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C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 16:45:50
I always liked Nazareths "this Flight tonight". It's a rock classic and I was completely puzzled when I found out it was a Joni Mitchell song. Nazereths version is very 1-2-3-4 and stomping. Like a military jet. JM version is more light, swinging, more like a bird than a plane

Funkodrom
23-11-2001, 16:49:08
All Along the Watchtower by Jimi

C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 16:53:34
The Who's Summertime Blues

Funkodrom
23-11-2001, 16:55:08
Whiskey in the Jar by Metallica. I like Thin Lizzie but compared to modern bands they don't really rock it's really interesting to hear how their music might sound if they were going today.

FunkyFingers
23-11-2001, 16:57:06
Fly like an Eagle - Seals version
Mamma told me not to come - Stereophonics/Tom Jones

It's actually much harder to come up with an example of a good cover, compared to examples of bad cover versions...

Funkodrom
23-11-2001, 16:59:35
I liked Burning Down the House (I think it was called) on Tom Jones Reload album that he did with the Cardigans. No idea what the original was of that though.

FunkyFingers
23-11-2001, 17:00:25
Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Strauss (2001 A Space Oddesy theme) - the jazz/funk version by JTQ was bloody superb now I come to think about it

C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 17:01:42
The Talking Heads?
I liked his "Kiss" version, it was so powerfull, nothing of the flattering Prince production.

Funkodrom
23-11-2001, 17:01:54
JTQ did the Starsky and Hutch theme as well, that got a lot of plays on the Uni Jukebox from me.

Funkodrom
23-11-2001, 17:02:40
Originally posted by C.G.B. Spender
The Talking Heads?
I liked his "Kiss" version, it was so powerfull, nothing of the flattering Prince production.

Agreed. A good album that in all.

C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 17:03:27
The Alabama son of the Doors. I don't know if they were the first rock band to play it, but I still find it's amazing song in the Doors context. Now everyone does it or the mack the Knife son. Does Sting the song? I bet he does ....

FunkyFingers
23-11-2001, 17:08:03
I always liked the Guns&Roses version of "Live and Let Die".

I've got a superb Easy Listening version of "Come on Baby light my fire". Absoloutely tremendous

Funkodrom
23-11-2001, 17:09:07
Yeah, that's great too.

Funny, I just mentioned that in another thread! On In Flight Entertainment n'est pas?

C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 17:10:45
I'm waiting for a fast rock cover of the girl from Ipanema.
Dang-dang-dang da-dang-dang-dadadada

FunkyFingers
23-11-2001, 17:14:20
The easy listening stuff is getting cross-threaded in the "bad covers" thread I think!
Inflight Entertainment - that's the one, total classic album. Everybody should have a copy.


The rock version of Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" is funny, but I couldn't say it's actually good.

C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 17:24:39
It's still very similar to the original, I mean: still the same little the breaks in the rhythm. I think that's what the Jacko song was and what the cover is. Exactly the same rhythm

FunkyFingers
23-11-2001, 17:27:01
Is a good cover version then a version which re-interprets the original and adds something new, for example the Club Version of William Orbit's "Adagio for Strings by Barber", or is a good cover version one which adheres almost exactly to the original?

C.G.B. Spender
23-11-2001, 17:33:19
If it's the same, who needs it?

Funkodrom
25-11-2001, 11:59:09
Originally posted by C.G.B. Spender
It's still very similar to the original, I mean: still the same little the breaks in the rhythm. I think that's what the Jacko song was and what the cover is. Exactly the same rhythm

It's great, I really like that cover. It keeps the same rhythm and breaks exactly but does it much heavier so it sounds a lot faster, I think MJ's version is serious and AAF are having fun with it which I like. Plus it's a good song anyway.

Funkodrom
25-11-2001, 11:59:52
In Flight Entertainment (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000006UA1/qid=1006689430/sr=1-3/ref=sr_sp_re/026-2853227-4215667) Great album.

Snapcase
25-11-2001, 14:53:04
Aretha Franklin's Don't Play That Song (You Lied). Johnnie Allan's Promised Land. The New York Dolls' Pills.

Fun album: El Baile Alaman (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004TYKN/o/qid=1006700101/sr=2-1/ref=sr_bt_1/026-1547682-2403656)

Funkodrom
26-11-2001, 12:05:32
That sounds pretty funny... certainly an interesting idea.

Snapcase
26-11-2001, 12:12:58
It's not just a crass novelty product, actually, although it sounds as if it might be. I've seen reviewers giving it perfect scores... :)

Snapcase
26-11-2001, 12:15:17
http://www.allmusicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Apkw67uw010jj

Case in point.

Funkodrom
26-11-2001, 12:15:44
The cover of Light My Fire on In Flight Entertainment is genius. It's a total corruption of the spirit of the original, soft, kinda upbeat and happy, but keeping the original tune and somehow, it manages to fit really well.

FunkyFingers
26-11-2001, 13:53:18
The IFE recording of Light my Fire - I'm considering having that at my wedding :D :clueless: :beer:

Funkodrom
26-11-2001, 14:04:39
I love it.

Roland
28-11-2001, 10:53:56
Babes in Toyland, "All by myself". Sung all the wrong ways, and thereby alone a fantastic improvement on the original.

Snapcase
28-11-2001, 13:40:38
Oi, what's wrong with the original?

Guy
28-11-2001, 13:52:45
Reinterpretation makes for the best covers.

Like the Cure's version of "Purple Haze" or when Paul Westerberg and Joan Jett covered "Let's Do It", both favorites of mine.

Nice updates were the Lemonheads' version of "Mrs. Robinson" or Nikki French's "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Neither were musically innovative, but both were lots of fun.

Most covers don't impress me, though. I prefer remixes, the best people at reinterpreting a band's work are usually the bands themselves. INXS, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, and the Jesus and Mary Chain were all kings at this.

FunkyFingers
29-11-2001, 17:37:12
The Black Crowes version of "Too hot to handle" was a great cover

Noisy
29-11-2001, 19:06:19
I heard a great cover when I was at Guildford Live this year. Cephus is a young local band who were on the amateur stage, and I chanced upon them as they were launching into a thrash metal version of 'Mama Mia'. I was blown away. However, immediately after that the leader launched into a diatribe about how they were a Christian rock band, and that just turned me completely off. I hate it when musicians try and mix their music with anything else because they have a platform.

Kory
01-12-2001, 00:38:41
the single best cover I have ever heard is (Oingo) Boingo's cover of "I am the Walrus"

Resource Consumer
01-12-2001, 01:05:35
"money" - The FLying Lizards, anyone?

C.G.B. Spender
01-12-2001, 08:30:22
That was a cool one. I remember of some good covers of the Residents ...