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Subject: 80s songs that were covers of songs before the 80s

Written By: whistledog on 05/30/20 at 4:21 pm

Here is one that many do not know is a cover song, but mostly due to the original being only a hit in Canada …

April Wine - Sign of the gypsy queen (1981)
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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of songs before the 80s

Written By: nally on 05/30/20 at 4:36 pm

I can probably think of several songs that fit this category.

For example, Kim Wilde's rendition of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (1986/87) is a cover song. It was originally performed by The Supremes in 1966 and covered the following year by Vanilla Fudge.

Not going to post any Youtube links because three of them exceeds the recommended capacity of two as implemented by our LMs.

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

Written By: nally on 05/30/20 at 4:38 pm

Speaking of The Supremes, their 1966 hit "You Can't Hurry Love" (released as a single right before "You Keep Me Hangin' On") was covered by Phil Collins as a solo artist in 1982.

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

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/30/20 at 4:39 pm

Soft Cell
"Tainted Love"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcyCQLewj10

Gloria Jones
"Tainted Love"
1964

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSv9LOMDhbU

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

Written By: nally on 05/30/20 at 4:42 pm

"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany (1987) also qualifies. It was originally performed by Tommy James And The Shondells 20 years earlier.

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

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/30/20 at 4:43 pm

George Harrison
"Got my Mind Set On You"
1987

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xry_ooH9yY0

James Ray
"Got My Mind Set On You"
1963

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1E6xvM7PeA


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

Written By: nally on 05/30/20 at 4:48 pm

"Everyday" by James Taylor (1985). Original by Buddy Holly (1957).

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

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/30/20 at 5:30 pm

Kim Carnes
Bette Davis Eyes"
1981

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CFuO554JE4

Jackie DeShannon
"Bette Davis Eyes"
1974

With all respect to talented songwriter Jackie DeShannon, her 1974 version is pretty awful if you ask me. Such a cumbersome and corny arrangement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAQsOJbs-yo

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 6:14 pm

(Didn't we already have a topic for this?  I vaguely remember posting a whole list of 60s/70s songs that were covered in the 80s.  Or maybe it was part of another topic like 60s nostalgia in the 80s or something like that?)

Anyway,

Little Eva - "The Locomotion" (1962) covered by Kylie Minogue (1987) (also famously covered by Grand Funk Railroad in 1974)

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Another one is "I Fought the Law" by the Crickets (1960).  It was famously covered by the Bobby Fuller Four in 1965 and by The Clash in 1979.  However, there've been many other covers, including one by The Dead Kennedys in 1986 and Richard Clapton in 1982.


I recall my list included some other 60s songs that have already been mentioned in this topic: "I Think We're Alone Now", "You Can't Hurry Love", "Tainted Love".

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 6:28 pm

It should also be noted that the Soft Cell version of "Tainted Love" contains a sample of The Supremes 1964 hit "Where Did Our Love Go" at the end.

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 6:33 pm

"Iko Iko" by The Dixie Cups (1965) was covered by The Belle Stars in 1982.  Other versions exist, too.  There was a cover by Dr John in 1972 and Natasha England in 1982.

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 6:42 pm

"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum (1969) covered by Doctor and the Medics (1986):

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 6:51 pm

It's all coming back to me slowly.

Another 60s Tommy James & and the Shondells song that was covered in the 80s is "Mony Mony".

Original 1968 version by Tommy James and the Shondells:

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Billy Idol's version 1981:

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

Written By: wagonman76 on 05/30/20 at 6:59 pm

Tiffany covered The Beatles “I saw her standing there” of course changing “her” to “him”.

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 7:22 pm

"I Want Candy" originally by The Strangeloves in 1965 was covered by Bow Wow Wow in 1982:

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"Lean On Me" by Bill Withers (R.I.P.) is a 1972 song that was covered by Club Nouveau in 1987.

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 7:58 pm

"Venus" by Shocking Blue in 1969 was covered by Bananarama in 1986:

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

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 05/30/20 at 8:08 pm

"Eight Miles High" by The Byrds in 1966 was covered by Husker Du in 1984.

The Byrds original 1966 version:

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Live version performed by Hüsker Dü in London 1985:

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

Written By: wagonman76 on 05/30/20 at 9:08 pm

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

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/30/20 at 9:18 pm


"Eight Miles High" by The Byrds in 1966 was covered by Husker Du in 1984.




It was also covered by Roxy Music in 1980.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zmwB948IqM

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

Written By: nally on 05/30/20 at 9:19 pm


It should also be noted that the Soft Cell version of "Tainted Love" contains a sample of The Supremes 1964 hit "Where Did Our Love Go" at the end.



That's true, the extended version does. Very well spotted! O0

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

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/30/20 at 9:26 pm

Martha & The Vandellas
"Dancing In The Street"
1964

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhbM2mqhCQ

David Bowie & Mick Jagger
"Dancing In The Street"
1985

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HasaQvHCv4w

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

Written By: nally on 05/30/20 at 9:41 pm


Martha & The Vandellas
"Dancing In The Street"
1964


David Bowie & Mick Jagger
"Dancing In The Street"
1985


Van Halen also covered it in the 1980s, namely in 1982 on their Diver Down album.

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

Written By: wagonman76 on 05/30/20 at 9:44 pm

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Will to Power in 1988. I always loved this. A cover made of Baby I Love Your Way by Frampton, and Freebird by Skynyrd. Nothing like the classic originals, but I think it is absolutely beautiful.

