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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  • 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
  • JBlack240JBlack240 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch(originally by BC)

    Land of Confusion - Disturbed(Genesis)

    Am I Evil - Metallica(Diamond Head)

    Come On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot(Slade)

    Live and Let Die - Guns N' Roses(Paul McCartney & Wings)

    and of course

    Hurt - Johnny Cash(Nine Inch Nails)
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Draconian - "On Sunday They Will Kill The World" (Original by Ekseption)
    Type O Negative - "Summer Breeze" (Original by Seals & Crofts)
    Turisas - "Rasputin" (Original by Boney M)
    Pain - "Eleanore Rigby" (No need to say who did the original;) )
    Nine Inch Nails - "Dead Souls" (Originally by Joy Division; who's original version is also damn awesome)
  • FlyGuyLXIFlyGuyLXI Headl!ner
    edited January 2012
    darkwinterbeast8;4613539 said:

    Type O Negative - "Summer Breeze" (Original by Seals & Crofts)

    Forgot about that one. Pretty good cover, and how well it works under a pretty large genre shift.
  • CanuckGamerCanuckGamer Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    While some disagree, my opinion is that the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the Simon & Garfunkel original.
  • I_Love_YouI_Love_You Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    Phish's cover of Ya Mar is better than the original. I finally found the original (by The Mustangs) so I could actually compare to two.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2012
    CanuckGamer;4613767 said:
    While some disagree, my opinion is that the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the Simon & Garfunkel original.

    This is pretty much the mack-daddy of how covers should be done.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited January 2012
    FujiSkunk;4611446 said:
    Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light," originally by Bruce Springsteen.

    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.
    All of these. Also, "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" by Barenaked Ladies, originally by Bruce Cockburn.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited January 2012
    CanuckGamer;4613767 said:
    While some disagree, my opinion is that the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the Simon & Garfunkel original.

    As a die-hard S&G fan, I can not allow that to be said near me.
  • Insane3Insane3 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid;4611410 said:

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

    I would not say that it's "the obvious answer". I prefer the original version and usually I prefer Johnny Cash's work to NIN.
  • MuscleManMuscleMan Unsigned
    edited January 2012
    Twist and shout - The Beatles (originally [?] the Isley Brothers)
    I heard it through the grapevine - CCR (originally Marvin Gaye)
    Jumpin Jack Flash - Leon Russell (originally the Rolling Stones)
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    More awesome covers...

    Emperor - "Gypsy" (Original by Mercyful Fate, who's original version is also awesome)
    The Prodigy - "Fuel My Fire" (Original by L7)
    Bathory - "Ace Of Spades" (As blasphemous as it may seem, I prefer Bathory's take on the Mortorhead classic)
    Pantera - "Electric Funeral" (Even more blasphemous since Black Sabbath did the original but what can I say, for some reason I prefer Pantera's take on it)
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    darkwinterbeast8;4614280 said:
    Pantera - "Electric Funeral" (Even more blasphemous since Black Sabbath did the original but what can I say, for some reason I prefer Pantera's take on it)

    Digging Bathory's version of a Motorhead song more than the Motorhead version is fine and all, but this one.. oy, yeah.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    clashcityrocker10;4614303 said:
    Digging Bathory's version of a Motorhead song more than the Motorhead version is fine and all, but this one.. oy, yeah.

    On a slightly tangential note, I'm being reminded of Sigh's cover of Venom's "Countess Bathory"... that's a pretty good one.
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    clashcityrocker10;4614303 said:
    Digging Bathory's version of a Motorhead song more than the Motorhead version is fine and all, but this one.. oy, yeah.
    Perhaps Sacrilegious and Blasphemous at the same time covers it. Most bands that cover Sabbath I either prefer the original or dig both about equally but it's just that one song I prefer the version done by the band that for all accounts are inferior to Sabbath. Call it weird, eccentric, insane, whatever; it is what it is. ;)
  • RosaFloydGuyRosaFloydGuy Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    For me, it goes...
    Fanfare for the Common Man- Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Aaron Copland)
    Repent Walpurgis- The Shiver (Procol Harum)
    Pretty Woman- Van Halen (Roy Orbison)
    All Along the Watchtower- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Bob Dylan)
    House of the Rising Sun- Muse (Bob Dylan, Animals, Sinead O'Connor)
    Blinded By The Light- Manfred Mann (Bruce Springsteen)
    Back Door Man- The Doors (Willie Dixon)
    I Wanna Be Your Man- The Beatles (The Rolling Stones)
    Yer Blues- The Dirty Mac (The Beatles)
    They're Red Hot- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Robert Johnson)
    Crossroads- Cream (Robert Johnson)
    Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You- Led Zeppelin (Joan Baez)
    The Star-Spangled Banner- Jimi Hendrix
    The Man Who Sold The World- Nirvana (David Bowie)
    I Heard It Through the Grapevine- CCR (Marvin Gaye)
    L.A. Woman- Days of the New (The Doors, this one was almost left off because the original is still amazing)

    To name a few.
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Also, anyone that covers "Because the Night" seems to do a better job of it than the Patty Smith Group. It's expected of Bruce Springsteen to do a good job with it since he co-wrote the song with Patty Smith. But when 10,000 Maniacs and Keel outdo you on the song; not to mention Domina Noctis and Sonic Youth; you inadvertently created a song that your own band sucks at.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    I just got reminded of a couple...

    Powerman 5000 - Good Times Roll (original by The Cars)
    Like the harder edge to this rendition.

    Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb (original by Pink Floyd)
    Not sure if I prefer it necessarily, but major bonus points for taking a song into a direction it was never intended to go.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited January 2012
    darkwinterbeast8;4614581 said:

    ah, 10,000 Maniacs....i miss Natalie Merchant


    also, that Powerman 5000 cover of Good Times Roll makes me wonder why nobody's tried to make a compilation of Cars covers (Red House Painters, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.)
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    killer_roach;4614613 said:
    Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb (original by Pink Floyd)
    Not sure if I prefer it necessarily, but major bonus points for taking a song into a direction it was never intended to go.

    There is something inherently creepy about man who is a walking homosexual stereotype singing a song called "Comfortably Numb"... ...But that just adds to the awesomeness of their rendition of that song. It helps that the Scissor Sisters are a great band.
  • Lameboy19Lameboy19 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    I like Owen's version of Femme Fatale more than the VU
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2012
    darkwinterbeast8;4614389 said:
    Perhaps Sacrilegious and Blasphemous at the same time covers it. Most bands that cover Sabbath I either prefer the original or dig both about equally but it's just that one song I prefer the version done by the band that for all accounts are inferior to Sabbath. Call it weird, eccentric, insane, whatever; it is what it is. ;)

    Pantera's version of "Planet Caravan" is also at least as good as Black Sabbath's original, as well as their cover of "Cat Scratch Fever". /ducks the flmes
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