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Ok, kiddies. Time to move on to something fun. I've decided that seething with animosity is not something I can do on a full-time basis. It's break time!

I've been listening to my MP3 collection at work today, skimming through most of the songs that didn't go where my mood wanted to. Then I hit the folder with my cover songs.

There are an awful lot of versions of How Soon is Now and I think I have them all. (For my money, Quicksand does the best version). Did you know that Great White does a cover of the Cult's Love Removal Machine? I've got Earth Crisis doing Cream's Sunshine of Your Love, Mr. Bungle (notorious for cover versions) crooning Hit Me Baby, One More Time, and Helloween doing a fanastic version of Faith No More's From out of Nowhere.

In fact, this whole CD I'm listening to is nothing but cover songs. It's an obsession of mine.

However, this cd is old and and I need more songs.

You know what to do, fill in the comments1 with your favorite cover songs and I'll track down the mp3s and get them on to a cd so I can stop listening to Offspring's version of AFI's2 Total Immortal because it really sucks.3


1 Please do not include any Me First and the Gimme Gimme songs, as all they do is covers and I have every one of them.

2 Just a small note of interest (or not) that when this site started two years ago, it was called A Fire Inside and named partially for the band AFI.

3I am going to mark up your comments. Hope you don't mind. I'm just going to put a little note in the comment if I have the song already so no one else repeats the suggestion. And maybe add a comment or two.

Now you can proceed.


planet caravan by pantera is a pretty groovy cover of a black sabbath song....

I have a live version of this

"Girl, you'll be a woman soon", I forget the original artist (I want to say Everly brothers, but it's a similar artist) by Urge Overkill.

Johnny Cash's cover of "Rusty Cage" by Soundgarden is pretty good. He also covers Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus". He seems to cover quite a bit, he has an interesting take on things.

Of course, two covers I love are Stevie Ray Vaughn's cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Wind Cries Mary", and Janis Joplin's cover of Kris Kristoferson's "Me and Bobby McGee".

I think I have every Johnny Cash rock cover, including the most recent, and I have the Urge Overkill on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Good choice on the SRV

the best depeche mode cover of them all....failure's rendition of enjoy the silence.

Most of that Depeche Mode cover cdis great. And I love Failure, so it makes that cover twice as good.

Lots of good covers on the Burt Bacharach tribute: "What the World Needs Now..." We picked up several interesting bands from that one.

If you can find the Jam's version of "Heatwave" let me know (grin).

I've been looking for Jam covers myself, I'll let you know if I find any.

Ween does good covers of pretty much anything. And I'd recommend Good Charlotte's covers as well. I'm not sure what the name of the band is, I think it's New Found Glory, but they do a great Glory Of Love cover (Glory of Love being the Karate Kid song for those who don't know.)

My kids have seen to it that I don't every want to hear another song by Good Charlotte or New Found Glory again.

I happen to like Limp Bizkit's version of George Michael's 'Faith.'

There is the best cover of all time and that is Jimi Hendrix's version Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower.'

Echo and The Bunnymen and their cover of The Doors 'People Are Strange.'

Speaking of Steve Ray Vaughan, he does excellent covers of Hendrix 'Little Wing' and of course, 'Voodoo Chile' (funny story here - when our PBS affiliate was doing their beg-a-thon, some clown was pitching a SRV video from him performing at Austin City Limits. He said, "It's filled with great songs like Voodoo Chilee..." That's how he said it, no lie.)

And I know what you said about 'Stairway to Heaven' recently, but Stanley Jordan did an excellent instrumental cover of that song.

I know these are pretty conventional choices, but they're still good.

I have most of these, but I will check out any "Stairway" covers I can find, just for the hell of it.

The best cover version of "Sunshine of your Love" ever can be found here

Cake's cover of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps", originally done by Doris Day.

Grace Jones' cover of "Demolition Man", originally done by The Police.

Brian Ferry has an album of covers, called "Taxi". Yikes!

Annie Lennox's cover of "Take Me To the River", originally by Talking Heads.

Annie Lennox also covers "Thin Line Between Love And Hate", originally by The Persuaders.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of "Love Rollercoaster", originally by Ohio Players.

Melissa Etheridge has done some great 50's covers (at least, I like 'em): Be My Baby, Love Child, and Leader of the Pack.

