Cover songs you like better than the originals

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  • 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
    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
    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 wrote: »
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

    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
    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
    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
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Sometimes the best Xiu Xiu lyrics end up in their worst songs, so this is pretty much perfect.
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Yer Blues- The Dirty Mac (The Beatles)

    Good choice.
  • RosaFloydGuyRosaFloydGuy Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    FujiSkunk wrote: »
    Good choice.

    I'm really surprised nobody said that yet. I mean, it's four titans of British rock playing a song by one of the most iconic bands in history.
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited January 2012
    I'm really surprised nobody said that yet. I mean, it's four titans of British rock playing a song by one of the most iconic bands in history.

    Not a whole lot of people have seen the Circus, let alone heard of it.
  • XacharyCrossXacharyCross Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    Powerman 5000 - Should I stay or Should I Go (The Clash)
    David Bowie - Lets Spend the Night Together (Rolling Stones)
    16 Horsepower - Bad Moon Risin' (CCR)
    Sanctuary - White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
    Damone - Wasted Years (Iron Maiden, this one could probably flip flop depending on my mood though)
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Sanctuary - White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)

    Forgot about that one for some odd reason. Sanctuary do indeed make that song better than the original, also helps that Dave Mustaine also appeared on that track.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited January 2012
    Jefferson Airplane's cover of White Rabbit, is IMO, worse than the original
  • Dante1847Dante1847 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    but they do make an awesome cover of "Tobacco Road". my dad and I would kill a bottle of bourbon to that song.
  • AshtrayHeartAshtrayHeart Rising Star
    edited January 2012
    Love Rollercoaster by Red Hot Chili Peppers. They took Ohio Players' song and made it their own, and it was fantastic.

    Another I'd like to mention is Crazy in Love by Snow Patrol. Originally by Beyonce. Yes, this exists.
  • JBlack240JBlack240 Road Warrior
    edited February 2012
    New one for me, Avenged Sevenfold's cover of Pantera's "Walk"
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