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Better than the real thing?
#1
Most of the time when I hear a cover song I usually think they're an inferior repeat of the original, and just an attempt to make some easy cash. But on some rare occasions I actually prefer the cover.

For example;
I think the Feist x Constantines version of Islands in the Stream is a lot better than the original.

And I think Jose Gonzales version of Hand on your Heart actually managed to make a good song out of the kind of annoying Kylie Minogue song.

Do you guys have any examples of song you thought were improved upon by a cover?
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#2
"I hung my head" sung by Johnny Cash, much better than Sting's original. One of my my favourite songs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcmbFKstspk
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#3
the beatles version of please mr postman and rock and roll music
jimi hendrix's versoin of all along the watchtower
Nirvana's version of the man who sold the world
metallica's version of turn the page and whiskey in the jar
pearl jam's version of last kiss
jeff buckley's version of hallelujah
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#4
<!--quoteo(post=215846:date=Mar 13 2009, 08:38 AM:name=Tadashi)-->QUOTE(Tadashi @ Mar 13 2009, 08:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->For example;
I think the Feist x Constantines version of Islands in the Stream is a lot better than the original.

And I think Jose Gonzales version of Hand on your Heart actually managed to make a good song out of the kind of annoying Kylie Minogue song.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
I had a look at all four links and I have to disagree with both of your suggestions. Both of the original songs were lively and upbeat - the covers sound like depressed people on drugs mumbling the music. Well, maybe not the Jose Gonzales version so much - but I don't like his nasally voice.

Here's my entry:
Charlie Hunter Quartet & Norah Jones' version of <i>More Than This</i> is better than the Roxy Music original.
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#5
<!--quoteo(post=215847:date=Mar 12 2009, 07:02 PM:name=AlexanderMinoru)-->QUOTE(AlexanderMinoru @ Mar 12 2009, 07:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->"I hung my head" sung by Johnny Cash, much better than Sting's original. One of my my favourite songs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcmbFKstspk<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
I'd say the same for most of the covers on his American albums. I can't stand NIN's version of "Hurt," but love Cash's.
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#6
Don't worry, Tad's Scandinavian [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

Guns 'N Roses version of Knockin' on Heaven's Door
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JgIIGgxymU...feature=related
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#7
<!--quoteo(post=215854:date=Mar 13 2009, 03:26 AM:name=Nez)-->QUOTE(Nez @ Mar 13 2009, 03:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->I had a look at all four links and I have to disagree with both of your suggestions. Both of the original songs were lively and upbeat - the covers sound like depressed people on drugs mumbling the music. Well, maybe not the Jose Gonzales version so much - but I don't like his nasally voice.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Then I guess you and me are polar opposites when it comes to music taste. Because I find the 80's music production on the original songs cheesy to the point of almost ruining a good song.
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#8
<!--quoteo(post=215862:date=Mar 12 2009, 09:35 PM:name=doorknobdeity)-->QUOTE(doorknobdeity @ Mar 12 2009, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->I'd say the same for most of the covers on his American albums. I can't stand NIN's version of "Hurt," but love Cash's.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

I have to agree that Cash's version of Hurt has an amazing amount of weight and pathos that isn't in the NIN version, but the NIN version is fantastic as well, IMO. The slightly off-key twang of the guitar during the verse causes the listener to feel uncomfortable, almost off balance... brilliant. Trent Reznor is just an amazing musician.

My contribution: Mad World by Gary Jules. The original is by Tears for Fears (link)... I just find the Gary Jules version so much more sincere. I think it's the pacing - the original just feels too fast for the sentiment of the song.
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#9
Inoue Yosui - Okuda Tamio version of Asia no Junshin is better than the Puffy version (which is good too, considering the former wrote it).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0FUYrL2woI
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#10
<!--quoteo(post=215884:date=Mar 14 2009, 01:34 AM:name=hapacheese)-->QUOTE(hapacheese @ Mar 14 2009, 01:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->The original is by Tears for Fears (link)...<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
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#11
interesting topic...

OK..

So i deffinately prefer Piece of my Heart
by Janis Joplin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht4lSERG-aI...feature=related

rather than the original by Erma Franklin... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcdHbDqZwhA
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#12
mad world - gary jules, i like this version a lot better than the tears for fears one
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#13
I like the killers version of shadowplay vs. joy divisions...Probably just because of the better production value.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIe3IgmdSlI

the killers always have good production
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#14
Dylan doing Highway 61, definitely outdone by Johnny Winter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BH8U_z7Q6c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8siLZ4zNbY
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#15
I like Alien Ant Farm's version of Smooth Criminal alot more than Michael Jackson's.... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink2.gif[/img]
If ignorance is bliss then I'd rather be miserable....
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#16
When I was younger, I thought Michael Jackson was singing "Shuwa wonky, shuwa shuwa wonky" instead of "Annie are you okay? Are you okay, are you okay Annie?"
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#17
When someone pronounces "c'mon" as "shamon," I think it's okay if you don't understand what he's saying [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
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#18
Rupaul is better as a woman than as a man.
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