And of course she's done a number of Janis Joplin songs, but then there was that failed movie deal (she was going to play Joplin). Anyway. I'm an Etheridge fan, can you tell? :)

I'm gonna get stoned for even suggesting this, but Counting Crows do great covers of The Cure's "Six Different Ways" and "The Ghost In You" by The Psychedelic Furs.

I wouldn't stone you, I killed enough parrots for one day. I'm definitely interested in hearing the Furs cover

I'm emailing it, my list is too big for your puny comments section.

But the best "How Soon Is Now?" is by Tesco Vee of the Meatmen, who also does a smashing "Losing My Religion."

The Royal Crescent Mob does a much better cover of Love Rollercoaster. They also cover "The Payback" and my favorite pf theirs is their cover of L.L. Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out".

They're a defunct local band from Columbus, OH from the late '80s early '90s

I will assume you have all the Faith No More stuff.

I absolutely love Siouxsie Sioux's cover of Spirit in the Sky.

Poison doing "Your mamma dont dance"

Eight and One Half Souvenirs - Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top)
Allister - I Want it That Way (Backstreet Boys)
Chris Isaak - Solitary Man (Neil Diamond)
Cake - I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Tom Jones & The Cardigans - Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)

Just to name a few. You said you already had Johnny Cash, or I would have put him on too.

I remembered another really good one!

Filter - One (Is the Loneliest Number)

'I got my mojo workin' Young Fresh Fellows
'Take the Money and Run' -Killdozer
'I wanna be your boyfriend' & 'Blitzkrieg Bop' (surf version) Yo La Tengo
'Different drum' 'Amazing grace' & 'Skulls' Lemonheads
'Last dance' Friends of Dean Martinez
'Lets get rid of NY' (orig. The Randoms) YLT
'Johnny Hit and run Pauline' Giant Sand
'Sweet home Alabama' Leningrad Cowboys
'Here' (Orig Pavement) Calexico
'take this jo b and shove it' Dead Kennedys
'Guantanemara' "Buena Vista Social'
'Folsom prison' The Reverend Horton Heat
'strawberry fields' Los Fabulosos Cadilacs
'You sexy THANG' Yo La Tengo...they do a ton of good covers. I could go on but wont.

Another Chili Peppers cover: Their version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."

Joan Jett's version of the Mary Tyler Moore theme.

Kinda obvious, but the Clash doing Vince Taylor's "Brand New Cadillac." And while we're on 70's punks doing old stuff, how bout Sid Vicious doing "My Way," as well as Eddie Cochran's "Something Else" and "C'mon Everybody."

Foo Fighters doing "Baker St."

Not as interesting, because there's no drastic genre-crossing going on here, but NOFX doing the Misfits' "Last Caress."

Sahara Hotnights (kickass all-girl band from Sweden) have covers of the Ramones' "Rockaway Beach" and the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks."

Alkaline Trio doing the Cars' "Bye Bye Love."

The Damned and Motorhead collaborating on "Ballroom Blitz."

Social D- Cash's "Ring of Fire."

Dead Milkmen doing the Specials' "A Message to You, Rudy."

Goldfinger doing "99 Red Balloons."

the Mr. T Experience do "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." (and here's a shameless plug for MTX's singer/guitarist Dr. Frank, who runs TheBlogsOfWar.blogspot.com!)

...aghh and there are so many more covers that aren't coming to mind right now. This is definately a cool topic.

As a dumb, gushing, blatantly ass-kissing aside: Michele-- every time you post something about music, my admiration for you jumps up another couple notches. I know I say this in just about every comment I leave on A Small Victory, but it's still true: You rock.

Don't laugh, Michele, but Dokken does a great version of "One" by Three Dog Night. I made mommy listen to it, let's just say the admiration stops here.

Covers? Plenty.

Cowboy Junkies -- "Sweet Jane"
PJ Harvey -- "Highway 61"
Nirvana -- "Molly's Lips"
Anthrax covering Joe Jackson's"Got the Time"
Drop Nineteens covering Madonna's "Angel"
Butthole Surfers "American Woman," which blows the roof off Lenny Kravitz's.
Black Flag's "Louie Louie" ("Who needs love/When you've got a gun?/Who needs love/When you're just having fun?")
The Bangles -- "Hazy Shade of Winter"
Devo -- "Satisfaction"
Yo La Tengo -- "Little Honda"
Scud Mountain Boys -- "Please, Mr., Please"
Saint Etienne -- "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

ooops. I concur with Greg...RC Mob does amazing covers as does John Cash and anybody that attempts a Ramones song.
Bongwater does a good version of 'Kisses sweeter than wine' also....

