that no one has posted this poster child for #2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4

Thrill

I had to like that comment.

Thrill

Nice work, guys. Next week’s post: Cowboy Up.

Going to slip this last one in.

There will never be another place for it anyway. You didn’t include mashups but maybe we can shoehorn it in to “hold my beer”.

Also, had to get the Shat in there:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKo4FMzt_hM

santino

Couldn’t let this thread die without posting the ultimate (good or bad, ymmv) for #3.

kevinmkr

Here’s an entry for category #6: Punkish remakes (which were a thing for awhile in the 90s, if you recall).

kevinmkr

Here’s another #6 since you guys seem to be on a Johnny kick.

kevinmkr

Wait, wasn’t the chorus of Big Bang Baby a #4 of this song?

kevinmkr

This cover got me into Guided By Voices.

Why the Beatles never sued for this, I’ll never know.

Even though The La’s version is a 98 on my scale, this version is a 100. I’m a sucker for Leigh Nash’s voice.

Here are two #2’s:

Mad World

And one for you, Thrill, and your NiN theme — Dead Souls

I have 3 dozen more but since I’m 3 days late (was at the Tigers Opening Day game on Friday) I’ll probably save them.

Annie are you OK? I have always loved this cover by Alien Ant Farm: https://youtu.be/CDl9ZMfj6aE

Zurvan

Late Entrant.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Pentatonix.

kevinmkr

I know you’re not a sports fan, in general, but did you catch any of the commercials that AT&T was shoving down our throats during March Madness? There was something cool about Dan Band ten years ago that doesn’t seem to translate now that he’s in his late 40s. Instead of being humorously faux sexy, it ended up feeling awkward and creepy.

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