I like covers. I enjoy hearing an artist or a band take a previously recorded song and do something different and, at times, far better than the original artist(s) did.
As an example of “far better”,
I recently heard the original NIN version of this. Meh. Seriously, Cash kicks so much ass on this song that Trent Reznor basically said that Cash owns it forever now. “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore…”
Another example of the cover being far better than the original:
Before researching for this post, I had no idea that this was originally a Fleetwood Mac song. Of course, Fleetwood Mac never really released it as a single, but instead threw it on a compilation album they released in 1968. Santana released this version only two years later and it became their signature tune. After listening to the what Carlos Santana did with his song, I bet Peter Green wishes he had never picked up a guitar.
Another one (sorry, couldn’t find the studio version):
Written and recorded originally by Nick Lowe, but his version, quite frankly, sucks. Elvis rocked it, and totally changed the song from silly pop crap to angry, insightful pleading.
This poat came about because I heard a cover song of an old Pink Floyd song recently and was blown away. Not a lot of people have done covers of Pink Floyd’s music, other than other Prog bands. And usually, they aren’t much more than a gimmicky toss-off. But this one.. this should go large, in my opinion.
Maybe being on the Dead Man Down soundtrack will help.
Not sure yet if it’s better than the original, but I have heard that so often that I really like hearing a new take on it.
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