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TurtleWA
08-31-2017, 12:32 PM
You don't need to post one for every option in title. You could just post what you enjoy. Or whatever. :)

Just as good.
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Original: Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

Better.
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Original: Bob Dylan (1967)

Horrible.
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Original: Aerosmith (1975)

Jester
08-31-2017, 12:53 PM
Just as good...maybe better:
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Soooo bad:
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plastroncafe
08-31-2017, 12:58 PM
These are the first two that came to my mind.

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D'oh! Jester beat me to this one.
That's fine, it's so good it deserves to be shown twice.
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Here, have more Cash.

Oh and some Alien Ant Farm
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Jester
08-31-2017, 01:05 PM
D'oh! Jester beat me to this one.


Here, have more Cash.
MORE JOHNNY CASH!
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08-31-2017, 01:11 PM
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plastroncafe
08-31-2017, 01:20 PM
Oh I really like this one too:
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Karen O with Academy Award winning Trent Reznor

Andrew NDB
08-31-2017, 01:25 PM
Always been fond of this one:

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And this one:

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Cure
08-31-2017, 01:35 PM
I prefer Vanessa Carlton's version of Paint it Black. I know it's not popular but oh well.

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snake
08-31-2017, 02:14 PM
All Along the Watchtower and Hurt are the best covers. Even better than the original songs.

Powder
08-31-2017, 02:18 PM
Original:
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Cover:
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Original:
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Cover:
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TurtleWA
08-31-2017, 03:03 PM
Just as good...maybe better:
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I would vote Better.

Oh and some Alien Ant Farm
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I actually heard the AAF one before the original. :lol:

Always been fond of this one

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Never heard that Busta and Ozzy collaboration. I like it!

I prefer Vanessa Carlton's version of Paint it Black. I know it's not popular but oh well.
I know the feeling. I don't think this is as popular as the original but I like it.
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TurtleWA
08-31-2017, 03:18 PM
All Along the Watchtower and Hurt are the best covers. Even better than the original songs.

Yes indeed. :)

Some others...Nirvana's cover of 'The Man Who Sold The World' is better than the original by David Bowie. Killswitch Engage's cover of 'Holy Diver' I like more than the original by Dio. And A Perfect Circle's cover of 'Imagine' is almost better than John Lennon's version, imho.

plastroncafe
08-31-2017, 03:20 PM
The thing I love specifically about Cash's cover of "hurt" is just how different the song feels with an older man singing it, than when a younger one does.
It almost changes the meaning of the song. Just brilliant.

Wesley
08-31-2017, 03:52 PM
Agree with most other choices posted as well.

Just as good: Downtown by the Saw Doctors with petula clark
Original: Petula clark

Better: Dreams by The Corrs
Original: Fleetwood Mac

Better: I'm a Believer by The Monkees
Original: Neil Diamond

Just as good: Fields of Gold by Nadine Coyle
Original: Eva Cassidy

Horrible: Sweet Caroline by Dustin the Turkey
Original: Neil Diamond

snake
08-31-2017, 03:57 PM
Yes indeed. :)

Some others...Nirvana's cover of 'The Man Who Sold The World' is better than the original by David Bowie..

No way! Bowie's version is miles ahead.

Totally agree with Plastron on Hurt. Perfect, perfect fit. Even Trent Reznor thinks that Cash did it better. :lol:

TurtleWA
08-31-2017, 03:58 PM
The thing I love specifically about Cash's cover of "hurt" is just how different the song feels with an older man singing it, than when a younger one does.
It almost changes the meaning of the song. Just brilliant.

Yeah I can definitely see that. Songs are open to interpretation for sure. With the younger dude it feels like a drug addiction type of song. Yeah Cash had his drug days. But with old Johnny it's like he's showing some despair similar to that found in Eriksons's final developmental stage. Maybe not so much about the addiction aspects though, like with the younger guy. But more about the struggles some have to cope with in later life. Idk.

Andrew NDB
08-31-2017, 04:02 PM
Yeah I can definitely see that. Songs are open to interpretation for sure. With the younger dude it feels like a drug addiction type of song. Yeah Cash had his drug days. But with old Johnny it's like he's showing some despair similar to that found in Eriksons's final developmental stage. Maybe not so much about the addiction aspects though, like with the younger guy. But more about the struggles some have to cope with in later life. Idk.

Yeah, the Cash version very much feels like a guy at the end of his days looking back at his whole life, painfully.

The original version was Reznor ruminating about the then-present life of self-inflicted drug squalor he was in at the time and, basically, whining about it. Kind of wish he'd go back to that, though... after "The Fragile" he has barely done any music worth listening to.

snake
08-31-2017, 04:05 PM
Yeah, the Cash version very much feels like a guy at the end of his days looking back at his whole life, painfully.

The original version was Reznor ruminating about the then-present life of self-inflicted drug squalor he was in at the time and, basically, whining about it. Kind of wish he'd go back to that, though... after "The Fragile" he has barely done any music worth listening to.

