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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Weird. I thought the Beatles covered Joe Cocker's "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window". Chronology is not my best suit.
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Best -

    Superstition - Stevie Ray Vaughn (Stevie Wonder)
    Thank You - Duran Duran (Led Zeppelin)
    Get it on (Bang a Gong) - Power Station (T-Rex)
    Little Wing - Sting
    My Way - Sid Vicious
    Summertime Blues - The Who

    Worst-
    Dancin in the Streets - Van Halen (and I love Van Halen but cringe at this)
    Dancin in the Streets - Bowie and Jagger (if not for the video alone)
    Live and Let Die - GnR
    American Pie - Madonna
    Traveling Band - Cinderella/Bon Jovi - Saw this live it was painfull.
    Come Together - Aerosmith - like the band, never cared for their rendition.

    Just off the top of my head...
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    Van Morrison (with Them) does the best cover of "It's all over now baby blue" IMO. By far.

    I didn't mind it when the grateful dead did it either.
    I might like the Van Morrison version if I didn't think Van Morrison sounded like Rod Roddy of The Price is Right fame. (I guess I should include VM on the "bad vocalists" thread)

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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Good:
    Johnny Cash's hurt and rusty cage (actually I like most of the covers he did on his last couple of albums).
    Van Halen's Dancing in the streets.
    Hendrix all along the watchtower.
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    I really like "Simple Man" by Shinedown. I'm not a huge Skynrd fan, but I really like this song.

    "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by the Dan Band. Not really the best, but it's funny stuff.

    "Signs" by Tesla is great, and ditto "Knockin' on Heave's Door" by GNR.

    Korn is one of my favorite bands, but their covers suck save "One". That was pretty good.

    I'm not sure who did it, but whomever remade "Your Eyes" after Peter Gabriel should be shot on site.

    My list of the worst is so long I can't even think of alot of them right now.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot...I heard a really horrid version of "Baba O'Riley" on the radio once. It was sad.
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    More Best:

    Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    Sweet Jane- Cowboy Junkies
    Hazy Shade of Winter- The Bangles
    Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon- Urge Overkill
    Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Connor
    Jolene- The White Stripes

    More Worst
    I Drove All Night- Celine Dion
    Limp Bizkit- Faith
    Papa Don't Preach- Kelly Osbourne
    Personal Jesus- Johnny Cash (I'm going to get killed for that, but didn't like that one at all).

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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner


    Personal Jesus- Johnny Cash (I'm going to get killed for that, but didn't like that one at all).
    Nah, that one was one of the few covers he did on that album that I found to be mediocre. I did like his Beatles cover (in my life) nearly as well as hurt though.
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    I agree with Dom with regard to "Can't Help Falling in Love"-nobody has ever done a cover of that song that was close to Elvis's original version.
    I disagree with Dom with regard to "Always On My Mind." I've always preferred Elvis's original over Willie Nelson's cover, in part because (1) Elvis was a better singer and (2) the song was given to Elvis at the time of his breakup from Priscilla and was really about her.
    I also did not care for Willie and Leon Russell's cover of Elvis's "Heartbreak Hotel."
    A few more terrbile covers to consider:
    William Shatner: "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
    Leonard Nimoy: "Proud Mary" (why didn't DeForest Kelly do an album to complete a Star Trek hat trick?)
    Bing Crosby-"Hey Jude"
    Frank Sinatra-"Bad Bad Leroy Brown" (bad bad cover)
    Cassuis Clay (before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali)-"Stand By Me"
    Phyllis Diller-"I Can't Get No Satisfaction" (no surprise to hear that!)
    Mitch Miller & The Gang-"Give Peace A Chance"
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    Hazy Shade of Winter- The Bangles
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    More Best:

    Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    Sweet Jane- Cowboy Junkies
    Hazy Shade of Winter- The Bangles
    Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon- Urge Overkill
    Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Connor
    Jolene- The White Stripes

    More Worst
    I Drove All Night- Celine Dion
    Limp Bizkit- Faith
    Papa Don't Preach- Kelly Osbourne
    Personal Jesus- Johnny Cash (I'm going to get killed for that, but didn't like that one at all).
    the irony that Ozzie's daughter would do a Madonna song...let alone a Madonna song about her father preaching to her about the differences about rights and wrongs...let alone a song about unwanted pregnancy...
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    irony overflow.

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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by writerdan33
    This one is easy for me. For my money, the best cover ever done is The Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout," originally done by the Isley Bros.
    Mae West did a cover of "Twist and Shout."
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Uncle Kracker's "Drift Away" (originally by Dobie Gray, though he "guests" on the UK version).
    As if Uncle Kracker didn't suck enough, he has to go and do one of the laziest non-rap cover versions ever. Destroyed a classic tune.

    More Best:

    Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    Sweet Jane- Cowboy Junkies
    Hazy Shade of Winter- The Bangles
    Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon- Urge Overkill
    Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Connor
    Jolene- The White Stripes
    Word on pretty much all of these.

    A couple of offbeat and similar-in-spirit versions of classic-rock songs:

    Self, "What A Fool Believes" (Doobie Brothers)
    Blitzen Trapper, "Crazy on You" (Heart)

    Just in case you might be curious as to what FM staples sound like when played by toy instruments.
    Last edited by Doc. Scott; 12-30-2005 at 01:16 PM.

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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    I might like the Van Morrison version if I didn't think Van Morrison sounded like Rod Roddy of The Price is Right fame. (I guess I should include VM on the "bad vocalists" thread)
    Morrison is one of my absolute favorites.
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott
    As if Uncle Kracker didn't suck enough, he has to go and do one of the laziest non-rap cover versions ever. Destroyed a classic tune.
    I couldn't disagree more (and apparently Dobie Gray liked and endorsed it).
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    Re: Cover Songs: The best and the worst

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone
    Morrison is one of my absolute favorites.
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