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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #50 on: 16 Sep 2007, 20:39 »

Nobody's mentioning All Along the Watchtower?

YES.

Actually, i pretty much like any Dylan song that's been covered better than when Dylan performs it.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #51 on: 16 Sep 2007, 20:42 »

Since I took it up as the forum's national spokesman of The Chronic, I will have to disagree. Incredibly.

I'll second the disagreement, though the cover is real sweet.

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #52 on: 16 Sep 2007, 21:28 »

Actually, i pretty much like any Dylan song that's been covered better than when Dylan performs it.

This may be true but I would contest your assertion that they are better.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #53 on: 17 Sep 2007, 03:22 »

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

jeff buckley kicked his ass.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #54 on: 17 Sep 2007, 04:07 »

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.

Yeah, that sums it up pretty damn well. Cohen's voice is supposed to sound all whiskey and cigarettes and no sleep.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #55 on: 17 Sep 2007, 07:26 »

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

jeff buckley kicked his ass.


stupid stupid stupid stupid.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #56 on: 18 Sep 2007, 14:18 »

Ben Gibbard singing Avril's Complicated   
and one that isn't just hysterical, is the Ryan Adams version of Wonderwall
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #57 on: 18 Sep 2007, 14:49 »

Nirvana didn't do Love Buzz nearly as good as Shocking Blue, if you ask me. That's all i can think of.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #58 on: 18 Sep 2007, 20:32 »

(for the oz-kids)
Blueline Medic does excellent versions of "Precious Things" by Tori Amos and "Let Go" by Frou Frou.
Something For Kate's version of "Harpoon" destroys Jebediah's original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #59 on: 18 Sep 2007, 23:22 »

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

jeff buckley kicked his ass.


stupid stupid stupid stupid.

If only Buckley had thought to use a chorus.  Well, we can always wait for him to do another -- oh wait he died tragically young.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #60 on: 19 Sep 2007, 09:09 »

I just saw a metal rendition of Rasputin by Turisas which compared favourably to the original.

Even the ludicrous costumes of the band seemed in keeping with the spirit of Boney M.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #61 on: 19 Sep 2007, 09:15 »

I almost want to say Tom Jones's version of Ring of Fire, which was much more rollicking and intense than Cash's "light mariachi" sound (that is, mid-tempo, light brass, major scales).
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #62 on: 20 Sep 2007, 00:55 »

Not sure if it was better, per se... but DEFINITELY a kick ass tribute:

The Who ----> Pearl Jam - "(Love) Reign O'er Me"
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #63 on: 20 Sep 2007, 02:24 »

aliean ant farm's remake of  "smooth criminal" was preaty good
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #64 on: 20 Sep 2007, 08:16 »

Pretty good ≠ better than the original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #65 on: 20 Sep 2007, 09:06 »

Patti Smith's version of My Generation is excellent.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #66 on: 20 Sep 2007, 11:30 »

Green Day does an excellent cover of "My Generation" too. it's about one point shy of tying the original for goodness. so i guess it's not actually relevent to this thread.....dang.



edit: i just realized that i might be assasinated for mentioning Green Day and "excellent" in the same sentence so to clarify: this song is on their album Kerplunk which their best album....actually it's their only album as far as i'm concerned. the rest really isn't for me at all. But i love Kerplunk to death and always will.

edit #2: Kerplunk is now in the Sendspace Thread for download by you fine people.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #67 on: 20 Sep 2007, 11:44 »

aliean ant farm's remake of  "smooth criminal" was preaty good
Pretty good ≠ better than the original.

Also "aliean" and "preaty" ≠ English
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #68 on: 20 Sep 2007, 15:34 »

Obidiah Parker - Hey Ya! (Outkast)
Jonathon Coulton - Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-a-Lot)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #69 on: 20 Sep 2007, 16:25 »

William Shatner's "Rocket Man" is the zenith of all covers.
Franz Ferdinand's cover of "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem was pretty damn good.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #70 on: 20 Sep 2007, 19:31 »

Alanis Morisette's cover of "My Humps" was priceless.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #71 on: 21 Sep 2007, 08:30 »

Franz Ferdinand's cover of "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem was pretty damn good.

This is my favourite Franz Ferdinand song, but it is not really half as good as the original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #72 on: 21 Sep 2007, 08:58 »

Obidiah Parker - Hey Ya! (Outkast)

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #73 on: 21 Sep 2007, 10:21 »

Obidiah Parker - Hey Ya! (Outkast)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #74 on: 22 Sep 2007, 18:12 »

Xiu Xiu - Don't Cha (Pussycat Dolls)
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #75 on: 23 Sep 2007, 07:40 »

Both Sam Beam's and Ben Fold's covers of "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service.