Yeah I know, unregenerate 70s fool, but Three Dog Night does a great cover of the Elton John tune, Your Song.
Anything from Bowie's Pin Ups. It's a cover album of 60s tunes.

How about the late, great Frank Zappa's version of "Stairway to Heaven"? Complete with the brass section playing the guitar solo note-for-note.

Albertos Y Trios Paranioas (I think) did a barbershop quartet version of "Anarchy in the UK"

I once heard a kazoo version of Whole Lotta Love that had me rolling on the floor with laughter, but I can't remember who it was by.

I won't mention Manowar's attempt at "Flight of the Bumblebee". (Actually, for rock versions of classical tunes, nothing much beats Love Sculpture's version of Sabre Dance)

BTW, "Take me to the River" wasn't originally by The Talking Heads, it was Al Green. It was the only cover TH ever did.

Most of mine are already listed out, above. Damn you people for being well versed and having [mostly] good taste in music!

Try these:

Pizzicato 5 -"The Girl from Ipanema"

Takako Minekawa -"Drive My Car"

Surf Punks -"Ramones Melody" (a Ramones medley)

[A truly awful one, however, that I heard in some dept. store- ((burn it, if you find it. Please.)): Alannis Morisette, destroying David Bowie's "Space Oddity"
Bad! Bad! Naughty! Awful! Oh the humanity!]

I'm especially fond of the Ramones' cover of the Spiderman cartoon theme, for some reason.

I also enjoy (someone check me on this), the Run DMC cover of "Rapper's Delight."

Camper Van Beethoven did a great cover of the late 60s song "Pictures of Matchstick Men."

This one you probably already know, but the best version of "Money (That's What I Want)" is, IMO, hands down The Flying Lizards. They got the nifty sound by recording it in a bathroom, and the singer sounds like such a cold-hearted bitch that it absolutely makes the song.

The DKs version of "Viva Las Vegas" rocks.

Peter Tosh does a better version of "Get Up, Stand Up" than the original Bob Marley.

Siouxsie and the Banshees do a cool cover of "Dear Prudence".

Oh yeah-

System of a Down -"The Metro"

A few faves from my covers folder:

- Travis: "Hit Me Baby One More Time" (Britney)
- The Gourds: "Gin and Juice" (Snoop Dogg)
- Reel Big Fish: "Hungry Like The Wolf" (Duran Duran)

New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle", by Frente
The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses", by The Sundays
Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", by Social Distortion

I'd also like to add something that's not entirely a cover song: There's a live medley by Dweezil and Ahmed Zappa in which they do several dozen 80s songs in about 12 minutes. It's both well-played and completely hysterical (some of the lyrics are changed for comedic effect). Literally every 80s style is represented from metal to Mode (Depeche, that is).

I hate to tell you this, but that is not Bungle doing Baby Hit Me One More Time. I can't remember who it is, but check http://groups.google.com and it'll come up on the FNM or Bungle newsgroups dozens of times.

erasure just released a whole cd of covers from elvis to righteous bros to buddy holly, very kitchy.

i have a million prince covers by the likes of tori amos, by divine right, marilyn manson (1999 will never be the same), etc. im me and maybe i can pass some by you that i could put on a cd for ya.

emm gryner - pour some sugar on me - def leppad
ween - a little respect - erasure
susanna hoffs - boys keep swinging - david bowie
heart - black on black - lisa dalbello
faith hill - piece of my heart - janis joplin

here is a good place to find 80's cover songs:

Some more goodies:

Devo - "Workin' In A Coal Mine"

In a bluegrass vein, one of my favorite local bands Big Smith does a great cover of Should I Stay Or Should I Go. Also, The Gourds version of "Gin 'n Juice" is not to be missed.

Dolly Parton did a cover of "Stairway to Heaven" on her most recent album.

The cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" on Johnny Cash's latest album was pretty good as well.

Let's see, looking through my own cover song directory, I found a few I particularly like:

Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa - "Baby One More Time"
Blink 182 - "Dancing With Myself"
Dope - "You Spin Me Right Round"
Eve's Plum - "Save A Prayer"
God Lives Underwater - "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
New Found Glory - "My Heart Will Go On"
Reel Big Fish - "Take On Me"
Tatu - "How Soon Is Now"
Zebrahead - "Wannabe"

Maybe you need to "change your tune"? Sounds like what you like best is getting stale for you.

