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Topic: Best rock cover song
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 14, 2010 11:59PM)
I have a hard time thinking it could be anything than the Hendrix version of All Along the Watchtower. This came to mind today as I was listening to the original, which really is a great song, too. But Jimi took it on, made it his own, and knocked it out of the yard.

Other nominees for best rock cover?
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 15, 2010 12:03AM)
Gotta say Blinded By The Light by Mannfred Mann because it turned a lot of people on to Bruce Springsteen. Hard to beat your selection though.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Jun 15, 2010 12:12AM)
Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded By the Light"? I'm positive their lead singer had no idea what a Deuce was when he recorded it. I'm kidding- but that version's probably more famous than Bruce's original.

Gary Hoey did an awesome cover of Focus (by Hocus Pocus), but neither artist is probably famous enough to warrant a mention as "best".

Metallica did a good job on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", but I still like the original better.

Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" has got to be up there in the running.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Jun 15, 2010 12:15AM)
Santa- jinx! You owe me a coke.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Jun 15, 2010 12:19AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 01:12, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded By the Light"? I'm positive their lead singer had no idea what a Deuce was when he recorded it. I'm kidding- but that version's probably more famous than Bruce's original.

Gary Hoey did an awesome cover of Focus (by Hocus Pocus), but neither artist is probably famous enough to warrant a mention as "best".

Metallica did a good job on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", but I still like the original better.

Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" has got to be up there in the running.
[/quote]Durr, "Hocus Pocus", by Focus.

Bands should know better than to name songs to rhyme so well with their name. I actually set one of my illusions to the Gary Hoey version.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 15, 2010 12:51AM)
What is tough is I don't always know if the version I like is the original...Hocus Pocus kills by the way.

A few I know are remade that I like are:

Marylyn Manson: Sweet Dreams (Manson has talent and is an artist)

Naked Eye: There is Always Something There to Remind Me

Elvis Costello: Whats So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding

The Who: Summertime Blues

Stevie Wonder: We Can Work It Out (top notch version if you can find it)
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 15, 2010 12:59AM)
I've got to agree with lobo again. Hendrix's watchtower is the contender until someone reminds us of something that we're just overlooking.

One might ponder the fact, however, that a lot of covers of Dylan tunes are better than the original. Dylan sure knows how to write good songs.

How about a vote for the worst cover of all time: Madonna's American Pie.

And here is a cover no one should miss: http://www.aprilwinchell.com/h/mp3/Ragnar.mp3
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 15, 2010 01:29AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 01:12, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded By the Light"? I'm positive their lead singer had no idea what a Deuce was when he recorded it. I'm kidding- but that version's probably more famous than Bruce's original.

Gary Hoey did an awesome cover of Focus (by Hocus Pocus), but neither artist is probably famous enough to warrant a mention as "best".

Metallica did a good job on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", but I still like the original better.

Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" has got to be up there in the running.
[/quote]

Lots of great covers on that Metallica album. Off the top of my head, in particular, BOC's "Astronomy," Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone," Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar," The Misfits' "Die Die My Darling"...

Another metal band that does amazing classic rock covers is Dream Theater. Unlike Metallica, though, they do more of an eerie job of sounding like the band they're covering. Zeppelin's "The Rover," Genesis' "Turn It On Again," Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers," and a whole bunch more. Metallica does the Hendrix thing - they really make the covers their own. I like both approaches.

Heart does a great job of covering Zeppelin (Rock & Roll, and The Battle of Evermore). Also, Great White's version of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You."
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 15, 2010 01:38AM)
It depends on the criteria. Van Halen's cover of The Kinks' You Really Got Me is way up there.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 15, 2010 01:40AM)
That's another great one that had slipped my mind.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 15, 2010 02:12AM)
The Turtles pretty much made a career out of covering Dylan.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 15, 2010 02:20AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 03:12, MagicSanta wrote:
The Turtles pretty much made a career out of covering Dylan.
[/quote]

I can't see me covering nobody but Dylan for all my liiiiiiiiiiiiiife
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 15, 2010 02:29AM)
VH also covered Pretty Woman

