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heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,020
edited July 2013 in The cake stop
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (originally Bob Dylan)

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  • VmanF3VmanF3 Posts: 240
    Hey Joe, Jimi Hendix (folk standard, performed and recorded by many)
    Big Red, Blue, Pete, Bill & Doug
  • john_klinejohn_kline Posts: 2,151
    A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - Bryan Ferry (Dylan)
  • Song to the Siren - This Mortal Coil (or, more to the point, Liz Fraser's voice)
    Mangeur
  • bartimaeusbartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

    (good call on Liz Frazer, there - love that voice)
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  • raymondo60raymondo60 Posts: 735
    All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (originally Bob Dylan)

    I know I'll get caned for this but XTC did a fantastically original version of this on their debut album 'White Noise' - for those like me just too young to latch onto the original (or the Hendrix version) when they first appeared the XTC 'new wave' version rocks.

    But its not the 'definitive' version by any means........yours is of course...............

    I'll get me coat.................... :oops:
    Raymondo

    "Let's just all be really careful out there folks!"
  • Step on - The Happy Mondays

    Now there's a cover that jumped up and down on the original if ever there was one. Instant good mood at the first chord.
    Bartimaeus wrote:
    (good call on Liz Frazer, there - love that voice)
    Totally. There are very musicians out there who claim to be total one-offs. IMHO, she's one.
    Mangeur
  • laurentianlaurentian Posts: 1,890
    David Watts - The Jam

    (Have to say All Along the Watchtower has to be the best cover ever)
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  • Ber NardBer Nard Posts: 827
    Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley.

    Rob
  • heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,020
    Step on - The Happy Mondays

    Now there's a cover that jumped up and down on the original if ever there was one. Instant good mood at the first chord.
    Bartimaeus wrote:
    (good call on Liz Frazer, there - love that voice)
    Totally. There are very musicians out there who claim to be total one-offs. IMHO, she's one.

    Ha. Well I never knew that was a cover!

    Original for those interested... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lm0N4YCkgk
  • team47bteam47b Posts: 6,424
    all along the watchtower by Jeff Healey live version...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mgW5v0yMU

    more of a tribute than a 'cover' :D
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  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,542
    Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly - the fourth time MGM had used the song in a movie. One of the previous versions was by Judy Garland. Much parodied since as well.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,542
    Make You Feel My Love -Adele (Bob Dylan (and many others))
  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,628
    Cum on Feel the Noise - The incomparable Slade
    Quiet Riot are no Slade, neither are Oasis come to that.
  • MacArthur Park - Donna Summer (originally by Richard Harris)

    Downtown Train - Bob Seger (over the Tom Waits original)
    Coffee is not my cup of tea

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  • Frank WilsonFrank Wilson Posts: 930
    Tainted Love Gloria Jones (Original)
    I'm Going Down Gwen Dickey (Original)
    Love Rollercoaster Ohio Players (Original)
    Let's Work Together Wilbert Harrison (Original)

    I Will Always Love You Sarah Washington (Cover)
  • andy9964andy9964 Posts: 930
    Mad World - Gary Jules (Donnie Darko soundtrack)

    Makes my hair stand every time I hear it
  • sungodsungod Posts: 13,774
    VmanF3 wrote:
    Hey Joe, Jimi Hendix (folk standard, performed and recorded by many)

    close, but patti smith outdoes hendrix
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  • ballysmateballysmate Posts: 15,628
    sungod wrote:
    VmanF3 wrote:
    Hey Joe, Jimi Hendix (folk standard, performed and recorded by many)

    close, but patti smith outdoes hendrix

    Never heard that version before, so just been to Youtube to hear it.
    All I can say is that you should've gone to the audiometry version of Spec Savers. :lol:
  • jezzpalmerjezzpalmer Posts: 389
    Just like Heaven - originally by the Cure, but the Dinosaur Jr version is better.
  • RDWRDW Posts: 1,900
    All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (originally Bob Dylan)

    The other obvious Dylan cover: 'Mr Tambourine Man' - The Byrds.
    Song to the Siren - This Mortal Coil (or, more to the point, Liz Fraser's voice)

    Also 'You and your Sister' - This Mortal Coil (this time it's Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9z5KNmWopU

    While we're on 4AD bands: 'Cry Baby Cry' - Throwing Muses:

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

    (the Beatles cover - confusingly they have an original song with the same title).

    Kristin Hersh from the same band has also done Led Zep's 'When the Levee Breaks', which I'd rather hear than the original:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hIUHL7rblg

    How about 'Baby One More Time' - Travis (!):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IpanyupNCA

    Or 'Everybody's Talkin' - Fred Neil (which is an original, not a cover, but much less famous than the Harry Nilsson version everyone knows):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5txh2GvPmAU
  • raymondo60raymondo60 Posts: 735
    The Clash 'I fought the Law' must be up there too.......
    Raymondo

    "Let's just all be really careful out there folks!"
  • RDWRDW Posts: 1,900
    Another obvious one, 'Twist and Shout' - The Beatles:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVlr4g5-r18

    Honourable mentions for Siouxsie and the Banshees, maybe not quite definitive, but close:

    Dear Prudence - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwVURcWaFRM
    The Passenger - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nAON-MwUPY

    Nouvelle Vague has whole albums full of covers that often top the originals:

    I Melt With You - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=516ZUtOeWMg
    Too Drunk To F*ck - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hapufz1NFkY
    Ophelie - http://vimeo.com/34388345

    Don't play the last one at a polite dinner party if any of your guests speak French...
  • RDW wrote:
    Honourable mentions for Siouxsie and the Banshees, maybe not quite definitive, but close:

    Dear Prudence - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwVURcWaFRM
    I reckon that one's worth a Definitive stamp of approval.
    Mangeur
  • heavymentalheavymental Posts: 2,020
    Andy9964 wrote:
    Mad World - Gary Jules (Donnie Darko soundtrack)

    Makes my hair stand every time I hear it

    Got to say after listening to the Tears for Fears original again, I prefer it because of the whole feeling of paranoia and 'madness'. It's much more on the edge than the Gary Jules version which is just straight maudlin.
  • carrockcarrock Posts: 1,103
    Blinded by the Light- mannfred man. ( Bruce Springsteen original )

    Racing in the street - roger Taylor ( another Bruce Sringsteen)

    Was a few years after when Bruce finally went mainstream but like Dylan always a great writer
  • john_klinejohn_kline Posts: 2,151
    RDW wrote:
    Honourable mentions for Siouxsie and the Banshees, maybe not quite definitive, but close:

    Dear Prudence - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwVURcWaFRM
    I reckon that one's worth a Definitive stamp of approval.

    +1

    Sex Pistols - No Fun. Knocks Iggy's version into a cocked hat.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RPvfJXh-n0
  • Frank WilsonFrank Wilson Posts: 930
    I Can't Stand The Rain..............Ann Peebles (original)
    I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down........Ann Peebles (original)
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