Cover songs you like better than the originals

SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
edited August 2013 in History of Rock
Got any?

I for one have always liked Metallica's version of "Turn the Page" (fun fact: first time I ever actually saw that video was during an MTV special on banned videos. It was on at like 3 o'clock in the morning and had viewer discretion warnings at the beginning of every segment. What was blurred out in this YouTube video was....not blurred out for that broadcast) better than Bob Seger's. Which is weird, because I'm really not all that big a Metallica fan, but I like their arrangement of the song a whole lot better.

Another artist I've never been too fond of is Michael Jackson. Especially 11 year old Michael Jackson. I heard a rather generic pop-rock version of "I Want You Back" a few weeks ago on the radio that I liked quite a bit better than the original, but I can't seem to find it again. I have no idea who performed it.

Then there's the obvious answer. Even Trent Reznor likes that version better.

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  • GNFfhqwhgadsGNFfhqwhgads 99% Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Alien Ant Farm's Smooth Criminal. Jackson's is a little stuttery.
  • edited January 2012
    Honest Bob's cover of Head Like A Hole is 100x better then the original NIN version.
    And Jonathan Coulton's cover of Baby Got Back is just funny as hell.

    And was that cover of I Want You Back by Steel Train? I think that was who I heard a cover of that song from and it sucked. It had zero feeling behind the lyrics. Maybe it was Anthony Green? I get all those bands my brother loves mixed up.
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    MagicMurderBag7;4611437 said:
    And was that cover of I Want You Back by Steel Train?
    Nope, that's not it. I wouldn't be surprised if people described the version I heard as "sucked," though. There's nothing terribly special about it. Good vocal harmonies, though. I just like it better than 11 year old Michael Jackson. His vocals are just so...sharp, and grating.
    MagicMurderBag7;4611437 said:
    Maybe it was Anthony Green? I get all those bands my brother loves mixed up.

    Can't find that one.
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light," originally by Bruce Springsteen.

    Point of Grace's "Hole in the World," originally by the Eagles.

    Paul Young's "Every Time You Go Away," originally by Hall and Oates.

    Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," originally by Gloria Jones.

    Naked Eyes' "Always Something There to Remind Me," originally by Dionne Warwick.

    The Doobie Brothers' "Jesus Is Just Alright," originally by the Byrds.

    Club Nouveau's "Lean on Me," originally by Bill Withers (though the original is good in its own right).

    But "Turn the Page" didn't need a remake, least of all by Metallica.
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    FujiSkunk;4611446 said:
    Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light," originally by Bruce Springsteen.

    I never knew he actually recorded that one. Reminds me of another one - "I'm a Believer." The Monkees version is a pop music touchstone. It's fairly well known that Neil Diamond wrote the song, but I was also surprised when I first learned that he recorded a version as well.
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid;4611450 said:
    I never knew he actually recorded that one.
    It's on his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. His version sounds, well, like a Bruce Springsteen song, which makes the weird lyrics seem even weirder. Manfred Mann gave them a more appropriate prog-rock setting.
  • edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid;4611445 said:
    Nope, that's not it. I wouldn't be surprised if people described the version I heard as "sucked," though. There's nothing terribly special about it. Good vocal harmonies, though. I just like it better than 11 year old Michael Jackson. His vocals are just so...sharp, and grating.



    Can't find that one.
    I knew one of those bands had a cover of it.
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Manfred Mann are an usual band. They're essentially a two-hit wonder, and the two songs are of vastly different styles - "Blinded by the Light" and "Doo Wah Diddy." Also, they were originally named after their keyboardist (Manfred Mann) and their drummer (Mike Hugg) making their name....the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers.

    Yeah, going straight for Manfred's name was probably a good career move.....
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid;4611465 said:
    Manfred Mann are an usual band. They're essentially a two-hit wonder, and the two songs are of vastly different styles - "Blinded by the Light" and "Doo Wah Diddy."
    The Mighty Quinn would like a word with you. :)
    Yeah, going straight for Manfred's name was probably a good career move.....
    No argument there!
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Never heard that song before in my life. Is it really as well known as "Blinded by the Light" and "Doo Wah Diddy" ?
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid;4611492 said:
    Never heard that song before in my life. Is it really as well known as "Blinded by the Light" and "Doo Wah Diddy" ?

    It used to get a fair amount of airplay on the oldies station here, back when the station still concentrated on the '50s and '60s. The song was also a big enough concert staple of Mann's that a live version appeared on a greatest hits collection of their '70s and '80s stuff.

