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Remakes that were better than the originals
« on: 13 Sep 2007, 23:06 »

Bob Marley ----> Annie Lennox - "Waiting in Vain"

Fleetwood Mac ----> Smashing Pumpkins - "Landslide"

Dr. Who Theme -----> Orbital - "Doctor?"

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #1 on: 13 Sep 2007, 23:09 »

Beatles to The Breeders - "Happiness is a Warm Gun"
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #2 on: 13 Sep 2007, 23:39 »

Kyuss did "Into the Void" better than Sabbath.

That's the only time I'm probably ever going to end a sentence that way.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #3 on: 14 Sep 2007, 00:28 »

Beatles to The Breeders - "Happiness is a Warm Gun"

I was really set to get angry as soon as I saw "The Beatles", but you're actually right!

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Between the Buried and Me covering Geek USA is really better than the original. I like Cake's version of I Will Survive a lot better. Damnit, I'm sure I can think of better examples than this though. I will be back later.

Oh, the Melvins covering Smells Like Teen Spirit is definately better than the original. Dream Theaters version of Ganglands is a really good take on a really mediocre Iron Maiden song as well.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #4 on: 14 Sep 2007, 06:47 »

Hat made a good point; Cake does excellent covers.  Their cover of "War Pigs" wasn't great but, every other cover I hear by them is really good.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #5 on: 14 Sep 2007, 07:05 »

I've two.

Dropkick Murphys -> Angelic Upstarts "Never Again"

Deftones -> Skynyrd "Simple Man"
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #6 on: 14 Sep 2007, 10:53 »

Hat made a good point; Cake does ugly girls named Angus angrily in Armenia. 
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #7 on: 14 Sep 2007, 17:03 »

Stevie ray Vaughn - Voodoo Child
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #8 on: 14 Sep 2007, 17:22 »

I am really a fan of The Polyphonic Spree's version of 'Lithium'.

Also, I am generally not a fan of Nirvana.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #9 on: 14 Sep 2007, 17:37 »

Go West - Pet Shop Boys (The Village People)
Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (Elvis)
Wonderwall - Ryan Adams (Oasis)
Teachers - Soulwax (Daft Punk)
Against All Odds - The Postal Service ( Phil Collins)
the entire Dark Side of The Moon - Easy All Stars (Pink Floyd)
Save Your Generation - Fall Out Boy (Jawbreaker)

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #10 on: 14 Sep 2007, 17:45 »

the entire Dark Side of The Moon - Easy All Stars (Pink Floyd)

I will have to check that out... I am very skeptical anyone could have improved upon the best selling album of all time.

Against All Odds - The Postal Service ( Phil Collins)

As much as I agree this one NEEDS to be re-made, I don't think they did a good job of it.  The beginning with the faint static-y female voice was awesome, but the second the guy's voice chimed in I was ready to shut it off
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #11 on: 14 Sep 2007, 17:56 »

oh man, someone covered all of Thriller?
This is the best thing i've heard all week.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #12 on: 14 Sep 2007, 18:31 »

Anything by Leonard Cohen that someone else has covered. The guy can't sing.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #13 on: 14 Sep 2007, 19:53 »

Sea Lion Woman - Feist (especially live! <3)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #14 on: 14 Sep 2007, 20:42 »

the entire Dark Side of The Moon - Easy All Stars (Pink Floyd)
Save Your Generation - Fall Out Boy (Jawbreaker)

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #15 on: 14 Sep 2007, 22:04 »

Crimson and Clover.  Originally by Tommy James & The Shondells (pretty awesome), covered by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (hella awesome)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #16 on: 14 Sep 2007, 23:01 »

Type O Negative's "Cinammon Girl" (Neil Young)

Marilyn Manson recorded what is probably the best version of Gary Numan's "Down in the Park" as a B-Side.. it's probably also the best song Marilyn Manson ever recorded, actually.

I'll probably be crucified for saying I prefer the Love Spit Love version of "How Soon is Now?" to the The Smiths...

And I'm not so sure it's better, but Iron & Wine's recording of "Such Great Heights" is every bit as wonderful as the original Postal Service version.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #17 on: 14 Sep 2007, 23:35 »

Sheryl Crow--Sweet Child o' Mine (Gun's n' Roses) <~~~~ I don't like them on pricinple, plus, I heard Sheryl Crow's version first when I was younger, so that may be apart of it.

