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    A better cover

    WhoseYurPlanner surprised me when he mentioned he liked the Wallflowers cover of the song 'Heroes' better than the original. I couldn't imagine anyone doing it better than Bowie until I actually heard it.

    So what covers do you like more than originals (and no fair naming any songs by Bob Dylan)?
    Post links to both the original and the cover, if possible.

    Is it possible to improve on the Psychadelic Furs 'Pretty In Pink'? Does anyone do it better?
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    "Blue Flower"

    The original by something called Slapp Happy:



    And, Mazzy Star's much better cover:



    I so heart Hope Sandoval's singing voice...
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    I like the new version of Sound of Silence from Disturbed, but it's hard to debate if it's better than the original
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    Johnny Cash, 'Hurt' (Nine Inch Nails)
    Aretha Franklin, “Respect” (Otis Redding)
    Janis Joplin, “Me and Bobby McGee” (Roger Miller)
    The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (Bob Dylan)
    Gary Jules and Michael Andrews, “Mad World” (Tears for Fears)
    Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower” (Bob Dylan)
    Ray Charles, “Georgia On My Mind” (Hoagy Carmichael)
    Led Zeppelin, “Dazed and Confused” (Jake Holmes)
    Earth, Wind & Fire, “Got to Get You Into My Life” (The Beatles)

    71 Cover Songs That Are Infinitely Better Than The Original
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0411d3071ad8d

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    Winger, "Purple Haze' (Jimi Hendrix)

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post

    71 Cover Songs That Are Infinitely Better Than The Original
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0411d3071ad8d
    Great link, I didn't know some of those were covers. Some great ones on that list.

    I don't know if this is a cover since it is Springsteen's song, but I like this version better than the straight Wallflowers version.

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    Because the Night by Natalie Merchant is a great cover
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    Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Springsteen's Blinded by the Light is better than the original. I also like Manfred Mann's cover of Dylan's Quinn the Eskimo. Now that I think about it, I don't think I could recognize a single original song from Manfred Mann.
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    Joe Cocker's The Letter
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Is it possible to improve on the Psychadelic Furs 'Pretty In Pink'? Does anyone do it better?
    Yes, yes it is possible. The Psychadelic Furs did.

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    I am going to have to check some of these out when I get home. I'm a Hope Sandoval/Mazzy Star fan.

    LP, I agree with Natalie's version of Because the Night.

    This is more of a remake, but when Bowie teamed with Trent Reznor/NiN to remake "I'm afraid of Americans", they did a great job. Trent brings just of an industrial menace to the song to give it a needed edge.
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    Great link, I didn't know some of those were covers. Some great ones on that list.

    I don't know if this is a cover since it is Springsteen's song, but I like this version better than the straight Wallflowers version.

    Ok, the Five Finger Death Punch version is better than the original. It really is a great over of it.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    [Is it possible to improve on the Psychadelic Furs 'Pretty In Pink'? Does anyone do it better?
    The Coverups (a Green Day side project) has the potential if they ever get into a studio and record it.

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    A female vocal track makes this so much better than the original IMO.
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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner View post


    A female vocal track makes this so much better than the original IMO.
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    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    Lzzy Hale can do no wrong
    Agreed.
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    When you hear covers do you ever wonder if some songs were just meant to be sung by a woman instead of a man (or the other way round) or if a song was meant to be rock instead of country or some other genre? I don't know if Coverdale wrote his own music, but Still of the Night is a good example.
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