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Igirisujin
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Posted:Ah yes covers, everyone wants to cover a song and hit sucsess a second or third time, but rarely does it happen. Theres a few that are better though, and theres a hell of alot wich are crap.

I think Frou Frou's Holding Out for A Hero is MUCH better than Bonnie Tylers. Bonnie cant sing! haha. Frou Frou's is a modern up to date version, more stylish.


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Posted:theres some brilliant ones on the 2nd disc of the manics lipstick traces album, my favourites: bright eyes, been a son, last chrsitmass, raindrops keep falling on my head and i cant take my eyes off you, they also do a pretty mean version of sweet child of mine...

other good covers, norwegian wood by cornersjop, all i wanna do by karl marx stad (this is brillaint gabbery version :o) loads more that i here and make me happy too smile


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:John Farnham's "Help" I think is beautiful.

Then there is also Joe Cocker's "with a little help from my friends"

and for something a bit less dusty and old; "when doves cry" by quindon tarver (for romeo and juliet) pisses on Prince's i think.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Pogo69
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Posted:I need to remind myself to come back in here... cos I ubblove talking music, but I'm in a rush... I'll never remember rolleyes

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BansheeCat
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Posted:The Cure covering Hendrix, (Purple Haze)...

U2 doing Cohen (Halleluja)This is an incredibly fascinating version. I also like KD Langs, and Rufus Wainrights, but U2 really makes it their own...

Squirrel Nut Zippers( I think-- it's a swing band at any rate) doing Metallica and Billy Idol( Neverland and White Wedding)

Sinead covering The Beatles, ( Noregian Wood )

Pearl Jam guy and Ben Harper covering the Hunters and Collectors ( ? title . The song that has the lines" I will come for you at nighttime, kiss you in four places... etc
etc. Spectacular song!)

Marilyn Manson covering Eurythmics ( Sweet Dreams)

Goldfinger doing 99 luft balloons...

Molly doing the classic "Summertime"


Oh I could go on....and on....

I have made myself some amazing cover tune Cd's! I love all the different interpretations of music.


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tillymoo
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Posted: Written by: BansheeCat


Pearl Jam guy and Ben Harper covering the Hunters and Collectors ( ? title . The song that has the lines" I will come for you at nighttime, kiss you in four places... etc
etc. Spectacular song!)




That is Throw Your Arms Around Me. that is my mums favourite song and i managed to find 7 covers of it for her birthday one year. I can't remember all of them but Luka Bloom, Paul Mcdermott and Neil Finn from crowded house all had done covers as well


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Has anyone heard the Doug Anthony All-Stars cover of Heard it Through the Grapevine? It's powerful stuff!
"the day the doug anthonies finally made their mums happy"


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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tillymoo
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Posted: Written by: VampyricAcid


best cover??

William Shatner - Common People!!



ubblol ubblol ubblol ubblol ubblol


william shatners covers are so funny. he also did Mr Tamborine Man a spoken word version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds


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tillymoo
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Posted: Written by: Rouge Dragon


Has anyone heard the Doug Anthony All-Stars cover of Heard it Through the Grapevine? It's powerful stuff!
"the day the doug anthonies finally made their mums happy"



ahhh. i love all the DAAS covers ubblove. i owned a video of The Big Gig that had that song on it. just beautiful. they do a good verion of "don't let me be misunderstood' - Paul mcdermott's voice is obviously very different to the original.
i also just found a paul doing 'shivers'


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:i havent heard that one. i only have a video of random big gig. i just cant hear "you took the words right out of my mouth" or "billy dont be a hero" again without laughing silly! ubblol

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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tillymoo
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Posted: Written by: Rouge Dragon


i havent heard that one. i only have a video of random big gig. i just cant hear "you took the words right out of my mouth" or "billy dont be a hero" again without laughing silly! ubblol



ubblol ubblol ubblol there is nothing quite like DAAS anymore, is there? Please don't let me be misunderstood is on "live at the national theatre"


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BEZERKER
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Posted:Great:

Johnny Cash's version of 'Hurt' by NIN is a revelation.
Faith No More's version of 'Easy' by The Commodores.
Mr Bungle doing 'Tower of Power' by Frankie Vaughan. (must resist the urge for more Bungle covers. They are always fantastic to hear and see being played)
Primus doing 'Master of Puppets' by Metallica
Reel Big Fish doing 'Take on me' by a-ha
Corduroy doing 'Motorhead' by Motorhead
Red Hot Chili Peppers covering 'Higher Ground' by Stevie Wonder
Gnarls Barkley doing 'Gone Daddy Gone' by Violent Femmes is pretty sweet IMO
Saw Green Day do 'Eye of the Tiger' live which was pretty funny.

Shite:
A long list of poor dance mixes of inappropriate songs like 'With or Without You' by U2. Seriously, who needs to hear phat beatz layed over the top of that?
Everytime Avril Lavigne covers ANY song a kitten dies somewhere.
Did we ever need to hear Robbie Williams do 'Song 2' by Blur?
All Saints covering the Chili's 'Under the Bridge' nearly made me stick an ice pick in both my eyes and ears.