    Incidentally, "Quinn the Eskimo" is also a cover, originally and less popularly by Bob Dylan.
  • DrowGamer77DrowGamer77 Serious Business
    edited January 2012
    Metallica's cover of "Die, Die My Darling" - Original by the Misfits

    Nonpoint's cover of "In the Air Tonight" - Original by Phil Collins


    god, I know there's more that I'm forgetting
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    It's a catchy song, I can see why it'd be popular. I just never heard it before.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    DrowGamer77;4611509 said:
    Nonpoint's cover of "In the Air Tonight" - Original by Phil Collins
    Oh hell yes.

    Some off the top of my head -

    Transatlantic - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (original by Genesis)
    Godhead - Eleanor Rigby (original by The Beatles)
    Star One - Knife Edge (original by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)
    Disturbed - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (original by U2)
    Blind Guardian - Spread Your Wings (original by Queen)
    Apocalyptica - Helden (original by David Bowie)
    Dream Theater - To Tame A Land (original by Iron Maiden)
    Between The Buried And Me - Three Of A Perfect Pair (original by King Crimson)
    Kittie - Run Like Hell (original by Pink Floyd)
    Umphrey's McGee - Girlfriend Is Better (original by Talking Heads, occasionally performed live)
  • dog037dog037 This Many Days Since Last Ban:
    edited January 2012
    Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid mentioned "Hurt" already, but other than that one off the top of my head:

    Cap'n Jazz - "Take on Me"
    The Clash - any song they covered, really
    Ramones - "Surfin' Bird"
    Dinosaur Jr. - "Just Like Heaven"
    Sonic Youth - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

    Note that I also happen to like the original version of all the songs I listed.
  • Onslaught_feiOnslaught_fei Headliner
    edited January 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vYixpbff9Y and I really really really like the original version.
  • Cipher_PeonCipher_Peon I don't get it at all
    edited January 2012
    The first that comes to mind is No Use For A Name's cover of "Turning Japanese."
    A big NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO moment was had when I learned that it was a cover and NOT the version we were getting in Rock Band ;_;
  • soup567soup567 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    You Keep Me Hanging on - Vanilla Fudge (Originally by The Supremes)
    Season of the Witch - Vanilla Fudge (Originally by Donovan)
    People Get Ready - Vanilla Fudge (Originally by The Impressions)
    All Tomorrow's Parties - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Originally by The Velvet Underground)
    I'm Gonna Kill That Woman - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Originally by John Lee Hooker)
    Running Scared - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Originally by Roy Orbison)
    Free Speech for the Dumb - Metallica (Originally by Discharge)
    River Deep/Mountain High - Deep Purple (Originally by Tina Turner)
    Here Comes the Sun - Ghost (Originally by The Beatles)
    Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest (Originally by Joan Baez)
    Come Away Melinda - UFO (Originally by The Weavers)
    I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival (Originally by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
    Plateau - Nirvana (Originally by the Meat Puppets)
    Lake of Fire - Nirvana (Originally by the Meat Puppets)
    All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Originally by Bob Dylan)


    And also I prefer just about all the covers The Beatles did. And an honorable mention to The Big Medley by Dream Theater, thought I can't really say if I prefer all parts of it.

    And on the opposite subject of original songs that I think are better than more well known covers, Ready for Love/After Lights by Mott the Hoople, I think, is a billion times better than what Bad Company did. I don't know why Mick Ralphs decided to rerecord it.
  • FlyGuyLXIFlyGuyLXI Headl!ner
    edited January 2012
    Rodrigo y Gabriela - "Stairway to Heaven"
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    FlyGuyLXI;4612066 said:
    Rodrigo y Gabriela - "Stairway to Heaven"

    Here's one I forgot.
  • CubecubedCubecubed Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    I like all of Coheed's covers more than the originals. Except the Trooper, although their version is fantastic.

    Also, and I might catch heat for this, I like Seal's version of "Fly like an Eagle" more than the Steve Miller band version. Space Jam memories,lol.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited January 2012
    I had a big list then my browser crashed.

