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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #75 on: July 11, 2013, 08:48:59 PM »
Ooooo, I knew there was going to be one I'd forget and that Lovers in a Dangerous Time cover was it.  I really like early Barenaked Ladies.  They were still pretty safe and harmless, but there was something both sadder and goofier too it.  "Enid" and "Brian Wilson" are great songs!

Bohemian Polka was on my list pretty early on.  What's great about the polka's is there really isn't a joke to them and in many cases, improve the original greatly.  Here it's just a fun take on a rock epic (which is already kind of silly).


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #76 on: July 12, 2013, 06:46:23 AM »
Yay Pearl Jam! (needs to be said again)

I love New Order, and I like both those covers. I forgot to put Bizarre Love Triangle on my list though :(. The lead singer of Orgy def would look prettier without that stupid lipstick. The drummer was pretty hot.

I love Michael Jackson's good stuff. I feel really sorry for him. I think in the end, he will be remembered as someone who was deeply hurting and should have gotten help....because he did bad stuff by not getting help (don't want you guys to think I am defending him). Regardless, he gave us some amazing music!

I like that the video for Alien Ant Farm's Smooth Criminal was a tribute. It was theaterical (not as much as the Guys and Dolls remake that was MJ's video) but really focused on the awesomeness of the song.

I like that Richard Carpenter doesn't like the Sonci Youth version of Superstar. One question: Why didn't Kim Gordon sing lead on that?
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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #77 on: July 12, 2013, 06:52:15 AM »
I can't believe I didn't know about the BNL cover song.  I thought I'd heard all their stuff.

But I think that video gave me a case of hockey hair.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #78 on: July 12, 2013, 08:01:19 AM »
I can't believe I didn't know about the BNL cover song.  I thought I'd heard all their stuff.

But I think that video gave me a case of hockey hair.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #79 on: July 12, 2013, 09:07:36 AM »
Number 19: Puttin' on the Ritz
Cover by: Taco
Covering: Irving Berlin

(35 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #6 by Pak-Man)

"Puttin' on the Ritz" is a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin' on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression "putting on the Ritz," meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel.

The original version of Berlin's song included references to the then-popular fad of flashily-dressed but poor black Harlemites parading up and down Lenox Avenue, "Spending ev'ry dime / For a wonderful time". The song was featured with the original lyrics in the 1939 film Idiot's Delight, where it was performed by Clark Gable and chorus, and this routine was selected for inclusion in That's Entertainment (1974). Columbia released a 78 recording of Fred Astaire singing the original lyrics in 1930. For the film Blue Skies (1946), where it was performed by Fred Astaire, Berlin revised the lyrics to apply to affluent whites strutting "up and down Park Avenue."

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A synthesized pop version by Taco peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1983 and certified Gold by the RIAA. It was released from his LP After Eight. It includes a tap dance solo in the middle to honor Astaire. This version of the song was ranked #53 in VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s special.

Taco Ockerse (born July 21, 1955), better known by his stage name Taco, is an Indonesian-born Dutch singer and entertainer who started his career in Germany.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #80 on: July 12, 2013, 09:09:21 AM »
Number 18: Boyz in the Hood
Cover by: Dynamite Hack
Covering: Eazy E

(35 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #6 by Goflyblind)

Boyz-n-the-Hood is the solo debut by rapper Eazy-E as a part of N.W.A. Ice Cube wrote the song, and originally intended it to be for H.B.O., another group signed by Ruthless, but after they rejected it Eazy was convinced to rap it. The song was originally on N.W.A. and the Posse, which started with the phrase: "Cruisin' down the street in my '64". Ruthless Records executive Jerry Heller considers the song to be a mix of Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, the Rolling Stones, and the Black Panthers. This samples "I'm a Ho" by Whodini and vocal samples from "Hold It, Now Hit It" by Beastie Boys as well as "Mr. Big Stuff" by Jean Knight. It was remixed and featured on Eazy's debut album Eazy-Duz-It, which was released in 1988. It was remixed again and was featured on Eazy-E's third album, It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa (1993) under the name "Boyz-n-the-Hood (G-Mix)".

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There have been many remakes, most notably a cover by alternative rock band Dynamite Hack, which hit #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 2000. The last line of the Dynamite Hack version of the song, "Punkass trippin' in the dead of night... homie scored a key, he's gonna fly, punkass fly..." is sung to the tune of the opening melody of Beatles song "Blackbird"- "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly."

Dynamite Hack is a post-grunge band, formed in Austin, Texas in 1997 taking its name from a line in the film Caddyshack in which Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) describes the marijuana he is smoking as "dynamite hack" to Ty Webb (Chevy Chase).

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #81 on: July 12, 2013, 09:10:21 AM »
Number 17: Turn the Page
Cover by: Metallica
Covering: Bob Seger

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"Turn the Page" is a song originally released by Bob Seger in 1973 on his Back in '72 album. Though never released as a single, Seger's live version of the song on his 1976 Live Bullet album became a mainstay of album-oriented rock radio stations, and still gets significant airplay to this day on classic rock stations.

"Turn the Page" is about the emotional and social ups and downs of a rock musician's life on the road. Seger wrote it in 1972 while touring with Teegarden & Van Winkle.

