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Old 30-05-2014, 12:48
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The Baseballs' covers of Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" (both sung in the style of Elvis circa-1956) are significantly better than the original versions (imo).
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Old 30-05-2014, 12:57
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I prefer the Barry White version of Just the Way you are to the Billy Joel original

Who sung the original of Fool if you think its over? Chris Rea or Elkie Brooks?
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Old 30-05-2014, 13:01
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I prefer the Barry White version of Just the Way you are to the Billy Joel original

Who sung the original of Fool if you think its over? Chris Rea or Elkie Brooks?
Chris Rea
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Old 30-05-2014, 13:03
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Sorry but can't stand her screeching version just like I can't stand Mariah Carey's screeching version of Without You.
Can I second that, sheer torture to listen to!
ill third it!

I prefer both their versions of 'Hush' to Joe South's original.
noooo.... love joe souths original.
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Old 30-05-2014, 13:04
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handbags and gladrags by chris farlow over the original by mike d'arbo
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Old 30-05-2014, 13:22
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ill third it!



noooo.... love joe souths original.
I like his version just prefer Deep Purple's versions. I like Iggy Pop's and David Bowie's versions of 'China Girl' equally.

This probably won't be popular but I've never liked Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' but I like The Bates cover.
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Old 30-05-2014, 13:27
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I prefer the Rolling Stones version of 'I Wanna Be Your Man' to the Beatles original.
Well they intended it for ringo so jagger was always likely to improve on it a bit

"It was a throwaway. The only two versions of the song were Ringo and the Rolling Stones. That shows how much importance we put on it: We weren’t going to give them anything great, right?"

interesting quotes from john and paul on writing it at
http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/i-wanna-be-your-man/
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Old 30-05-2014, 13:39
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Status Quo doing Rockin' All Over The World (Creedence Clearwater Revival.

David Bowie doing China Girl (Iggy Pop)

Yvonne Elliman doing If I Can't Have You (Bee Gees)
Oh yes, I love Yvonne's interpretation of that. The Bee Gees' version is a bit singing by numbers, if that makes sense and the production is horrible.

I didn't know Girls' Talk by Dave Edmunds was originally an Elvis Costello track as mentioned earlier in the thread. Dave's version is far superior.

Better than the original -

Soft Cell's Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)
The Specials A Message to You Rudy (Dandy Livingstone)
Ken Boothe Everything I Own (Bread)
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Old 30-05-2014, 14:17
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Bryan Ferry - A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (Dylan)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zwBHd4kll0

Turisas - Rasputin (Boney M)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdkBs0VCSX0
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Old 30-05-2014, 14:27
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handbags and gladrags by chris farlow over the original by mike d'arbo
Did D'Arbo record it then? I thought he just wrote it and Farlow was the original artist. Anyway, I prefer Rod Stewart's version to all others.
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Old 30-05-2014, 15:18
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I know this won't be popular but I think it is actually extremely good

James Arthur - Wrecking Ball

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHKpXAPTVNU
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Old 30-05-2014, 15:32
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Sorry but can't stand her screeching version just like I can't stand Mariah Carey's screeching version of Without You.
Yes, I agree

Eartha Kitt's version of All By Myself is also better than the original imo.
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Old 30-05-2014, 15:39
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Another 2 I didn't know were covers. Maybe there should be a thread for 'Covers You Didn't Know Were Covers'.
There's been a few, to my recollection.
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Old 30-05-2014, 15:46
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Miranda Lamberts cover of You & I poops all over Gaga's
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Old 30-05-2014, 15:47
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Did D'Arbo record it then? I thought he just wrote it and Farlow was the original artist. Anyway, I prefer Rod Stewart's version to all others.
yep d'arbo recorded it , although not as a single and im not sure whether it was even an album release.

we will have to differ then, i cant stand rod stewarts version! hes the one who changed the lyric to 'poor old grandad' from just 'grandad', thats where chris farlowe beats stewart hands down.... farlowe didnt have to emphisise the lyric by making a referance to 'poor old', he could just put the soul, the emotion into the lyric 'grandad' and you felt the pain!
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Old 30-05-2014, 16:55
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Oh yes, I love Yvonne's interpretation of that. The Bee Gees' version is a bit singing by numbers, if that makes sense and the production is horrible.