Here's one Aerosmith's Big Ten Inch Record
Message: Posted by: Nosher (Jun 15, 2010 06:28AM)
Joe Cocker's (Mad Dogs and Englishmen) cover of the Boxtops The Letter.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 15, 2010 06:42AM)
Ahhhh, Joe Cocker! With a Little Help from my friends is a great cover.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 15, 2010 07:25AM)
I like the old old stuff. How about "I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate" by Madelene Peiroux, or "I want to tell you about Oh po pi do" by Trombone Shorty. These two New Orleans standards are so old that I can't even find the original version, boy am I old.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Van Van Mojo (Jun 15, 2010 07:33AM)
I was just having this discussion with some friends a couple days ago.

I have to agree, Jimi's version of Watchtower ranks right up at the top of the list for me.

Here's some of my other favorites.

Led Zep did outstanding covers of Joan Baez's Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, the old gospel/blues song In My Time of Dying, Blind Willie Johnson's Nobody's Fault But Mine, and When the Levee Breaks (not sure of the original).

Train Kept a Rollin - Aerosmith, also covered by the Yardbirds, don't know who did the original.

Love Hurts - Nazareth, orig. by The Everly Brothers

The Black Crowes did a great live cover of Lennon's Jealous Guy

Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker's version is way better than the original by Traffic, as is the live version by The Black Crowes.

Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes, Otis Redding orig.

I Thank You - ZZ Top, originally by Sam & Dave

Twist & Shout - The Beatles, also covered by the Isley Brothers, can't think who did the original.

Counting Crows did really good covers of Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil and Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi.

Janis Joplin's covers of Me And Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson and Piece Of My Heart (orig. escapes me at the moment) are outstanding.

Not a huge Clapton fan, but his cover of Dylan's Knockin' on Heaven's Door is great.

Baby, Please Don't Go by Big Joe Williams has been covered quite a bit, my favorites are by Them (Van Morrison), Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent), Aerosmith, and AC/DC.

Two of my favorites from Chris Duarte
Covering Dylan's One More Cup of Coffee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkpEM0AMNmQ

and Junior Kimbrough's Do the Romp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr9eb9mmDRE

Here's some that aren't necessarily better than the original but they are great covers.

Superstition - Stevie Ray Vaughan, original by Stevie Wonder

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)- SRV, Hendrix orig.

Jeff Healey did a great cover of the Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Helter Skelter - Aerosmith, Beatles orig.

War Pigs - Cake, original by Black Sabbath

Baby Don't You Do It - The Who, The Band, The Black Crowes, orig. by Marvin Gaye
Message: Posted by: hou_dini (Jun 15, 2010 07:37AM)
"Crossroads" by Cream, of the Robert Johnson original
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 15, 2010 09:43AM)
Hendrix's Watchtower is truly great. If we allow rock covers of blues songs, then Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" is a definite contender.

And what about Jeff Buckley's exquisite cover of Cohen's "Hallelujah"?

John
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jun 15, 2010 09:45AM)
Placebo did an album of covers that I really liked. Among others -

Running up that Hill - Kate Bush
Where is my Mind? - The Pixies
Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Smiths
20th Century Boy - T.Rex
I Feel You - Depeche Mode

I always liked the Guns N Roses cover of Live and Let Die too
Message: Posted by: Ray Tupper. (Jun 15, 2010 10:09AM)
The lemonheads did a good job of Mrs Robinson.Not strictly rock,but they did belt it out a fair bit stronger than the original.
Ray.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 15, 2010 10:12AM)
Speaking of Cake, love their version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Also, The Dan Band does fantastic and hilarious covers of songs just about all of which have female singers (you may know them from the wedding scene in Old School, where they perform a not-fit-for-TV version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, or The Hangover (another wedding scene) where they do Irene Cara's "Fame." I saw them live a few years ago. Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Jun 15, 2010 10:21AM)
I prefer The Red Hot Chili Pepper's version of War Pigs.

