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Covers better than the originals or just as good


I've got a thing for punk rock covers. Some of my favourites:

Louie Louie - Black Flag
99 Red Balloons - 7 Seconds
Stepping Stone - Minor Threat
California Dreaming - Hi Standard
Eight Miles High - Husker Du
Pills - New York Dolls

and also love Nouvelle Vagues covers of punk songs.

What are everyone elses favourites?
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The Futureheads - "The Hounds of Love"

I really like the original, but The Futureheads version is good.

The Byrds - "The Chimes of Freedom"

I like this version way more than Bob Dylan's version. But only the studio version, which I couldn't find a link for (the singer, Roger or maybe David, I don't think it's Gene, sounds like his voice is just about to break, gets me every time). Here's another Byrds cover I like much more than the Dylan original - "My Back Pages"

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The Futureheads - "The Hounds of Love"

This.

Plus The Klaxons cover of "It's Not Over Yet" springs to mind.

Keep it simple
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Leonard Cohen fans will slap me for this, but KD Lang's Hallelujah is phenomenal.

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The Futureheads - "The Hounds of Love"

I really like the original, but The Futureheads version is good.
It's creative, but no match for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2IZwOOGGrU
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i wouldn't say all of these are better than the originals, but i still like them:

siouxsie and the banshees - dear prudence
dinosaur jr - just like heaven
pixies - head on
drop nineteens - angel
teenage fanclub - like a virgin
rasputina - why don't you do right
grizzly bear - he hit me (and it felt like a kiss)
soft cell - tainted love
tricky - black steel

i'm sure there are tons more, i just can't think right now... need sleep...

good topic, though!
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I've been listening to this a lot for a month now. I actually hadn't heard the original so just did and this is actually a lot better.
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Ben Harper does a pretty good cover of Strawberry Fields.
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Anything is better than the original "The Day the World Went Away" of NIN's, such as this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D69pH4vXq6k

A soldierís heart
Reflecting back at me
I keep seeing mutilated faces
Even in my dreams
Distorted images
Flashing rapidly
Psychotically abusing me
Devouring my brain

Shell shocked
battle mortise
overwhelming desirety
Flashbacks
panic attacks
Death raising itís ugly face at me.
Got to make it stop
Canít take it anymore
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All Along The Watchtower... Hendrix and Dylan both did a great job, it's hard to say who's is better.
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Here's a cover of pink floyd's high hopes. I never had any interest in pink floyd but I love this cover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkg88Mw5xJw
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I've been listening to this a lot for a month now. I actually hadn't heard the original so just did and this is actually a lot better.
The original is one of my favourite songs ever!
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I thought that The Cramps wrote "Surfin' Bird" until that Family Guy episode. So I'll add that.

Also, The Jesus & Mary Chain do a pretty good cover of "Surfin' USA", although I prefer the original to it, it's still pretty good.

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I think Faith Evans and P Diddy/Daddy worreva tf he calls himself these days cover of I'll Be Missing You is pretty good too.

N Jay Z's cover of Hard Knock Life haha cos we all know Oliver's got a lil bit of thug in him.

Keep it simple
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Easy Star All-Stars did some awesome cover albums with Dub Side of the Moon and Radiodread and from what I'm hearing, they did it again with their 3rd, Sgt Peppers Lonely Dub Band.

From the land of the midnight sun
where ice blue roses grow
'long those roads of gold and silver snow
Howlin' wide or moanin low
So many roads I know
So many roads to ease my soul
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The Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana
Astronomy by Metallica
No Quarter by Tool
Am I Evil? by Metallica
How I Could Just Kill a Man by RATM
Come Together by Aerosmith
Heard it Through the Grapevine by CCR
Live and Let Die by G'n'R
Sabbra Cadabra by Metallica
Whiskey in the Jar by Metallica
I Fought the Law by Green Day

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Frijid Pink's cover of "House of the Risng Sun"
The Who or Blue Cheer covering "Summertime Blues"
Deep Purple's cover of "Kentucky Woman"

Yes, I'm way old. For something almost this century, I like Jeff Buckley's cover of Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing". Although, the original may be my favorite song (studio-Astral Weeks)
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Heard it Through the Grapevine by CCR
Gladys' version of that is the only version for me. She sounds pissed off as ****. Marvin just sounds sad, and CCR mixes the two. The original was by Smokey & The Miracles, if memory serves.


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Frijid Pink's cover of "House of the Risng Sun"
Yeah that's a cool cover. Also the Adolescents do a great version of it. Though The Animals version will always be the one for me.

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Gladys' version of that is the only version for me. She sounds pissed off as ****. Marvin just sounds sad, and CCR mixes the two. The original was by Smokey & The Miracles, if memory serves.
The Slits do a good cover of it as well.

Another one that springs to mind is Ministry's cover of Lay Lady Lay. Thanks to MaidMarion for bringing them to my attention!
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