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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #105 on: July 13, 2013, 07:15:34 PM »
I'm glad someone else picked my #1.  I hadn't expected that, and wondered why it didn't appear during the round of 25 point single list picks.  I heard the cover not by Obadiah Parker but by Ted on the wedding episode in the 8th season of Scrubs.  They mentioned the Obadiah Parker version, so I looked it up and loved it.

So who was the other guy with this on his list?


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #106 on: July 13, 2013, 08:53:40 PM »
It's so much better live but the videos I could find of it live didn't do it justice.

The "Ring of Fire" circle pits, at the Social D shows I've gone to, are my fondest memory from all of the concerts I've been to in my life. It's such a fucking blast. Let it burn!!

It would've been my #1 if I hadn't randomly watched Girl/Dragon Tattoo on an early Sunday morning last year. That Zeppelin cover is too cool along w/ that badass opening credits sequence complementing it.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #107 on: July 13, 2013, 11:02:54 PM »
I had the "Come Together" one near the bottom of my list.  That song is around so much I've heard it way more than the actual Beatles version.  And on the Beatles version, I'm not sure why but I absolutely hated the actual video part of that youtube clip.

It's funny that there were back to back Aerosmith songs. 

I'm pretty sure I've got 2 of the top 10, maybe 3 but given the recent postings I'm not sure I could name any more than that.  Looking forward to the rest of the list.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2013, 11:19:50 PM »
I'm not personally fond of the Social D cover of "Ring." But the thing is, a gajillion folks have covered it. Like say, Wall of Voodoo:

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Or Blondie:
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Jewel: (Yes, she's still around)
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Or even Frank Zappa:
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Britney Spears has covered it too, but I won't link to it as I do have a bit of taste.


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2013, 11:24:13 PM »
Aren't there over 200 covers of "Louie, Louie" in existence?  I remember being a really little kid stuck on a road trip with my dad listing to a 2 hour am radio discussion of that song and it's history. 


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #110 on: July 13, 2013, 11:46:46 PM »

Jewel: (Yes, she's still around)

Indeed, she's still around. Over at Jezebel a couple of months ago, I read she's into some Bible-Diet fun. That was the first I heard of her in years.

I'm not personally fond of the Social D cover of "Ring."

I don't think their studio cover is all that great, but them performing it live is another story.
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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #111 on: July 14, 2013, 08:39:51 AM »
Number 9: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Cover by: Devo
Covering: The Rolling Stones

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"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' throwaway three-note guitar riff – intended to be replaced by horns – opens and drives the song. The lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism.

The song was first released as a single in the United States in June 1965 and also featured on the American version of Out of Our Heads, released that July. "Satisfaction" was a hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the US. In the UK, the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

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American New Wave band Devo released their rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" as a single in 1977. Because of the extensive changes Devo had made to the song, they met with Mick Jagger and his lawyer so Mick could give his blessing. During that visit, Jagger said he liked Devo's version. Gerald Casale characterized this meeting as "a setup". After the meeting, he found out that Devo's lawyer told Jagger's lawyer they should approve the song because it would make Jagger a lot of money. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that the cover version "reworks the original's alienation into a spastic freak-out that's nearly unrecognizable".

This version of the song was featured prominently in the 1995 Martin Scorsese motion picture Casino (film) and appears on the film's two disc soundtrack compilation.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #112 on: July 14, 2013, 08:41:02 AM »
Number 8: Man Who Sold the World
Cover by: Nirvana
Covering: David Bowie

(57 points on 4 of 17 lists. Top Vote #1 by Mrs. Dick Courier)

"The Man Who Sold the World" is a song written and performed by David Bowie. It is the title track of his third album, released in the U.S. in November 1970 and in the UK in April 1971. The song has been covered by a number of other artists, notably by Lulu in 1974, and Nirvana in 1993. The song was reworked by Bowie, featuring a heavy bassline and a notably darker mood, for performances in concerts between 1995 to 1997, including the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards. Bowie later returned to playing the original version in the 2000s.

