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Subject: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/21/12 at 5:28 pm

UB40 - Red Red Wine (1983)
The only time I hear the 1968 Neil Diamond original is if I proactively listen to it.  UB40 based their cover version off the 1969 Tony Tribe cover version that was not a hit in North America, and only made #46 in the UK.  UB40 was the first act to take this song into the Top 40 in the US, UK and Canada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXt56MB-3vc


Chilliwack - Arms of Mary (1978)
Had it not been for the Internet, I never would have known this was a cover version.  Now that I know (original by Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, 1976), I still often forget.  Both versions were hits in the US, but neither one made the Top 40.  Chilliwack's version reached #32 in Canada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIYDLc837e8


Run-D.M.C. featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry - Walk This Way (1986)
The other day I heard it on the radio, and I was waiting for the DMC rap to come in, and it never did.  For a brief second, I had actually forgotten that there was a 1975 Aerosmith original

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B_UYYPb-Gk


Pukka Orchestra - Listen to the Radio (1984)
To be fair, the 1983 original version by Tom Robinson was not a hit in North America, but being a proactive listener of all songs that did not chart over here, I know his version (which is actually titled 'Atmospherics: Listen to the Radio') very well.  This cover reached #19 in Canada, and on the radio station I listen to, they play it atleast once a day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMmm0o_E-oQ

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: danootaandme on 04/24/12 at 4:11 am

Hound Dog - Elvis   was a cover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JALwwaASg

Big Mama Thornton wrote it and sang it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_nNNIYTy9g








Every song on Led Zeppelins first album.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Paul on 04/25/12 at 2:05 pm

Going back to Neil Diamond again, he wrote and recorded this before some newfangled made-for-TV group got hold of it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ePXck9H1pI&feature=fvst

Though, to be fair, his version wasn't actually released until later in his career, but IMO it still counts as a cover...

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: warped on 10/13/12 at 12:36 pm

Blinded by the Light ~ Manfred Mann's Earth Band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlBifX0H3yg

Original from Bruce Springsteen

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

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"I can't let go"  Song was co-written by Chip Taylor, who also wrote "Wild Thing" and is actor Jon Voight's brother. Song was a hit by the Hollies, in the UK

Here's another 60s version, which I like.

EVIE SANDS-I CAN'T LET GO

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

Here's Linda Ronstadt's version from circa 1980

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

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: belmont22 on 10/28/12 at 3:05 am

Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/12 at 10:31 am


Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkMFLUXTEwM

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: nally on 04/06/16 at 12:26 am

UB40's "Here I Am/Come And Take Me." I often forget that it was originally performed by Al Green.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Ripley on 04/06/16 at 3:13 pm

Venus. I rarely think of the original by Shocking Blue. It's always Bananarama's awesome cover.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Howard on 04/06/16 at 4:06 pm


Venus. I rarely think of the original by Shocking Blue. It's always Bananarama's awesome cover.



Banarama's version is better.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Ripley on 04/06/16 at 4:25 pm



Banarama's version is better.

Yes! And I love the video!

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Howard on 04/06/16 at 4:48 pm


Yes! And I love the video!


me too.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/10/16 at 9:05 pm

Speaking of Bananarama, here's one for our British friends ...

One of the tracks on their 1983 debut album was called Young at Heart.  It was never released as a single.
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The following year, the song's co-writer Robert Hodgens recorded it with his band The Bluebells and it reached the UK Top 10 (A re-release in 1994 would top the UK chart)
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I had the Bananarama album, so I was familiar with that version.  It wasn't until I proactively started looking up UK charts in the late 90s that I learned of The Bluebells version, which is the one I prefer!

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: nally on 04/16/16 at 7:43 pm

"Der Kommissar" by After The Fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxa2HtNzuo0

This version was popular around early 1982-1983, although Falco had written it and originally recorded it in 1981, primarily in German (with a few words in English).

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 04/21/16 at 8:27 am

I've made this mistake a couple of times: calling the Bobby Fuller Four version of "I Fought The Law" the "original", but then I catch myself and remember that it was actually The Crickets who did the original.

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Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: nally on 07/22/16 at 11:14 pm


I've made this mistake a couple of times: calling the Bobby Fuller Four version of "I Fought The Law" the "original", but then I catch myself and remember that it was actually The Crickets who did the original.


I always seem to think of Bobby Fuller Four's version as the original too, simply because I never knew that the Crickets originally performed it. But you learn something new every day!

In addition, I know that the Clash also recorded a cover of it.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: nally on 12/07/16 at 12:31 pm

"Can't Get Enough Of You, Baby" - by Smash Mouth (1998). Apparently that song is a cover.

It was written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer and recorded by various artists, including the protopunk band ? and the Mysterians in 1967 (US Hot 100 #56). A year earlier, 1966, it had been recorded by two different bands: The Toys (of "A Lover's Concerto" fame) and The Four Seasons.

In 1985 it was recorded by a British band called The Colourfield; I have heard that version.

Then in 1998, Smash Mouth recorded their version, which was a big hit that year; it was on the soundtrack to that year's film Can't Hardly Wait and later included on their 1999 album Astro Lounge.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/07/16 at 12:32 pm

Barry White's 1974 No.1 in the UK  'You're The First, The Last, My Everything', the singer's first UK No.1, was riginally written in the 1950's as a country song with the title 'You're My First, You're My Last, My In-Between.'

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: 2001 on 12/08/16 at 9:45 am

Pretty much everyone who sings Boys of the Summer. Takes me a while to remember it was Bruce Springsteen.

edit: MESS it was made by Don Henley.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: Zelek3 on 01/06/17 at 11:04 am

As a kid, I thought the song "Give a Little Bit", as performed by Puffy amiyumi for a Hurricane Katrina relief commercial, was the original version.

Years later I learned it was originally a Supertramp song (I know, shameful!).

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: nally on 02/01/17 at 11:36 pm


As a kid, I thought the song "Give a Little Bit", as performed by Puffy amiyumi for a Hurricane Katrina relief commercial, was the original version.

Years later I learned it was originally a Supertramp song (I know, shameful!).

...and later covered by the Goo Goo Dolls.

Subject: Re: Songs you often forget are cover songs

Written By: HazelBlue99 on 04/14/17 at 9:25 am

To be honest, I never knew that "Let's Grove" by CDB was a cover of the Earth, Wind & Fire song of the same name. I only found that out tonight.  :-"Let's Groove" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1980)

"Let's Groove" - CDB (1995)

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