Now a song like Sonic Reducer off Feel The Fire I always assumed was there own. How foolish of me when finally after some 25 years I finally heard the original. But it was also a simple rerecord.
Overkill's cover of Frankenstein though is simply amazing. Pretty much a rerecord but they sped it up and it feels like they're having a lot of fun with it.
Man, we're forgetting the biggest genre of remakes...RAP!!!!!!!
Who can forget the powerful P. Diddy take on Every Breath by The Police, or the ingenious use of Kashmir. Dude is a legend.
Gotta cast my vote for "covers where the artist puts their own spin on the song."
"All Along The Watchtower" has been mentioned in this thread, so I'll use that as an example - Dylan's original was just vocals, guitar strumming and some brief harmonica fills, Hendrix adds three different sounding guitar solos and pretty much makes the song his own.
Another example: a few years ago, I heard Extreme (yes, the "More Than Words" guys) do a cover of the KISS song "Strutter," which went a bit away from the original. Having heard the original way too many times, Extreme playing it the way they did was a good thing for me.
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Interesting thread! I love listening to cover tunes--if you're into that kind of
stuff, you can subscribe to the "Coverville" podcast--lots of great stuff there!
I usually end up liking the version of a song that I hear first--for example,
"Pinball Wizard." The Elton John version was a top 40 hit when I first heard
it--I don't I heard of the Who's version until much later. When I did, I thought
it sounded kind of weak.
I buy and collect a lot of cover albums--the best ones are the type that have
artists that put their own spin on a song and take it to a completely different
place--for instance, opera versions of "Stairway To Heaven" or metal versions
of Abba songs (click the button to hear a clip of Tad Morose's version of "Knowing Me,
Knowing You" at this link).
The worst ones for me are hard/metal tribute CDs featuring guitarists and
singers that peaked careerwise in the 1980s--hearing them play the same
songs with different screaming and guitar wankery gets old pretty quick.
almost all of the time i enjoy the originals, but there are a few exceptions. but there is nothing worse to me than a cover that doesnt bring anything new to the table.
Judas Priest was mentioned... why on earth did they cover Johnny B. Goode? I like Priest a lot, but that effort is unforgivable.
I, too, was trying to forget P Diddy. He doesn't actually cover, though... he samples. But hey, it's the only avenue you've got when you lack the creativity to write a melody of your own. So long as the original artist gets a cut then I'm not sure they care too often. The only sampling I really care for is when a DJ will take a handful of clips from different sources and mix them together. But that's a different thread all together.
Paranoid... another tune that bands need to stop covering.
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I only like covers in small doses. I don't usually like either one more than the other, because its cool to hear two different interpretations of the same thing.
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I love how there's tons of covers of blues standards... The Lemon Song is one that springs to mind.
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