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Subject: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 1:21 am

There are a lot of great 80s cover songs out there that go beyond the 80s.  What are some of your favourites?  Here is one to begin that I quite enjoy …

In 1985, an American R&B group called Starpoint reached #25 in the US with a fantastic freestyle song called Object of My Desire.  While the song only reached #96 in the UK, a cover version by an American DJ named Dana Rayne reached UK #7 in 2005.  I love both versions of this song!

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/18/20 at 2:07 am

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No Doubt did an excellent job covering this. Captured the original vibe of it.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/18/20 at 2:40 am

Tina Turner's "The Best" in 1991 was a cover of Bonnie Tyler's 1988 version...

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/18/20 at 2:43 am

Whitney's "Saving All My Love For You" was a cover of Marilyn McCoo's 1978 version...

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/18/20 at 2:45 am

Prince wrote this song in 1985 for The Family, then gave it to Sinead in 1990...

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: karen on 04/18/20 at 5:30 am


Prince wrote this song in 1985 for The Family, then gave it to Sinead in 1990...

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I have a vague memory of hearing a weird "country" version of this. It was on a tv show, sung by a woman who had been collaborating with Prince at the time

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/20 at 12:15 pm

"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley in 1994, and over the subsequent years has been covered by many an artist.

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: nally on 04/18/20 at 4:30 pm


Tina Turner's "The Best" in 1991 was a cover of Bonnie Tyler's 1988 version...



Speaking of Bonnie Tyler originals, her 1983 smash hit "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" was covered by Nicki French in the mid-1990s. (I actually prefer the cover over the original, personally.) Nicki's version was a hit in the States in 1995.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 04/18/20 at 6:39 pm

Bryan Adams
"Straight From the Heart"
1983

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2rk70z2G-g

Bonnie Tyler
Straight From the Heart
1983

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvCxMStgLLQ

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 6:48 pm


Bryan Adams
"Straight From the Heart"
1983

Bonnie Tyler
Straight From the Heart
1983


Both those versions are cover songs.  Adams initially wrote that song for a Scottish band called Rosetta Stone.  They released it as a single in 1982 and it failed to chart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2beOtFytheg

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 04/18/20 at 6:59 pm


Both those versions are cover songs.  Adams initially wrote that song for a Scottish band called Rosetta Stone.  They released it as a single in 1982 and it failed to chart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2beOtFytheg


Can a writer cover his own song?  :D

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 7:03 pm


Can a writer cover his own song?  :D


It happens more often than you would think.  Both Michael Bolton and Dan Hill have also done it

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/19/20 at 7:13 am


Can a writer cover his own song?  :D


Yes they can lol. Climie Fisher (famous for "Love Changes Everything") wrote an album track for Five Star in 1988. He later used his own version of it as a b-side to a single in 1989.

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/19/20 at 7:17 am

Mandy Moore covered Five Star's 1985 hit "Let Me Be The One"...


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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 04/19/20 at 2:42 pm

Dang, I forgot about that Mandy Moore cover


It happens more often than you would think.  Both Michael Bolton and Dan Hill have also done it


Speaking of Dan Hill …

Here is George Benson with the popular 1983 hit In Your Eyes
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11 years later, Dan Hill (who wrote the lyrics to the song) recorded his own version with a singer named Rique Franks, and it was a Top 40 hit in Canada
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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 04/19/20 at 3:02 pm

Another instance of an artist covering their own song … from the soundtrack of the 1989 film A Nightmare on Elm Street 5; The Dream Child, this is Bruce Dickinson with Bring your daughter to the slaughter.  Despite not being released as a single, it won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Song that same year.

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The following year, Dickinson was asked to record it with his band, a little known group called Iron Maiden (lol) and the end result gave Maiden their only UK #1 single to date!
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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/19/20 at 9:57 pm


The following year, Dickinson was asked to record it with his band, a little known group called Iron Maiden (lol) and the end result gave Maiden their only UK #1 single to date!


Haha, I remember that getting to #1. My brother loved Iron Maiden!