In common with a number of tracks on the album, the song's themes have been compared to the horror-fantasy works of H. P. Lovecraft.[4] The lyrics are also cited as reflecting Bowie's concerns with splintered or multiple personalities, and are believed to have been partially inspired by the poem "Antigonish" by William Hughes Mearns:
“ Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…”

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In his journals, Kurt Cobain of the American grunge band Nirvana ranked the album The Man Who Sold the World at number 45 in his top 50 favourite albums. A live rendition of the song was recorded by the band in 1993 during their MTV Unplugged appearance, and it was released on their MTV Unplugged in New York album the following year. The song was also released as a promotional single for the album, and received considerable airplay on alternative rock radio stations. It was also thrown into heavy rotation on music video stations such as MTV. Nirvana regularly covered the song during live sets after their memorable acoustic performance up until lead singer Cobain's death in 1994. In 2002 the song was re-released on Nirvana's "best of" compilation album Nirvana.

Bowie said of Nirvana's cover: "I was simply blown away when I found that Kurt Cobain liked my work, and have always wanted to talk to him about his reasons for covering The Man Who Sold the World" and that "it was a good straight forward rendition and sounded somehow very honest. It would have been nice to have worked with him, but just talking with him would have been real cool". Bowie called Nirvana's cover "heartfelt," noting that "until this [cover], it hadn't occurred to me that I was part of America's musical landscape. I always felt my weight in Europe, but not [in the US]." In the wake of its release, Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, 'Fuck you, you little tosser!'"

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #113 on: July 14, 2013, 08:42:52 AM »
Number 7: Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Cover by: They Might Be Giants
Covering: The Four Lads

(58 points on 3 of 17 lists. Top Vote #3 by Compound)

"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is a 1953 swing-style song, with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and music by Nat Simon. The lyrics comically refer to the official 1930 renaming of the city of Constantinople to Istanbul. It also references other renamed cities, specifically the renaming of New York City from New Amsterdam.

"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" was originally recorded by the Canadian group The Four Lads on August 12, 1953. This recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40082. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on October 24, 1953, and it peaked at #10. It was the group's first gold record.

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One of the better-known versions of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is the cover by the alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, who released it on their album Flood in 1990. It was released as the second single from that album in the same year. TMBG's version is at a faster tempo than the original and contains a distinct klezmer influence, including a violin introduction and some accordion and electric guitar parts not present in the original version.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #114 on: July 14, 2013, 08:43:58 AM »
Number 6: Hallelujah
Cover by: Jeff Buckley
Covering: Leonard Cohen

(59 points on 4 of 17 lists. Top Vote #2 by Tripe)

"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that "Cohen spent years struggling with his song 'Hallelujah.' . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down."

Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah", with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor. His original version, as recorded on his Various Positions album, contains several biblical references, most notably evoking the stories of Samson and traitorous Delilah from the Book of Judges as well as the adulterous King David and Bathsheba: "she cut your hair" and "you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you".

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Jeff Buckley, inspired by Cale's earlier cover, recorded one of the best-known[20] versions of "Hallelujah" for his only complete album, Grace, in 1994. Later, in 2007 was released as single.

In 2004, Buckley's version was ranked number 259 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".The same year Time called Buckley's version "exquisitely sung," observing "Cohen murmured the original like a dirge, but ... Buckley treated the ... song like a tiny capsule of humanity, using his voice to careen between glory and sadness, beauty and pain... It's one of the great songs."

In September 2007, a poll of fifty songwriters conducted by the magazine Q listed "Hallelujah" among the all-time "Top 10 Greatest Tracks" with John Legend calling Buckley's version "as near perfect as you can get. The lyrics to 'Hallelujah' are just incredible and the melody's gorgeous and then there's Jeff's interpretation of it. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of recorded music I’ve ever heard." In July 2009, the Buckley track was ranked number three on the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, a listener poll held every decade by the Australian radio station Triple J."

Buckley's version was not an instant hit, nor did Buckley live to see the full measure of the reception his recording would ultimately have; he died in 1997. The album on which it appeared did not go Gold in the U.S. until 2002, nine years after its release. In fact, like Cohen's original, the Buckley version was never released as a single, and it first charted posthumously in 2006.

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #115 on: July 14, 2013, 08:44:21 AM »
I'll post top 5 tonight!


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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #116 on: July 14, 2013, 09:57:59 AM »
So the Devo video of I Can't Get No Satisfaction is what they are referencing in the end concert scene in Revenge of the Nerds?



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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #117 on: July 14, 2013, 02:11:11 PM »
I'm bummed I missed out on this (wasn't paying attention when lists came due). Devo's Satisfaction and Nirvana's The Man Who Sold the World would have made my lists. I also liked the inclusion of the Sonic Youth, Joplin and the Ferante numbers. Though I would have gone with Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" as the quintessential cover of that track.

