Which cover versions improve on the original?

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Marvin Gaye's "Grapevine" was a cover, too!

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Monday, 16 January 2006 22:20 (8 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
Pet Shop Boys' "Where The Streets Have No Name"

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 21:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

The Band - Don't Do It
(marvin gaye original i think)

ógy, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 21:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

Vampire Weekend's Exit Music over the original anyday.

lambchopelbow, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I'd take 'The Day Before You Came' by Blancmange over the Abba original, definitely. I like the fact that Neil Arthur turns the writer from Marilyn French to Barbara Cartland, that's really funny! But I also think Neil Arthur's delivery is close to perfection -- he adopts a tone somewhere between Neil Tennant and Billy McKenzie and they add lots of percussive and instrumental flourishes which make their version more interesting.

Grandpont Genie, Saturday, 28 April 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

John Coltrane's My Favourite Things (Sound Of Music), Flamingoes I Only Have Eyes For You (think it was a broadway musical).
LOve Little REd Book
Roberta Flack No Way To Say Goodbye, First Time Ever I saw Your Eyes.
several Steeleye Span tracks from the first couple of lps, though the Dubliners' versions are also pretty great and that was presumably the source.
Gun Club Run Through The Jungle or at least I certrainly listen to it more than the CCR track it reinvents
MC5 I WAnt You? another major reinvention as regards the Troggs source, though I do like the Troggs

Stevolende, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Coltrane's version is great but I prefer Mark Murphy's.

I Only Have Eyes For You is indeed from 1934 but it was written for this film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dames

That one is a great suggestion.

Moka, Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

(from the spiney-shivery thread)

Cecil Taylor's "This Nearly Was Mine" (South Pacific)

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Saturday, 28 April 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure as i never heard the original but i cannot imagine a better version of susie q than the one by creedence clearwater revival.

alex in mainhattan, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like CCR version better too.

Still a good time to plug the original. Such a small place the world's been lately.

pplains, Saturday, 28 April 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wrong Hawkins pplains. The original is by Dale Hawkins not Ronnie Hawkins and it's miles better than that one you posted. The CCR is really good and I'd also say it's an improvement even tho I love Dale's version.

Moka, Monday, 30 April 2012 07:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Galaxie 500's version of 'Ceremony' by New Order

fishermen are coveted by whores & stoners (Pillbox), Monday, 30 April 2012 09:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

On that tip, I'll add that Luna's version of 'Indian Summer' by Beat Happening.

fishermen are coveted by whores & stoners (Pillbox), Monday, 30 April 2012 09:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Aw, Hawkins cousins be cousins.

pplains, Monday, 30 April 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love Cave and the Bad Seeds version of "All Tomorrow's Parties." Great squalls of guitar and the frantic drumming...

kwhitehead, Monday, 30 April 2012 23:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

who is Love Cave? Nick's daughter?

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 30 April 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I hadn't realised until someone pointed it out the other day that Adeva ‘Respect’ was THE Respect. I really should pay attention to lyrics.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 17 June 2013 10:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Elvis Presley -- "Sweet Caroline"
^^this. Elvis and the TCB Band take a good song and give it that little extra push over the cliff.

Kid Creole Meets Señor Coconut at a fIREHOSE Show (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 April 2014 20:45 (7 months ago) Permalink

Jeff Buckley's version of "Lilac Wine".

vmajestic, Monday, 21 April 2014 20:51 (7 months ago) Permalink

Well, The Flamingos' 1959 cover of 'I Only Have Eyes for You' still knocks pretty much every other version of the song out of the water, but it sure beats the first recording by Ben Selvin from 1934.

sikeclops, Monday, 21 April 2014 23:32 (7 months ago) Permalink

Niece knew there was an original of that, thought that was it. Although I thought the same thing of the Marcels's "Blue Moon" for longer than I should admit.

Kid Creole Meets Señor Coconut at a fIREHOSE Show (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 03:45 (7 months ago) Permalink

Wilson Pickett - "Hey Jude"
Fotheringay - "The Way I Feel"
Fairport Convention - "Time Will Show the Wiser"
Grateful Dead - "Morning Dew"

cwkiii, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:22 (7 months ago) Permalink

I'm a huge fan of Dillinger Escape Plan's cover of Come to Daddy, featuring the radiant vocals of Mike Patton

octobeard, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 04:51 (7 months ago) Permalink


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