That Eclipse The Original
David Gray, "Say hello, wave goodbye":
Sussex - yes, I agree some of those tunes have been way over-played and the bossa nova treatment can get a bit tiring after a while. I'm not familiar with the Dead Kennedys' version (sorry!) but there's something rather appealing about the coquettish vocal on this one.
Willie Nelson, "Unchained melody:
All about opinions Phil and I decided at the start of this not to criticise anyone's taste in music(even Phil Collins) but the criteria was that the cover should be better than the original. So being familiar with both versions essential
I like the Les Baxter version but not entirely sure who had the original Unchained Melody.
Hayley Westenra, "Both sides now":
Bitty McLean, "Dedicated to the one I love":
Sussex - you're right, I hurriedly read your original post as suggesting that they'd simply never made a good cover, rather than a better cover. Anyway, upshot is I've been introduced to the original now, so it's all good.
OK, late entry. I Don't Know Where I Stand, Fairport Convention (Joni Mitchell).
Again it's about the voice. I love Joni Mitchell but prefer Sandy Denny's treatment of this song, and the arrangement.
Kelis, "I don't care anymore":
Fine Young Cannibals, "Suspicious minds":
Willy Mason "Careless whisper":
Placebo version org running up that hill better than Kate bush
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lawnmower Deth- Kids in America
On the subject of Mr Collins I rather like this take on Land of Confusion
And Born to be Wild with attitude
Ah, now this is the Land of Confusion cover I'm familiar with. Katzenjammer, my favourite Norwegian all-girl band.
More Siouxsie vs The Beatles for you BBB, how about Helter Skelter? Far better by the Banshees, if you haven't heard it, check it out on YT. I saw them loads of times a long time ago, great band!
Colin brings up Fine Young Cannibals, good band but guilty of one of the greatest crimes to cover versions with their slaughtering of the Buzzcocks' 'Ever fallen in love'...
andy x - I didn't know about Souxsie and Helter Skelter. Good stuff. And maybe it was the make-up, but... here's a cheery one before I go off to the pub:
Diamanda Galas - My World is Empty Without You (The Supremes)
Not quite the way Diana Ross sings it!
These don't really count as the originals are pretty good anyway, but covers worth a mention (in my opinion) :
Ghost Rider (suicide) - covered by Soft Cell & Jim Thirwell
Every Dream Home a Heartache (Love) - covered by every man and his dog, but my favourite is probably Boo Radleys
Song to the Siren (Tim Buckley) - favourite is a toss up between Cocteay Twins and This Mortal Coil.
Just like Heaven (Cure) - Dinosaur Jnr
Mother Sky (Can) - Loops
II'll stop there.....
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