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Kane Knight
08-17-2006, 10:03 PM
I was listening to Pete Mulvey's "Oliver's Army" and thought how much more I liked his version over Elvis Costello's. I thought there was a thread on this, but the only one close I found in a search was covers that are different from the original, which isn't quite the same thing.

List 'em, and the original artist.

Here's the ones off the top of my head:

Peter Mulvey--Oliver's Army (Elvis Costello)
Jimi Hendrix--All Along the Watchtower (Dylan)
Moxy Fruvous--I've Gotta Get A Message to You (Bee Gees)
Stone Coyotes--Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Manson--Sweet Dreams (Eurhythmics)
Buffalo Tom--Going Underground (The Jam)

Most songs, I think it's hard to outdo the original. Some acts either make the song better (Jimi) or make a song I wouldn't normally like listenable (Moxy Fruvous). And almost any Sabbath Cover could make the list, because Ozzy's vocals make my eardrums sad.

ct2k
08-17-2006, 10:15 PM
If i say it you'll probably tomahawk my head off

ron the dial
08-17-2006, 10:15 PM
I will echo your sentiment on Manson's Sweet Dreams. One of my favorite covers of all time. I also really enjoy Rufio's cover of Like a Prayer by Madonna and Twiztid's covers of People Are Strange (The Doors) and The Joker (The Steve Miller Band).

Kane Knight
08-17-2006, 10:57 PM
If i say it you'll probably tomahawk my head off

?

What mesum scalpum youm for?

McLegend
08-17-2006, 11:02 PM
Van Halen- You really got me(kinks)
Marylin Mason- Personal Jesus(depeche mode)

Skippord
08-17-2006, 11:07 PM
Powerman 5000 - Relax(Frankie Goes To Hollywood)

el fregadero
08-17-2006, 11:57 PM
Rage Against The Machine - The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen)
" - Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan)
" - How I Could Just Kill A Man (Cypress Hill)
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams (Eurthymics)
Foo Fighters - Darling Nikki (Prince) This one is close though. I'd say I really like them about the same.

What Would Kevin Do?
08-18-2006, 01:53 AM
Most Guns and Roses covers, but especially Knocking on Heaven's Door, and Hair of the Dog.

I prefer almost all covers of Personal Jesus over the original (Gravity Kills, Johnny Cash, Manson, Lollipop Lustkill)

What Would Kevin Do?
08-18-2006, 01:55 AM
Oh, and for the sake of stirring the pot.

Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt."

spilzrvd_69
08-18-2006, 02:55 AM
Motley Crue - Smokin In The Boys Room
Motley Crue - Helter Skelter
Motley Crue - Anarchy In The UK
Guns N Roses - Pretty much all of them
Poison - American Band
Dynamite Hack - Boys In The Hood
Dimmu Borgir - Burn In Hell

Soooooooo many more

el fregadero
08-18-2006, 02:58 AM
Megadeth - Anarchy In The UK

Lara Emily
08-18-2006, 03:01 AM
Letters to Cleo - I Want you to Want me (Cheap Trick)

What Would Kevin Do?
08-18-2006, 04:07 AM
You know, I love Dynamite Hack's version of Boys in the Hood as a stand alone song... I can't compare it to the original though. They're so different.

Lara Emily
08-18-2006, 04:29 AM
Gary Jules - Mad World (Tears for Fears)

Impact!
08-18-2006, 05:07 AM
Not one I like, but if anyone says Stone Coyotes cover of Ace of Spades is better than the original I will hunt you down and eat ur intestines...or give you a neg rep as it is easier.

El Vaquero de Infierno
08-18-2006, 07:14 AM
Rasputina - Barracuda (Heart)
Rasputina - Wish you were here (Pink Floyd)
Dixie Chicks - landslide (Fleetwood mac)
Nickel Creek - Tomorrow wasn't such a long time (Dylan)

El Vaquero de Infierno
08-18-2006, 07:16 AM
The Dresden Dolls' version Of War Pigs is pretty good too.

Blitz
08-18-2006, 08:33 AM
There is a Gravity Kills cover of Personal Jesus? Nice.

