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Favorite cover songs?

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So I was at a recent Velvet Revolver gig (the one where Scott Weiland checked himself into rehab immediately after the show) whose setlist is half comprised of G'n'R and STP songs. I got to thinking (during the VR cover of "Patience") which cover versions do I appreciate as much as the original. Here's my list. Anyone reccommend any other good ones? Bonus points for a link.

Helter Skelter - Beatles
U2 (this song's been covered to death, but U2's is the seminal version) -
Across the Universe - Beatles
by Fiona Apple -
Hurt - NIN
Johnny Cash -
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen (yes american idol reminded me of this)
Jeff Buckley -
Wonderwall - Oasis
Ryan Adams -
That's Entertainment - The Jam
Morrissey - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hl1CK1JQCQ (sorry couldn't find the studio cut which I prefer to this live version)

Bizzare Love Triangle - New Order
Frente! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ1c9ErCn7w

Dead Souls - Joy Division
NIN - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOBV2Zl2cNs
 

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my bad... i searched "cover songs" and didn't get a hit on that thread.
 

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Mott the Hoople's cover of the Velvet Underground's Sweet Jane is, I think, better than the original. My favourite cover of the moment anyway.
 

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Originally Posted by Tangfastic
Mott the Hoople's cover of the Velvet Underground's Sweet Jane is, I think, better than the original. My favourite cover of the moment anyway.

I disagree, although I like them both. Cowboy Junkies also do a very cool cover of Sweet Jane.

The Clash's cover of "Pressure Drop" is good.
Does the Sex Pistols' version of "God Save The Queen" count as a cover?
Although I haven't heard it in some time, I enjoyed the Waterboys' cover of Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing".
Lots of "tribute" albums have interesting covers. "Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye", the Roky Erikson tribute album, has some kick-ass covers by bands including Sister Double Happiness, Doug Sahm & Sons, Lucilla Barton, Butthole Surfers, and Whiskeytown. There's also an REM cover of "I Walk Like a Zombie" that's not great, but is fun. The Graham Parsons tribute album (the name escapes me at the moment) has some great, soulful covers.
Warren Zevon's cover of "Raspberry Beret".
Many more, of course . . .
 

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Hendrix's version of All along the watchtower, and pretty much everything else he covered as well.
 

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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I disagree, although I like them both. Cowboy Junkies also do a very cool cover of Sweet Jane.

Damn, old man. I was thinking the same thing. You sure you're not really a 26 year-old posing as a late 30 year-old living in NYC?
 

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Brian278;930260 said:
Originally Posted by Jenaimarr
Across the Universe - Beatles
by Fiona Apple - [/qoute]

Huge +1 to that. I think there are going to be a lot of Beatle's songs on this list, they're so great they hold up over time and no matter who's playing them.

Also Sarah McLachlan's Blackbird.


Derek Trucks Band's Rastaman Chant.


SRV's Little Wing.


Just listened to the first 30 seconds of the "Blackbird" cover. She has a lovely voice, of course, but if I listened longer would it become anything other than an exact replica of the Beatles version?

I like Aerosmith's cover of Train Kept A Rollin, played loud. On that note, Run DMC's cover of Walk This Way is pretty cool.
 

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Originally Posted by whodini
Damn, old man. I was thinking the same thing. You sure you're not really a 26 year-old posing as a late 30 year-old living in NYC?

I don't have the build for Tom Brown's stuff.
 

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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Just listened to the first 30 seconds of the "Blackbird" cover. She has a lovely voice, of course, but if I listened longer would it become anything other than an exact replica of the Beatles version?
Er, not really. Some subtle double-tracked harmonies on the chorus maybe. But I still like it.
 

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can't get you outta my head- Kylie Minogue covered by The Flaming Lips

straight outta compton -N.W.A. Covered by Nina Gordon

wild horses-Rolling Stones Covered by The Sundays

Hey Ya! - OUTKAST Covered by Obadiah Parker
 

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Originally Posted by Brian278
Er, not really. Some subtle double-tracked harmonies on the chorus maybe. But I still like it.

Fair enough. She does a great job. It's just that in terms of my own purely personal preference, I often trouble seeing the "point" of covers that don't really do anything new or different. However, if I were a musician I'd probably see it differntly; I'm sure it's rewarding to lay down a great performance of a song you really care about.
 

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Originally Posted by eddievddr10
can't get you outta my head- Kylie Minogue covered by The Flaming Lips

straight outta compton -N.W.A. Covered by Nina Gordon

wild horses-Rolling Stones Covered by The Sundays

Hey Ya! - OUTKAST Covered by Obadiah Parker

I have no idea how I forgot about The Sundays. Such a damn, damn good cover. For those who haven't heard it before.
 

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