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Covers you like more than the original

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I got thinking about this after following the soundtracks thread and realized that there are a lot of soundtrack cover versions that I really like - Echo and the Bunnymen doing “People Are Strange” in Lost Boys, for instance - and a conversation that I had the other day about cover versions that we liked more than the original or at least as much.

Some of my favs:

Johnny Cash's versions of “Rusty Cage” and “Hurt”
Social Distortion's version of “Ring of Fire”
Nirvana's version of “The Man Who Sold the World” (Sorry Mr. Bowie…
Alien Ant Farm's version of “Smooth Criminal”

and, as a special mention, Richard Cheese's version of “Down With the Sickness” - this isn't a “like more” so much as a “just really love it and the original”


...Social Distortion's version of “Ring of Fire”...
How 'bout this one by the Acid Drinkers?

In general I like covers that aren't an exact copy of the original. Also cross-genre covers can be very tasty. I'm thinking of punkified and metalized versions. The Punkles covered most Beatless stuff. The Ramones did the Who's “Substitute”. The late Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) covered “Back in the USSR”. I like that version far more than the original. And I like to play it as well.
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Cocteau Twins version of Tim Buckley's ‘Song to the Siren’, Johnny Cash's version of ‘Hurt’ and all of Hayseed Dixie's covers of classic tracks
Quote: ...Social Distortion's version of “Ring of Fire”... How 'bout this one by the Acid Drinkers?

dude…that made me want to go out and break shit.
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Land of Confusion - Disturbed (orig. by Genesis)
Easy - Faith No More (orig. by the Commodores)
Crash Course in Brain Surgery - Metallica (orig. by The Buggles)
Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica (orig. by Thin Lizzy)
Turn the Page - Metallica (orig. by Bob Seger)
Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana (orig. by David Bowie)
Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash (orig. by Depeche Mode)
I Will Survive - Cake (orig. by Gloria Gaynor)
Baker Street - Foo Fighters (orig. by Gerry Rafferty)
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia (orig. by Ednaswap)
Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente (orig. by New Order)
Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot (orig. by Slade)
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Urge Overkill (orig. by Neil Diamond)
Top of the World - Shonen Knife (orig. by The Carpenters)
Smooth Criminal - Alient Ant Farm (orig. by Michael Jackson)
Last Kiss - Pearl Jam (orig. by J. Frank Wilson)
Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies (orig. by Lou Reed)
Ring of Fire - Social Distortion (orig. by Johnny Cash)
Mrs. Robinson - the Lemonheads (orig. by Simon & Garfunkel)
Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles (orig. by Simon & Garfunkel)

Those are the only ones coming to me at the moment. I'll post more as I remember them.
...I'll post more as I remember them.
Impressive list of very worthwhile covers. I'll add a few.

Hit the Road Jack - Acid Drinkers
Proud Mary - Floating Roach and Acid Drinkers
Whiplash - Motörhead
I Only Wanna Be With You - Volbeat
Angelfuck - Volbeat
Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Ramones
God Save the Queen - Motörhead
She's Not There - U.K. Subs
Do You Wanna Touch Me - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Summertime Blues - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Streets of London - Anti-Nowhere League
Fortunate Son - Dropkick Murphys

I also covered every song of this list.

And then there's Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, but they don't cover the songs in their entirety.
Love Buzz - Nirvana
The Fox - Amnaeon
Mad World- Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
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Stone Temple Pilots - Dancing Days (Zeppelin)
Van Halen - Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
Cake - I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

Queensrÿche - Scarborough Fair (Simon & Garfunkel, sort of)

That winds up being one of my favorite Queensrÿche tracks.
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Thats a big list Lon but Metallica's ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ is just awful!!, Thin Lizzy's version rocks, and Eric Bell's guitar is beautiful. Its an old Irish folk song so both versions are covers, Bowies Man Who Sold The World is better too
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Rose Tattoo - Black Eyed Bruiser (Stevie Wright)
Michael Monroe - Not Fakin it ( Nazareth )
Sister Sin - 24/7 (U.D.O.)
My Ruin - Have A Drink On Me ( AC/DC )
Metallica - The Prince ( Diamond Head )
Ramones - California Sun ( The Rivieras)
Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl ( Neil Young)
Gary Moore - Friday On My Mind ( The Easybeats)

Well i like em anyways

Guns N Roses - Nice Boys(Rose Tattoo)
Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams(Eurythmics)
Aerosmith - Come Together(Beatles)
Judas Priest - Green Manalishi(Fleetwood Mac)

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