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Best cover ever?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by terrier, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    This requires its own thread.
    I'll toss out a few to start:

    Johnny Cash, "Hurt" (Nine Inch Nails)
    Social Distortion, "Ring of Fire" (Cash)
    Sid Vicious, "My Way" (Frank Sinatra)
    Clash, "I Fought the Law" (Bobby Fuller Four)...am writing a song for an annual satirical musical revue I'm involved in using this.
    Arcade Fire, "Guns of Brixton" (Clash)...on YouTube only, but reimagining a song like a great cover does.

  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Reel Big Fish - Take On Me (Ah-Ha)
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Jolene - White Stripes
    Knocking on Heavens Door - Guns N Roses
    Bohemian Rhapsody - Elton John and Axl Rose
    Everlasting Love - U2
    The One (Elton John) - Guns N Roses
  4. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" - Cheap Trick (Terry Reid)
    "California Man" - Cheap Trick (The Move)
    "Baby One More Time" - Fountains of Wayne (Britney Spears)
    "Act Nice And Gentle" - The Black Keys (The Kinks)
    "Carnation" - Oasis (The Jam)
  5. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I'm a big fan of Pennywise's "Stand By Me."
  6. SportsDude

    SportsDude Active Member

    Them Changes, by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who covered Jim Hendrix's cover of Buddy Miles.


    How could I forget my favorite, Albert King doing Rolling Stone's "Honky Tonk Woman."
  7. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Dylan wrote the song, so All Along the Watchtower-Hendrix
  8. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    Any discussion of the best cover ever has got to begin with Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "All Along The Watchtower." When even the songwriter (the legendary Bob Dylan) says you sing his song better than he does, that's the ultimate tribute.

    Aretha Franklin's "Respect." It was an Otis Redding original. He made it a hit (I think). She made it a classic.

    Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails also has to be discussed. As soon as Trent Reznor heard Cash's take, he thought, "it's not my song anymore." He was blown away by where the musical legend took the song.

    Stevie Nicks is not normally good with covers. She does knock three out of the park: "I Need To Know (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). Tom Petty himself was quoted as saying, "you never heard it until you've heard Stevie sing it. She sings it great."

    "Rock And Roll" (Led Zeppelin). It's the song Howard Cohen of The Miami Herald uses to prove to people that she still rocks. Robert Plant went up to her and complimented her for doing a great job on it.

    "Face The Promise" (Bob Seger). She totally owned that song from the first time she did it, this year.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Yeah, that might be the obvious winner that everyone forgets...

    Billie Jean - Chris Cornell
  10. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Hendrix -- All Along the Watchtower
    Beatles -- Shout
    Pearl Jam -- Save it for Later
    Johnny Cash -- Hurt
    R.E.M. -- Crazy (Pylon)
    Coltrane -- Favorite Things
    Christmas Baby (Please Come Home) -- U2
    Rufus Wainright -- Hallelujah
    Peter Paul & Mary -- Blowin' in the Wind
    Jason & the Scorcher -- Sweet Marie
    New Riders of the Purple Sage -- Dead Flowers
    Devo -- Satisfaction
    Guy from The Commitments -- Try a Little Tenderness; honorable mention-- Duckie lip-synching it in Pretty in Pink.
    My Morning Jacket -- I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
    Indigo Girls -- Clampdown
    Amiee Mann and Michael Penn -- Two of Us.
    Eddie Vedder -- You've Got To Hide Your Love Away.

    Just a few I like. I've gathered a huge amount of covers in my iTunes. I love a good cover.
  11. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    The Hendrix-Watchtower ground is well trod, I see, so I'll throw in Warren Zevon's cover of "Casey Jones."

    Also, my favorite recent cover is Levon Helm doing Steve Earle's "The Mountain."
  12. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and the Banshees just popped into my head. One of the best Beatles cover I've heard, and I don't like too many.
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