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    Which is better, original or the cover version?

    Sitting here watching a remake of the classic Ben Hur and it is absolute shyte compared to original starring Charlton Heston.

    It got me thinking there are so many remakes of great movies and songs where some have been done very well, even surpassing the original, and others are truly crap and you have to wonder why they would bother.

    Hendrix Covering Dylan's All along the watchtower - Awesome
    Madonna Covering Mclean's American Pie - Insulting
    Limp Bizkit Covering The Who's Behind Blue Eyes - Criminal

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    Harry Nilsson's version of "Without You"....100x better than the original by Badfinger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dummyrunner View Post
    Limp Bizkit Covering The Who's Behind Blue Eyes - Criminal
    I totally agree!
    But...
    Limp Bizkit Covering George Michael's Faith - Killer!!!

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    Original "Flight of the Phoenix" the remake sucked. The original Phoenix actually flew, unlike the CG one in the remake, and Jimmy Stewart was a real Air Force Pilot and General.
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    Turn the Page, original by Bob Seger, covered by Mettalica.

    Gretchen Wilson and Alice in Chains covering Hearts Barracuda.

    Grand Funk Railroad covering Little Eva's Locomotion.
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    Tool does a pretty sweet cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter". Wouldn't necessarily call it better but it's solid. You'd probably have to be a Tool fan to dig it, though.

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    Not covers in the strict sense, but Led Zepplin's early plagiarized songs were mostly better than the originals, though Muddy Water's "You Need Love" (written by Willie Dixon) holds its own.

    Johnny Cash's cover of NIN's "Hurt" - solid.
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    Agree that Hendrix's cover of Dylan's "Along Along the Watchtower" is amongst best covers ever. U2 then went on to butcher it.
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    New Found Glory do a lot of "pop" covers
    Me First and The Gimme Gimmies do a lot of older covers

    Edit: I can also do a "cover" of mostly any dubstep "song" by tossing a computer down a flight of stairs. It also works with flushing toilets, but you have to do a little more work manipulating the frequencies and pitch. They're all pretty accurate too if I do say so myself.
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    I love the Tom Waits cover of "Sea of Love". It has a totally different feeling, like an eerie there's-a-stalker-in-the-bushes feeling.

    Nobody mentioned the Sid Vicious cover of "My Way"??

    Gotta say I don't think Metallica did anything good to "Turn the Page".

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    Metalica-Whiskey in a jar
    Guns and roses-Knocking on heavens door
    Cheap Tricks version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
    Not digging Tools "No Quarter"
    I remember a band doing Zep's "Stairway to heaven" During the 80's.SUCKED!!
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    Johnny cash's.....Hurt
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Grand Funk Railroad covering Little Eva's Locomotion.
    Was thinking about this one earlier, but then asked myself 'Are there really any good versions of this song?'
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    Tool does a pretty sweet cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter". Wouldn't necessarily call it better but it's solid. You'd probably have to be a Tool fan to dig it, though.
    Interesting, I dig it.

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover of Little Wing was pretty amazing.
    A Perfect Circle's version of "Imagine" was pretty interesting.
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    I'm not sure who it was, but whoever did the cover of "Immigrant Song" in the opening scenes of the (remade) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. At first I didn't like it, but I've gotten to really like it.

    Edit: Just looked it up. Here it is. I've still never heard of those artists, though.

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    Jeff Buckley - hallelujah
    One of the greatest covers ever

    And tori Amos -raining blood....haunting and scarier than the original!
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    Both are good, but I've always preferred Failure's The Nurse Who Loved Me to A Perfect Circle's cover.

    And Failure's cover of Enjoy the Silence is better than the original.

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    A lot of casual listeners probably think the Black Crowes wrote Hard to Handle. Like their version or not, they were quite successful with it, and it may be the one song they're most identified with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalphile View Post
    A lot of casual listeners probably think the Black Crowes wrote Hard to Handle. Like their version or not, they were quite successful with it, and it may be the one song they're most identified with.

    -Pete
    This.