The video there, is Ben covering it live on Myspace Gigs.  It's crazy.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #76 on: 23 Sep 2007, 10:31 »

Stevie ray Vaughn - Voodoo Child

Interesting call, I really like SRV's cover of Voodoo Child but I don't know if is better than the Hendrix original.

Cash's version of Hurt is better than the original.
Hendrix's version of All Along the Watchtower is better than the original.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #77 on: 23 Sep 2007, 20:54 »

Santa Esmerelda's cover of Don't Let me be Misunderstood by the Animals.

I felt like being obscure,  :mrgreen:

Edit: Mr. Green fits better
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #78 on: 23 Sep 2007, 21:13 »

Interesting call, I really like SRV's cover of Voodoo Child but I don't know if is better than the Hendrix original.

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #79 on: 23 Sep 2007, 21:29 »

I feel almost suicidal saying this but........... Rihanna's Umbrella sounded so much better when sung by Mandy Moore
Seconded. I actually have Mandy's newest CD and I like it a lot, especially the song 'Gardenia.'
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #80 on: 29 Sep 2007, 05:31 »

Johnny Cash did one hell of a cover of "Rusty Cage" by Soundgarden.  Cash really makes you believe he's trapped.  Plus, I think Chris Cornell's voice is boring.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #81 on: 29 Sep 2007, 07:28 »

The Sounds - "Goodbye Seventies"
The West End Girls - "Its a Sin" (Pet Shop Boys)
Also Shatner and Ben Folds covered Pulp's "common people" its not very good but its fun to listen to.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #82 on: 29 Sep 2007, 08:21 »

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na but in all seriousness anyone ever hear the french version of 'my generation'?
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #83 on: 29 Sep 2007, 13:39 »

I like Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire and (Ghost) Riders in the sky better than the originals.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #84 on: 29 Sep 2007, 17:02 »

Nobody's mentioning All Along the Watchtower?

I think in the interests of brevity Bob Dylan should be excluded from this thread. 

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Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles)

Is this some kind of post-modern ironic thing?  Cocker's version is fucking terrible.  I don't care if the Beatles were so stoned they let Ringo sing the original (thanks, Bill!), it could never be as bad as Cocker's version.  "Whaaaaaat... wouldyouthiiiiink... ifIsaaaang... outoftuuuuune?"  You are singing out of tune, you gormless twat - now piss off and assail some other poor bastard. 

True story: someone put the Cocker WALHFMF on in the UMIST union bar one night.  At the end of the first line someone yelled "YES!", and half a dozen patrons promptly stood up and walked out.

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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.

That version of Big Yellow Taxi may well be Joni Mitchell's new version. 

C. Patrick Carolan - if they don't get you for claiming Love Spit Love's cover of How Soon Is Now? is better than the original, I'll get you on grounds of Probable Charmed Fandom.  Start running, boy.  (I'll say this for it, though - it's the only good cover of HSIN.  I know this because I spent a weekend once hunting them all down.)

There's a number of noms I'll gladly second in this thread, but i have a few of my own.

Laibach - God Is God (originally by Juno Reactor)
Rammstein - Das Modell (originally by Kraftwerk)
Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane (originally by Lou Reed)
The Breeders - Theme from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (originally by Nerf Herder)
16 Horsepower - Day of the Lord (originally by Joy Division)
Thea Gilmore - Ever Fallen In Love...? (originally by The Buzzcocks)

Honourable mention for Alien Sex Fiend's cover of Echoes (originally by Pink Floyd).  Not better... just entirely different while at the same time exactly the same.

Query: do traditional arrangements qualify as remakes?  If so, add House of the Rising Sun by the Animals and Loch Lomond by Runrig to the list.


EDIT: Buggrit, I forgot the Gourds - Gin and Juice (originally by Snoop Doggy Whateverthehellhe's callinghimselfthisweek).  Bluegrass rap, as I live.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #85 on: 29 Sep 2007, 20:54 »

Patti Smith's version of My Generation is excellent.

It is...but her version of "Gloria" stomps all over Them's original.

Jay Brannan "Str8 Outta Compton" = N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton"
Can't really compare them since I love them both for different reasons. But worthy of a mention.

And what's with the Leonard Cohen hating? That's whack, his voice starts to sound real nice after a while. Once you get into the lyrics.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #86 on: 30 Sep 2007, 01:23 »

Also Shatner and Ben Folds covered Pulp's "common people" its not very good but its fun to listen to.

