[Thanks to my sister Lisa for the Christmas logo]
Got a good link emailed to me today to XFM online, which announced the 50 best cover versions of songs (as voted by the Daily Telegraph, a link to which story cannot be found). Here's the 50.
(And I realize this story is about a week old already)
There's some crap on there, some stuff I never heard of and a few things (notably Siouxsie & the Banshees cover of Dear Prudence
) I like, but it is, as you probably guessed, a far cry from what my list would be.
I am a connoisseur of cover songs. I collect them, dissect them, savor them. My favorite covers are the ones where the artist made the song their own rather than just giving the song the same exact treatment the original artist did. What's the point, otherwise? That does not necessarily mean the newer artists had to completely change the song, but that they gave it their own flavor, put their trademark on the tune.
Off the top of my head, without thinking too much about it, my favorite cover songs.
* Faith No More - This Guy's in Love With You (Burt Bacharach)
* Faith No More - Easy (Commodores)
* Quicksand -How Soon is Now (The Smiths)
* Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine - Down With the Sickness - (Disturbed)
* Patti Smith - Because the Night (Bruce Springsteen)
* Johnny Cash - Hurt - (Nine Inch Nails)
* Filter - One- (Three Dog Night)
* Goldfinger - Rio (Duran Duran)
* Deftones - Chauffeur (Duran Duran)
* Lovage - Sex (I'm a...) - Berlin
* Rammstein - Stripped (Depeche Mode)
* Talking Heads - Take Me To The River (Al Green)
* Type O Negative - NIB (Black Sabbath)
* Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
* Primus - Have a Cigar (Pink Floyd)
* Nirvana - Man Who Sold the World (Bowie)
* Wall of Voodoo - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
* No Use For A Name - Redemption Song (Bob Marley)
* Refused - Bullet (Misfits)
* Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly)
* Fine Young Cannibals - Ever Fallen in Love (Buzzcocks)
* Cake - I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
* Helloween - From Out of Nowhere (Faith No More)
And, an mp3 someone once sent me of The Bloodhound Gang doing a live version of Weezer’s Undone, mixed with Wu Tang Clan's Wu Tang Ain't Nothin' to Fuck With.
Ok, that's it for right now, though I'll be adding to it. I've got real work to do, fiction to write, and 100 songs to go on my list of 500
I'd tell you to add your two cents, but you will anyhow. So just do it.