A Perfect Circle--Imagine (John Lennon) <~~~~ I like minor chord songs anyways...

Emiliana Torrini-- If You Go Away (Rod McKuen) <~~~~ Plus, her's is in english. The song was actually first covered in english by a women named Shirley Bassey, fyi.

That's all I can think of for now.



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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #18 on: 15 Sep 2007, 01:39 »

Bruce Springsteen ----> Tori Amos - "Thunder Road"
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #19 on: 15 Sep 2007, 02:21 »

Michael Andrews version of "Mad World" far outstrips the Tears for Fears original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #20 on: 15 Sep 2007, 02:25 »

Uh... wasn't that Gary Jules?

I think Michael Andrews played on the track, but it's generally creditied as a Gary Jules song.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #21 on: 15 Sep 2007, 08:00 »

the entire Dark Side of The Moon - Easy All Stars (Pink Floyd)

I will have to check that out... I am very skeptical anyone could have improved upon the best selling album of all time.

The Eagles' Greatest Hits is the best selling album of all time. And Thriller is the best selling studio album of all time.

As for Dark Side, I'm so sick of it that hearing Dub Side Of The Moon was a relief because it screws around with it. Good stuff. I particularly love the 'Money' samples being replaced with someone taking a bong hit.

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #22 on: 15 Sep 2007, 08:31 »

Most covers by TMBG and MMEB tend to be better than the originals.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) is a cover
Why Does the Sun Shine? is also a cover
Yeh Yeh is a cover

MMEB's best covers are the ones based on Springsteen's or Dylan's songs (which are also major favorites of the band and their fans), but their first hit could be considered a cover of part of Holst's Planets (Specifically, part of Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity, renamed Joybringer).
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #23 on: 15 Sep 2007, 08:41 »

The Eagles' Greatest Hits is the best selling album of all time. And Thriller is the best selling studio album of all time.

That's right, I got my facts mixed up, it was the album that spent the longest on the billboard charts... by a long shot.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #24 on: 15 Sep 2007, 08:59 »

 The Number Twelve Looks Like You - My Sharona (The Knack.)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #25 on: 15 Sep 2007, 09:41 »

The Dirty Projectors' new record, Rise Above, is a "re-imagining" of Black Flag's Damaged that is truly superb.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #26 on: 15 Sep 2007, 10:13 »

I second johnny's statement. It's excellent.

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #27 on: 15 Sep 2007, 10:16 »

Deerhoof's cover of 'Lose My Breath' was better than the MBV original.

Deerhoof's cover of "My Pal Foot Foot" by the Shaggs is, perhaps, a slight improvement.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #28 on: 15 Sep 2007, 13:00 »

Nobody's mentioning All Along the Watchtower?

Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (Bowie)
Nickel Creek - Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Dylan)
A few of Dylan's Basement Tapes covers of The Band
Raveonettes - My Boyfriend's Back (Some 50's pop star)
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles)

And, the remake of all time that's the most WORSE than the original:

That version of Big Yellow Taxi playing on the radio right now.

I work in inventory.  I go around to stores like CVS, Walgreens, Shaws.  I hear that hack-job like ten times a week!  I can't escape it!
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #29 on: 15 Sep 2007, 14:25 »

And, the remake of all time that's the most WORSE than the original:

That version of Big Yellow Taxi playing on the radio right now.

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #30 on: 15 Sep 2007, 17:50 »

The Number Twelve Looks Like You - My Sharona (The Knack.)

My Sharona was also covered by Polysics, which is awesome.

And that Limp Bizkit cover does indeed suck. When it sounds like nothing other than random noises (and while I can like random noises sometimes, this isn't good random noise, and doesn't fit AT ALL with anything else in the song).

And I actually liked the primal screams and stuff in the My Sharona cover, but I could barely keep from cracking up.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #31 on: 15 Sep 2007, 18:46 »

Anything by Leonard Cohen that someone else has covered. The guy can't sing.

