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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #60 on: July 10, 2013, 06:36:00 PM »
I think it's safe to say that the US will go down in history as producing the absolute worst music of all time. I'm embarrassed to even be a citizen of a country where the Black Eyed Peas are a success.

Fortunately we also have a lot of experience at making fun of ourselves:

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From 2:08 onwards is just sickening.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #61 on: July 10, 2013, 07:05:54 PM »
Number 42: Don't Stop Movin'
Cover by: The Beautiful South
Covering: S Club 7

(24 points on 1 of 17 lists. Top Vote #2 by Monty)

This cover is by one of my all time favorite bands, The Beautiful South.  It is also my favorite example of the sub-genre of cover song that turns up-tempo pop into haunting tracks.  The entire album is a cover album and worth checking out.  S Club 7 is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, at least a few of their songs are anyway.


Number 34: I Go To Pieces
Cover by: Rachel Sweet
Covering: Peter and Gordon

(25 points on 1 of 17 lists. Top Vote #1 by Monty)

I had a bit of back and forth as to even include this one on my list, as I thought it would be too obscure.  I had it as my number one for two main reasons.  I absolutely love all four of the albums Rachel Sweet released in the late '70s/early '80s.  And while there were a bunch of cover songs on those albums, this one is my favorite.  I also love the original version of this song. 

** Rachel Sweet has a bit of an MST3K connection.  She hosted the show, The Sweet Life, on the early Comedy Channel.  At the same time MST3K was just starting on the same channel.

Number 28: Baby Got Back
Cover by: Richard Cheese
Covering: Sir Mix-a-Lot

(27 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #10 by Monty)

Awesome that I got another hit on this list!  I wonder who else picked this one?  I love Richard Cheese and could have probably had a list of 25 cover songs just by him.  I even love his riff with Mike on Ocean's Eleven!


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #62 on: July 10, 2013, 07:07:15 PM »
I think it's safe to say that the US will go down in history as producing the absolute worst music of all time. I'm embarrassed to even be a citizen of a country where the Black Eyed Peas are a success.

Fortunately we also have a lot of experience at making fun of ourselves:

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From 2:08 onwards is just sickening.

Without watching yet, I am guessing at some point her "milkshake will be bringing all the boys to the yard"?

Edit after watching:  Yep.
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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #63 on: July 10, 2013, 07:22:19 PM »
Number 28: Baby Got Back
Cover by: Richard Cheese
Covering: Sir Mix-a-Lot

(27 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #10 by Monty)

Awesome that I got another hit on this list!  I wonder who else picked this one?  I love Richard Cheese and could have probably had a list of 25 cover songs just by him.  I even love his riff with Mike on Ocean's Eleven!

Me!

And there were quite a few of his songs submitted but only this and one other made the list.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #64 on: July 10, 2013, 08:04:17 PM »
Why was I the only one to vote for Dazed and Confused? :P I'm sure it's one of those instances where most people don't even know it's a cover (in a way it's an original).

I haven't heard Pearl Jam's I Believe in Miracles, so I'll have to listen to it. I've been listening to a lot of Pearl Jam lately and I'm heartbroken that I won't be able to see them this fall because of I have to be at the high school football game for senior night. Seriously, they're starting their tour Pittsburgh and I can't go! :(

I didn't know that Alanis Morrisette did a (parody) cover of My Humps. I've got to listen to that!


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #65 on: July 10, 2013, 08:39:53 PM »
Looks like Alien Ant Farm was near the bottom of a couple of lists.  I like that the video paid tribute to Michael and I liked the tempo of that one.

Glad that the "My Humps" cover made it.  If the original wasn't such crap then the cover wouldn't be so funny. 

"Baby Got Back" I put 2 Richard Cheese ones on my list but I didn't go with this one.  With a few exceptions his albums are really amusing.

"Sympathy for the Devil" To me a good cover means that at least some of the time I'd prefer to hear the newer version.  I don't even mind Guns N Roses all that much but I can't think of a time that I'd rather here there version over the original. 

I like that a lot of these covers are in existence do to their inclusion in films as starting points. 


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #66 on: July 10, 2013, 09:37:31 PM »
The Alien Ant Farm cover is decent enough, though I want to punch Alien Ant Farm.  Look at them.  They wish they were Smash Mouth.  I just feel that Smooth Criminal was such a good song, that a competent take in a slightly different genre makes it really neat.  So, yeah, it's a backhanded compliment, but a good job is a good job.

Never heard the Richard Cheese song before, but that was pretty great.  Bananarama Venus is pretty great too.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #67 on: July 11, 2013, 06:46:40 AM »
Number 24: Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Cover by: Barenaked Ladies
Covering: Bruce Cockburn

(28 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #8 by Goflyblind)

"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" is a song by Bruce Cockburn, originally released on his 1984 album Stealing Fire. The song was a Top 40 hit for Cockburn, peaking at No. 25 on the Canadian charts the week of August 18, 1984.