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Howard on 04/28/20 at 1:59 pm

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqLpko9Gprs
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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 04/28/20 at 9:17 pm

One of my most favourite songs of the 80s was Stand back by Stevie Nicks, a Top 10 hit in both Canada and the US during 1983.  While this never charted in the UK, a 2003 version by Scottish DJ Linus Loves peaked at UK #31.  Not only was this version very well done, the music video wonderfully celebrated the dance scene of the typical 80s teen comedy film.  The whole package was just so well done, I cannot recommend this one enough.  In my Top 10 of greatest cover songs of all time, this one is there!

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/29/20 at 7:41 am


One of my most favourite songs of the 80s was Stand back by Stevie Nicks, a Top 10 hit in both Canada and the US during 1983.  While this never charted in the UK, a 2003 version by Scottish DJ Linus Loves peaked at UK #31. 


Both videos are great! The Linus video kinda rings a bell, but 2003 is weirdly a long time ago now lol.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: nally on 04/29/20 at 11:49 am


Talk Talk It's My Life

No Doubt It's My Life

No Doubt did an excellent job covering this. Captured the original vibe of it.

I originally thought that as well, when they released it in late 2003, but after a while I got bored with it. I personally like the original way better.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: nally on 04/29/20 at 11:52 am

Anyways...

Roy Orbison recorded and released "You Got It" in 1988, not long before his untimely passing in December of that year, and it became a big hit in early '89. It was co-written by Jeff Lynne (of ELO) and Tom Petty, both of whom were with him in the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys around that time; they even contributed instrumentation to the recording. In late 1994, Bonnie Raitt covered the song and also scored a hit with her version.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/29/20 at 6:34 pm

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Crowded House 1986

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Sixpence None The Richer 2002

I enjoyed both versions.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 04/29/20 at 8:07 pm

No comment lol. They really took out all the soul on this one.


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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: CatwomanofV on 04/30/20 at 6:05 pm


One of my most favourite songs of the 80s was Stand back by Stevie Nicks, a Top 10 hit in both Canada and the US during 1983.  While this never charted in the UK, a 2003 version by Scottish DJ Linus Loves peaked at UK #31.  Not only was this version very well done, the music video wonderfully celebrated the dance scene of the typical 80s teen comedy film.  The whole package was just so well done, I cannot recommend this one enough.  In my Top 10 of greatest cover songs of all time, this one is there!

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That song will always remind of when I was in the service. A woman I worked with was teaching me how to use those floor buffers. (The first time I used one, much of the furniture ended up on the other side of the room. lol) I was just about to turn it on and I said to her, "In the words of Stevie Nicks, 'Stand back, stand back'." She started laughing and said, "In the words of Boy George, 'Do you really want to hurt me?'"


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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: Howard on 05/01/20 at 4:00 pm


No comment lol. They really took out all the soul on this one.


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The Jets did it better.

Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: whistledog on 05/02/20 at 12:29 pm

In 1984, Hall and Oates had a massive hit called Out of touch that became their 6th #1 in the US.  Oddly enough, it only peaked at #48 in the UK.  20 years later, a British DJ group called Uniting Nations covered just the chorus and it peaked at #7 in the UK

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: wagonman76 on 05/30/20 at 8:52 pm

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: robby76 on 07/30/20 at 11:18 pm

There's been a bit of trouble with Five Star lately - family issues. So 4 of the 5 siblings (minus lead singer / sister Denise) have re-recorded a new version of their 1985 hit "Let Me Be The One" for 2020. I kinda love the updated version. The other two sisters sing lead this time (Lorraine and Doris).

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Subject: Re: Covers of 80s songs from any decade

Written By: wagonman76 on 02/03/21 at 6:23 pm

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Timothy B Schmit, 1984.

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Didn’t realize this was a cover until I heard the original on yacht rock radio.
Restless heart, 1993. I think they do a much better job. While they kept the same feel, they supercharged all the harmonies, and the bass really dressed up the changes and drove it home.

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