Cover Songs That Sound Completely Different Than the Original

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN touts cover versions that sound very different than the original. Which versions do you prefer? Even more importantly, what other examples do you like or hate?

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2019
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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Some ones I like:

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  3. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I like both, but Triggerfinger's version of I Follow Rivers was much more popular in the Netherlands.

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  4. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    There's over 2000 cover versions of "Yesterday". Which one's your favorite?


    Here's a more reasonable one - Sweet Jane:

    Velvet Underground original?
    Mott the Hoople's '72 uptempo remake?
    Lou's own live '74 remake with the long intro?
    Cowboy Junkie's '88 down-tempo I-must-be-on-drugs version?
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  5. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    One of my favorite covers
  6. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    I’m still trying to get used to Lonnie Mack’s version of Memphis
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  7. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    NINE ALBUMS of cover versions, every one of 'em better than the originals, and a dual-Gretsch attack. What's not to like?

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  8. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    All right - Devo, Lydia Lunch, and the Gun Club, all in the same thread! Well done, folks!
  9. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016

    I still prefer the original ;)
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  10. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Marissa Paternoster's guitar takes this classic into another world
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  11. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    When I saw the thread's title, I immediately thought of:

    That's the first Gun Club album I found at a record shop in Tours, back in 82.
    I loved it right at first listen.
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  12. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    The Sound of Silence - Nevermore

    The Great Southern Trendkill - The Bailey Hounds
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I know of three different versions of Buddy Holly's "Well, Alright"---his, Clapton/Winwood, and Santana's. Carlos knocked it out of the park!

    How many different versions of "Whiskey in the Jar" and "John Barleycorn" are there?
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  14. larryr

    larryr Gretschie

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
  16. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Love this version.

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  17. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Awesome, thanks for sharing.
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  18. knavel

    knavel Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2009
    London, England
    Original: Tears For Fears - Mad World
    Cover: Gary Jules

    I have it from a source close to TFF that they thought Gary Jules' cover far exceeded their original.
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  19. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Theres some great rock songs covered in a bluegrass style . Journey's " Don't Stop Believing " and AC/DC " Thunderstruck " come to mind
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