ClockShot
08-18-2006, 09:21 AM
Van Halen-Pretty Woman (Roy Orberson)

What Would Kevin Do?
08-18-2006, 10:58 AM
There is a Gravity Kills cover of Personal Jesus? Nice.

Yeah, it's on their Farstrucker cd.

Also, I forgot about Mad Worlds, and the Dresden/Rasputina covers... Although I still like the original Wish you Were Here better.

Loose Cannon
08-18-2006, 11:01 AM
Brand New's cover of "Am I wrong" by Love Spit Love.

Stickman
08-18-2006, 12:46 PM
Isn't Lake of Fire by Nirvana a cover?
Metallica's Turn the page is pretty good. I do like the Original too, they're both different.
I do agree with Manson and Sweet Dreams.

Gertner
08-18-2006, 12:59 PM
Hurt by Cash

FakeLaser
08-18-2006, 01:07 PM
Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower (Dylan)
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (Bowie)
Gary Jules - Mad World (Tears For Fears)
Xiu Xiu - Asleep (The Smiths, actually, I like them both about equally)
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)
Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe (Forget who the original was by)

And of course:
Bernie Williams - Dust In The Wind (Kansas)

FakeLaser
08-18-2006, 01:07 PM
Oh, yeah, forgot Turn The Page by Metallica.

El Fangel
08-18-2006, 03:23 PM
Hurt- Johnny Cash
Original was by Nine Inch Nails

I think Cash's version/cover sounds so much better.

Kane Knight
08-18-2006, 03:30 PM
Oh, and for the sake of stirring the pot.

Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt."
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*sezures, froths at the mouth, screams in tongues*

I'm better now.

Kane Knight
08-18-2006, 03:33 PM
Letters to Cleo - I Want you to Want me (Cheap Trick)

You know, it's sad. I never knew who did the original. Both the LTC songs in 10 things were superior to the originals, IMO. Though I've only heard the original "I Want You To Want Me" like once...

Tornado
08-18-2006, 03:50 PM
Muse - Feeling Good (Nina Simone)

Blitz
08-18-2006, 05:13 PM
Cash's cover of Hurt is good, but the original is much better, IMO

Shisen Kopf
08-18-2006, 07:13 PM
Sheryl Crow--Sweet CHild o'mine

just to really stir the pot!!

FakeLaser
08-18-2006, 07:14 PM
William Shatner - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Yeah that is probably worse.

Lara Emily
08-18-2006, 07:20 PM
You know, it's sad. I never knew who did the original. Both the LTC songs in 10 things were superior to the originals, IMO. Though I've only heard the original "I Want You To Want Me" like once...

The original is ok, but gets annoying really fast, LTC's cover rocks.

Kane Knight
08-18-2006, 08:59 PM
Kay Hanley and co rock period. :D

-EDIT- Yes, even when she did Josie and the Pussycats...

El Fangel
08-18-2006, 09:19 PM
Sorry but the first time I heard the song it was Eddie's Tribute and It just sounded so much better then when I heard the original IMO, then I heard it again/seen the video I just like it better then they original.

Also I like all of Enter Sandman - by Motorhead except the chorus better then the original.

Skippord
08-19-2006, 12:21 AM
Being that I hate NIN

Johnny Cash - Hurt

RoXer
08-19-2006, 12:39 AM
Theres lots. The ones I can think of now are

Sublime - Scarlet Begonias
STP - Whichita Lineman
Velvet Revolver - Money
Guns N' Roses - All of them

etc

MVP
08-19-2006, 01:08 AM
Oh, and for the sake of stirring the pot.

Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt."

Yeah that's the first one that always comes to my mind.

Also "Boys of Summer" by The Ataris is better than the original by Don Henley (sp).

DaveWadding
08-19-2006, 02:09 AM
Also "Boys of Summer" by The Ataris is better than the original by Don Henley (sp).

No.

The Ataris one is awesome...but Henley's verision is still better.

Penner
08-19-2006, 07:48 AM
No.

The Ataris one is awesome...but Henley's verision is still better.
I'm going to have to agree with David on this one.