If you want covers that sound eerily like the original, look to the first Guitar Hero game. Almost all of the music is a cover, but it's done so well, there's no way the casual listener could tell (heck, I love Kansas, and I still can't tell it's a cover band doing "Carry On Wayward Son" in the first GH game.)
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 15, 2010 11:17AM)
I like Godhead's cover of Eleanor Rigby. But it's not Hendrix.

Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li580259YwU
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jun 15, 2010 12:29PM)
I like Bette Midler's version of "Beast of Burden."
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Jun 15, 2010 01:33PM)
Pat Travers... And I know I don't have to say the song but, "BOOM BOOM, Out Go The Lights"
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 15, 2010 01:35PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 14:33, Tom Cutts wrote:
Pat Travers... And I know I don't have to say the song but, "BOOM BOOM, Out Go The Lights"
[/quote]

Ah nothing like a bit of domestic violence to get the crowd rocking ;)

Actually, I'm a big fan of Little Walter, but this lyric is a bit much:

Boom Boom Out Go the Lights
Sung by Little Walter
No kiddin'
I'm ready to fight
I've been lookin' for my baby all night
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights

I thought I treat my baby fair
Now she's kiddin' all in my hair
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights

No kiddin'
I'm ready to go
When I find her boy don't you know
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights

I never been so mad before
When I found out she ain't mine no more
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jun 15, 2010 01:37PM)
How about [i]Creedence Clearwater Revival[/i]'s version of [b][i]I Heard It Through The Grapevine[/i][/b]?

Or [i]Billy Idol[/i]'s rendition of [b][i]Mony Mony[/i][/b]?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 15, 2010 01:37PM)
I'll go with All Along the Watchtower for sure.

I think Rod Stewart's cover of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" was equal to the original.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jun 15, 2010 01:40PM)
Or [i]Tina Turner[/i]'s version of [b][i]Proud Mary[/i][/b]?
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 15, 2010 02:29PM)
Rod Stewart did "what made Milwauke famous made a looser out of me", but I prefer the original Jerry Lee Lewis version.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jun 15, 2010 02:55PM)
[i]The Proclaimers[/i] had excellent covers of [b][i]King of the Road[/i][/b] and [b][i]Long Black Veil[/i][/b]; think [i]Roger Miller[/i] and [i]Johnny Cash[/i], respectively, with a Scottish burr. (No, [b][i]Long Black Veil[/i][/b] was not a [i]Johnny Cash[/i] original - it's a folk tune - but his is arguably the best-known version.)

Not "rock", you say? Ah, well.
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Jun 15, 2010 03:48PM)
When I saw this, only one cover comes to mind. Many can try, but none come close to this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw8sNoodIDk

Enjoy ;)
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 15, 2010 06:08PM)
Josh
Only one cover comes to your mind. Now that I have heard that song it is haunting my mind too.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jun 15, 2010 06:12PM)
What does rock cover mean?
Message: Posted by: cairo (Jun 15, 2010 06:29PM)
David lee Roth "Just a Gigolo"
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 15, 2010 07:13PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 19:29, cairo wrote:
David lee Roth "Just a Gigolo"
[/quote]

I have to disagree. Cab Calloway defined that song. Roth simply copied Cab.

John
Message: Posted by: cairo (Jun 15, 2010 07:28PM)
Maybe you are right. I think what I fell in love with was the video.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 15, 2010 07:39PM)
Tommy
A cover song is a song that someone else has already had a hit with.
Message: Posted by: Josh Chaikin (Jun 15, 2010 07:39PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 19:12, tommy wrote:
What does rock cover mean?
[/quote]

A rock band playing a song other than their own.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 15, 2010 07:43PM)
Tommy
Did you think that us crazy Americans were covering rocks?
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 15, 2010 09:02PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 19:12, tommy wrote:
What does rock cover mean?
[/quote]

[url=http://www.justfuckinggoogleit.com/]rock cover[/url]
Message: Posted by: Nosher (Jun 15, 2010 09:19PM)
Magnus,

This is my favourite of that genre :

http://tinyurl.com/22t8eo5


And now, back to your regularly scheduled topic...
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 15, 2010 09:21PM)
Moss makes a great rock cover....
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jun 15, 2010 09:23PM)
Placebo did an album of covers that I really like. IMO they did a great job on songs such as