Dixieland: Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dukes of Dixieland, Firehouse Five plus Two, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Sade, Eydie Gorme, too many to list

Blues Guitar: Muddy Waters, B B, Johnny Winter, J L Hooker, Robert Cray Band, Gatemouth Brown, Papa John Creach, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Honeyboy Edwards

(lesser known) Country: Gene Watson, Vern Gosden, Tompall & the Glaser Bros,

Bluegrass: Flatt and Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Oh Brother Where Art Thou (mostly Ralph Stanley), Bill Monroe, Allison Krause, Osborne Bros,

NEC: Warren Zevon, Roger Miller, Simple Red, Leon Russell

If you can't find something there to make you smile and tap your feet, I'll give you my Kazaa name and you can browse. just an idea.

Phish did a killer 'Gin and Juice'. I bust a gut when I hear that song.

I used to have a cassette of like 10 different versions of STORMY MONDAY. I can't remember who all were on it except Marcia Ball, one of the Kings, Lee Michels, and (the best) The Allman Bros.

Oh, and that was Gary Puckett on the original, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman soon", I think.

If you don't stop this, y'all are gonna drag me kickin and screamin into the 21st century.

oh, oh with the holidays just past, how about
Joan Jett-Little Drummer Boy
Lynrd Skynrd-Rudolph the Red ...

The Vandals - Summer Lovin' (from Grease)
Anthrax - Wipeout (instrumental)
somebody already mentioned Devo doing "Workin' In a Coalmine"

Irritatingly unrelated, but does anyone know how to take a snapshot of the screen on Windows XP? Is there a keyboard shortcut or something?

Yea, Technoclutz returns...

There's a funny cover cd "When Pigs Fly" with my all time favorite cover - Ani Difranco and Jackie Chan doing "Unforgettable." It also has Don Ho doing "Shock the Monkey", Devo - "Ohio", Roy Clark "What a Wonderful World", The Oak Ridge Boys "Carry On My Wayward Son" Herman's Hermits "White Wedding" you get the picture. Lots of fun.

"How to take screen shot in WinXP"

Step 1. Approach microwave oven from front.

Step 2. Open door.

Step 3. Insert head into open microwave oven.

Step 4. Set time, and press "Start".

Rinse, and repeat as necessary.

The Lemonheads do a great cover of "My Name is Luka". And the Pretenders do a good "Creep" (Radiohead).

But I think you've enough to be going on with for a CD or eight.

Crimson: On '98, it's Print Screen (key); Paint (program); edit; paste.

You read that straight out of the manual, didn't you?

I have the British version, in which the 'troubleshooting' section simply reads 'get over it'.

But the microwave thing sounds awful tempting right now. Especially since the ritual sacrificing of the virgin didn't work, and now i've got goo all over my keyboard.


In NT4.0/2000/XP it is: ctrl+Print Screen

Open a doc, etc, and paste away.

(Sorry, I just have been dying to use Dogbert's tech support info)

Thanks, Larry.

You'd think that, after staring at a button named 'print screen' for twenty minutes whilst trying to work out how to do a screenshot, I would've put two and two together by now.

Obviously not. For I am king of the dumbasses. Hear me roar confusedly.

Darn stupid British folk. No wonder we lost the empire. I'm going to go roll a wheel down a hill with a stick now...

Thanks, Larry.

You'd think that, after staring at a button named 'print screen' for twenty minutes whilst trying to work out how to do a screenshot, I would've put two and two together by now.

Obviously not. For I am king of the dumbasses. Hear me roar confusedly.

Darn stupid British folk. No wonder we lost the empire. I'm going to go roll a wheel down a hill with a stick now...

And if any more proof was needed of my technological inadequacy, see above.

I liked Dogbert, but the weaselly-thing pissed me off...

Monte Montgomery: "Superstition," "Little Wing," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Landslide"

Big Drill Car: "Freedom of Choice" (by Devo)

I'm going now, before a rabid mob burns me alive inside a large windmill for dragging this comments section ridiculously off topic.

And, just in case, I'm not telling anyone where I'm headed. These mobs gather quickly y'know...

Phish did a killer 'Gin and Juice'. I bust a gut when I hear that song.