Jesus Christ people the picture of me frowning is going to become a macro if we don't nip this sort of thing in the bud.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #87 on: 01 Oct 2007, 01:30 »

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.

They both make me hate humans.  Sheryl Crow was good for maybe ten minutes of her recorded life, she's done some good backing vocals.


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

Umm, no.  Richard Butler, and anything he does, is AMAZING. No crucifixion.


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 actually used to defend Counting Crows, until they came out with that shit. Then there was that song they did for a fucking Shrek soundtrack, with Adam Duritz embarrassing himself looking like a fucking blueberry at the Oscars...yeah.  Amy Hit the Atmosphere was a good song...where'd they go?


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.)

Switchfoot covers of anything should not be allowed to happen.  Switchfoot recording music should not be allowed to happen.

William Shatner's "Rocket Man" is the zenith of all covers.

The Shat doesn't cover songs, he claims them.

Alanis Morisette's cover of "My Humps" was priceless.

WHAT?...I can't decide if I want to hear this.  The original is possibly the worst song EVER.


Also Shatner and Ben Folds covered Pulp's "common people" its not very good but its fun to listen to.

Yes.  Also the live version with Joe Jackson.  ROCKS.



I am a big fan of Tori Amos covers.  She's probably the one recording artist who can take any song, good or bad, and play it in a way that respects the original (deserving of respect or not) and make it her own, while giving good credit to the original performer.  She just knows how to play with respect.  Her "Smells Like Teen Spirit" while first recorded shortly after Kurt's death, doesn't have  a HINT of exploitation.  You hear nothing but respect for an artist who influenced her.  Tori...let's just forget about "The Beekeeper" and then I can continue to love you...
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #88 on: 01 Oct 2007, 12:31 »

Alanis Morisette's cover of "My Humps" was priceless.

WHAT?...I can't decide if I want to hear this.  The original is possibly the worst song EVER.

Not only do you want to hear it, you want to heard it right now.  It is the most brilliant musical satire I have ever heard.  It made me totally reevaluate who Alanis is.  It is also has actual depth, in that it takes something mysoginistic and empty and repurposes it as a joke about self-destructive materialism.  Seriously.

Here it is.
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« Reply #89 on: 01 Oct 2007, 16:00 »

Thank you for convincing me (and providing a link because I am lazy).  I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry... I just kinda did both like at the end.  Except I don't wear nearly enough makeup to get the effect.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #90 on: 01 Oct 2007, 16:32 »

Sun Kil Moon's cover of Modest Mouse's "Ocean Breathes Salty"
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #91 on: 01 Oct 2007, 17:38 »

i'm a pretty big fan of fiona apple's cover of across the universe.  much moreso than rufus wainwright's. it comes across as too big.  her version's understated and quiet.  pretty sweet. 

also, radiohead's cover of The Thief by Can is pretty epic.  most of my other favorites have been mentioned.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #92 on: 04 Oct 2007, 17:18 »

Ween -> Killola - "Dr Rock"

So much better when they do it.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #93 on: 04 Oct 2007, 17:42 »

Patti Smith's version of My Generation is excellent.

That's an impressive amount of fail.  You deserve an award.  I'm not saying the cover was not good, but Daltry and Townshend's combined energy and purpose far outstrips Patti Smith's frenetic performance.

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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #94 on: 04 Oct 2007, 17:55 »

Social Distortion - Tainted Love

also Alkaline Trio's "Metro"
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« Reply #95 on: 04 Oct 2007, 18:15 »

I heard a cover of "Beautiful World" by Coldplay that was probably one of the most amazing things ever. It had beat boxing.
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« Reply #96 on: 04 Oct 2007, 18:37 »

ctrl+f tells me that nobody has mentioned Children of Bodom covering Brittney Spears "Oops I did it Again." Even though theres not much remake going on in it the song is at least 3000x better than the original
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« Reply #97 on: 04 Oct 2007, 20:59 »

I am currently in the process of singing along to the Richard Cheese cover of Baby Got Back. Fucking hilarious.
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Re: Remakes that were better than the originals
« Reply #98 on: 04 Oct 2007, 21:32 »

Patti Smith's version of My Generation is excellent.

That's an impressive amount of fail.  You deserve an award.  I'm not saying the cover was not good, but Daltry and Townshend's combined energy and purpose far outstrips Patti Smith's frenetic performance.

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Dear Prudence

I disagree; I think the Patti Smith version is far more interesting.

But I like Patti Smith leagues more than The Who.

Also The Beatles' Dear Prudence is still better, sorry.
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« Reply #99 on: 04 Oct 2007, 22:09 »

Whoa whoa, are you trashing on the Who, man?

I don't think we can be friends anymore.

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