Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I love this version ...

of "Don't You Want Me." It kind of chokes me up.

 
Rocky Votolato and Matt Pond PA cover The Human League

I'm pretty picky about covers. I love them, but they have to be substantially different from the original or it's just karaoke. Some of my favorites are the Snake River Conspiracy version of "How Soon Is Now" and Tori Amos's cover of The Cure's "Love Song," both of which are probably better than the original. Oh! And Ryan Adam's cover of "Wonderwall," of course, which I've blogged about before. What are your favorite covers?

18 comments:

  1. Richard Thompson's version of "Season of the Witch" is incredibly gorgeous...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQwUnJ_B9fc

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  2. a song that i worship beyond all things is eddie vedder's version of "throw your arms around me." it's originally done by an australian band, in the 80s, and is apparently like a huge classic in australia. i'm not even really into eddie vedder or pearl jam, but this song breaks me every time i hear it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmwXHyvEvV4&feature=related

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  3. The Counting Crows version of "The Ghost in You" by The Psychedelic Furs kills me. I love the original, too, but I think the cover's actually better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RZhP2CMfqQ

    Elliott Smith's cover of Big Star's "Thirteen" is also excellent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDrZtOREcE

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  4. Thanks for the recs, guys! I especially like the Elliot Smith cover.

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  5. I feel like I watch that "Don't You Want Me" cover at least once a week.

    Ted Leo's cover/mashup of "Since U Been Gone" and Maps" is a good one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBr5FPIL8UU

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  6. I'm going to watch it again right now. Thanks for enabling me.

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  7. Dinosaur, Jr.'s version of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" definitely passes the "better than the original" test - though it's basically the same song with a couple (ingenious) tweaks, including an unexpected death metal breakdown

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJLOr8S2d2E

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  8. No Use for a Name's cover of "This Is a Rebel Song"--you have to like SoCal-style punk for sure, though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3hoFYMgMVw

    John Lennon's version of "Stand By Me"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4_ghOG9JQM

    Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt" (superior to the original)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho

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  9. oh yeah, i couldn't let this go by without mentioning bear mccreary's "all along the watchtower" from the battlestar galactica soundtrack. crank it up to 11.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka_sHy9cVH0

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  10. Without leaving Texas, I am prepared to offer for your consideration Lyle Lovett's version of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," Stevie Ray Vaughn's instrumental version of Hendrix's "Little Wing," and the Gourds' version of Snoop's "Gin and Juice."

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  11. Martin, in college we often ate at a divey Mexican restaurant called Chapultapec, and we always played the SRV version of "Little Wing" on the jukebox there.

    Your mentioning Texas reminded me: I LOVE the Nina Persson (of The Cardigans) version of "The Bluest Eyes in Texas," from the Boys Don't Cry soundtrack.

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  12. i loved when ted leo and the pharmacists did their version of Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World on the first run of this show.

    this is pretty good too though. the bottle of stella is a nice touch.

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  13. Oddly enough, I didn't realize what a great song that is until it was featured in Donnie Darko.

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  14. was that used in donnie darko? i only remember "mad world" and "head over heels"...

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  15. Oh! I'm thinking of "Head Over Heels." Still, it was that movie that made me suddenly re-appreciate TFF musically, including "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Which is a great song for listening to while driving around on a sunny day with the windows rolled down.

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  16. yeah, TFF was actually a really great band. Did you watch the cover of the Danzig song? A.MA.ZING (but maybe if only you're a danzig fan, which of course I am)

    Oh, and the Toto cover was pretty good.

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  17. I need to go back and listen to a lot more of them. I only got through a handful and don't think Danzig was one of them. Was it "Mother"?

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