No, no they didn't - that was The Gourds. Somewhere along the line the MP3 got labeled as Phish as well as Barenaked Ladies, but I promise you it's the Gourds (as mentioned by someone else above as a good cover).

That said, it IS a good cover.

I can across Avril doing a System of a Down song- "chop Suey" which is SO BAD!
And System of a Down doing a WuTang Clan song- which is great.
We like The Ramones doing "Spiderman"
"War Pigs" by Faith no More. I know you have it.
"You spin me right Round" by Dope is fun.
I love covers too.....

Liz Phair does a great 'turning japanese'

Crimson: I got more out of it than you did. Most peeps know me as "that comp idiot". I cheated. My G/F showed me how to copy poker hands at flipside.

No, it was Neil Diamond who wrote and first recorded "Girl You'll be a Woman Soon." By the way, another song of his, Kentucky Woman," had a rockin version by Deep Purple.

Jimmy Somerville blows the doors off Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way." One of my all-time favorite covers.

There is a CD out entitle Punk Goes Pop with newer 'punk' bands covering recent pop songs

OK, this didn't take for some reason.

Moxy Fruvous does a lot of cover songs - here's a list. Enjoy!

Here's a moldy oldie: Joan Jett did a whole album of cover songs, called "The Hit List."

Others: Elvis Costello's "Peace, Love and Understanding," originally recorded (and written) by Nick Lowe.

Springsteen: "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and Peter Tosh's "Trapped."

All my other faves already have been posted.

Marilyn Manson covering "Like a Virgin"

Ministry doing Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails's "Hurt" (get the video too).

The Cure covering Radiohead's "Creep" live.

For giggles, Type O covering Hendrix's "Hey Joe," as "Hey, Peter."


Here are some good ones

Evan Dando covering the Misfits "Skulls"

Big Black covering Kraftwerk's "The Model"

Pavement covering Echo and the Bunnymens "Under the Killing Moon"

Lucinda Williams playing Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" live

Metallica covering the Highwaymen/Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar"

Sonic Youth covering the Carpenters "Superstar"

Say, did you like A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procul Harum?

Here's a list of what seems to be most every cover of A Whiter Shade of Pale.


ending italics, hopefully.

Boy! Half those bands I don't even recognize. Then again, I was never much into that kind of music. Here's some different suggestions:

"Red on Blonde" by Tim O'Brien. An entire album of Dylan covers.

Any of the "Picking on .." CDs. Bluegrass covers of Rolling Stones, Beatles, Classic Rock, etc.

"The River Where She Sleeps" by Dave Carter, covered by Darryl Purpose.

I also have an entire CD of Elvis covers sung in Latin, performed by Dr. Jukka Ammondt, a Finnish academic.

i guess you probably have the chilis covers of higher ground by stevie and red hot by robert johnson...

paul oakenfold has some good remixes, if that counts, including a cool version of babe i'm gonna leave you. and sabel's cover of song to the siren.

FYI, the Ministry cover of "Do you think I'm sexy" is done under the name RevCo, or Revolting Cocks, one of their several pseudonyms.

Another Ministry project w/ Trent Reznor, 1000 Homo DJs, "Supernaut". For that matter, most of the Sabbath tribute album is at least listenable, as is (reputedly) the Leonard Cohen tribute. The Kiss one is horrifically bad, though.

For a wide variety....

Pet shop boys, "Always on my mind".

Sid Vicious, "My way."

Tori Amos, "Smells like teen spirit"

Vanessa Mae, "Classical gas"

Great Big Sea, "The end of the world as we know it"

For oddities, Coal's country-ish version of Motorhead's Ace of Spades.

Okay, the token hick from the sticks submits her picks:

Ry Cooder: That's the Way the Girls are in Texas (which should be Rachel Lucas' theme song), It's All Over Now, My Old Kentucky Home (a Randy Newman tune). Actually, almost all of Ry Cooder's stuff is covers, so just pick an album.
Elvis Costello: Ship of Fools, Good Year for the Roses
Devo: Satisfaction
Grant Green: I Want to Hold Your Hand
Grateful Dead: Momma Tried, Big Railroad Blues, Turn on Your Lovelight, to name but a few
Hot Tuna: did covers of almost every Reverend Gary Davis tune.
B.B. King: Hummingbird (I'm sure there are plenty more, but this is the one that came to mind)
Johnny Lang: Good Morning Little School Girl, Matchbox
Old and In the Way: Wild Horses
Sonny Rollins: I'm an Old Cowhand, Wagon Wheels
Steely Dan: East St. Louis Toodle-oo
Dwight Yoakum: Train in Vain (on an album that's all cover tunes), Truckin'

And didn't RunDMC do a cover of Walk This Way?

i haven't seen these in the above:

kid dynamite doing "hateful" by the clash
"gin and Juice" by The soggy bottom boys.
and, the Dropkick Murphys do a version of "amazing grace" that really entertains me.
ps: i love the music posts!

