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Subject: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/09/21 at 4:34 am

Remember the 1991 hit Touch Me (All Night Long) by Cathy Dennis?  It was first recorded by Wish and Fonda Rae in 1984

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/09/21 at 5:01 am

Here's a group called West End Girls with a 1991 version of the 1969 Jackson 5 classic I Want You Back
Trivia:  The blonde member of West End Girls is the daughter of Bill Henderson, lead singer of the band Chilliwack

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/09/21 at 5:06 am

Here is the 1993 hit Go West by Pet Shop Boys.  It was first recorded by The Village People in 1979.  It is the most successful cover version of a Village People song.  If I'm honest though, I can't say as I know of any other covers of Village People songs

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/09/21 at 5:13 am

I don't know if this one was a success outside of Canada, but it's really quite good.  From 1997, it's a cover of the 1983 Air Supply song Making Love Out of Nothing At All by a singer called M-Appeal.  She took a ballad and made it danceable and it worked!

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/10/21 at 2:02 am

Here's a club classic from 1994 called Desire by Capital Sound.  This was first a hit for a singer named Roni Griffith in 1981

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: nally on 02/17/21 at 1:37 pm


Remember the 1991 hit Touch Me (All Night Long) by Cathy Dennis?  It was first recorded by Wish and Fonda Rae in 1984



Amazing; I had not realized it was actually a cover!

Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: nally on 02/17/21 at 1:38 pm

Anyways...I can think of several songs that I know were covers in the 1990s.

For example, UB40 had a hit in 1990 with a cover of the Temptations' 1964 classic "The Way You Do The Things You Do."
Three years later, said band scored another big hit with their cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love."

Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/22/21 at 12:25 am


For example, UB40 had a hit in 1990 with a cover of the Temptations' 1964 classic "The Way You Do The Things You Do."
Three years later, said band scored another big hit with their cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love."


This is true.  In fact, almost every song UB40 are known for in North America is a cover song.  Also in 1990, they had a BIG hit with a cover of the 1973 Al Green hit Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: whistledog on 02/22/21 at 12:42 am

Speaking of UB40, back when this song came out, I thought that's who it was for quite sometime until I learned it was not.  Here is Baby, I Love your Way by a group called Big Mountain.  Love Peter Frampton, but this version I think is better.  Best version overall though IMO was the 1988 version by Will to Power

But damn, this dude sounds like Ali Campbell from UB40

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Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: nally on 02/22/21 at 11:38 am

^ Yeah I remember that. When I first heard the Big Mountain cover, I thought that the lead singer sounded a lot like Ali Campbell too. (That, and the fact that they were also a reggae band. But I think Big Mountain ended up being a one hit wonder.)

Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: nally on 02/22/21 at 11:39 am


This is true.  In fact, almost every song UB40 are known for in North America is a cover song.  Also in 1990, they had a BIG hit with a cover of the 1973 Al Green hit Here I Am (Come and Take Me)


I remember that too. Although I had not realized at first that Al Green had originally performed it. (But I'm well aware of that fact now.) :)

Subject: Re: 90s songs that were covers

Written By: nally on 02/22/21 at 11:41 am

The new-wave band General Public (famous for their 1985 hit "Tenderness"), consisting of Dave Wakeling and the late Ranking Roger, covered the Staple Singers' classic "I'll Take You There" in 1994.

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