I'm also going to agree with everyone on the Manson cover.

hmm what else?

Everywhere by Yellowcard :D

Lately I've been liking Bedlight's cover of Jumper by Third Eye Blind better, but I think that might pass.

Rufio's Like A Prayer :D

El Vaquero de Infierno
08-20-2006, 08:27 AM
Shit, forgot Faith No More's cover of "Easy." That song is addictive (well, their version, anyways.)

Skippord
08-20-2006, 10:41 AM
Velvet Revolver - Money(Pink Floyd)

#1-wwf-fan
08-21-2006, 01:02 AM
Uncle Kracker - Drift Away (Dobie Gray)
Kid Rock - Feel Like Makin' Love (Bad Company)
Kenny Chesney - I'm On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

Kane Knight
08-21-2006, 09:59 PM
Yeah that's the first one that always comes to my mind.

Also "Boys of Summer" by The Ataris is better than the original by Don Henley (sp).

I agree. Screw Wadding.

DaveWadding
08-22-2006, 12:13 AM
I agree. Screw Wadding.

:shifty:

Fignuts
08-22-2006, 01:49 AM
Out of your mouth-Music(Madonna)

Blitz
08-22-2006, 02:13 AM
Out of your mouth-Music(Madonna)
:y:

Fignuts
08-22-2006, 09:03 PM
I dont think they released an album stateside. Cant find them anywhere.

Blitz
08-22-2006, 09:36 PM
Nah, they were canadian. I don't think they ever got distribution in the US.

The Miz
08-22-2006, 09:46 PM
Rufus Wainwright - Across the Universe (Beatles)

Almost every other Beatles cover is the worst cover of all time, though

DaveWadding
08-23-2006, 07:46 PM
I know someone is bound to say shit but:

The Donnas - Strutter (Kiss)

Fignuts
08-23-2006, 11:18 PM
Nah, they were canadian. I don't think they ever got distribution in the US.

Sucks, cause i hear it on 102.1 the edge, and it pisses me off that i can't buy it.

Blitz
08-23-2006, 11:35 PM
Lotta good ones on the Punk Goes 90's compilation

Emery-All I Want (Toad The Wet Sprocket)
Scary Kids Scaring Kids-Losing My Religion (REM)
Cartel-Wonderwall (Oasis)
The Killing Moon-You Outta Know (Alanis Morisette)
Anberlin-Enjoy The Science (Depeche Mode)

el fregadero
08-24-2006, 12:24 AM
Not gonna lie, I really like Limp Bizkit's covers of George Michael's "Faith" and The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes". Probably the only Bizkit songs I can really say I enjoy and not be ashamed.

Butch
08-24-2006, 01:16 PM
Everywhere by Yellowcard :D




:y: :y: :y:

FakeLaser
08-24-2006, 01:35 PM
I like Limp Bizkit's version of Faith too. Gonna download it now.

redoneja
08-24-2006, 08:13 PM
Metallica- Turn the Page

Volchok
08-27-2006, 11:43 PM
Ryan Adams cover of "Wonderwall" is pretty sweet as is Nonpoints cover of " In The Air Tonight"

JohnnyDrama
08-28-2006, 12:27 AM
Cartel-Wonderwall (Oasis)

Ryan Adams cover of "Wonderwall" is pretty sweet


Damn, those were the first two I thought of. Cartel's version is amazing. Ryan's version is so different and slower, it makes the song much more haunting. I also like a couple songs of the Policia album of Police covers. Brandston's "King of Pain" and Underoath's "Wrapped Around Your Finger" I thought were outstanding.

Ryan Adams has a lot of good covers though. He does a killer version of "Always On My Mind" that I think Willie Nelson did originally. On his recent tour he's been playing Sonic Youth's "Expressway To Yr Skull" that has sounded incredible.

