Covers uncovered  

helga_hansen 49F  
3122 posts
7/31/2005 4:50 am

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Covers uncovered

Had to do some shopping for my husband's birthday, and being a musician, I knew he'd appreciate some good music. On his wish list was a CD by the Small Faces. I had great fun finding the music, and I'm enjoying my introduction to music that was around before I was even born.

As I listened to Itchycoo Park (did you know it was a Small Faces original?) it made me think about covers done by artists over the years.

A couple of months ago I heard an excellent cover by the Goo Goo Dolls, of Supertramp's "Just A Little Bit", and I was impressed. It made me go home and fish out my Supertramp CD, and play it again. I haven't listened to the rest of the Goo Goo Dolls CD, but I've read that it's worth a listen.

Over the years I've heard some excellent covers, and then again, some rather naff, piss-poor efforts... I want to ride over that bloody Crazy Frog everytime I hear that mindless tune on the radio... and all the mobile phones I hear playing that bloody tune as well!!

I'd love to hear what people in the AdultFriendFinder world think about the subject of covers, and what their favourite/most-hated covers have been...

See you in the Euro Hot Tub soon!

Helga the Troll Doll
xx


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


redmustang91 57M  
8662 posts
7/31/2005 5:33 am

I usually prefer the original, except:

Blue suede shoes covered by Elvis Presley;
I will always love you, covered by Whitney Houston;
Hank Williams songs covered by Patsy Cline!


expatbrit49 62M

7/31/2005 6:07 am

mostly prefer the originals
Better cover House of the Rising sun, the Animals
Worst Cover Americian Pie Madona

Thank You for Your Time and Attention


papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/31/2005 6:40 am

i haven't a clue with music any more,i usually buy Greek stuff when i do.

I rember one i liked many moons ago and i'm buggered if i can remember who lol,just the title of one song from the album,"we don't need no education' oops i remember now " THE WALL"


I'm a

and
i'm here to stay


abdoullah5 40M

7/31/2005 6:45 am

salut qll belle poitrine! tu me donnes vraiment l'envie je crois q ma grosse queue te convient tres bien biz


de1969 48M

7/31/2005 9:53 am

favourite cover - "they don't know" by tracey ullman. the original was by kirsty maccoll and she produced the cover as well...


rm_connor696 60M
834 posts
7/31/2005 10:10 am

Originals are usually the best, but sometimes you have a great songwriter with mediocre performance skills who nevertheless tries to perform his/her own music--the whole cult of authenticity thing. In those cases the cover is often better. A good example for me was a disc of various artists covering material by Richard Thompson, who simply cannot sing very well. As I recall, REM did a great cover of one tune ("Wall of Death," maybe?). Redmustang's suggestion of Patsy Cline covering Hank Williams falls into this category, I think.


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
7/31/2005 12:16 pm

When you know the original, it's hard to listen to a cover version with fresh ears, especially when the cover is so unexceptional, so like the original. Need I name names? Any boy band of the last 10 years would be a good start.

But sometimes ...

I always thought Sinead O'Connors "Nothing Compares 2 U" was an awful, whiny song but the cover version by Kelly Jones (he of the Stereophonics) somehow tears into my soul.


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
8/1/2005 9:54 am

**Wonders if anyone could do a interpretation of abdoullah5's comment*** ... my French is non-existent!!

Lol, Papy... I'm sure the Pink Floyd boys will be happy to hear you'd forgotten their name!

TQG... I have to agree with you on the pretty boys "we can barely sing" bands... music to me is what gets you rocking when it's playing on the radio, not some catchy-moves video on the telly. Having said that, Robbie Williams was ex-boy band, and he turned out okay... now that is an album worth listening to!! (Swing While You're Winning... I recommend it!)

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
8/1/2005 11:42 am

wb to blogsville. Nice to see you here again


Theflinkychick 105F

8/1/2005 5:20 pm

Sometimes there are songs that I like no matter who does them. Big Yellow Taxi is one of them. Now that I have said that I can't remember who the second version was by, but it's a Joni Mitchell song. "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone, they paved Paradise and put up a parking lot..." I have heard a cover by a male singer and I love it but don't know who it is.

I kinda like how Lennie Kravitz did American Woman.

Who killed Tommy James' I Think We're Alone Now? I want to strangle that girl.

Not all who wander are lost.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
8/1/2005 7:59 pm

Stevie Ray Vaughn's unfinished cover of "Little Wing" is amazing. It is as raw and powerful as anything I have ever heard - even without a vocal track.

Van Halen's cover of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" pretty much sucked: and I love Van Halen


rm_YogiBearHugs 64M
22 posts
8/2/2005 9:57 am

Best cover - "Little help from my friends", Joe Cocker.
Worst cover - "Stairway to heaven", Rolf Harris.

Perhaps a bit unfair, as neither were really 'covers', as such.
Cocker changed the song radically, and made it his own.
Harris was just fooling around - as he does.


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
8/2/2005 11:21 pm

Flinkychick... the Counting Crows have done a version of Big Yellow Taxi, and you're right, it is a good song, more so because of the words.

Mmmmmm.... Lenny... don't get me started on him... one of music's sexiest men! I'm in my own world when I hear him singing "I belong to You"...

Hx

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
8/3/2005 7:48 am

Hmmm ... now you've got me thinking (and it hurts).

I realise that, actually, there are loads of cover versions I like but my choices do come down to what I already said: if I'm not particularly familiar with the original, the cover version is much more likely to win me over.

Jx


beech1234 47M

8/4/2005 4:13 am

Cover songs...great subject! I think the main criteria for choosing a song to cover is adding something new to the song or at least making you forget about the original...for a few minutes anyway. Here are a few of my favorite covers:
1) Little Wing covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan (good call Fallic40)
2) Comfortably Numb covered by the Scissor Sisters (took a while to grow on me)
3) Low sparked high heeled boys covered by Rickie Lee Jones
4) Gin and Juice covered by Hayseed Dixie (nothing like mixing bluegrass with gangsta )
5) Tuesdays Gone covered by Metallica
6) Where did you sleep last night covered by Nirvana
7) Crazy covered by Patsy Cline (is actually by Willie Nelson...most people don't realize this)
For what it's worth covered by Public Enemy
and oh my gosh....so many more....Great topic, Helga!


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