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What's your favorite song cover?

As the title says. Bonus points for covers that really surprised you. My personal favorite is Sugar Ray's cover of The Steve Miller Band's Abracadabra. It's super faithful to the source material but Sugar Ray kinda heavied it up a bit

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  1. Whom Link
    The first one to come to mind which I really love is Motorpsycho's cover of the Moondog song "All is Loneliness," though it's more of a cover of of the Big Brother & The Holding Company / Janis...

    The first one to come to mind which I really love is Motorpsycho's cover of the Moondog song "All is Loneliness," though it's more of a cover of of the Big Brother & The Holding Company / Janis Joplin's own versions of that song.

    Shonen Knife's cover of My Bloody Valentine's When You Sleep is one of my favorites where the tone of the song is entirely changed, though. The original song is bittersweet and has a moody kind of half-positivity to it, but Shonen Knife made it the cutest, most feel-good thing I've ever heard. To anyone that's a fan of Loveless in general, you should definitely check out the album this comes from: Yellow Loveless, with a variety of prominent Japanese bands covering the entirety of that record.

    8 votes
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    no_exit (edited ) Link
    Built to Spill - Cortez the Killer (Neil Young) // Doug Martsch is a god Cap'n Jazz - Take On Me (A-ha) // messy and fun Punch Brothers - Reptilia (The Strokes) // played pretty straight but...

    Built to Spill - Cortez the Killer (Neil Young) // Doug Martsch is a god

    Cap'n Jazz - Take On Me (A-ha) // messy and fun

    Punch Brothers - Reptilia (The Strokes) // played pretty straight but sounds great with the upright bass and banjo

    GWAR - Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas) // just ridiculous

    6 votes
    1. stephen (edited ) Link Parent
      Fuck yeah Cap'n Jazz!! Nice. Also the onion's under cover is amazing if you like covers and genre benders. Against Me! doing Jamie Jones is a standout for me. But honestly there are so many good...

      Fuck yeah Cap'n Jazz!! Nice. Also the onion's under cover is amazing if you like covers and genre benders. Against Me! doing Jamie Jones is a standout for me. But honestly there are so many good ones. This is a youtube hole i regularly fall down.

      2 votes
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    spit-evil-olive-tips Link
    This is an awesome topic, I love covers. To get the obvious out of the way first - Phish. Back in the USSR & Dear Prudence (they covered the entire White Album on Halloween 1994) Another of their...

    This is an awesome topic, I love covers.

    To get the obvious out of the way first - Phish.

    Back in the USSR & Dear Prudence (they covered the entire White Album on Halloween 1994)

    Another of their best Beatles covers is A Day in the Life

    They also covered David Bowie's Space Oddity. In acapella.

    And AC/DC's Highway to Hell.

    And Freebird, again acapella.

    But my favorite Phish cover, by far...Will Smith's Gettin' Jiggy Wit It.

    OK, OK, I'll stop, and move on to non-Phish covers.

    The Pretender covered by Infected Mushroom (original by the Foo Fighters)

    Roadhouse Blues covered by Blue Oyster Cult

    Renegades of Funk by RATM - their entire Renegades album was covers. The original by Afrika Bambaataa is a great video too.

    And of course, Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt is I think better than the Nine Inch Nails original, to the point that at one point a concert review mentioned NIN covered Johnny Cash's Hurt.

    Alright, I lied, one more Phish cover...Purple Rain. Skip to 3:10 if you want to get past the very Phish-esque between-songs noises.

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      stephen Link Parent
      I used to be with you regarding NIN's cover of Johnny Cash's Hurt until I saw NIN close a set with it. Wow is that song way better live. Wow. It's fucking powerful.

      I used to be with you regarding NIN's cover of Johnny Cash's Hurt until I saw NIN close a set with it. Wow is that song way better live. Wow. It's fucking powerful.

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        uselessabstraction (edited ) Link Parent
        You've got it backwards. Johnny Cash covered NIN! Yeah, I know. It's a mindfuck. The first time I ever heard the Johnny Cash version, my brain short circuited to "Damn, I never knew the NIN song...

        You've got it backwards. Johnny Cash covered NIN!

        Yeah, I know. It's a mindfuck. The first time I ever heard the Johnny Cash version, my brain short circuited to "Damn, I never knew the NIN song was a cover." The possibility of Cash covering NIN just didn't compute... but that's exactly what happened!

        Edit: maybe I misinterpreted the thread?

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          stephen Link Parent
          I know I know! That's the joke

          I know I know! That's the joke

          1. uselessabstraction Link Parent
            OK.OK. :) You had me there for a second, lol.