Yes. I'd like to put in a vote for basically every cover of "Hallelujah." So much squandered potential in the original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #32 on: 15 Sep 2007, 20:21 »

Nirvana- Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

The Lead Belly version is just old as hell.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #33 on: 16 Sep 2007, 00:12 »

Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of "Blinded By the Light" is vastly better than Bruce Springsteen's original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #34 on: 16 Sep 2007, 01:49 »

Beatles to The Breeders - "Happiness is a Warm Gun"
Oh, the Melvins covering Smells Like Teen Spirit is definately better than the original.

I am really a fan of The Polyphonic Spree's version of 'Lithium'.

Also, I am generally not a fan of Nirvana.

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also, I think several of the covers from Evergreen Terrace's cover album would be amazing if they would just tone down the screaming a little. specifically Sunday Bloody Sunday and especially Mad World.

Also. Switchfoots cover of Sorrow (Bad Religion) is the WORST thing I have ever heard. He took an excellent song and sang it to some crappy acoustic riff that he wrote. Bad Jon Foreman! NO! (swats on the nose, as tho he were a dog.)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #35 on: 16 Sep 2007, 05:03 »

I've always thought that PIG's cover of 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins) is much better than the original.

Also:

The Sisters of Mercy - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)

KMFDM - Der Mussolini (DAF)

Manic Street Preachers - Take the Skinheads Bowling (Camper Van Beethoven)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #36 on: 16 Sep 2007, 05:13 »

Dimmu Borgir - Burn in Hell

granted the Twisted Sister version isn't much competiton, so this might not be the greatest example!
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« Reply #37 on: 16 Sep 2007, 08:03 »

Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of "Blinded By the Light" is vastly better than Bruce Springsteen's original.

Lies! "Cut loose like a deuce" is far better than "Revved up like a deuce".
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #38 on: 16 Sep 2007, 10:30 »

Ceremony - Galaxie 500 [New Order (Joy Division)]
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #39 on: 16 Sep 2007, 13:17 »

Man, I have to disagree with pretty much everyone who's mentioned a Bruce Springsteen cover so far.  Those originals just win.

Deerhoof's cover of 'Lose My Breath' was better than the MBV original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #40 on: 16 Sep 2007, 14:24 »

This one may be arguable, but I prefer Hindu Love Gods' cover of Raspberry Beret.

Does a folk song count as a cover? If so, put Great Big Sea for a whole bunch of songs, then.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #41 on: 16 Sep 2007, 14:45 »

Right after I made the post I realized it was on the EP, which I already had.  Kind of dumb of me.  And yes, the EP is pretty fantastic.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #42 on: 16 Sep 2007, 15:29 »

I would like to point out that anyone who thinks covers of Leonard Cohen songs are better than the originals is probably a communist and should be burned at the stake.

None of the covers of Hallelujah, for example, have one iota of Cohen's pure tragic essence, nor do they come close to him in terms of beauty. People who prefer the Rufus Wainwright/Jeff Buckley/Whoever versions need to go back and relisten to the original and realize just how wrong they are.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #43 on: 16 Sep 2007, 16:04 »

Johnny Cash's Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #44 on: 16 Sep 2007, 16:20 »

Yeah, Leonard Cohen's vocal limitations are also part of the point.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #45 on: 16 Sep 2007, 16:20 »

Johnny Cash's Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails)

His version was good if you watch the video, but as a standalone song, I liked the NIN version way better.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #46 on: 16 Sep 2007, 17:47 »

Rufus Wainwright's cover of Across the Universe is much better than the Beatles version.  Lennon wrote a beatiful song, but then there were too many production fuck arounds with it.  And Rufus' version on the I Am Sam is pretty than the version on Poses.
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« Reply #47 on: 16 Sep 2007, 17:49 »

OH and also Ben Folds' cover of Bitches Ain't Shit.  NO ONE can argue that one.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #48 on: 16 Sep 2007, 20:28 »

Since I took it up as the forum's national spokesman of The Chronic, I will have to disagree. Incredibly.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #49 on: 16 Sep 2007, 20:38 »

I would like to point out that anyone who thinks covers of Leonard Cohen songs are better than the originals is probably a communist and should be burned at the stake.

None of the covers of Hallelujah, for example, have one iota of Cohen's pure tragic essence, nor do they come close to him in terms of beauty. People who prefer the Rufus Wainwright/Jeff Buckley/Whoever versions need to go back and relisten to the original and realize just how wrong they are.

Amen.
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