Trent is still quality. Add Violence was actually decent and his newer stuff represents the fact that he ISN'T an angsty teenager anymore. Have you seen the dude now? He's buff as f*ck and has a family.

TurtleWA
08-31-2017, 04:12 PM
No way! Bowie's version is miles ahead.
Perhaps, but I have to say Nirvana or else I get kicked out of the Seattle area. You know the bands somewhat of a local icon. I am biased.

Yeah, the Cash version very much feels like a guy at the end of his days looking back at his whole life, painfully.

The original version was Reznor ruminating about the then-present life of self-inflicted drug squalor he was in at the time and, basically, whining about it. Kind of wish he'd go back to that, though... after "The Fragile" he has barely done any music worth listening to.

I know a lot of musicians find it hard to keep making good music after bigger type successes. Sounds like I'm not missing out on much with him.

Andrew NDB
08-31-2017, 04:21 PM
Trent is still quality. Add Violence was actually decent and his newer stuff represents the fact that he ISN'T an angsty teenager anymore. Have you seen the dude now? He's buff as f*ck and has a family.

Trent has been huge for a while now. "Tank Reznor" he was called.

Let's see... I loved Pretty Hate Machine, Downward Spiral, The Fragile... and that was about it. I got "With Teeth" and only liked "The Hand That Feeds." I didn't like anything on "Year Zero." I think I remember it being very political... Trent really angry at Bush or something. I enjoyed "Ghosts" and find myself using those as temp audio tracks in film editing, but these are all strictly instrumental tracks. I haven't heard anything since, so you tell me if there's been anything worthwhile.

Perhaps, but I have to say Nirvana or else I get kicked out of the Seattle area.

I've never encountered that in Seattle.

I know a lot of musicians find it hard to keep making good music after bigger type successes. Sounds like I'm not missing out on much with him.

Hip hop artists are the worst about that. You get maybe one "album," two tops, then it's all about the money and cars and such.

IndigoErth
08-31-2017, 04:24 PM
Off the top of my head...

I like "Some Nights" by FUN okay, but I prefer the Brandyn Burnette version on YouTube. Also, Steam Powered Giraffe's version of Diamonds (originally by Rihanna).

TurtleWA
08-31-2017, 04:40 PM
I've never encountered that in Seattle.

'twas an attempt at humor

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sdp
09-03-2017, 09:41 PM
I disagree with a lot posted in this thread, one thing I've noticed is if you hear the cover first you tend to like it more than the original as your brain associates that version as the "correct" one.

I can't think of any covers that are truly better than the originals out of the top of my head, I'm sure there are a few but not many, there are some that can be just as good but they're usually very different from the originals. For example I do like Cash's version of Hurt but not as much, I also hate he changed the lyrics.



Hip hop artists are the worst about that. You get maybe one "album," two tops, then it's all about the money and cars and such.

Well it's the same with Metal bands who have all this "anger" and once they're big they really don't have enough to whine or complain about.

DestronMirage22
09-03-2017, 11:50 PM
AmaLee's cover of the Sword Art Online OP is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard.
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As much as I like the original Japanese version, something about her voice and the way she sings it just get to me.
It's my go to song when I need motivation or whenever I'm in a reminiscent mood.

FredWolfLeonardo
09-04-2017, 12:14 AM
I don't have any specifics and I still love the originals alot, but theres this one guy on Youtube who does covers of Disney songs and I absolutely love them. His name is "Jonathon Young"

ProphetofGanja
09-07-2017, 02:23 PM
Started posting this in the other thread but I saw it was a repeat of this thread

Here are mine:

"All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix (originally by Bob Dylan)
"Mad World" by Gary Jules (originally by Tears for Fears)
"Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin (originally by Jake Holmes)
"Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (originally by Joni Mitchell)
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong and performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips)
"In the Pines" live unplugged by Nirvana (traditional American folk song)
"Hotel California", the Gipsy Kings or Majek Fashek version (originally by The Eagles)
"Money" by the Easy Star All-Stars ft. Dollarman & Gary "Nesta" Pine (originally by Pink Floyd)
"Bongo Bong" by Manu Chao (originally by Mano Negra)


As far as awful, terrible, ****** covers of songs go, the first one off the top of my head is "Behind Blue Eyes" by Limp Bizkit (originally by The Who, and far better)

ToTheNines
09-07-2017, 06:22 PM
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Deftones did it best.

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Started posting this in the other thread but I saw it was a repeat of this thread

Here are mine:

"All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix (originally by Bob Dylan)
"Mad World" by Gary Jules (originally by Tears for Fears)
"Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin (originally by Jake Holmes)
"Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (originally by Joni Mitchell)
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong and performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips)
"In the Pines" live unplugged by Nirvana (traditional American folk song)
"Hotel California", the Gipsy Kings or Majek Fashek version (originally by The Eagles)
"Money" by the Easy Star All-Stars ft. Dollarman & Gary "Nesta" Pine (originally by Pink Floyd)
"Bongo Bong" by Manu Chao (originally by Mano Negra)


As far as awful, terrible, ****** covers of songs go, the first one off the top of my head is "Behind Blue Eyes" by Limp Bizkit (originally by The Who, and far better)

You just blew my mind. Never knew Dazed and Confused was a cover.