Running up that Hill - Kate Bush
Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Smiths
I Feel You - Depeche Mode
Where is my Mind - The Pixies
20th Century Boy - T. Rex

I always liked the Guns N Roses cover of Live and Let Die too
Message: Posted by: Davit Sicseek (Jun 15, 2010 09:28PM)
[quote]Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes, Otis Redding orig. [/quote]
Horrid, horrid cover. I realise that this doesn't really could as 'rock' but the Patti Drew version is THE version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CTSaXjOzfA
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 16, 2010 06:25PM)
I've always liked Elvis' version of this better than Neil's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y00vd5HM_08

I like Elvis' versions better than a lot of originals, actually. He was a very talented arranger.

Laurie
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 16, 2010 09:57PM)
Here's another of my fave covers from Elvis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwwplStgzp4&feature=related

along with some cool rehearsal footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgXkJAp8XaY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HfV1eQa13w&feature=related
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 16, 2010 11:20PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 22:23, spatlind wrote:
Placebo did an album of covers that I really like. IMO they did a great job on songs such as

Running up that Hill - Kate Bush

[/quote]

I asked my kids and their vote was for Running up that Hill. You must be young at heart.

John
Message: Posted by: abc (Jun 16, 2010 11:40PM)
I wouldn't call it the best rock cover song ever but Guns n Roses did enough with Knockin on Heaven's door, to get me interested in Dylan. I like both but also the Clapton version.
Message: Posted by: Nosher (Jun 17, 2010 08:41AM)
Here's the great man, Richard Thompson, making something out of nearly nothing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAS4ltt7DzI
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Jun 17, 2010 09:00AM)
Most awesome, thanks for posting that Nosher!
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 17, 2010 09:10PM)
Just remembered one I like though the original is also freakin' great. That is Sweet Jane by The Cowboy Junkies.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 19, 2010 09:13PM)
Nosher
It truely is refreshing to know that a REAL legend like Richard Thompson has not gone unnoticed. My favorite Richard Thompson songs are "1952 Vincent Black Lightning", and "The wall of death". Richard Thompson is a legendary British folk music singer, song writer, and guitar player. He does not make the girls swoon like Elvis, and Neal did, but he is still pretty good.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 19, 2010 11:35PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-17 09:41, Nosher wrote:
Here's the great man, Richard Thompson, making something out of nearly nothing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAS4ltt7DzI
[/quote]

That is shockingly awesome. Thanks.


John
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 07:04AM)
Nosher, John, Jimeh
Thank you for letting me know that not everyone posting on this thread loves crappy music.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 20, 2010 10:06AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 08:04, Al Angello wrote:
Nosher, John, Jimeh
Thank you for letting me know that not everyone posting on this thread loves crappy music.
[/quote]

If you didn't know that after reading the OP about Hendrix and Dylan (and the posts of those who subsequently agreed), then I have less hope for you than I thought.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 10:51AM)
Lobo
Hendrix, and Dylan are obvious pics, but Richard Thompson does not get a lot of play on the radio, so I had to give it up for those discriminating music lovers who like me enjoy his music. If there was a crappiest music thread many of the songs on this thread would make it to that list also.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 20, 2010 10:57AM)
It should be pointed out that Al believes only bad music is mainstream and that not widely accepted is good.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 20, 2010 11:02AM)
He who controls the terms of the debate controls the outcome. Good lesson for magicians framing their presentations, too.

ok, so the categories available are "People who share my taste in music" and "People who love crappy music."

On a tangent, do you guys like Raymond Carver's short stories, or are you complete idiots?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 20, 2010 11:11AM)
I dunno. I love anything and everything without exception that Raymond [i]Chandler[/i] wrote.

Does that count?

And I have to disagree that Thompson was making something out of nothing. Some of Britney's songs were pretty good, I think, notwithstanding her performances.

"Hit me baby one more time...."

(...Jeff sings....)
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 11:29AM)
Santa
Yes it is true that my taste in music goes beyond top 40, or classic rock.

