I’ve Got You Covered…

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Once again, Lily came up with another great idea for a music post. Cover songs. In my opinion, a cover has got to be completely different than the original, in order for me to like it and really get behind it. Some groups/artists do covers and it sounds exactly like the original — why bother? If you can’t improve on something or at least make it markedly different then why would you do an imitation in the first place? In that case, I’ll just listen to the original, thanks.

One of my favorite covers is “Hazy Shade of Winter” by the Bangles. They took an amazing Simon and Garfunkel song and made it something you could rock out to. I love both versions. WARNING – The video is very 80’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRx4PkXeVM

I also really love Cat Stevens, such a talent, not to mention easy on the eyes (at least in the early 70’s he was…) But I digress… Both Rod Stewart and Cheryl Crow did covers of “The First Cut is the Deepest.” I’ve got to say that I actually like both versions – maybe not as much as The Cat Steven’s version but they’re different enough for me to appreciate them and enjoy them.

Here are a few others that are really different from the original…

Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” — Smashing Pumpkins ( I prefer Fleetwood Mac’s version)

Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” — White Stripes  (I’ve got to stick with Dolly Parton’s version.)

Dolly Parton’s “I will Always Love You” — knocked out of the park by Whitney Houston

Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” — Johnny Cash makes this a hauntingly great song

U2’s “One” — Johnny Cash

Do you have a favorite cover song? Have you ever heard a cover and liked it more than the original?

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