And finally, even though I've already mentioned her:
Avril Levigne doing a version of 'Chop Suey' by SOAD. *places gun to temple* click.....*sobs*......BOOM!


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skrible
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Posted:johnny cash's version of hurt is so great even trent reznor had to admit its better than the original......

this apple juice is a bit milky isnt it?!

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BansheeCat
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Posted:Reel Big Fish do a hilarious version of Duran Durans Hungry Like a Wolf too...

The singers comment "Aw, people, is that too much? I just never know... " at the end of all the silliness , just kills me laughing every time.


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:Jessica Simpson MURDERING Nacy Sinatra.

It gets played at work.

I want to throw a bowling ball at the amp.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Bek66
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Posted:ubblol



I feel the same way about what she did to Berlin's 'Take My Breath Away.'



Like to hear her try to take on 'Torture.' Now THAT would be funny!!!



Little miss 'think's she's Daisy Duke' singing the lyrics 'kiss me..kick me???' Bwahahahahah!!!!!! Toooooo much!!!

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Yakumo
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Posted:surprised it took so long to mention Johnny Cash's Hurt, though the original is still my favourite of the 2.

I need to see the film of his life I sadly know very little about him, and feel this needs to be rectified.

on the offence against humanity, god and/or all that you hold sacred list there is the utterly unfathomable (in the how the hell could anyone let this be done sense) cover of the Doors, Light My Fire that was done by Will Young. Unforgivable.


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Bek66
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Posted:Johnny Cash was my Grandaddy's favourite...

He used to sit back and play 'Folsom Prison Blues' on his banjo and I'd sing along...I was 5!!!

Best cover ever...

Here's to you, Pop!!! beerchug hug


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Sambo_Flux
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Posted:Sepultura's version of Angel by Massive Attack. Surprisingly really good!

Also, staying with the Metal theme, Children of Bodom's cover of Baby....One More Time by Brittney Spears is hilarious. And quite good. eek


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blu_valley
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Posted:I know he sounds a bit like he's constipated, but I really really enjoy the White Stripes version of Joleen by Dolly Parton. smile

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Prefer Queen Adreena's version of 'Jolene' tongue

Placebo did a nice 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush

But you HAVE to root out Sisters of Mercy's 'Confide in Me' by Kylie. It has to be heard to be believed... eek


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87wt2gxq7
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Posted:Dance Hall Crashers doing Build Me Up Buttercup!
Zebraheads covering Wannabe by the Spice Girls!
Tokyo Ska Orchestra playing the Tetris theme tune!

I've got a whole folder called Covered In Punk, which is bursting with hilarious punk covers of cheesy songs (mostly by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, their version of Phantom of the Opera is excellento!).
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Other non-punky covers I rate highly are are
DJ Shadow doing Radiohead's The Gloaming,
Honeyroot's version of Love Will Tear Us Apart,
a wickedevil tekno remix of Smells Like Teen Spirit that I heard this one time,
...and the ghanima/87wt2gxq7 djembe/guitar version of If You're Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands segueing into Roots and other assorted Sepultura stylings is pretty good too biggrin


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Mr Majestik
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Posted: Written by: 87wt2gxq7



a wickedevil tekno remix of Smells Like Teen Spirit that I heard this one time,




i have that! although i'd call it electro more than techno, but i love it! it really takes the angstyness off the original if oyu know what i mean.


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Posted: Written by: Mr Majestik


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a wickedevil tekno remix of Smells Like Teen Spirit that I heard this one time,




i have that! although i'd call it electro more than techno, but i love it! it really takes the angstyness off the original if oyu know what i mean.



WOO! if you have it! not sure if it's the same one though as I do recall it being pretty angsty and in-yer-face. I was fairly off-me-face when I heard it though, so anyone's call really!
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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:*Easystar AllStars - a reggae band who do covers of whole albums - responsible of 'Dub Side of the Moon'.



On their 'Radiodread' album (a cover of OK Computer) I found their version of 'Electioneering' superior to the original.


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Drudwyn
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Posted:Easystar All Stars rock. I heard them play Dub side of the moon and then Radio Dread at a gig here in Soton a couple of months back...

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:I wouldn't mind seeing them! (They are surprising GREAT to spin to as well biggrin)

It's not surprising how the weaker original songs are surpassed when covered. They don't have the scared cow status of the more popular 'untouchable' classics...


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Posted:will young should be lynched for his effort at destroying a "DOORS" classic!!!!!



NEVER should a good song be murdered by some wanna-be


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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:It is my belief that any great song can survive even the poorest cover...

"I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock

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alien_oddity
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Posted:could you honestl imagine christine agulara,or britney spears doing a decent cover of "enter sandman" or " the thing that should not be" by metallica??

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:I just believe that if you don't like it, don't listen to it! it's not as if they've replaced every sing copy of the original song with their own! tongue

"I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock

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