CCCOOOVVVEEERRREEEDDD >>> When A Song Is Better The 2nd, 3rd, 4th Time Round…


January 6, 2013 by sshhoobbmmxxbblloogg

anyone who knows me, or bothers to read this blog will know a few things about me;

  1. i’m not always joking.
  2. i love a good cover version
  3. i tend to be very aware suspicious of people, to the point of borderline sociopathy
  4. i like lists. and cakes. mostly cakes.

lets focus on #2 shall we…?
some cover versions are utter shite, some are so bad they become brilliant. then there are the rare moments when a cover is outright BETTER than the original…. get ready for a list!

  • Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself >> takes Billy Idol’s mid 80’s electro/rock effort (itself a great song) and turns it into a smoky, jazz club effort, all looming double bass and pained femme vocals.
  • Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody >> a lotta people think this IS the original (it is actually 10 years older, and was the love theme from a 1955 film called, oddly, Unchained). The Righteous Brothers version is the benchmark for melancholy balladry. Only Scott Walker can challenge it (Matilda)
  • Johnny Cash – Hurt >> of course Trent Reznor’s version is again a masterstroke, and a great break in The Downward Spiral amidst all the angst and industrial discontent. But Cash’s version sounds like it was told down through the generations, akin to maybe a native american tale of the wild. it’s broken, disenchanted but achingly gorgeous at the same tme

See ’em here >>>


3 thoughts on “CCCOOOVVVEEERRREEEDDD >>> When A Song Is Better The 2nd, 3rd, 4th Time Round…

  1. Diana says:

    Excellent observations… about self + cover versions. I like lists.

  2. Thank you for liking my blog! Have a happy 2013. How are those lists going? Have you noticed that as the year progresses they seem to get longer not shorter?

  3. purplemary54 says:

    Cash’s version of “Hurt” is unbelievably good; it actually causes me physical pain. Interesting choices.

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