Skippord
08-28-2006, 12:46 AM
Land Of Confusion - Disturbed(Genesis)

Blitz
08-28-2006, 02:18 AM
Underoath's "Wrapped Around Your Finger"
:y:

Xerzes
08-28-2006, 03:37 AM
Metallica - Whiskey In the Jar(Thin Lizzy)

I do not care for Thin Lizzy. They sound like Blue Oyster Cult's younger emo brother. "The Boys Are Back In Town" kind of makes me want to set people on fire.

Edit: Yes, I'm aware that Thin Lizzy weren't the first to perform Whiskey In The Jar, and that it's an Irish folk song. If you can come up with who wrote it, I'll correct the post.

Kane Knight
08-28-2006, 09:17 AM
I know someone is bound to say shit but:

The Donnas - Strutter (Kiss)

Never heard it.

Kane Knight
08-28-2006, 09:20 AM
Edit: Yes, I'm aware that Thin Lizzy weren't the first to perform Whiskey In The Jar, and that it's an Irish folk song. If you can come up with who wrote it, I'll correct the post.

Folk songs are generally called such because they've been around long enough that the original author has been lost to time.

Well, that and they were done by their nations equivalent of rednecks and are now public domain.

There's a reason Whiskey is almost exclusively listed as (traditional).

Shaggy
08-29-2006, 03:09 PM
Lacuna Coil and It Dies Today versions of Enjoy the Silence

Blitz
08-30-2006, 06:19 PM
Just listened to it, can't believe I didn't think of it earlier: Concrete Blonde's version of "Everybody Knows" (Leonard Cohen).

El Fangel
08-30-2006, 06:36 PM
Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit
Didn't like the original as much...

Lara Emily
08-30-2006, 08:40 PM
Not gonna lie, I really like Limp Bizkit's covers of George Michael's "Faith" and The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes". Probably the only Bizkit songs I can really say I enjoy and not be ashamed.
Faith maybe, but no cover of Behind Blue Eyes can better the original.

Kane Knight
08-30-2006, 09:10 PM
I bet someone could beat BBE, but not Limp Bizkit. Not even close.

El Fangel
08-30-2006, 11:41 PM
I just liked how it sounded, also though of another and I know I like this infinitely more then the original. Get Down With The Sickness- Disturbed.

D Mac
08-31-2006, 03:44 AM
Metallica- Turn the Page

deathtrap
08-31-2006, 04:21 AM
Blood Brothers- Under Pressue
Alexisonfire- Passing Out In America/Tonight I Am Going To Wash The Hippy
Napalm Death- Nazi Punks Fuck OIff

El Vaquero de Infierno
09-01-2006, 03:12 PM
I've never heard the original, but I love Norah Jones' version of Tom Waits' "The long way home."

Cactus Sid
09-01-2006, 03:26 PM
Pixies - Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain)
Pixies - I've Been Waiting For You (Neil Young)

I'm gonna say the Pixies cover of Winterlong is better than the Neil Young version, but I love the Neil Young version as well

Kane Knight
09-01-2006, 05:52 PM
I just liked how it sounded, also though of another and I know I like this infinitely more then the original. Get Down With The Sickness- Disturbed.

is that even a cover? :?:

Blitz
09-01-2006, 05:55 PM
I don't think it is.

Blitz
09-01-2006, 05:56 PM
There's the Richard Cheese cover.

But that's not the original.

RP
09-06-2006, 06:38 AM
Head like a Hole - AFI

KillerWolf
09-06-2006, 08:28 AM
Type O Negative - Summer Breeze
Danzig - Hand of Doom
Metallica - Turn the Page
Motley Crue - Helter Skelter

Probably a lot more...

DaveWadding
09-06-2006, 04:38 PM
Racal Flatts - Life is a Highway

Really, I could give a fuck less about them...but what a great cover.

oh, and Pat Boone - In the Metal Mood: No More Nice Guy is a GREAT covers album.

Kane Knight
09-06-2006, 09:31 PM
Mentioning Pat Boone makes me want to punch you in the face.

FakeLaser
09-07-2006, 05:06 PM
H2O - Like A Prayer

FakeLaser
09-07-2006, 05:20 PM
Jay-Z - I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight

Actually, I don't like either song, but it's hilarious that he'd cover Cutting Crew of all things.