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post #1 of 67
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What are your favorite pop music covers?

I'm pretty old school and would probably only recognize maybe 100 pop songs recorded in the last decade, but I have to admit I really love that remake of 'Big Yellow Taxi' I hear from time to time. I'd have laughed at the thought of one of today's pop artists covering Joni successfully, but damned if that isn't a catchy bit of music! I'm so clueless, I couldn't even tell you the artist's name -- I hardly ever listen to the radio, so I've mostly heard it while shopping (...or maybe bleeding through the headphones of some idiot teenager's amped-up iPod?).

Anyway, what are your favorite covers?
post #2 of 67
Dropkick Murphys; Finnegan's Wake.
post #3 of 67
all along the watch tower covered by hendrix (original dylan?)

tears of a clown covered by (special) beat (original smoky robinson, though i might prefer the original...)

j.s.bach covered by jaques loussier (sp.?) (original by j.s.bach)

straight outta compton covered by nina gordon (original by NWA spec. ice cube - this has got to be my favourite cover at the mo. - got the mp3 if anyone wants and knows how to transfer)
post #4 of 67
whiskey in the jar covered by thin lizzy (originally by some 18th c. irishman)
post #5 of 67
I love Muse's cover of Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

Alas, when they came to Melbourne on their Absolution tour, they didn't play it.

Nomination for worst cover: Joss Stone's version of The White Stripes Fell in Love with a Girl.
post #6 of 67
I have to agree with chrysalid re: Jimi's version of Watchtower. A fantastic work of a genius. Made it his own and totally different interpretation. Yes, original by Dylan. A great version by him too. And, I think he said he liked Jimi's version a lot.
post #7 of 67
My favorite covers:

The Ordinary Boys covering "little bitch" (The Specials)

The Jam covering "slow down" (Larry Williams)

The Go Getters covering "Rocket" (joe bennett & sparkletones)

Three Bad Jacks covering "brand new cadillac" (vince taylor & playboys)

Sahara Hotnights covering "Teenage Kicks" (undertones)


covers I'd sooner never hear again:

anyone doing Folsom Prison Blues
Wilson Pickett "midnight hour"
post #8 of 67
Dead Kennedys, "Viva Las Vegas"
post #9 of 67
Richard Cheese's lounge covers of Longview and Down with the Sickness, and his Limp Bizkit medley.
post #10 of 67
Willie Nelson and the Pet Shop Boys who both covered Elvis: Always On My Mind.

Alien Ant Farm and their cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal.

The Pixies and their cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain Head On.
(makes you wanna blow the stars from the sky)

Social Distortion and their cover of The Man in Black's Ring of Fire

Frente and Temptation
post #11 of 67
bach, this one's for you: Luna - Season of the Witch.

Not necessarily the objective best, but some favorites:
Nirvana - Man Who Sold the World (Bowie)
" - Lake of Fire (Meat Puppets)
" - Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam (Vaselines)
Dinosaur, Jr. - Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
Braid - Always Something There to Remind Me (forget... 80s band)
Ted Leo - Suspect Device (Stiff Little Fingers)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - What Have You Done for Me Lately? (Janet Jackson)
Metallica - Last Caress (Misfits)
White Stripes - Jolene (Dolly Parton)
Pixies - Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain)
Clash - I Fought the Law (forget)
Dead Kennedys - I Fought the Law
New Bomb Turks - Mr. Suit (Wire)
Elvis Costello - Peace, Love, and Understanding (Nick Lowe)
Springsteen - Jersey Girl (Tom Waits)
Recent addition: Mark Ronson and guy from Phantom Planet - Just (Radiohead)
post #12 of 67
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Dead Kennedys, "Viva Las Vegas"
I'd like to get my ears on this.

Another--thanks to matadorpoeta for the rec pre-crash--is all of Nouvelle Vague.
post #13 of 67
shoreman: Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to check that out. And, the Bobby Fuler Four did I fought the law in the 60s. Burt Bacharach wrote always something there to remind me. And, I think Dionne Warwick did it in the 60s. Before Naked Eyes.
post #14 of 67
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bachbeet
shoreman: Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to check that out. And, the Bobby Fuler Four did I fought the law in the 60s. Burt Bacharach wrote always something there to remind me. And, I think Dionne Warwick did it in the 60s. Before Naked Eyes.

Thank you for rebuking the heresy of young'uns.
post #15 of 67
Margaret: I know you're joking, but I didn't mean to rebuke. Only clarify/inform. After all, he did say he forgot.
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