I was curious what, if any, Mowtown hits would make the list. They were an oddity as they would have many of their hit makers record the same songs within a few years one another... and when one version clicked with listeners, that became "The" version for the number -- ala  Aretha's "Respect", even thought technically it was a cover.

And I'm guessing this late in the game, one of my toppermost wont make the grade (The Dickies Nights in White Satin).  Still, looking forward to the top 5
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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #118 on: July 14, 2013, 03:31:15 PM »
Number 5: Common People
Cover by: William Shatner and Ben Folds
Covering: Pulp

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"Common People" is a song by English alternative rock band Pulp. It was released as a single in May 1995, reaching number two on the UK singles chart. It also appears on the band's 1995 album Different Class. The song is about those who were perceived by the songwriter as wanting to be "like common people" and who ascribe glamour to poverty. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as slumming or "class tourism". The song was written by the band members Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Russell Senior.

The idea for the song's lyrics came from a Greek art student whom Pulp singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker met while he was studying at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Cocker had enrolled on a film studies course at the college in September 1988 while taking a break from Pulp.

In a 2012 question and answer session on BBC Radio 5 Live Cocker said that he was having a conversation with the girl at the bar at college because he was attracted to her, although he found some aspects of her personality unpleasant. He remembered that at one point she had told him she "wanted to move to Hackney and live like 'the common people'". Cocker used this phrase as the starting point for the song and embellished the situation for dramatic effect, for example reversing the situation in the song when the female character declares that "I want to sleep with common people like you" (Cocker admitted that in real life he had been the one wanting to sleep with the girl, while she had not been interested in him).

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In 2004, Ben Folds produced a cover version of "Common People" for William Shatner's album Has Been that brought the song to a new international audience outside of the British Isles.This version begins with an electronic keyboard Britpop or disco sound, but quickly moves into a drum kit and guitar-heavy indie rock style. Reviewers were pleasantly surprised by Shatner's spoken-word presentation of Cocker's tirade against class tourism as Shatner's previous work had been widely mocked by reviewers.

Folds abruptly replaces Shatner's voice with that of "bitter Cockney" singer Joe Jackson, and then alternates and blends the two into a duet, bringing along a large chorus of young voices on the line "sing along with the common people", which finally replace Shatner and Jackson's vocals in the song's concluding crescendo.

In 2011 Jarvis Cocker praised the cover version: "I was very flattered by that because I was a massive Star Trek fan as a kid and so you know, Captain Kirk is singing my song! So that was amazing."

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Re: List of Crap 72: Top 51 Cover Songs
« Reply #119 on: July 14, 2013, 03:32:19 PM »
Number 4: Baby One More Time
Cover by: Travis
Covering: Britney Spears

(67 points on 5 of 17 lists. Top Vote #3 by anais.butterfly)

"...Baby One More Time" is a hit song by American recording artist Britney Spears. It served as Spears's debut single and title track from her debut studio album, ...Baby One More Time (1999). Written by Max Martin and produced by Martin and Rami, "...Baby One More Time" was released on September 30, 1998, by Jive Records. After recording and sending a demo tape with an unused song from Toni Braxton, Spears signed a multi-album deal with Jive. "...Baby One More Time" is a teen pop and dance-pop song that refers to a girl who regrets breaking up with her boyfriend. The song received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised its composition.

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"…Baby One More Time" has been covered on numerous occasions. One of the earliest live covers of the song was by the Scottish band Travis, recorded during one of their concerts at "The Bay Tavern" in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, England. The song was later included in the release of their 1999 single, "Turn". Lead singer Francis Healey said, "We did it for a laugh the first time. [..] And as we played it, the irony slipped from my smile. It’s a very well-crafted song. It [has] that magic thing." The Guardian said this cover showed a new and more "dark" side of the band, commenting "slowed down to a mournful crawl, it was amazing how ominous the couplet "This loneliness is killing me / Hit me, baby, one more time" sounded". PopWreckoning.com called it "perhaps the most well done cover of Britney’s catalyst to eternal fame". Spears heard their version while shopping in a mall and said, "It was so weird. I liked it though, I thought it was cool. It was a very different vibe from what I did".

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