Monday, February 9, 2009

Best Covers

What artists own their cover songs?

OK, this is something that has been kicking around in my head for a while now….

Lots of bands have done covers, but which ones did them better than the originals…?

I don’t expect anyone to agree with this list, I’m just throwing it against the wall and hoping that it doesn’t kill anyone…

The Lemonheads, Mrs. Robinson

Remember, I said that I didn’t expect anyone to agree with my list!!!! I like the tempo, I think it works better.

The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man

I’ll bet you didn’t know that it’s a Bob Dylan song…(Seriously…, Bob Dylan songs are almost their own category in this.) I even like William Shatners version… especially when he has a nervous breakdown at the end.

Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was the first to record it in 1952..., but come on now!!! The King owns it!!

Dynamite Hack, Boyz in the Hood

I can’t even explain how hard I laughed the first time I heard it…. Just for that, it makes the list.

Faith No More, War Pigs

I know I’ll catch a rash of s**t for this one, but I stand by it… It’s better… Ozzy be praised.

The Beatles, Twist and Shout

When you hear this song mentioned, how often do you think…. Isley Brothers.
The Beatles own it

Sinead O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U

Maybe this one isn’t fair…. But a fist fight between Sinead O’Connor and Prince is too good to pass up.

Marvin Gaye, Heard it Through the Grapevine

I know what you’re thinking… CCR is great on this one, but I didn’t make a mistake.

Gladys Knight and the Pips did it first.

Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane

This list would be seriously flawed if the Cowboy Junkies were not on it… The Trinity session album is just beautiful.

Jimi Hendrix, All along the Watchtower

Like I said before, Bob Dylan is fertile ground for covers… This one is the best.


Lori said...

Good list! Sinead could totally take Prince, no question. I would put Cowboy Junkies' Sweet Jane as #1, but I'm going to let that slide...

Sully said...

She said that he packed quite a punch...

I think he won round one. He had intended the song for another female artist and got quite peeved that Sinead recorded it.

There are a bunch of Cowboy Junkies covers that could have made the list.