Jeff
I would be able to recognize Britney in a crowd, but I would not recognize any of her songs.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jun 20, 2010 11:37AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 12:02, LobowolfXXX wrote:

On a tangent, do you guys like Raymond Carver's short stories, or are you complete idiots?
[/quote]

I have to admit I'm a Carver fan, but it may be that Carver wasn't a Carver fan. Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, claims that Carver's editor, Gordon Lish, totally created the Carver style and stories we think of as Carver's, much to Carver's disgust. More here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/books/17carver.html?_r=2&ref=books&oref=slogin
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 11:45AM)
Lobo, Landmark, and Jeff
You guys are trying to introduce culture to this thread, thank God. I was afraid that we would have to review all of the Guns and Roses hits.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 20, 2010 12:41PM)
Obscurity does not equate to culture or talent, sometimes it is deserved.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 20, 2010 12:57PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 12:45, Al Angello wrote:
Lobo, Landmark, and Jeff
You guys are trying to introduce culture to this thread, thank God. I was afraid that we would have to review all of the Guns and Roses hits.
[/quote]

Although I'm not a GnR fan, Slash is a marvelous guitar player. He is one of the best of his generation.

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFrcPgyRG9w]Here[/url] is Slash and Zakk Wylde playing Voodoo Chile.

John
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 01:17PM)
John
First thank you for the link. I guess it's just not my cup of tea, but Slash and I do wear the same top hats. Of course mine doesn't have the fancy hat band, but Slash, me, and Bob Dylan all know that the black wool top hat drives the ladies crazy. My wife makes me wear mine to bed.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 20, 2010 01:28PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 13:57, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
...playing Voodoo Chile.

John
[/quote]

I do Voodoo Chile on the banjo, but I suppose that wouldn't really hit the spot for most of you.

:)
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 01:55PM)
Jeff
I'll give it a try, post it.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 20, 2010 02:00PM)
OK, but give me a week or so. I'm really busy with other stuff for the next several days.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 20, 2010 02:05PM)
Wow
Forget about this old thread. I think your banjo rendition of Voodoo child deserves it's own seperate thread.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 20, 2010 02:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 14:28, stoneunhinged wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 13:57, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
...playing Voodoo Chile.

John
[/quote]

I do Voodoo Chile on the banjo, but I suppose that wouldn't really hit the spot for most of you.

:)
[/quote]

Aw man, this I've got to hear.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jun 20, 2010 02:45PM)
Right. Give me a week or two and I'll upload my rendition on [i]a separate thread[/i].

Till then, let's get back to whatever this thread was about.

(I've got classes all week; BUT! My wife and son are taking a mother/son trip for 10 days beginning Friday, so I'll have some time to play around with my webcam starting then.)
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 20, 2010 03:43PM)
There was a comic who use to play heavy metal songs on a bagpipe....

Thank you all by the way. I looked up that oops I did it again by Britney, she was purty sweet when she was a young'un. They filtered the hell out of the vocals, I wonder if there is any recordings of her real singing voice?
Message: Posted by: Ray Tupper. (Jun 20, 2010 03:48PM)
I'm getting the picture already Jeff.
Plink Plink Plink Plonk
Plonk Plonk Plonk Plink.
As a sidenote,I've just finished working on the re-furb(Timber fixtures and fittings)at the Hard rock Café in London.My brother and myself were getting it ready for the forthcoming Hyde park concert,which the Café has a lot to do with.
I personally did the downstairs bar and the case in which Jimmys chain-mail like outfit was displayed(Facing you as you walk through the front door).Strange,but I only took pictures of Bonhams drum kit.
For yor cosideration I give you;
ELP's version of "Nut rocker" by B bumble and the stingers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX0vOYwHj30
Not as good as the live version I've got on vinyl(Remember that stuff?)but the best I could find.
Ray.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 22, 2010 08:45PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 20:13, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-06-15 19:29, cairo wrote:
David lee Roth "Just a Gigolo"
[/quote]

I have to disagree. Cab Calloway defined that song. Roth simply copied Cab.