            OK.OK. :)

            You had me there for a second, lol.

    2. elcuello (edited ) Link Parent
      Gotta admit that was fucking awful, sorry. I'm a huge AC/DC fan and that was on par with the Celine Dion one or some local teenage band. Edit: ...and I'll add some AC/DC covers I think are good...

      And AC/DC's Highway to Hell.

      Gotta admit that was fucking awful, sorry. I'm a huge AC/DC fan and that was on par with the Celine Dion one or some local teenage band.

      Edit: ...and I'll add some AC/DC covers I think are good and different instead of just bashing Phish. I enjoy Mark Kozeleks versions of Up To My Neck In You and If You Want Blood You've Got It

    3. arghdos Link Parent
      Oh man, the first Space Oddity I saw was a mind-fuck. So good. I would listen to Trey do silly mouth guitar-solos all day long.

      Oh man, the first Space Oddity I saw was a mind-fuck. So good. I would listen to Trey do silly mouth guitar-solos all day long.

  4. rightwingleftist Link
    With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker. Maybe the only time a Beatles song was done better than the Beatles.

    With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker. Maybe the only time a Beatles song was done better than the Beatles.

    4 votes
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    Hypersapien Link
    Blinded By the Light by Manfred Mann The original was by Springsteen. He also wrote it.

    Blinded By the Light by Manfred Mann

    The original was by Springsteen. He also wrote it.

    4 votes
    1. collateral127 Link Parent
      Link for anybody interested :) I also love this song, it's great!

      Link for anybody interested :)

      I also love this song, it's great!

      2 votes
  6. RxRxns Link
    Manic Street Preachers' cover of Rhianna's Umbrella

    Manic Street Preachers' cover of Rhianna's Umbrella

    3 votes
  7. Dovey Link
    I seem to have a thing for Elvis Costello covers, although I love the originals too. A few favourites: Baby Plays Around, covered by Curtis Stigers. Shipbuilding and All Grown Up, covered by...

    I seem to have a thing for Elvis Costello covers, although I love the originals too. A few favourites:

    Baby Plays Around, covered by Curtis Stigers.

    Shipbuilding and All Grown Up, covered by Tasmin Archer.

    3 votes
  8. collateral127 Link
    My favourite cover has got to be the cover of Rasputin by Turisas, followed closely by Blind Guardian's cover of You're the Voice. They're just both so much fun! I can't help jamming along

    My favourite cover has got to be the cover of Rasputin by Turisas, followed closely by Blind Guardian's cover of You're the Voice.

    They're just both so much fun! I can't help jamming along

    3 votes
  9. Cleb Link
    My go-to for this question is usually Ulver's version of Solitude by Black Sabbath which absolutely smashes the original (even though the original is still great in its own right) and fits...

    My go-to for this question is usually Ulver's version of Solitude by Black Sabbath which absolutely smashes the original (even though the original is still great in its own right) and fits perfectly in with the album it's a part of.

    2 votes
  10. frostycakes Link
    For me, it's a tossup between Geographer's cover of This is How We Walk on the Moon (originally a very eclectic Arthur Russell song), Motion City Soundtrack's cover of Wait So Long by Trampled by...

    For me, it's a tossup between Geographer's cover of This is How We Walk on the Moon (originally a very eclectic Arthur Russell song), Motion City Soundtrack's cover of Wait So Long by Trampled by Turtles-- I never thought a bluegrass song would do so well as a pop-punk one, or The Rural Alberta Advantage's cover of Eye of the Tiger.

    2 votes
  11. Adam_Black_Arts Link
    I've always been fond of the Cowboy Junkies' version of Blue Moon.

    I've always been fond of the Cowboy Junkies' version of Blue Moon.

    2 votes
  12. nutax Link
    I like the Steve'n'Seagulls cover of Thunderstruck but their other covers are good too imo.

    I like the Steve'n'Seagulls cover of Thunderstruck but their other covers are good too imo.

    2 votes
  13. TooFewColours Link
    Mark Kozelek's cover of Modest Mouse's 'Ocean Breaths Salty' just opens up the song in a whole new perspective. Usually I hate when people take big songs and strip them down to make them sound...

    Mark Kozelek's cover of Modest Mouse's 'Ocean Breaths Salty' just opens up the song in a whole new perspective. Usually I hate when people take big songs and strip them down to make them sound 'deeper', but Mark does such a sincere job, it's remarkable it's a cover at all.

    Also, Phoebe Bridger's cover of Mark Kozelek's 'You Missed My Heart' is how the song should be, imo. Something about hearing a song that's clearly a male perspective through Bridger's voice.

