Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby willaaaaaa » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:15 pm UTC

I love the original "Run" by Snow Patrol, but Leona Lewis's cover is amazing as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqpAgMxhx30
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:55 am UTC

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby willaaaaaa » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:50 pm UTC

Pretty much any of Mike Tompkins's a capella covers. For example, the song of the summer:

We Are Young - covered by Mike Tompkins
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Pjotr » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:36 am UTC

Forgot to mention these two before:
Erato's version of Call your Girlfriend (orig. Robyn) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQoCEvVL57E
and Walk off the Earth's Somebody that I used to know (orig. Gotye) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby choginga » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:35 pm UTC

I love how Chiba Matto do strange things to about a girl and black hole sun
I wouldn't say better, but they are certainly works of art and creativity

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby KrazyerKate » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:41 pm UTC

Top Five Gotye Covers

Mike Dawes
Pure, unadulterated talent. Entire song played on one guitar by one man

Coheed and Cambria
Metalled up. Manages to totally change the feel of the song for me.

Pentatonix
Acapella version. More harmonies added to the original melody and really dramatic changes in volume.

Walk Off The Earth
Cleverly arranged, one guitar, five people. Also, vocals are also more appealing to the average listener.

The Netherlands Radio Choir
Facial expressions of the choir and the way the camera cuts between the men and the women as if they're facing off really adds meaning to the lyrics.

Honorable Mention:
ALL OF THEM AT ONCE

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:14 pm UTC

KrazyerKate wrote:Coheed and Cambria
Metalled up. Manages to totally change the feel of the song for me.

That is some sort of awesome.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:45 pm UTC

PolakoVoador wrote:Pizza is never a question, pizza is always the answer.
poxic wrote:When we're stuck, flailing, and afraid, that's usually when we're running into the limitations of our old ways of doing things. Something new is being born. Stick around and find out what it is.

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby IHateThisNick » Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:36 pm UTC

I really enjoy the Dandy Warhols version of Hells Bells.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SYjR-L1Mzk (cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kjh9lQXLWk (original)

Well, I always found Brian Johnson's voice weird for a band like AC/DC. Thoughts, anyone ?

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Don Calvus » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:20 am UTC

Johnny Cash, "Hurt" (Nine Inch Nails)

Nine Inch Nails, "Dead Souls" (Joy Division) -- actually not better but equally good as the original (in a different spirit of course, literal covers are useless)

Urge Overkill, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" (Neil Diamond)

U2, "Dancing Barefoot" (Patti Smith)

Swans, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Joy Division) -- not better either, but an excellent cover in a different direction

Johnny Cash, "Personal Jesus" (Depeche Mode)

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby KrazyerKate » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:44 am UTC

ooh, I just found another great Gotye cover to add to my earlier list.

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby freakish777 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

Placebo - "Running Up That Hill"

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:58 pm UTC

freakish777 wrote:Placebo - "Running Up That Hill"

Freaking yes. Also, the Within Temptation version, although that heavily relies on taste.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby freakish777 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:48 pm UTC

Orgy - "Blue Monday"

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby lord carnifex » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:43 am UTC

I like the Placebo version of "Running up that Hill", too.

Somebody mentioned Swans, so I should point out Decoded Feedback's version of Swans' "Love Will Save You". Not as stark and minimalist, but still very good.

Cindarella Effect (a side project of BlutEngel) does a cover of Projeckt Pitchfork's "Timekiller" that turns it into a jazzy cabaret piece. But their downtempo, robust version of Covenant's "Call the Ships to Port" gives me chills every time.

Love and Rockets cover of The Temptations "Ball of Confusion" gives it an injection of post-punk that the song badly needed.

but my favorite cover is a hard-to-find live version of "Tainted Love" as done by Front 242 - gives it a strongly creepy vibe.

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Laserdan » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:13 am UTC

There's Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast", which is metal, which is not bad but not at all my thing.