Grace Jones, Dwight Yoakam and Social D all do a good Ring of Fire - Primus does good versions of Making Plans For Nigel (XTC) and Intruder (Peter Gabriel) and Les Claypool's new band does a note for note live version of the entire Animals (Pink Floyd) album. I myself do a pretty good country-folk version of Express Yourself. Always a hit at parties ;)

p.s. I'm not that Aaron.

Fishbone's cover of Curtis Mayfield's Freddie's Dead kicked ass.
Pete Townsend's live version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' I put a spell on you
Dwight Yoakam and Fine Young Cannibals covered Suspicious Minds
Brian Ferry covered The Velvet Underground's All Tomorrow's Parties
Jimmy Buffett covered Lawyers, Guns and Money and You Can't Always Get What You Want
Jane's Addiction re-did the Deads' Ripple
Warren Zevon covered Casey Jones
Hindu Love Gods (basically REM with Warren Zevon singing instead of Michael Stipe) kicked ass with a cover of Raspberry beret
Just for kicks, how about Those Darn Accordions covering Elvis Costello's Pump it Up

And then there's a trombone band that does covers of songs like "Whole Lotta Love." I can't remember their name, but I know it's not Cover Me Badd, though they are also a trombone band that does covers of well-known rock tunes. I think there is something a bit perverse about this.

Front Line Assembly w/Tiffany - New Years Day (U2)
KMFDM - Material Girl (Madonna)
Sheep on Drugs - Wish (Nine Inch Nails)
Pig - Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails)
Nine Inch Nails - Get Down Make Love (Queen)
16 Volt - theme from The Love Boat
Numb - Push It (Salt n Pepa)
Kevorkian Death Cycle - Never Say Never (Romeo Void)
Kevorkian Death Cycle - Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Fear Factory - Cars (Gary Numan)
Leather Strip - Sex Dwarf (Soft Cell)
Apoptygma Berzerk - Fade to Black (Metallica)
Laibach - Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones) (there's several different versions of this)
Laibach - Get Back (The Beatles)
Laibach - Gubert Einer Nation (which is actually One Vision by Queen)
Nine Inch Richards - Closer (Nine Inch Nails)

Wow! I saw a lot of good songs I had forgotten about! Some of my favs not yet listed are:

~Tori Amos--> '97 Bonnie & Clyde
~Beastie Boys--> Gloria
~Shonan (sp?) Knife--> Top of the World (The Carpenters) BTW: Sonic Y's version of Superstar IS cool too.
~10,000 Maniacs--> Peace Train
~Ricki Lee Jones--> Me & my Shadow
~Hayseed Dixie has an album called "A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC" ("Hells Bells" is both well done and a riot!)

Lastly but not leastly- 'Kenny' from the show Southpark does a funny version of STYX's Sailing.....

I'm sure there are lots more, just can't squeeze 'em out of the ole mellon....

Oh, wait! Wasn't there and album dedicated to the song "Joes Diner" ? ("...I am sitting at a table as the waitress pours a coffee..." or something like that!)

The Mothers version of Happy Together, sandwiched between some sick, funny shit.

laura love - come as you are

and if you can find elektra's 40th anniversary compilation 'rubaiyat' it's got some pretty interestin' covers


THat's "Tom's Diner" and the best mix has to be the first, by DNA.



Mudhoney's cover of Bette Midler's "The Rose"

I didn't read through all 81 other comments so I don't know if this has been mentioned before or not:

A little while ago, I stumbled across The Covers Project (http://www.coversproject.com). They have a database (created by visitors) of songs and their covers. So if you have a particular band or song you like, you can look up all of the other bands that have covered their songs.

For flat out something different- a band called Dread Zeppelin. They do (did) Led Zeppelin songs mixed with Elvis lyrics, in a reggae funk. As far as I know, only 2 albums. I like the first one- Un-Led-Ed.