According to Cockburn, the song was inspired by seeing teenagers expressing romantic love in a schoolyard. In the song, he contrasts the hopefulness and joy of new love with the despair of a wider Cold War world where notions of the future often carried a sense of foreboding and doom. However, especially in light of Cockburn's next single "If I Had a Rocket Launcher", the song has also been interpreted by listeners and critics as referring to the same Guatemalan refugee crisis that inspired the later song, or to the then-emerging HIV/AIDS crisis. Cockburn stated in later interviews that he was pleased by both of these alternate interpretations.

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The song was subsequently covered by Barenaked Ladies on the 1991 Cockburn tribute album Kick at the Darkness. Their rendition became their first Top 40 hit on the Canadian charts, reaching No. 16 the week of February 15, 1992. It also appeared on their greatest hits compilation Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #68 on: July 11, 2013, 06:47:23 AM »
Number 23: Blue Monday
Cover by: Orgy
Covering: New Order

(30 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #9 by anais.butterfly)

"Blue Monday" is a single released in 1983 by British band New Order, later remixed in 1988 and 1995. The song has been widely remixed and covered since its original release, and became a popular anthem in the dance club scene.

At nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, "Blue Monday" is one of the longest tracks ever to chart on the UK Singles Chart. The song begins with a distinctive semiquaver kick drum intro, programmed on an Oberheim DMX drum machine. Gillian Gilbert eventually fades in a sequencer melody. According to band interviews in NewOrderStory, she did so at the wrong time, so the melody is out of sync with the beat; however, the band considered it to be a happy accident that contributed to the track's charm. The verse section features the song's signature throbbing synth bass line, played by a Moog Source, overlaid with Peter Hook's bass guitar leads. The synth bass line was sequenced on a Powertran Sequencer home built by Bernard.[13] Bernard Sumner delivers the lyrics in a deadpan manner. "Blue Monday" is an atypical hit song in that it does not feature a standard verse-chorus structure. After a lengthy introduction, the first and second verses are contiguous and are separated from the third verse only by a brief series of sound effects. A short breakdown section follows the third verse, which leads to an extended outro.

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"Blue Monday" is the second single of American alternative metal band Orgy. A cover version of the New Order song, it was released on 14 December 1998. Internationally, the song was a hit, appearing on music charts worldwide. It has been attributed with providing industrial and metal music with a fresh connection.

In an interview with Billboard Magazine guitarist Amir Derakh said that upon working on the song they "wanted to do the original 'Blue Monday' justice" and had expected more criticism. He went on to say that they felt lucky to have covered it and that they felt it could have been something that they had written. The fact that their first major hit was a cover of the 1980s electronica/dance song did not bother the band.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #69 on: July 11, 2013, 06:48:10 AM »
Number 22: I Love Rock and Roll
Cover by: Joan Jett
Covering: The Arrows

(33 points on 3 of 17 lists. Top Vote #12 by Pak-Man)

"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" is a rock song written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, who recorded the first released version. Alan Merrill has been playing the song recently live in England, Europe, Japan and most often in his home town New York City.

The song was originally recorded and released by Arrows in 1975 on RAK Records, with lead vocals by Merrill and produced by Mickie Most. In an interview with Songfacts, Merrill said he wrote it as "a knee-jerk response to The Rolling Stones' 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)'." This version was first released as a B-side, but was soon re-recorded and flipped to A-side status on a subsequent pressing of the record. Although not a chart hit in its original version as a result of nonexistent promotion by the band's label, the song has come to worldwide prominence due to very successful cover versions.

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Joan Jett saw Arrows perform "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" on their weekly television series Arrows when she was touring England with The Runaways in 1976. She first recorded the song in 1979 with two of the Sex Pistols: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. This first version was released on vinyl in 1979 on Vertigo records as a b-side to "You Don't Own Me" and this early version was not released on CD until 1993 and the issue of the album Flashback. In 1981, Jett re-recorded the song, this time with her band, The Blackhearts. This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks, effectively launching Jett's solo career. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing one million units sold. All versions count once toward certification. This success propelled Jett's I Love Rock 'n Roll album to number two on the Billboard 200. Joan Jett's version was ranked #89 in the list 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of Rolling Stone.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #70 on: July 11, 2013, 06:49:45 AM »
Number 21: Superstar
Cover by: Sonic Youth
Covering: The Carpenters

(34 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #7 by Sicgirl)

"Superstar" is a 1969 song written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell (with a songwriting credit also given to Delaney Bramlett) that has been a hit for many artists in different genres and interpretations in the years since; the best known version is by the Carpenters in 1971.

