For a long while now, I have had a fascination with cover songs. I will go to great lengths to hear someone else's interpretation of a favourite song, or a cover by a favourite band, a job that's become so much easier since the advent of Youtube and Spotify
Over the years I've accrued quite a collection of favourites along with a good many that make me shake my head in embarrasment for the artist.
This thread is for you all to share with the rest of us some of your favourite cover songs, along with those you consider to be an abomination upon your ears
Some of my favourites:Ministry: Under my Thumb (Rolling Stones)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM7boGB38gs
This cover is a recent addition for me but has gone straight into the top 5. It's not the best cover in the world, but it just sounds so good I can't help but get feel good when I hear it.Therapy?: Dianne (Husker Du)
Spoilered just to be on the safe side
This cover strips the song right down to it's barest form with a cello being the sole instrument throughout and it makes the song about the kidnap, rape and murder of a young woman even more haunting.Johnny Cash: Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho
Trent Reznor's version of this song is about drug use and depression and is a fantastic song in its own right, but when the elderly and dying legend Cash sings it, it takes on a whole new meaning. It's a retrospective of life from the point of view of man who has come to terms with owAn mortality and is just biding his time until his time comes. A true classic cover.And now for the worstLimp Bizkit: Faith (George Michael)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLaYpJavKvA
I don't rate the George Michael version as a good song anyway so to hear the gurning chimp with his balls in a vice try and sing/rap it it has the effect of fingernails down a chalkboard to me. Utterly terrible.Duran Duran: White Lines (Grandmaster Flash)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmIN9ulmy-E
Duran Duran's career had peaked some 10 years earlier and so at the time they decided to release a cover's album no one really gave a shit. Which is a good job as the quality on the album would have been enough to sink their careers. Probably the worst example was this terrible cover of Grandmaster Flash's White Lines.Megadeth: Anarchy In the UK (The Sex Pistols)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFoFYPMG38&feature=avmsc2
I'm just going to let this one speak for its self. A shockingly bad cover by a band that really should have known better. At least their cover of No More Mr Nice Guy was pretty decent.
Now it's your turn. Try and refrain from just posting video's though, I'd like to see some discussion going on.