Log in

No account? Create an account
Writer's Block: Cover me - CERisE's Testing for L

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile

November 11th, 2010

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
04:41 pm - Writer's Block: Cover me
Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?

I kinda slammed promiseoftin for her answers to this one, so I feel almost compelled to answer and submit myself to the same potential criticism.

My immediate thoughts were The Bangles' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" and Siouxsie and the Banshees' cover of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence".

For the longest time -- as a child of the 80s -- I never knew the S&G version of "Hazy Shade of Winter". I had to discover that later on and that puts me in mind of another great cover. Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower".

The Dylan version just doesn't come close.

One of the biggest complaints I have about covers -- and The Ataris' version of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" is a great example -- is that most of them aren't re-imaginings. They're covers in the original sense of the word -- exact copies of the songs that you'd get someone to perform. Hearing The Ataris' one is almost exactly like listening to the original, so what was the point of going through the effort of recording it? To prove that you can sound like Don Henley?

There's an amusing cover competition to see who can perform R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" in the shortest period of time. It's never going to produce a better version, but it does produce entertaining ones.

I guess there's something to that.

(3 comments | Leave a comment)


[User Picture]
Date:November 12th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Speaking of doing Beatles songs better than them... I always enjoyed Farnham's version of "Help" better than the Beatles.

The video is crappy, and is from a tv show.. but I thikn he released it in the mid 70s.
[User Picture]
Date:November 12th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that Ataris version is awful. The only thing they change is "deadhead sticker" to "Black Flag" sticker. Duuuuuuuumb.
Date:February 4th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)

gvpxduvt zixg

ivme yjgpv xxx (http://www.porntubehunter.com) rgrcqw h vj q ghs

> Go to Top