"Superstar" became its biggest hit version for the Carpenters. Richard Carpenter was unaware of the Bramlett or Mad Dogs originals, but as he later wrote in a compilation album's liner notes: "I came home from the studio one night and heard a then relatively unknown Bette Midler performing this song on the Tonight Show. I could barely wait to arrange and record it. (It remains one of my favorites)." Somewhat ironically, Karen Carpenter had heard the Coolidge rendition on a promotional copy of the Mad Dogs album, but did not think that much of it.

In 1981, Karen spoke of the song: "For some reason that tune didn't hit me in the beginning, it's the only one. Richard looked at me like I had three heads, he said: 'Are you out of your mind?' When I heard his arrangement of it, I fell over and now it's one of my favorites too." She added that "Superstar", along with "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "I Need to Be in Love", were the songs that were most emotionally upsetting to sing.

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Sonic Youth, who always found unlikely inspiration from the Carpenters, for the 1994 tribute album If I Were a Carpenter. This version was later on the soundtrack for the 2007 film Juno. It was also featured in the film The Frighteners and in the theatrical trailer for High Tension. It also appeared in professional skateboarder Jerry Hsu's part in "Bag of Suck". Richard Carpenter has expressed his distaste for this version.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #71 on: July 11, 2013, 06:55:02 AM »
Number 20: Bohemian Polka
Cover by: “Weird” Al Yankovic
Covering: Queen

(34 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #1 by Pak-Man)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song has no chorus, instead consisting of several sections: a ballad segment ending with a guitar solo, an operatic passage, and a hard rock section. At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and it remains one of the most elaborate recordings in popular music history.

When it was released as a single, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. It reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best-selling single of all time. It topped the charts in several other markets as well, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and The Netherlands, later becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. In the United States the song originally peaked at number nine in 1976; however, it returned to the chart at number two in 1992 following its appearance in the film Wayne's World which revived its American popularity.

Although critical reaction was initially mixed, "Bohemian Rhapsody" remains one of Queen's most popular songs. The single was accompanied by a promotional video, which many scholars consider ground-breaking. In 2004, "Bohemian Rhapsody" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2012, the song topped the list on an ITV nationwide poll in the UK to find "The Nation's Favourite Number One" over 60 years of music.

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"Bohemian Polka" is a polka rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Yankovic's official website has categorized "Bohemian Polka" as a polka medley.

Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, music video director, film producer, actor, and author. Yankovic is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #72 on: July 11, 2013, 07:30:12 AM »
I didn't even know I love Rock and Roll was a cover.  If I had it would have been in my top 5 for sure.

And while not a Carpenters fan I've always loved Superstar.  Enjoy Sonic's version as well, glad to see it on the list
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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #73 on: July 11, 2013, 05:24:42 PM »
I didn't even know I love Rock and Roll was a cover.  If I had it would have been in my top 5 for sure.
I think that one is so anonymous as a cover mainly because the turn around on Joan recording it was so quick.  I had it at number 13, but honestly I wouldn't have known it was a cover either if I hadn't looked over the links in the first couple of posts in the thread. 

"Bohemian Polka"- I love all of weird al's polkas, but this one in particular because it isn't a medly.  That being said I completely forgot it on my list. 

"Blue Monday"- I liked this song the first time I heard it.  After watching the lead singer of Orgy trying to have sex with/strangle himself with his microphone cable for 30 minutes, I pretty much hated everything about that band. 


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #74 on: July 11, 2013, 05:41:08 PM »
Number 26: Smooth Criminal
Cover by: Alien Any Farm
Covering: Michael Jackson

(27 points on 4 of 17 lists. Top Vote #8 by Raven)

"Smooth Criminal" is the seventh single from Michael Jackson's 1987 Bad album. The song contains a fast-paced beat intertwined with Jackson's lyrics about a woman named Annie, who has been attacked in her apartment by a "smooth" assailant. It was released as a single on October 21, 1988, and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. It was re-released on April 10, 2006, as a part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box-set. The re-released Visionary single charted at number 19 in the UK. The piece is one of Jackson's signature songs, and has appeared on numerous greatest hits albums.


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In 2001, Alien Ant Farm released a cover of "Smooth Criminal" as their debut single from their album Anthology. According to the band members, they would play a few riffs of the Jackson song while warming up before gigs and audience members would request them to play the entire song. This positive feedback encouraged them to record their own rendition of "Smooth Criminal" and include it on Anthology. It became a number one hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and was also a number one in Australia. The song was also featured in the 2001 film American Pie 2, during a scene wherein Jason Biggs' character, Jim, superglues his hand to his crotch. The album Greatest Hits (1999) includes a hidden track named "Slick Thief", which is in fact an early version of "Smooth Criminal".

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Watching these videos is fun.

But good lord, that lead singer of AAF looks just like a younger version of my boss.  He's so calm and collected.  But I've always suspected that deep down he's a wild man.  Maybe that's because his alter ego is the lead singer of AAF
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