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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Step into Christmas' and 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' by the Wedding Present Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know the Christmas one but do remember the Monkees cover, totally forgotten about it, thanks nod

also The Lemonheads do a version of Different Drum which is great
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

undiscovered wrote:
Don't know the Christmas one but do remember the Monkees cover, totally forgotten about it, thanks nod

also The Lemonheads do a version of Different Drum which is great


Step into Xmas is an Elton John track Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cover that's irritating me most at the moment is Ellie Goulding's cover of EJ's 'Your Song'. It's not that I thought EJ did it so particularly well, just that I get really irritated by 'cutesy' versions of good oldies. This song deserved better treatment if it had to get a re-run.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Minx

Its all down to that damn advert and I particularly dislike cover versions of songs which come from adverts rather than being successful on their own merits

There are very few cover versions better than the original but I won't go there now as I posted my selections earlier on this thread
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minx wrote:
The cover that's irritating me most at the moment is Ellie Goulding's cover of EJ's 'Your Song'. It's not that I thought EJ did it so particularly well, just that I get really irritated by 'cutesy' versions of good oldies. This song deserved better treatment if it had to get a re-run.


I agree too. I have to turn it off whenever it comes on - which seems to be whenever I'm listening to Radio 2. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. This woman's version of the lovely Your Song is particularly charmless, soulless and lifeless. And pointless (except for her and Reggie's bank balance).

Billy Paul did a great version of the song as the B-side of Me And Mrs Jones in 1972/73. It was a brilliant funk/soul/jazz version and a perfect example of a good cover.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I agree. This woman's version of the lovely Your Song is particularly charmless, soulless and lifeless. And pointless (except for her and Reggie's bank balance).


... and Bernie's.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. I forgot the excellent Mr Taupin!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:15 am    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

It seems designed to play in coffee shops (Ellie Goulding's 'Your Song').

By the way, the Genesis fans' boards had a link to a piss-take of Coldplay's 'The Scientist' on YouTube(cruel but deserved) and to Aimee Mann's cover of same!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minx wrote:
The cover that's irritating me most at the moment is Ellie Goulding's cover of EJ's 'Your Song'. It's not that I thought EJ did it so particularly well, just that I get really irritated by 'cutesy' versions of good oldies. This song deserved better treatment if it had to get a re-run.

Love that song,Minx... and love this version of it from Moulin Rouge by Ewan McGregor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_d3cS8zRbY
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:11 pm    Post subject: Best covers...worst covers Reply with quote

Sheryl Crow had a 'cutesey' version of Here Comes The Sun that was on the end credits of The Bee Movie (I was waiting for WALL-E to come on). Not a patch on the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel version!

This surely must have been left over from the I Am Sam soundtrack, where Crow's attempt at Mother Nature's Son makes her sound like she's full of cold. Harry Nilsson made a much better version of this Beatles song on the 'Harry' album.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:57 pm    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

Wilson Pickett must have been the Rumpelstiltskin of soul to turn the straw of the Archies' Sugar Sugar into the gold he did!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some decent covers of Neil Young songs

Heart of Gold ~ Jane Weaver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0F8oqTISz4

Old Man ~ Villagers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq5puyDVP-E

Needle and Damage Done ~ Sam Amidon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoqF-Qtpsd8
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:45 pm    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

Jarvis Cocker played Soft Cell's version of Hey Joe on his show yesterday, which had me thinking of the post saying the Hendrix version wasn't gay enough for the Ken Bruce show!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cover (their new single) of a Black Sabbath song by Midlake

Am I Going Insane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRBsOX_9bYk
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to say that George Michaels version of "True Faith" sounded absolutely AWFUL when I heard it today.
I'm not a fan of New Order, so I don't have a problem with him covering the song.
Maybe a bit unfair to judge on one play, but I can't see it getting any better!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gazmando wrote:
Have to say that George Michaels version of "True Faith" sounded absolutely AWFUL when I heard it today.
I'm not a fan of New Order, so I don't have a problem with him covering the song.
Maybe a bit unfair to judge on one play, but I can't see it getting any better!!!


George Michaels doing New Order? Rolling Eyes All we need now is someone to discover the long-lost "Perry Como sings the best of Motorhead" sessions and everything will be right in the world! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is something I would like to hear Cherskiy.
Remember Paul Anka with his "Rock Swings" album, so it could be done?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:25 pm    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

Gazmando, I just caught George Michael's version of True Faith on Comic Relief night. Was he having a laugh?

The autotune on his voice is more suited to the cast of Glee. They should have made Kate Bush's reworking of Deeper Understanding a single for Comic Relief.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:48 am    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

The Susan Boyle/Geraldine duet on I Know Him So Well wasn't even funny. Peter Kay as Geraldine always sounded to me like Martin Orford (formerly of IQ) and I wouldn't have minded a reworking of 'A Time & A Season' from The Old Road album as a potential Comic Relief song!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught the George Michael recording on Michael Ball's show. Yuk.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Graham, I heard that GM was covering True Faith,
now my opinion of GM is that he's ok seems to be an ok bloke his music is ok mostly and Wham! to be fair are a bit of fun I couldn't listen to them every day but still fun. Just needs to stay away from his car a bit more often.

However I am a New Order fan so I was apprehensive about the cover but thought it would be kind of ok.

Wrong Bloody awful, yes I know it's for charity so I hope it makes lots of money but......
GM has a good voice so why has he joined the pitch shift club of singers who can't hold a tune.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this cover of What Difference Does It Make (The Smiths) by Stranded Horse....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvAoMKtR7qM
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:49 am    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

Becky, your Smiths cover also reminds me about Love Spit Love's cover of How Soon Is Now, as heard on the opening titles to Charmed!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Found this rather lovely cover version of Dionne Warwick's Are You There With Another Guy on Youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXLTFaOQvAM.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erm...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

Mari Wilson covered 'Are You There With Another Girl' on her 'Showpeople' album - seemed a bit knocked out and rushed out.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a live version of Mari Wilson singing that on Youtube, Aviddiva.
Anybody a fan of the fantastic 90's band Jellyfish?
They did a good cover of Badfingers "No Matter What"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt_S_diAcZc&feature=related
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

Gazmando, I do like Jellyfish!

However, I don't like Sade covering Thin Lizzy's 'Still In Love With You'. How convenient that Gary Moore is dead so she can reduce a touching song to mush.

I wonder if she'll do X-Ray Spex's 'Identity' next?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avid: I agree. Sade's cover of Still In Love With You is utterly charmless, soulless and pointless. Thin Lizzy's original is sublime, with a great guitar solo.
Pity because I liked her work in the 80s.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 9:56 am    Post subject: Best Covers...Worst Covers Reply with quote

ITV3 must employ friends of Fyfe Dangerfield (if not Billy Joel fans)on Saturday night as every ad break had the John Lewis ad with 'She's Always A Woman To Me' on!

This was closely followed by the Evergreen ad with new words to 'Daydream Believer'!
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