John
[/quote]

Eisengrim you are a pompous twit! Don't you know the difference between Cab Calloway and the inimitable [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZwjVTv795Q&feature=related]Louis Prima[/url]?

:blush:
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 22, 2010 09:05PM)
Minnie the Moocher!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Jun 22, 2010 09:16PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-22 22:05, MagicSanta wrote:
Minnie the Moocher!
[/quote]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33nTnawq6jk
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 22, 2010 09:19PM)
People say magicians and comics have the same act for 20 years, some singers went decades with one song!
Message: Posted by: Nosher (Jun 22, 2010 09:40PM)
Nice work if you can get it.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 22, 2010 09:46PM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 12:11, stoneunhinged wrote:
I dunno. I love anything and everything without exception that Raymond [i]Chandler[/i] wrote.

[/quote]

Entirely different thing. I like Chandler, too, though.
Message: Posted by: abc (Jun 23, 2010 01:57AM)
[quote]
On 2010-06-20 15:45, stoneunhinged wrote:
Right. Give me a week or two and I'll upload my rendition on [i]a separate thread[/i].

Till then, let's get back to whatever this thread was about.

(I've got classes all week; BUT! My wife and son are taking a mother/son trip for 10 days beginning Friday, so I'll have some time to play around with my webcam starting then.)
[/quote]
I am waiting in anticipation!
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 24, 2010 07:35AM)
I like both the Jeffery Gaines "In Your Eyes" and the Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes". Jeffery promised Peter that he would never sing it if they were playing in the same city.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jun 24, 2010 02:29PM)
That is good cuz after ol Jeff fills the bar he's playing then the overflow can head out to the arena to see Peter.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Jun 24, 2010 03:08PM)
Oh yes you are right. I saw Jeffrey Gaines in a small theater, and all he had was his own guitar, but he filled the room with his voice. Everybody already knows what kind of stadiums Peter Gabriel plays in. Jeffery met Peter at a festival, became friends, and they both agreed that Peter should be the only one to sing "In your eyes" that night, or at least that is the way Jeffrey Gaines tells the story.
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Jun 25, 2010 02:26AM)
There's always [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWl5peI8HY]this cover of Bohemian Rhapsody[/url].

[url=http://www.strimoo.com/video/12907009/Luther-Wright-the-Wrongs-Brick-in-the-Wall-pt-2-MySpaceVideos.html]This version of The Wall[/url] isn't bad.
Message: Posted by: abc (Jun 25, 2010 02:51AM)
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On 2010-06-25 03:26, Scott Cram wrote:
There's always [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWl5peI8HY]this cover of Bohemian Rhapsody[/url].

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Some would love that and some would hate it. I thought it was quite good. Same with this. Be sure to listen to some of the other Metallica songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZxgACaOoAM
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Mar 16, 2011 01:59AM)
After watching Donnie Darko for the millionth time (it would be my favorite sci fi movie if not for Blade Runner), I realized that Gary Jules and Michael Andrews need a mention for Mad World (though another not-really-rock song).
Message: Posted by: abc (Mar 16, 2011 02:41AM)
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On 2011-03-16 02:59, LobowolfXXX wrote:
After watching Donnie Darko for the millionth time (it would be my favorite sci fi movie if not for Blade Runner), I realized that Gary Jules and Michael Andrews need a mention for Mad World (though another not-really-rock song).
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I always thought Adam Lambert did a great version of the song on American Idol.
Message: Posted by: Erwin (Mar 16, 2011 03:49AM)
Thin White Rope's version of Can's "Yoo Doo Right"
Janis Joplin's versions of Kris Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee" and Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart"
All of Bryan Ferry's "These Foolish Things" album, particularly "Sympathy For The Devil"
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Mar 16, 2011 09:19AM)
Hammers of Misfortune recently did a remake of 'Freebird'. The lead singer posted a blurb on her blog about how tough it was to remake the song without crossing over into being cheesy. She thinks they managed it. I agree.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Mar 16, 2011 09:52AM)
I agree with the general consensus that Dylan's songs are usually improved by other artists. The one big exception I would make is Knocking on Heaven's Door. Dylan absolutely knocks that one out of the park.