    1 vote
  14. BuckeyeSundae Link
    I, uh, have a few favorite covers. I have more, but I got a little worried about the size of the list. I've always felt like a bit of a heretic because I don't really care for Bob Dylan's singing...

    I, uh, have a few favorite covers. I have more, but I got a little worried about the size of the list.

    I've always felt like a bit of a heretic because I don't really care for Bob Dylan's singing voice, to the point that I rarely enjoy any of his songs. Lay Lady Lay by Magnet gets me around that.

    In a similar vein, for the same reason, I prefer Darlingside's cover of 1979 over Billy Corgan's voice.

    A good Spanish styled rock song can take me a long way. Enter Rodrigo y Gabriella's acoustic version Stairway to Heaven.

    I think The Civil Wars' Billie Jean is among of the few Michael Jackson covers that I like as much as the original.

    I go back and forth between finding The Cleverly's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)" bluegrass cover more hilarious or impressive.

    While I can do without the head bobs in the video every time he changes keys, Antoine Dufour's acoustic-electric version of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" is really pretty (and technically proficient). Normally I think you should shit or get off the pot when it comes to acoustic-electric guitars. Pick one or the other, not both--I'd say. This is the rare instance where I'll begrudgingly admit the combo guitar does it better than either the electric or acoustic would.

    Ever wanted to know what Cher's "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves" would sound like in a more authentic Roma sound? I didn't think I did either. Dervish's cover set me straight.

    Florence + the Machine play their cover of Tori Amos' "Cornflake Girl" fairly straight, but Florence Welch's impressive voice adds a distinct flavor that I enjoy pretty thoroughly.

    I've long been a big fan of Nickel Creek, then Chris Thile's later projects (including, importantly for this cover, punch brothers), Sara Watkins' solo career, and Sarah Jarosz. Take Punch Brothers' bassist, combo Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz, and add Aoife O’Donovan, and we have a gorgeous acoustic cover of Adele's "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)".

    1 vote
  15. annadane Link
    Phil Collins's version of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors

    Phil Collins's version of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors

    1 vote
  16. tunneljumper Link
    Wreck and Reference just released an EP of four Guided by Voices "covers": Alien Pains Thou: Endless Nameless (covering Nirvana) Dillinger Escape Plan: Jesus Christ Pose (covering Soundgarden)...

    Wreck and Reference just released an EP of four Guided by Voices "covers": Alien Pains

    Thou: Endless Nameless (covering Nirvana)

    Dillinger Escape Plan: Jesus Christ Pose (covering Soundgarden)

    sunn O))): F.W.T.B.T ("covering" Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls)

    Full of Hell: Oven (covering Melvins)

    1 vote
  17. 4rm Link
    Dreamcatcher's cover of Really Really by Winner. I like both, but I think the song works really well at a higher register. I think I might like it more than the original actually.

    Dreamcatcher's cover of Really Really by Winner. I like both, but I think the song works really well at a higher register. I think I might like it more than the original actually.

  18. piedpiper Link
    Dustin Kensrue's (from Thrice) cover of Counting Crows - 'Round Here. Specifically this version. There are a bunch of higher quality recordings, but this is the first one I heard and I think it is...

    Dustin Kensrue's (from Thrice) cover of Counting Crows - 'Round Here.

    Specifically this version. There are a bunch of higher quality recordings, but this is the first one I heard and I think it is his best rendition. I think I downloaded it directly from a Thrice fan website back in the day.

  19. ainar-g Link
    Olivia Newton-John's cover of John Denver's “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is great. If I ever visit the US, I would really like to visit Blue Ridge mountains.

    Olivia Newton-John's cover of John Denver's “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is great. If I ever visit the US, I would really like to visit Blue Ridge mountains.

  20. Amarok (edited ) Link
    I usually don't pay that much attention to covers, but once in a while one comes along that endears itself to me and sticks around in my playlists. Most recently that'd be We Barbarian's cover of...

    I usually don't pay that much attention to covers, but once in a while one comes along that endears itself to me and sticks around in my playlists.

    Most recently that'd be We Barbarian's cover of Strange Overtones. It trades a bit of the tone of the original for raw power, which I'm digging. I've had Hyde & Beast's cover of (and the) Pictures In The Sky (an old Medicinehead track) in one of my playlists for years, still like it better than the original. Those are the only ones I have in any kind of rotation.

    Whoops, almost forgot Shakey Graves w/ Shovels & Rope covering Unknown Legend. This is one I absolutely love. Charles Bradley's cover of Changes is pretty damn epic too, and a radical departure from the original (in all the best ways).