    All Mixed Up - Red House Painters (The Cars)
    Viva Las Vegas - Dead Kennedys (Elvis)
    Take On Me - Cap'n Jazz (a-ha)
    Hot Limit - High and Mighty Color (T.M. Revolution)
    Go Your Own Way - Seaweed (Fleetwood Mac)
    Astronomy Domine - Voivod (Pink Floyd)
    Tiny Dancer - Ben Folds (Elton John)
    Wicked Game - Giant Drag (Chris Isaak)
    Paranoid - Ultraviolence (Black Sabbath)
    Enjoy the Silence - Failure (Depeche Mode)
    White Room - Demons & Wizards (Cream)
    Immigrant Song - Enslaved (Led Zeppelin)
    Macarthur Park - Beggar's Opera (Jimmy Webb)
    Johnny & Mary - the Notwist (Robert Palmer)
    Video Killed the Radio Star - Ben Folds Five (the Buggles)
    Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter (Bob Dylan)
    Liar - Three Dog Night (Argent)
    Tearin' Up My Heart - Vanilla Fudge (N'Sync)
    Ticket to Ride - Vanilla Fudge (the Beatles)
    With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker (the Beatles)
    Christmas Eve/Sarajevo - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Savatage)
    Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo (Rolling Stones)
    Love Buzz - Nirvana (Shocking Blue)
    Alone Again Or - UFO (Love)
    Sheena Is a Punk Rocker - Husker Du (Ramones)
    Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (The Great! Society!)
    Wild Thing - Jimi Hendrix Experience (The Wild Ones)
    Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Matchbox - Jonny Lang (Ike Turner)
    Dying to Live - Jonny Lang (Edgar Winter)
    Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest (Joan Baez)
    Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) - Judas Priest (Fleetwood Mac)
    I Drove All Night - Cyndi Lauper (Roy Orbison)
    For You - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
    Superstar - Sonic Youth
    In the Ghetto - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Elvis)
    You Really Got Me - Oingo Boingo (the Kinks)
    What'd I Say - Rare Earth (Ray Charles)
    Get Ready - Rare Earth (the Temptations)
    Long Distance Runaround - Red House Painters (Yes)
    I Only Wanna Be With You - Volbeat (Dusty Springfield)
    Simpson's Theme - Sonic Youth (Danny Elfman)
    Beware of Darkness - Spock's Beard (George Harrison)
    Take Me to the River - Talking Heads (Al Green)
    Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants (the Four Lads)
    Message In a Bottle - Excel (the Police)
    Tom Traubert's Blues - Tom Waits (Banjo Paterson)
    Spoon - Sonic Youth (CAN)
  • Lameboy19Lameboy19 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Cap'n Jazz's Take on Me is the best cover ever.

    fact.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Everything's kind of been said already, but here's one that hasn't been mentioned: Dum Dum Girls' version of The Smiths' "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrgKtFVKTmI

    Gorgeous, gorgeous cover.

    Some other glaring ommisions:

    Devo - "Secret Agent Man" (Johnny Rivers), "Are You Experienced?" (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Husker Du - "Ticket to Ride" (Beatles)
    Big Black - "He's A Whore" (Cheap Trick), "The Model" (Kraftwerk)
    The Cure - "World In My Eyes" (Depeche Mode), "Foxy Lady" (Jimi)
    Bauhaus - "Telegram Sam" (T. Rex), "Third Uncle" (Brian Eno)
    Creaming Jesus - "A Forest" (The Cure)
    Carissa's Wierd - "Isolation" (Joy Division)
    Skeletal Family - "Black Juju" (Alice Cooper)
    Siouxsie & The Banshees - "Helter Skelter" (Beatles)
    Xiu Xiu - "Asleep" (The Smiths)
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2012
    Lameboy19;4612359 said:
    Cap'n Jazz's Take on Me is the best cover ever.

    fact.

    No. I honestly don't understand the overhype of Cap'n Jazz, who is a fine band but noting to be coke fiend-esque like about.
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Somber news today reminds me of another well-known song that is in fact a cover.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Gowienczyk;4612581 said:
    No. I honestly don't understand the overhype of Cap'n Jazz, who is a fine band but noting to be coke fiend-esque like about.

    Agreed. Cap'n Jazz and The Mountain Goats are probably the two most overhyped bands around here. Both are all right, but still...
  • BohemianMattBohemianMatt Headliner
    edited January 2012
    With today's CCR announcement, I'm lamenting that their version of "I Put a Spell on You" is not included.

    Also CAKE's version of "I Will Survive."
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited January 2012
    Lameboy19;4612359 said:
    Red House Painter's All Mixed Up is the best cover ever.

    fact.

    fixed
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