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Metallica later covered the song, as the first single from their 1998 Garage Inc. album, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 11 consecutive weeks, the highest number of weeks Metallica has ever spent at the top; drummer Lars Ulrich had heard the original song while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and later commented that he thought it "Had James [Hetfield] all over it". Metallica's rendition is taken at much the same tempo as Seger's, but with a heavier feel; the saxophone part is replaced by a high slide guitar line from Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield played a guitar solo before the last run through the chorus. The video shows a little girl going out with her mother. The girl balances on the edge of a swimming pool. MTV refused to air this video due to the scene where the man and mother fight at the end.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2013, 09:13:09 AM »
Number 16: Somebody Told Me
Cover by: Richard Cheese
Covering: The Killers

(38 points on 2 of 17 lists. Top Vote #5 by Raven)

"Somebody Told Me" is the second single by American rock band The Killers. The song is featured on the group's debut album Hot Fuss and was written by Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer and Brandon Flowers.

When The Killers first started out, their music was little noticed by music-buyers and the media, which is why "Somebody Told Me" has been released twice in slightly different forms. The first, with the pink background cover, is the rarer version of the single as it was their first release of it; due to poor sales not as many were produced. When re-released, the cover-art sported a blue background color and is the more common version of the single.

The single peaked at #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it charted at #28 upon its first release in March 2004 becoming the band's first top 40 hit, it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached #3.

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Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this song in a Lounge style on their 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction. He sings the song in a drunken manner and, near the end of the song, he apparently runs to the bathroom to puke.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #83 on: July 12, 2013, 09:14:26 AM »
Number 15: With A Little Help From My Friends
Cover by: Joe Cocker
Covering: The Beatles

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"With a Little Help from My Friends" (originally titled "A Little Help from My Friends") is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, released on the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. The song was written for and sung by the Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr as the character "Billy Shears". It was ranked No. 311 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lennon and McCartney finished writing this song in mid-March 1967, written specifically as Starr's track for the album. It was briefly called "Bad Finger Boogie" (later the inspiration for the band name Badfinger), supposedly because Lennon composed the melody on a piano using his middle finger after having hurt his forefinger; but in his 1980 Playboy interview Lennon said: "This is Paul, with a little help from me. 'What do you see when you turn out the light/ I can't tell you, but I know it's mine...' is mine." Lennon also attributed most of the song to McCartney in his 1972 Hit Parader interview: "Paul. It was Paul's idea. I think I helped with some of the words. In fact, I did. Hunter Davies was there when we did it and mentioned it in the book. 'What do you see when you turn out the light, I can't tell you but I know it's mine.' That was mine." McCartney, though, claims at least partial credit for the line, stating: "I remember giggling with John when we wrote the lines 'What do you see when you turn out the light? I can't tell you, but I know it's mine.' It could have been him playing with his willy under the covers, or it could have been taken on a deeper level."

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English singer Joe Cocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" was a radical re-arrangement of the original, in a slower, 6/8 meter, using different chords in the middle eight, and a lengthy instrumental introduction (featuring drums by Procol Harum's B.J. Wilson, guitar lines from Jimmy Page, and organ by Tommy Eyre). Cocker performed the song at Woodstock in 1969 and that performance was included in the documentary film, Woodstock. His cover was ranked number two in UpVenue's top 10 best music covers of all time in 2009. The version heard in the film Across the Universe segues from the original to Cocker's arrangement at the end of the song. In 2001, Cocker's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Joe Cocker version was used as the title music for the 1988–1993 television series The Wonder Years. "With a Little Help from My Friends" was played as wake-up music on Space Shuttle Mission STS-61.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #84 on: July 12, 2013, 09:24:59 AM »
When The Wonder Years came on Netflix a few years ago, they couldn't get the rights to the Joe Cocker version of the theme song, so they had to replace it with yet another, inferior cover.

Puttin' On The Ritz is just a weird song.  I can't explain why.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #85 on: July 12, 2013, 09:28:41 AM »
"Turn the Page"  had that one on my list as well.  I don't even really like Metallica, but there hasn't been a song that fits a band better than that one.  I actually prefer the live version to the video though. 

"Somebody Told Me" I love how Richard Cheese turns a funny pop song into one of the most depressing sounding songs ever.  He sounds absolutely crushed.  Hilarious. 

"Boyz in the Hood"  I've never heard that version before.  Pretty amusing.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #86 on: July 12, 2013, 09:37:14 AM »
Did that woman in the Metallica video go stripping by day, turning tricks by night, AND bring her johns back to the same sleazy motel room where her daughter was sleeping?


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #87 on: July 12, 2013, 09:38:24 AM »
Number 15: With A Little Help From My Friends
Cover by: Joe Cocker
Covering: The Beatles

(38 points on 3 of 17 lists. Top Vote #6 by Thrifty Version II)
I like this version more than the Beetles one but I like the parody Bill Oddie did even more (though it might not make any sense to people who aren't British*)

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I would have had that on my list incidentally but it's more of a standard and certainly a parody.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #88 on: July 12, 2013, 09:52:12 AM »
Did that woman in the Metallica video go stripping by day, turning tricks by night, AND bring her johns back to the same sleazy motel room where her daughter was sleeping?

Yep.  It's sad that that's a reflection of reality all too often.  What a shock that MTV wouldn't play it.  One of the few things Metallica did since the Black album I actually like. 


"A little help from my friends"- The Cocker one sounds so different I completely forgot it was even a cover.   They don't even sound like the same song.  Should have been on my list. 


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #89 on: July 12, 2013, 12:03:55 PM »
Upset that I forgot Turn the Page.

Gonna watch the videos later.  Never heard the Cheese version of the Killers.  Looking forward to hearing it.
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