Another cover songs thread!

As usual, better than the original is the category.

The rules: Share the cover; share the original; commentary optional.

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I’ll start:

Hillbenders’ cover of MGMT’s “Kids”

The original:

Commentary:
The instrumental theme seems made for the banjo somehow. Much better than the whiny synth organ in the original. Something about the bluegrass harmonies and lyrical themes in the chorus just seem to make the whole thing work. The original feels like a missed opportunity.

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[not a cover song]

From the new Haiduk album ‘Exomancer’ [metal]

Welcome to BoingBoing!

This thread is dead enough that I don’t even care if you made an account just to shill your band.

Nice tune.

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Sorry, I’m going to bend the rules a bit. Not better but as close to as good as anything else I’ve heard.

The original, among my favourite tunes. :slight_smile:

ETA: Damn! After listening again…maybe the cover is better. I’m not so sure anymore, lol.

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The court of public opinion is against me in deeming this

better than this

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Kinda fun:

Much more fun:

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Better if you like twee versions of electronic songs:

Original:

Cover of a “traditional southern tune from out of Georgia” :

Original:

A seriously paranoid and timeless cover:

Of Public Enemy:

Is it considered a cover if the singer is the same?

The original by Horace Andy:

The “cover” by Massive Attack, with Horace Andy contributing vocals:

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Uwe Schmidt rocks.

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Rare Earth didn’t do the original.

On a related note, I’ve long preferred Rod’s version of “Drift Away” to Dobie Gray’s, but Gray’s version isn’t the original either.

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What if bands cover themselves, does this count?


If you’d say this is weird, I’d agree with you.
It is, however, a very faithful translation of the lyrics.
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Tough choice.

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A medley of covers from the Circle Jerks! What they lack in finesse they make up in volume:

Are the covers better than the originals? Mmm…mostly not, but theirs will always be the definitive versions of Afternoon Delight and D-I-V-O-R-C-E as far as I’m concerned.

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While I’m at it, who can forget (or forgive) Sid Vicious’ version of My Way?

[TW maybe?] I’d forgotten that he shoots the audience at the end. That hasn’t aged well.

Yeah, even Frank’s tie is better. In Sid’s defense though, if you gave Frank as much heroin as Sid probably had in his system, he probably wouldn’t have been able to stand up, never mind sing.

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Thanks for the reminder. I’d forgotten that the Temptations did it first.

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Hadn’t seen the Massive Attack video, great stuff! Like a dream. And yeah, parking garages are scary places!

Also makes me think someone should start a thread here – “Describe a situation that made you run.”

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It’s hard to post this one as I’m a huge Dylan fan, but…you know…Jimi!

I can’t find the original by itself so this will have to do.

ETA: Also; everybody and his brother seems to have covered it, lol.

That’s pretty good. That Dixie vibe really suits the song.

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Far superior to the original!

When I was in junior high some friends and I did a cover of Devo’s cover at a school music assembly. We were awful. That was my first public performance. It was followed by many many more cringeworthy appearances.

Here’s the vanilla Rolling Stones version.

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