Lick the Tins did the best cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis) on the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack

These Memories Can't Wait - Living Colour cover of Talking Heads
The James Bond Theme - Skatalites cover of everyone.
James Bond Theme - Art of Noise... ditto
Not really a cover, but Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' version of The Star Spangled Banner gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. They also do a great version of The Beatles' My Michelle.
I Will Survive - Cake cover of You Know Who
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley cover of Leonard Cohen (John Cale's is good too - it's the one they used in Shrek)
Stand By Your Man - Lyle Lovett's cover (on The Crying Game soundtrack)
Don't Fence Me In - David Byrne's cover (the only good thing to come out of The Bachelor - the film, not the show)
Take Me To The River - Talking Head's cover
Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor's version (not really a cover cuz EVERY blues singer does this song)
Light My Fire - Massive Attack's cover of Jose (you know who)
Crosstown Traffic - Living Colour's cover of Jimi Hendrix

Ok, I think that's it for now. That was way too much fun.

For the metalheads:

Metallica (off Garage, Inc.)
- Nick Cave's "Loverman"
- Bob Seger's "Turn the Page"
- Blüe Oyster Cült's "Astronomy"
- Misfits' "Die, Die, My Darling"

- Doors' "Light My Fire"

Cradle of Filth
- Misfits' "Death Comes Ripping"
- Sisters of Mercy's "No Time to Cry"

- Tears for Fears' "Shout"

- New Order's "Blue Monday"

Type O Negative
- ???'s "Summer Breeze"
- Neil Yong's "Cinnamon Girl"

If you haven't seen it already, you may want to check out The Covers Project:

Dead or Alive's version of Prince's "Pop Life" has been intriguing me in the past week. It's faithful to the original, yet their spin on it is very good. They've also done "Even Better than the Real Thing", "My Funny Valentine" and several other covers. Unfortunately, when you search for them on WinMX you get 5000 different files for Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive...

Heard it through the Grapevine by the Average White Band

There is a surf tribute to Burt Bacharach called That's New Pussycat.

The Gourds rockabilly cover of Gin & Juice (Snoop) is priceless.

hang on, hang on, I forgot..........it's old, but it's great. Ike and Tina Turner's cover of "Big Wheel"........

Most horrible cover of all time.......New Model Army, with Tom Jones, singing Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter". shiver. I like all three artists involved, just not_like_that!

Frank Zappa's reggae arrangement of "Ring of Fire" -- "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life", 1991.

Trust me. Have I ever lied to you?

Anything Aaron Carter does...no wait, that sucks. 

Seriously...how about Sex Pistols Rock Around the Clock, has that been mentioned?

By the way, War Pigs is still best done by Sabbath--even though you tried to convert me to other versions, I just can't bring myself to agree.

Also, by the way...if you plan on stealing music from KaZaa or Limewire or whatever to make your collection you might want to read this. Course then you could run a real cool Women's Prison Blog.


One of my favorites is Eve 6's live version of the Divinyls' "I Touch Myself."

I don't think I saw any of these mentioned yet, but I could be wrong.

Barenaked Ladies doing a cover of The Specials " A Message for you Rudy"

Shonen Knife doing "Raindrops keep falling on my head"

Shonen Knife doing The Ramones " I want to be sedated"

The Sex Pistols doing the Monkees " I'm not your stepping stone"

There's also an Acapella band called Rockapella which does a version of Green Day's "Basket Case"

ANY covers by Dick Dale (Surf God does "Ring of Fire", "Hava Negila", and dozens of others)
Roy Buchanan - about 50% of his recordings were covers. Check out his take of "Green Onions"

Re:Kevin's post - If more than two Blues or Jazz players cover a tune, it becomes a standard. Notwithstanding that, Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" is one of mine.

The Ramones version of California Sun by the Rivieras.

The Jimi Hendrix version of All Along The Watchtower by Bob Dylan.

Metallica's version of Stone Cold Crazy by Queen.

cat power does a pretty good cover of phil philips' "sea of love"

Ray Stevens-Misty

No fair using the tech manual, Justin. Reminds me of the emergency procedure for single-engine jet, "engine failure on takeoff" 1) put your head between your legs. 2) kiss your ass goodbye

i really want the dance remix of do you think im sexy by rod stewart but cant find it - somebody help!!!

During the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk; today we have small men enjoying big talk.

Actually, It wasn't Rockapella that did Basket Case. If anyone knows who really did it, I'll track you down and hug you.