    Hall and Oates - I Can't Go For That - Cover by Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers - Van Session 17 - YouTube

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    Janis Joplins 'Me and Bobby Mc Gee' is better than the original (IMO)
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    The good ones off the top of my head have been mentioned. JC "Hurt", G&R "Knocking on Heavens Door".

    Another good G&R cover is "Live and Let Die". Not better than the PC and the Wings version I suppose though but pretty darn kick ass.

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    The 25th Anniversary for the R & R Hall of Fame featured U2, Mick Jagger and Fergie performing "Gimme Shelter" which knocked me on my ass! I'm also pretty stoked on Pearl Jam's version of "Sittin' on the Dock".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalphile View Post
    A lot of casual listeners probably think the Black Crowes wrote Hard to Handle. Like their version or not, they were quite successful with it, and it may be the one song they're most identified with.

    -Pete
    Pigpen ruled hard to handle.

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    War Pigs - Faith No More > Black Sabbath
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    Miley Cyrus covered Nirvana's Smells like teen Spirit. It smelled like S**t. Honestly, I've heard a dozen covers of that song and every one of them sucked.

    Sepultura's cover of Janes Addictions Mountain Song - also really bad

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    I saw Pink on Palladia a while back doing Bohemian Rhapsody. That's got to be one of the most difficult song to ever pull off. It's amazing what Queen did with it. Anyway I cringed when she started into it I thought I'd be embarrassed for her just watching, like the time our friends daughter sang Landslide by Fleetwood Mac at our schools talent show( could you pick a harder song for her to sing??)... but Pink pulled it off amazingly. I was quite honestly floored by the performance. Despite her renegade pop type of music she seems very talented.

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    Ugly Kid Joe added a little edge to Cat Steven's "Cat's in the Cradle" and they covered a Black Sabbath song "N.I.B" and did a pretty good job with it.

    Metallica remade "Turn the Page"...originally by Bob Seger...way improved.

    "Shame" performed by System of a Down is way better than Wu-Tang Clan's original.FWIW, System of a Down could cover anything and I would probably love it. SOAD and/or Serj Tankian = awesome!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I'm not sure who it was, but whoever did the cover of "Immigrant Song" in the opening scenes of the (remade) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. At first I didn't like it, but I've gotten to really like it.

    Edit: Just looked it up. Here it is. I've still never heard of those artists, though.
    Trent Reznor is the lead man for Nine Inch Nails and producer for all knidsof crazy stuff like Marilyn Manson. I recogonized his work from the first couple of notes.
    Its all Shits and Giggles until somebody Giggles and Shits

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    Several references here to some of Metallica's many great covers.
    However, no mentions yet of their greatest effort.
    Tuesday's Gone was performed live in the San Jose, Ca KSJO studios, December 1997. It was the "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You' radio special.
    In studio to record the song were Blues Traveler harmonica man John Popper, Jerry Cantrell & Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains, Les Claypool of Primus, Peppa Keenan of Corrosion Of Conformity, Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and of course Skynard guitarist Gary Rossington.


    I'm really digging on Godsmack's new cover of Rocky Mountain High
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Trent Reznor is the lead man for Nine Inch Nails and producer for all knidsof crazy stuff like Marilyn Manson. I recogonized his work from the first couple of notes.
    Yep, and that's the goofy yet sexy Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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    Jeff Beck covering Curtis Mayfield's People get Ready.

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    A Perfect Circle - Let's Have a War, originally by Fear...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferday View Post
    Jeff Buckley - hallelujah
    One of the greatest covers ever
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    Karen O's career( early on anyway) was/is essentially a disemboweling and watered down version of Wendy O. Williams' musical career.

    The Unseen covered paint it black and I've always liked it. And per usual it's unavailable on the YouTubes.
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    Los Lobos cover of the Dead's Bertha.

    Los Lobos Plays "Bertha" at 23rd annual Christmas Jam - YouTube

    Waylon Jennings cover of Los Lobos' Will the wolf survive.

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    I have had the pleasure of seeing both Los Lobos and Waylon Jennings many times.

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