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Subject: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: whistledog on 01/22/16 at 8:16 pm

As a lot of people might say, the original is always the best.  I often agree, but there are some cases where I do not.  What are some of your favourites?

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: whistledog on 01/22/16 at 8:26 pm

The big one for me is the song 'Kiss' which was written and first made famous by Prince in 1986.  Within music genres that I enjoy, it is my least favourite song of the 80s.  His singing (or screaming) on it is just atrocious and I was never a fan.  I would post a video of it, but Prince does not want his songs on YouTube, which is good because in order for me to post it, I would have to listen to it first.  No thanks lol

In 1988, The Art of Noise teamed up with Tom Jones to record it and their version was one of my favourite songs of the 80s.  It was just wonderful.  What made this version even cooler was that it included samples of previous hits by The Art of Noise.  This, I can listen to all day ...

Kiss - The Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones (1988)
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Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/22/16 at 8:42 pm

New Order - Blue Monday
Orgy's cover is better. While most wouldn't agree I'm really into electronic rock music which is what this band performs.

Seals And Crofts - Summer Breeze
Remade by others before them, Type O Negative made it best. I'm a fan of them. Their version is heaver, darker. While the old is more mellow hippie rock.

Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam - All Cried Out
In the late 90's Allure and 112 remade this. Its so beautiful.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: gibbo on 01/25/16 at 3:18 am

Not certain if the it's actually better ... But it's damn close.

'Always Something There To Remind Me' by Naked Eyes.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: ArcticFox on 01/25/16 at 10:53 am

Ace of Base - Cruel Summer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG5bnjR4EOg
I do not like the European version, but this cover is better. In 1998 Ace of Base released a similar, yet superior, version of Bananarama's 1984 hit single "Cruel Summer". This one has more of an urban feel to it rather than the synth-poppy version of Bananarama.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/25/16 at 3:46 pm


Ace of Base - Cruel Summer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG5bnjR4EOg
I do not like the European version, but this cover is better. In 1998 Ace of Base released a similar, yet superior, version of Bananarama's 1984 hit single "Cruel Summer". This one has more of an urban feel to it rather than the synth-poppy version of Bananarama.

This version is much better. However Bananarama had a cover much better than the original aa well. Their cover of "Venus" tops the original, Shocking Blue's version.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/25/16 at 3:49 pm

Atomic Kitten has recorded a few covers.  Two them better than the original are The Bangels' "Eternal Flame" and Blondie's "The Tide Is High". Both versions were more hyper pop cuts as opposed to the originals being more soft rock.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: nally on 01/25/16 at 3:52 pm

^^ No offense, but I prefer the original "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama. I like Ace Of Base's music, but I did not like when they decided to cover a good 80s song. But then again I did not realize that their version of "Don't Turn Around" (1994) was a cover, having been originally recorded by Tina Turner in 1986 (and covered by a band called Aswad in 1988, before Ace Of Base recorded their version in '93).

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/25/16 at 3:55 pm


^^ No offense, but I prefer the original "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama. I like Ace Of Base's music, but I did not like when they decided to cover a good 80s song. But then again I did not realize that their version of "Don't Turn Around" (1994) was a cover, having been originally recorded by Tina Turner in 1986 (and covered by a band called Aswad in 1988, before Ace Of Base recorded their version in '93).

"Don't Turn Around" by Ace is better too. Its more my style as I'm into dance music.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: nally on 01/25/16 at 4:00 pm

One cover song I seem to enjoy better than the original is James Taylor's version of "Everyday" (1985), a song originally performed by Buddy Holly in 1957. James Taylor's arrangement is more lively and upbeat than the original.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Howard on 01/25/16 at 4:03 pm


Ace of Base - Cruel Summer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG5bnjR4EOg
I do not like the European version, but this cover is better. In 1998 Ace of Base released a similar, yet superior, version of Bananarama's 1984 hit single "Cruel Summer". This one has more of an urban feel to it rather than the synth-poppy version of Bananarama.