So I find this cover much better than the original (bite me Iron Maiden fans! :P )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwCijARRSE8
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:45 am UTC

Charlene Soraia's cover of "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby 3fj » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:41 am UTC

System of a Down's cover of Black Sabbath's Snowblind is a pretty amazing take on the original
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:45 am UTC

Within Temptation's been releasing some pretty odd, yet awesome covers lately, one of which is of Coldplay's Paradise.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Thesh » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:25 am UTC

Everything off of The Director's Cut by Fantômas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OaASobS2eM
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:54 pm UTC

Giant Speck wrote:Within Temptation's been releasing some pretty odd, yet awesome covers lately, one of which is of Coldplay's Paradise.

The Somebody I Used to Know one is absolutely spectacular. I swear I've never heard a version of that song I haven't liked.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Jesse » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:09 pm UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:
Giant Speck wrote:Within Temptation's been releasing some pretty odd, yet awesome covers lately, one of which is of Coldplay's Paradise.

The Somebody I Used to Know one is absolutely spectacular. I swear I've never heard a version of that song I haven't liked.


That is wicked. Love Within Temptation so much.

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Mikeski » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:50 am UTC

(Pardon me while I necro-reply to 2 years worth of comments.)

For the folks who like Dylan covers more than Dylan, I'll be more controversial. I like Beatles covers more than the Beatles.

Within Temptation covers: woo! Also, Nightwish covers.

I'm on board with "parody covers are better than straight covers". Witness what you can do to Nirvana. (The rest of the album is goofier.)

I also like other radically-different covers, like Nevermore's version of Simon & Garfunkel.

My favorite Hallelujah is this one. By far.

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Oryx » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

Jimi hendrix's version of All along the watchtower is pretty awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_L4RtU1iRg

(bob dylan's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YanjY9CsPDQ)

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby KrazyerKate » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:32 pm UTC

I really like Adam Lambert's cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire. The lyrics are about falling for the temptation of desire, and the cover makes the music match those lyrics by sounding reminiscent of the Dance of the Seven Veils.

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:58 pm UTC

While we were recently on the topic of Within Temptation's cover, their one of Summertime Sadness by Lana del Ray is rather perfect.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:22 pm UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:While we were recently on the topic of Within Temptation's cover, their one of Summertime Sadness by Lana del Ray is rather perfect.

Oh wow.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:21 am UTC

I know, right? Giant Speck, you are my music brother.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:02 am UTC

Maybe. I'm sure we have musical fringes that don't match up. Do you have a Last.fm account?
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:14 am UTC

I do not. Should I?
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:25 am UTC

Nah, I was just curious. If you did, we could check our musical compatibility.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby eviloatmeal » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:40 am UTC

I recently tested a hypothesis that is relevant to this topic:

Hypothesis: There are very few if any covers of the track "Friday" that aren't better or more interesting than the original in some respect.

Test: This medium-sized sample of covers of the track "Friday".

Conclusion: I've yet to find a really truly bad one. They all seem to have something unique and interesting about them.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Amariel » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:23 am UTC

I've heard quite a few good covers on Youtube:
- anything produced by Kurt Hugo Schneider (and/or sung by Sam Tsui)
- Justin Robinett & Michael Henry
- Pentatonix

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:15 pm UTC

The Lindsey Stirling/Pentatonix cover of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons is awesome.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby freakish777 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:29 pm UTC

eviloatmeal wrote:Conclusion: I've yet to find a really truly bad one. They all seem to have something unique and interesting about them.


Still my favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AcYsHkV6n4

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby clockworkmonk » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:19 pm UTC

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby alessandro95 » Thu May 02, 2013 9:49 am UTC

I prefer the original, but Primus cover of "have a cigar" from Pink Floyd is awesome
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby cellocgw » Wed May 08, 2013 12:58 pm UTC

On a rather different tack, Isao Tomita's version of Holst's The Planets and Stravinsky's Firebird are pretty neat.

Not sure the concept of "covers" really applies to so-called classical music. Or jazz, or blues, for that matter. It's only in Rock & some later genres that artists are for some reason expected to write tons of original music/lyrics.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Essah » Sun May 12, 2013 10:03 pm UTC

Toxic (Britney Spears)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPQw6WgwEYQ - Cover by CallmeKat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqKZ_WIK5ms&list=RD02VEpMj-tqixs Cover by Yaël Naïm

Funny how two unrelated artists cover the same track in a very similar fashion. Both of them better than the original.


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