I didn't know Girls' Talk by Dave Edmunds was originally an Elvis Costello track as mentioned earlier in the thread. Dave's version is far superior.

Better than the original -

Soft Cell's Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)
The Specials A Message to You Rudy (Dandy Livingstone)
Ken Boothe Everything I Own (Bread)
Mention of Elvis Costello reminds me of Robert Wyatt's version of 'Shipbuilding' which I prefer.

Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On" - organ-tastic.

Talking Heads - "Take Me To The River"
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Old 30-05-2014, 17:32
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yep d'arbo recorded it , although not as a single and im not sure whether it was even an album release.

we will have to differ then, i cant stand rod stewarts version! hes the one who changed the lyric to 'poor old grandad' from just 'grandad', thats where chris farlowe beats stewart hands down.... farlowe didnt have to emphisise the lyric by making a referance to 'poor old', he could just put the soul, the emotion into the lyric 'grandad' and you felt the pain!
The rhythm and sound of the original lyric is better.

The handbags
and the gladrags
that your grandad
had to sweat so you could buy
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Old 30-05-2014, 18:48
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The rhythm and sound of the original lyric is better.

The handbags
and the gladrags
that your grandad
had to sweat so you could buy
indeed...

its abit strange really that both chris and rod came out of the blues boom, both having very 'bluesey' voices, but chris animated that blues feel far better then rod imho.
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Old 30-05-2014, 18:49
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needless to say, handbags is one of my all time favs.
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Old 30-05-2014, 18:53
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I like Blondie's 'Atomic' but prefer Party Animals version.
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Old 30-05-2014, 22:19
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A few more random improved cover versions:

Bauhaus - Third Uncle
Sisters of Mercy - Emma
Carter USM - Rent
Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
REM - First We Take Manhattan
This Mortal Coil - Till I Gain Control Again
Midge Ure - No Regrets
Breeders - Happiness is a Warm Gun
Peter Murphy - Final Solution
The Jam - David Watts
Jesus and Mary Chain - Little Red Rooster
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Old 30-05-2014, 22:41
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I like Blondie's 'Atomic' but prefer Party Animals version.
That version is terrible.

They're not worthy to be mentioned in the same sentence as Blondie.
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Old 30-05-2014, 22:45
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The Jam - David Watts
Jesus and Mary Chain - Little Red Rooster
Sacrilege!

The Jam's version can't hold a candle to the original by the Kinks.

And the J&MC's version of a truly great Willie Dixon song is an abomination!

In my opinion of course.
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Old 31-05-2014, 02:07
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Van Morrison's version of It's All Over Now Baby Blue (Bob Dylan)

Dinosaur Junior doing Just Like Heaven (The Cure)

The Bangles doing Hazy Shade of Winter (Simon and Garfunkel) - contraversial that one may be and though I am a S & G fan still think the gals did a better version

The Fall doing There's a Ghost in My House (R D Taylor)

Pet Shop Boys doing Go West (Village People)

The Violent Femmes doing Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (Culture Club)

Half Man Half Biscuit doing With Goths (sic) on our Side (Bob Dylan)

Mott the Hoople doing All the Young Dudes (David Bowie)
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Old 31-05-2014, 14:44
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That version is terrible.

They're not worthy to be mentioned in the same sentence as Blondie.
I knew my opinion wouldn't be popular. I also prefer The Jam's version of 'David Watts' to The Kinks version and Van Morrison's 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue' to Bob Dylan's. I disagree about Midge Ure's 'No Regrets' being better than Scott Walker's and The Bangles' version of 'Hazy Shade Of Winter' being better than Simon & Garfunkel's.
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