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

Written By: whistledog on 05/31/20 at 9:07 am


Will to Power in 1988. I always loved this. A cover made of Baby I Love Your Way by Frampton, and Freebird by Skynyrd. Nothing like the classic originals, but I think it is absolutely beautiful.


Yeh!  This one was very well done

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

Written By: whistledog on 05/31/20 at 9:54 am

In the 80s, there were a lot of covers of songs made famous by The Supremes, the most successful of which was either You can't hurry love by Phil Collins or the already mentioned You keep me hangin' on by Kim Wilde, but how about some you may not know about?

Here is an Ottawa based dance-pop group called One to One with a cover of Love child.  This peaked at #42 in Canada during 1989.  Next to it is the 1968 original by Diana Ross and the Supremes

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

Written By: whistledog on 05/31/20 at 9:58 am

Here is a Toronto based singer named Eria Faachin.  In 1989, she peaked at #99 in Canada with I hear a symphony.  Despite the low chart placing, I can tell you this was well played and well loved.  It's so good!  Next to it, is The Supremes' original from 1965 to compare

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

Written By: whistledog on 05/31/20 at 10:08 am

Here is British singer Shakin' Stevens with Come see about me which peaked at UK #24 in 1987.  Next to it is the 1964 Supremes original.  On an interesting note, while Stevens version never charted in North America, it peaked higher in the UK than Supremes, whose original only reached UK #27

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

Written By: Howard on 05/31/20 at 3:33 pm


Tiffany covered The Beatles “I saw her standing there” of course changing “her” to “him”.


I didn't like Tiffany's version.

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

Written By: wagonman76 on 05/31/20 at 4:04 pm


I didn't like Tiffany's version.


I like hers much better. For a long time I didn’t know it was a remake.

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

Written By: nally on 05/31/20 at 6:31 pm


I like hers much better. For a long time I didn’t know it was a remake.

Really? I always liked the Beatles' original version. To me it's a classic (as are most of their tunes).

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

Written By: whistledog on 06/02/20 at 10:18 am

Right before your eyes is a popular song by America that peaked at US #45 in 1982.  The original was written and recorded by Ian Thomas and peaked in Canada at #57 in 1977

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

Written By: nally on 06/06/20 at 2:48 pm

"People Are Strange" by Echo & The Bunnymen (1987) also comes to mind. The original was by The Doors in 1967.

One notable difference between the cover and the original is the instrumental break. In the cover, it's a completely different arrangement, and longer too. In fact, Echo & Bunnymen's version was produced by Ray Manzarek, who was a member of The Doors!

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

Written By: nally on 06/28/20 at 3:20 pm

"Smokin' In The Boys Room" by Motley Crue (1985) also comes to mind; the original was performed by Brownsville Station in 1974.

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

Written By: batfan2005 on 07/04/20 at 9:18 pm

One that comes to mind is Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) by Bananarama which was a cover of a STEAM song in the late 60's

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Also David Lee Roth covered California Girls which of course was the Beach Boys

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Also Devo covered (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, and Bohemian Rhapsody was covered by a band called Bad News.

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

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/06/20 at 2:26 am

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

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/06/20 at 2:32 am

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

Written By: nally on 07/14/20 at 10:31 am

"A Hazy Shade Of Winter" by the Bangles, from 1987, is a cover of a song that was originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966.

(However, I think the Bangles dropped the opening "A" at the beginning of the title.)

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

Written By: nally on 07/22/20 at 5:25 pm

"It's Gonna Take A Miracle" by Deniece Williams, from 1982, is a cover of a song originally performed by The Royalettes in 1965. (It had originally been intended for Little Anthony & The Imperials, but they never recorded it due to a royalty dispute with the song's writers/label owners Teddy Randazzo and Don Costa at the group's record label, DCP (Don Costa Productions) Records.)

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

Written By: Doc Brown on 08/03/20 at 2:19 pm

#2, January 1966:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09nZwrejZ8

#1, October 1988:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsC_SARyPzk

Your Pal,
Doc

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

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/03/20 at 2:23 pm


#2, January 1966:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09nZwrejZ8

#1, October 1988:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsC_SARyPzk

Your Pal,
Doc

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Good to see you back!

I prefer the original from 1966.

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

Written By: Howard on 08/09/20 at 2:08 pm

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

Written By: CatwomanofV on 08/09/20 at 3:55 pm

Red, Red Wine-UB40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RYD0bZOnig

Recorded by Neil Diamond 1968

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeJ55sUacPM


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

Written By: whistledog on 02/02/21 at 4:47 am


Red, Red Wine-UB40
Recorded by Neil Diamond 1968


Interesting fact about this one.  UB40 based their version off a 1969 version by a singer named Tony Tribe.  They had no idea it was even a Neil Diamond song at the time

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

Written By: whistledog on 02/02/21 at 4:53 am

In 1985, the British group Bronski Beat had a massive hit in the UK with I Feel Love (Medley) featuring Marc Almond of Soft Cell.  It is a cover of the 1977 Donna Summer hit of the same name, also featuring lyrics from her 1975 hit Love to Love You Baby and includes elements from the 1961 UK #1 hit Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton.

There is an alternate version of the Bronski Beat version that doesn't have the Johnny Remember Me lyrics, which is actually the one I prefer only because I have no nostalgia for John Leyton as he was not popular in North America

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

Written By: Doc Brown on 02/02/21 at 1:21 pm

1967, off Blowin'Your Mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWoFl_0UtjQ

1983, off One Particular Harbor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEM-1UvSCEw

Your Pal,
Doc

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