This version is OK.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Howard on 01/25/16 at 4:07 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0uWF-37DAM
This is Chris Cornell's version of Michael's "Billie Jean"

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/25/16 at 4:46 pm

Dare I say it? Elvis was truly a music king. But "I can't help falling in love" was better by UB40

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Henk on 01/26/16 at 3:38 pm


This version is much better. However Bananarama had a cover much better than the original aa well. Their cover of "Venus" tops the original, Shocking Blue's version.


Blasphemy!

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/26/16 at 3:51 pm


Blasphemy!
Shocking Blue reigns supreme!

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: nally on 01/26/16 at 6:15 pm


Dare I say it? Elvis was truly a music king. But "I can't help falling in love" was better by UB40

To me, both the original and the cover are good to listen to in their own ways.

Speaking of UB40 covers, I prefer their version of "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)" over the original by Al Green. Just my personal opinion, that's all.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: loki 13 on 01/26/16 at 6:43 pm

A few off the top of my head.

Metallica: Turn The Page
Jimi Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower
Earth Wind And Fire: Got To Get You Into My Life

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: nally on 01/26/16 at 6:45 pm

I also like the Beatles' covers of "Twist And Shout" (original by the Isley Bros.) and "Money (That's What I Want)" (original by Barrett Strong, although this one's good to listen to as well).

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/26/16 at 7:13 pm


Shocking Blue reigns supreme!

I'm not really into that type of music though  :P

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Ripley on 01/26/16 at 7:15 pm


Speaking of UB40 covers, I prefer their version of "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)" over the original by Al Green. Just my personal opinion, that's all.

I agree on that one. Their version of "Red Red Wine" too.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Howard on 01/27/16 at 4:01 pm


I agree on that one. Their version of "Red Red Wine" too.


very classic song.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: nally on 01/27/16 at 6:31 pm


I also like the Beatles' covers of "Twist And Shout" (original by the Isley Bros.) and "Money (That's What I Want)" (original by Barrett Strong, although this one's good to listen to as well).

I also realized that the Beatles covered "Rock And Roll Music" (originally performed by Chuck Berry); I like that version too.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Henk on 01/28/16 at 1:50 pm

There are quite a few cover versions that I really enjoy listening to ("Go Now" by the Moody Blues, "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell or "What's A Matter Baby" by Ellen Foley, to name but a few), but to say that they're better than the original...no.

That said, there are exceptions to the rule, one of those being "State Of Independence" by Donna Summer - mainly because I'm not a fan of Jon Andersons vocals (in general).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o3zqenOA50

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Henk on 01/28/16 at 1:57 pm

And as goofy as these two may appear, I think they're (at least) rivalling the original versions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDl9ZMfj6aE


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


Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 01/28/16 at 2:22 pm

Everybody has praised Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure, and Crystal Castles for their cover of Not In Love.  To me it's not bad but the original version by Platinum Blonde will always be vastly superior.

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: whistledog on 01/29/16 at 7:31 am


There are quite a few cover versions that I really enjoy listening to ("Go Now" by the Moody Blues, "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell or "What's A Matter Baby" by Ellen Foley, to name but a few), but to say that they're better than the original...no.

That said, there are exceptions to the rule, one of those being "State Of Independence" by Donna Summer - mainly because I'm not a fan of Jon Andersons vocals (in general).


As much as I enjoy the music of Jon and Vangelis, I will agree with this one.  Donna's version is far superior

And that Alien Ant Farm track, it was sooo good.  It really did rival Jacko's version

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: Henk on 01/30/16 at 3:20 am

And then there's these two that I don't think need argument:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq2K4jHs92A


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV5_LQArLa0

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 01/30/16 at 5:06 pm

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Not In Love Platinum Blonde's version on the right and Crystal Castles version on the left.  If you play both songs side by side for comparison I think you'll feel what I'm feeling.  "Not bad but doesn't even come close to being as good as the original."

Subject: Re: When a Cover song is better than the original ...

Written By: nally on 04/12/16 at 6:54 pm

One of my personal opinions (as shared on another thread)...

"People Are Strange" by Echo & The Bunnymen. Original by the Doors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT6x8bY5asw

The main difference is the instrumental break, which is a completely different arrangement in more ways than one. (It's longer too!)

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