John
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Mar 16, 2011 10:05AM)
Agree with Knocking on Heaven's Door.

There's a great cover of Rush's The Analog Kid on the tribute album The Working Man. It feature Jack Russell (Great White singer) and members of Symphony X.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 16, 2011 10:11AM)
I forgot about The Fugees cover of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly."
And all the great Willie Nelson covers, especially "Georgia on My Mind."
Speaking of Dylan, an odd one is his cover of Paul Simon's The Boxer--not better, but kind of interesting.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 16, 2011 10:28AM)
There's a lot of good covers. Junior Wells did a cover of the song "Gimme one reason" by Tracy Chapman that was just outstanding.
Message: Posted by: HerbLarry (Mar 16, 2011 12:13PM)
Jackson 5- Lonely Teardrops
2:43 well spent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-UeyrID3pE
Message: Posted by: Erwin (Mar 16, 2011 02:21PM)
The Jacksons version of Mick Jackson's "Blame it on the Boogie" is worth a listen too!
Message: Posted by: landmark (Mar 16, 2011 02:26PM)
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On 2011-03-16 13:13, HerbLarry wrote:
Jackson 5- Lonely Teardrops
2:43 well spent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-UeyrID3pE
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I like Michael Jackson, but sorry, competent as this is, I don't think it touches the original.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Mar 16, 2011 02:30PM)
As awesome as Otis Redding was, Aretha Franklin positively owns Respect.

John
Message: Posted by: motown (Mar 16, 2011 05:37PM)
Cream's Born Under a Bad Sign.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Mar 16, 2011 05:41PM)
That is a good one Motown....
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 16, 2011 05:56PM)
I'm too busy to check if anybody already mentioned it, but I like the new version of "Bad Company." I think it was 5 Finger Death Punch.
Message: Posted by: Erwin (Mar 16, 2011 06:57PM)
Most notorious cover: Beach Boys "Never Learn Not to Love", a reworking of Charles Manson's "Cease to Exist".
Message: Posted by: muse (Mar 17, 2011 04:11AM)
I love Richard Thompson's work, and his Britney cover is the official version of the song, in my house at least. Not strictly a rock song, but I remember seeing Elvis Costello live singing 'Someday I'll Fly Away' and it was incredible, I can still hear it clearly in my head, although I've never heard it as a recording. But I agree that the standard by which all others are judged is 'All Along the Watchtower'.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Mar 17, 2011 08:14AM)
I know there are a few Joni Mitchell fans here. In a 2000 tribute concert, there were a few notable covers (if that counts for this discussion).

Richard Thompson covers [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h54rRq2SAv0]Woodstock[/url] (apparently on a couple of hours' notice).

Cyndi Lauper covers [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0RCDHBw50Q]Carey[/url] (my favourite Joni song, in case anyone cares).

kd lang covers [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt18OYGBLk4&feature=related]Help Me[/url].

Elton John covers [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKjFIaUid-4&feature=related]Free Man in Paris[/url].

All very strong covers, IMO.

John
Message: Posted by: Erwin (Mar 17, 2011 08:21AM)
John you reminded me of Nazareth "This Flight Tonight"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylW6sC6NNhY

Love that Elton John "Free Man in Paris", he changed nothing but made it sound like one of his own songs... if that makes any sense :D Thx :)
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 17, 2011 10:49AM)
I told my daughter about this thread and she said;

Disturb's version of "Land of Confusion" because, unlike the Phil Collins puppets, they actually sound ANGRY!
Message: Posted by: Randy (Mar 17, 2011 11:38AM)
Faith No More - Warpigs
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
April Wine - 21st Century Schizoid Man
Supersuckers - Hey Ya
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Actually, almost anything by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 17, 2011 11:55AM)
"All Along the Watchtower." Hendrix made this one of the greatest songs ever.
Message: Posted by: gdw (Mar 17, 2011 12:47PM)
Even Dylan prefers Hendrix's version, and performs it.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Mar 17, 2011 05:42PM)
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On 2011-03-17 09:21, Erwin wrote:
John you reminded me of Nazareth "This Flight Tonight"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylW6sC6NNhY

Love that Elton John "Free Man in Paris", he changed nothing but made it sound like one of his own songs... if that makes any sense :D Thx :)
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Thanks for reminding me of Nazareth's reconfiguring of "This Flight Tonight".

