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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:Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah. Much better. I would also add Suicide is Painless (Manics) and Can't Stand Losing You (Feeder). Conraversially I'd also include Biffy Clyro's version of Take Me Out, and Tori Amos' version of Smells Like Teen Spirit (not saying it's better, but it's as good).

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Igirisujin
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Posted:Oh i hate Tori's version of smells (dont really like the orrigional either), I get tired of Tor's voice after the first 4 lines. Too washed out and...well she tries too hard to put emotion into it, dunno why she can just sing a cover normally.

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Pigeon_Wigeon
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Posted:I like... Jennifer Saunders version of Holding out for a Hero smile Tis grand!

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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Re: Holding Out For a Hero

Was surprised at Jennifer Saunder's better than expected vocal stylings on the Shrek 2 version...

Speaking of Shrek have you heard the Rufus Wainwright version of 'Halelujah' (on the soundtrack CD not on the film). Just as good as the Jeff Buckley version as (as much as I love it) it can feel rather overwrought at times whereas Rufus's is more natural meloncholia....


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Posted:I like the lost prophets version of "cry me a river"...

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Posted:The Travis cover of 'hit me baby one more time' is awesome. I also think that the Reel Big Fish version of 'Come On Eilene' featuring Save Ferris rocks.

Also Metallica 'Whisky in the Jar' from the Garage Inc album. biggrin

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roarfire
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Posted:I know this a tad off topic from covers but I heard a mashed up version today of Jet's 'Are you gonna be my girl?' and Christina's 'Dirrty'. I don't like either of those songs but it went together well.



For those of you interested, you can get it here.


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Posted:Written by: Neon Shaolin
the Rufus Wainwright version of 'Halelujah'



buckley and wainwright are two of my favourite songwriters and vocal artists smile
i love both versions (and cohen's original for that matter).

a perfect circle's 'the nurse who loved me' is wicked.

and i have a live radiohead cover of neil young's 'after the goldrush' which i absolutely adore.


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MiG
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Posted:best i ever heard was a local band doing metallica's enter sandman.

They couldn't play the solo, so they all stopped and the singer made all the guitar sounds into the mic.

Funny as hell...


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Posted:i ubblove al green's soul version of "light my fire"

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Posted:HIM's cover of Chris Isaaks 'Wicked Game' is good.



Guns version of Cameos 'Word Up' is always a classic too cool



Edit: oh. and a failure at the moment is Motley Crue covering Rolling Stones 'Street Fighting Man'. eeeesh, i love the guys..but thats just awful.

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Posted:Marylin Mansons cover of the Eurthmics "Sweet Dreams"
Smashing Pumpkins cover of "Dancing in the Moonlight"
Rage Against the Machine doing "Kick out the Jams"
Nirvana's cover of Elanor Rigby (yep the beatles tune!)
Dropkick Murphy's doing the "Irish Rover"

I must have hundreds of good covers but they are the best ones that spring to mind at the moment. There's no point covering a song and making it sound like the original!


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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Bis' electroclash version of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
Tomoyatsu Hotei (the guy who did the Kill Bill theme) version Led Zep's 'Immagrant Song'


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Posted:4Heros version of Les Fleur is much better than the origional.

Cakes version of 'I will survive' is better too.


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Igirisujin
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Posted:Written by: Fearpig

Marylin Mansons cover of the Eurthmics "Sweet Dreams"
Smashing Pumpkins cover of "Dancing in the Moonlight"
Rage Against the Machine doing "Kick out the Jams"
Nirvana's cover of Elanor Rigby (yep the beatles tune!)
Dropkick Murphy's doing the "Irish Rover"

I must have hundreds of good covers but they are the best ones that spring to mind at the moment. There's no point covering a song and making it sound like the original!



Yeah but if you do a cover you dont need to make it sound totally different, just singing in ur own normal singing voice will make it different on its own, then you have the instroments wich you can change or add too.

Ugh Maralyns version of sweet dreams is terrible, Annie Lenox got it perfect when she sung it, people shouldnt cover perfection.


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nearly_all_gone
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Posted:Written by: Neon Shaolin

Bis' electroclash version of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'



GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH This is the most horrible abomination I've ever heard! Sorry but eek confused


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Posted:Simon and Garfunkel - Sound of Silence.

Covered by - Atrocity.

Surprisingly enough, I don't think it was butchers. The Atrocity version is slightly more haunting than the original.

Give it a listen.


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mrFlibble
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Posted:every song that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes cover is instantly a million times better than the original smile

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Posted:like roarfire said, i heard a mashed up song to(on triple j?) but it was nirvanas smells like teen spirit with the lyrics from some destinies child song, the two matched perfectly, PERFECTLY!!!!!!! it was really quite scary.......

also, triple J(national radio station) has a cd out in aust called "like a version" thats just covers, there are some really good ones on it.


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Posted:I like Muse' cover of feeling good on their origin of symmetry album.

Marilyn Manson's cover of Sweet Dreams was Awesome! It was so Haunting the second time around... Shame his version of soft cell's Tainted love was made purely for the masses.

Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All along the Watchtower and his cover of Star spangled Banner. Bob Dylan was an amazing lyricist, but lacked something. Jimi took the song and literally made it his own.


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Posted:The best covers are done by "Me first and the gimme gimmes"
Basically they turn any song in to punk. Matchbox 20 do a cool cover of "time after time" as well.


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Posted:HIM's cover of Wicked Game (mentioned earlier) and also (on the same album) Don't Fear The Reaper... My gf and I constantly sing both of them.

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Posted:Written by: The Garp

The best covers are done by "Me first and the gimme gimmes"

Basically they turn any song in to punk.



That's NOT a good thing.


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Posted:Ben Harpers version of The drugs don't work, by The Verve.
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Posted:Written by: Lemonkey


Written by: The Garp


The best covers are done by "Me first and the gimme gimmes"



Basically they turn any song in to punk.





That's NOT a good thing.





Yeah it is biggrin



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I like Muse' cover of feeling good on their origin of symmetry album.







Yay! I loved both versions, but Muse is definatly better biggrin

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Posted:Written by: Fine_Rabid_Dog
Yeah it is biggrin





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Posted:nana wink

Does this mean you don't like the Sex Pistols?


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Posted:saturday night by neds atomic dustbin just top bay city rollers version ubblol

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The wonder stuff and vic reeves - dizzy is better than tommy roe's original


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Posted:Written by: Fine_Rabid_Dog

nana wink

Does this mean you don't like the Sex Pistols?



Yuk.

Question answered. smile


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Posted:Written by: Lemonkey

Written by: Fine_Rabid_Dog

nana wink

Does this mean you don't like the Sex Pistols?



Yuk.

Question answered. smile



offtopicas this thread is about covers but the pistols did rock tongue


Written by: The Garp

The best covers are done by "Me first and the gimme gimmes"
Basically they turn any song in to punk.



true they do great covers i love they're version of leaving on a jet plane

but as a band that do great punk covers they've got a way to go to beat pennywise excl tho the best cover of mrs robinson is done by the lemonheads not the pennywise version

however my favourite covers band is a band called hayseed dixie they do covers of heavy metal songs in a blu grass country style.

and for pure comedy check out richard cheese. sings heavy metal in the style of a lounge singer pure class ubbloco ubblol


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