TurtleWA
09-07-2017, 06:30 PM
Deftones did it best.

I never heard that version before. I listen to the first half. I would rank it third, but respect your opinion to place it first. I just prefer the acoustic sound over the distortion in Deftones version. Also the dude sounds like he is makin' out wit da microphone. Not for me. :P

ToTheNines
09-07-2017, 07:10 PM
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TurtleWA
09-07-2017, 07:56 PM
Never listened to them much to say either way.

Krutch
09-07-2017, 08:02 PM
I saw Deftones in Toronto earlier this year with Rise Against. I never really cared for either to be honest, but Rise Against put on the faaaaaaar better show. Every Deftones song sounded the same to be honest.

TurtleWA
09-14-2017, 11:46 PM
Tough choice but I think I'll have to go with Marilyn for better than original on this one.

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plastroncafe
09-15-2017, 07:38 AM
I was at this Golf Club in college when the Manson cover of this song came on, the entire floor cleared in protest and no one danced until the DJ put on the original version.

I do love Manson's cover of Tainted Love however.

TurtleWA
09-15-2017, 09:50 AM
I was at this Golf Club in college when the Manson cover of this song came on, the entire floor cleared in protest and no one danced until the DJ put on the original version.

I do love Manson's cover of Tainted Love however.

When I started reading the first nine words of your post I thought you were going to say Mason walked into the club. Silly me. :lol:

I could imagine in that type of setting the original is more comfortable to dance to. Makes sense folks walked off the floor.

plastroncafe
09-15-2017, 11:10 AM
When I started reading the first nine words of your post I thought you were going to say Mason walked into the club. Silly me. :lol:

I could imagine in that type of setting the original is more comfortable to dance to. Makes sense folks walked off the floor.

OH God! I only notice now the autocorrect.
GOTH, not Golf.

Though...a gothic golf club would be....an amazing site to behold.
Yeah, for some reason the denizens of that particular club weren't very fond of Mr Manson.

TurtleWA
09-15-2017, 11:24 AM
OH God! I only notice now the autocorrect.
GOTH, not Golf.

Though...a gothic golf club would be....an amazing site to behold.
Yeah, for some reason the denizens of that particular club weren't very fond of Mr Manson.

I've been the victim of autocorrect many times. Not cool. Yeah a gothic golf club would be something. :)

Jester
09-15-2017, 02:00 PM
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dl316bh
09-18-2017, 07:50 PM
I really love the cover of A Horse With No Name used in the fourth season of Bojack Horseman. I'd go so far as to say I probably even like it more than the original.

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TurtleWA
09-18-2017, 09:51 PM
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That is just so weird for me to see. And he uses clubs called Big Bertha. Mind blown. :lol:

I really love the cover of A Horse With No Name used in the fourth season of Bojack Horseman. I'd go so far as to say I probably even like it more than the original.

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That's a catchy sounding cover. :)

PApagreg
09-18-2017, 10:05 PM
AmaLee's cover of the Sword Art Online OP is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard.
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As much as I like the original Japanese version, something about her voice and the way she sings it just get to me.
It's my go to song when I need motivation or whenever I'm in a reminiscent mood.
If we are going to talk about anime covers I gotta give props to MasakoX
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The song is even better if you seen TFS abridge
And while this isn't a cover but added lyrics I thought his rendition of Last train home was fantastic
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dl316bh
09-18-2017, 10:54 PM
Motorhead covering Judas Priests "Breaking the Law" is a favorite of mine too.

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That's a catchy sounding cover. :)
Yeah, it's really nice. It works wonderfully in context, too, opening episode two of season four, playing over Bojack silently trying to deal with the events of the third season, and figuring out where the hell he's going and what he should do with himself next. The different feel of the cover fits the mood he's in and would be in after last season perfectly.

Utrommaniac
10-04-2017, 09:07 PM
So...there's a band that covers pop and rock songs in Gregorian chant style and...it's awesome???

My Immortal? Extra goth, reduced emo!
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This one is running wild on tumblr and blowing minds with its awesomeness
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Heaven Is a Place On Earth? No longer distracting me with how I could make a parody anime opening animatic with it!
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Is this the song The Last Unicorn deserves? Yes it is!
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A Bright Eyes probably more appropriate for the nature of Watership Down than Art Garfunkel's original
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How do you make My Heart Will Go On bad@$$? This way!
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(Probably my favorite one so far)

Finally an Into the West that's in my singing range
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I mean, I can get the more gothy songs translating well to Gregorian style, but they can nail the stuff that logically wouldn't.

TurtleWA
10-09-2017, 02:01 PM
Not too shabby of a Tom Petty cover. Considering the circumstances I imagine rehearsal time was very limited.

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