I know what you mean about the Elton John version: it fits him quite naturally.

John
Message: Posted by: Erwin (May 29, 2011 07:46PM)
Dug this thread up cos I just listened to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's Delilah on the way home...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9aStPoQzLw

Bliss :)
Message: Posted by: muse (May 31, 2011 04:08AM)
Alex Harvey was very underrated in my opinion, and while not covers of rock songs, also excellent are SAHB's 'Next' (a cover of Jacquel Brel's 'Au Suivant') and 'Gambling Bar Room Blues' (a cover of Jimmie Rodgers' original of the same name).
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (May 31, 2011 10:27AM)
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On 2010-06-15 01:59, stoneunhinged wrote:
I've got to agree with lobo again. Hendrix's watchtower is the contender until someone reminds us of something that we're just overlooking.

One might ponder the fact, however, that a lot of covers of Dylan tunes are better than the original. Dylan sure knows how to write good songs.

How about a vote for the worst cover of all time: Madonna's American Pie.

And here is a cover no one should miss: http://www.aprilwinchell.com/h/mp3/Ragnar.mp3
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Your link wants to take me to something called "registry.com" "where DIY meets FYI" or something like that.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 31, 2011 11:37AM)
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On 2011-03-17 12:38, Randy wrote:
Faith No More - Warpigs
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I saw Faith No More open for Metallica...after a reasonably warm welcome, they started getting booed midway through their first song (turns out Metallica fans aren't fond of band fronted by would-be rappers. Who'd've thought?), and they pretty much got booed nonstop for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes of originals, they played War Pigs, received a thunderous ovation, and left.
Message: Posted by: magicgettogether (Jun 1, 2011 07:06PM)
I always enjoyed Segers Nutbush City Limits on the Live Bullet Album (Ike & Tina Turner)
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (Jun 2, 2011 09:34AM)
Judas Priest: Fleetwood Mac's [i]The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged crown)[/i] Joan Baez's [i]Diamonds and Rust[/i], Chuck Berry's [i]Johnny B. Goode[/i]

Motley Crue: The Beatles' [i]Helter Skelter[/i]

Shiny Toy Gun: Blue Oyster Cult's [i]Burnin' For You [/i]
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 2, 2011 09:45AM)
I always think of Diamonds and Rust when I think of Priest covers, but yeah, their version of Green Manalishi is really cool, too.
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (Jun 2, 2011 10:01AM)
The Priest in Valencia in 2004 [i] Diamonds and Rust[/i]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTKg_X5IqrQ

The sheer power of the crowd seen at 3:25 is breath taking.

and vintage Priest 1985 [i] Green Manalishi[/i] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT2DktNBRfo&feature=related

Rock Steady
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 2, 2011 10:11AM)
Another good cover of Diamonds and Rust is by Blackmore's Night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj1uUwWI4ig
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 2, 2011 10:16AM)
Iron Maiden also does a really cool version of UFO's "Doctor Doctor." I always thought UFO was one of the most underrated rock bands out there.
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (Jun 2, 2011 10:17AM)
That is a great video thanks! I favored it! It reminded me of a couple of years ago, I saw Loreena McKinnett in concert and she covered Diamonds and Rust absolutely beautiful.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jun 2, 2011 10:19AM)
I should say Maiden *did* a Doctor Doctor cover...I've never heard Bruce Dickenson do it, but they released it when Blaze Bayley was on vocals.
Message: Posted by: Dreadnought (Jun 2, 2011 10:19AM)
One of my favorite covers, I can't believe I forgot it! Tori Amos' piano version of Nirvana's [i]Smells Like Teen Spirit[/i] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaAI3jI7uCc&feature=related