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Okay how 'bout are some of your favorite covers by famous bands? How about some covers you wish you could here?

Faves that I've heard: Phish covers Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Nirvana covers Bowie's "Man Who Sold the World" on MTV Unplugged - Norah Jone's recording of Dusty Springfield's "No Easy Way Down" - and Radiohead covers Pauly Simon's "Nobody does it better."

I wish I could hear a slightly more rocking cover of "No One Is To Blame" by Howard Jones. Maybe the Foo Fighters. And The Donnas covering Heart's "Magic Man"...
 

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I am not much of a fan of covers as I prefer original music. One exception that immediately comes to mind though, I thought Motley Crue did a pretty good cover of the Sex Pistol's classic, Anarchy in the UK
 

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Not a huge fan of covers, but I do prefer if the band makes a song their own, rather than slavish replicating the original. I mean, if I wanted to hear the original, I'd listen to the original.

Johnny Cash is a great example of making a song his own. One, The Mercy Seat, I Won't Back Down, Hurt, Personal Jesus - wow! He's very cool.
 

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I'm not a fan of covers either.

For me with my limited knowledge it's not alway easy to say what a cover is.

My "awareness" starts somewhere in the 80's.

I heard a "cover" of Queen/flash; the original with a new beat over it. I hate that.

FYI: Personal Jesus is original from Depeche Mode.

But I like Johny Cash too.
 

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FYI: Personal Jesus is original from Depeche Mode.

I knew that sure, my point was that he takes these songs from different sources/artists (U2, Nick Cave, Tom Petty etc...) and makes them 'his own'.

Johnny, he walks the line.
 

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Hole - Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac), Fiona Apple - Angel (Jimi Hendrix), Fuel - Breed (Nirvana), Fuel - Daniel (Elton John), Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Leadbelly), Tara MacLean - At Seventeen (Janis Ian), Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle (Harry Chapin).

Fiona sings backup on a Johnny Cash version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, it's actually kind of cool.
 

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My favourite covers of all time are:

Radiohead - Sing a Song For You (Tim Buckley)

Frank Zappa - Stairway to Heaven (Led Zep)

Joy Division - Sister Ray (Velvet Underground)

Jeff Buckley - The Way Young Lovers Do (Van Morrisson)

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

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The Clash - I Fought The Law (I have no idea who recorded this first. Wasn't it one of the Crickets?)
 

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Originally posted by The_Gazumper



The Clash - I Fought The Law (I have no idea who recorded this first. Wasn't it one of the Crickets?)
Indeed you are quite- I didn't know that until I did a search on Google.

"I Fought The Law was written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets and recorded by them on May 18, 1959 at Bell Sound Studio in NYC."

http://taco.com/roots/law.html
 

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Best cover ever, IMHO, would be Aco's cover of Creep, by Radiohead.

I also liked Shonen Knife's cover of Daydream Believer, by the Monkees.

Plus, for some odd reason...Lolita # 18's cover of Video Killed The Radio Star, by the Buggles. (Sheer weirdness factor on this one.)
 

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Speaking of Cash, he's 71 today.

As for covers, I like Nirvana's cover of the Leadbelly tune, also. Hmm, Hendrix's cover of All Along the Watchtower, Dead Kennedys version of I Fought the Law. I can't think of many covers I've heard. Oh, these two bands I saw live, Cave In and The Icarus Line did two badass covers of Dazed & Confused (Zeppelin) and Breed (Nirvana). That's all I can think of.
 

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The Fugees do a great great cover of Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly and then on Lauryn Hill's solo CD (miseducation) she does Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You. She is an awesome talent. Talk about making a song her own.
 

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Who was it who originally recorded "Lean on Me"? I know dcTalk did a fantastic cover of it (I like it better than the original) but who started it?
 
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