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Cover versions no one asked for

Why go anywhere near a classic. This adds absolutely nothing to the Peggy Lee version, itself a cover.

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by Anonymousreply 127June 12, 2024 12:11 PM

A cover by a lip syncer. Talk about ultimate betrayal.

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by Anonymousreply 1June 8, 2024 9:15 PM

I still turn down the sound/avert my eyes when the Georgette (Georgia Engel) Baxter version plays on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.

by Anonymousreply 2June 8, 2024 9:15 PM

Lifted from the concurrent eighties music video thread.

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by Anonymousreply 3June 8, 2024 9:19 PM

Bland, vapid, empty.

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by Anonymousreply 4June 8, 2024 9:20 PM

Barbra's Woman in Love by British slag Liz McClarnon, who used to be in the girl band Atomic Kitten

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by Anonymousreply 5June 8, 2024 9:21 PM

Thread closed

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by Anonymousreply 6June 8, 2024 9:22 PM


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by Anonymousreply 7June 8, 2024 9:24 PM

Apparently “Blue Moon” was a beautiful ballad before the Marcels made an aggressive doo wop out of it. Me Mum would close her eyes, tremble and mutter “terrible…”

by Anonymousreply 8June 8, 2024 9:27 PM

Not one of Sweden's best exports.

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by Anonymousreply 9June 8, 2024 9:29 PM

This was.....unexpected.

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by Anonymousreply 10June 8, 2024 9:35 PM

Any cover of any song by the Beatles

by Anonymousreply 11June 8, 2024 9:48 PM

No one asked for Sondra Prill but she improves on the OG

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by Anonymousreply 12June 8, 2024 9:49 PM

Why bother.

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by Anonymousreply 13June 8, 2024 9:52 PM


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by Anonymousreply 14June 8, 2024 9:55 PM

"I Want to Know What Love Is," the Mariah Carey version.

by Anonymousreply 15June 8, 2024 9:57 PM

r9, that is an EXCELLENT cover song.

by Anonymousreply 16June 8, 2024 9:57 PM

Everything about this STINKS.

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by Anonymousreply 17June 8, 2024 9:57 PM

One of the unnecessary covers Jessica Simpson did.

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by Anonymousreply 18June 8, 2024 9:59 PM

Oh dear!

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by Anonymousreply 19June 8, 2024 10:00 PM

Russell Thompkins of the Stylistics was diplomatic about it, but he didn't like Prince's version. He liked Phyllis Hyman's version. IIRC, he said that he liked Dionne Warwick's version, as well.

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by Anonymousreply 20June 8, 2024 10:01 PM

Op, o agree that was fodder in an otherwise lovely album, it still was quite innocuous (though an undeserved video, considering the alternatives).

by Anonymousreply 21June 8, 2024 10:03 PM

Lightening didn't strike twice for Sinead with this cover, or the countless others she did after Nothing Compares...

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by Anonymousreply 22June 8, 2024 10:04 PM

There's no video but Streisand's cover of Bowie's "Life On Mars" is embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 23June 8, 2024 10:07 PM

Madonna's odd rendition is an interesting choice. Much like when she covered American Pie. The best version of Madge's Fever is in my opinion Edit One which is the very mix used for the music video.

by Anonymousreply 24June 8, 2024 10:08 PM

At least Sinead O'Connor could hold a tune, so there was always that.

by Anonymousreply 25June 8, 2024 10:09 PM

Bruce has already forgotten this, if only we could.

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by Anonymousreply 26June 8, 2024 10:10 PM


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by Anonymousreply 27June 8, 2024 10:14 PM
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by Anonymousreply 28June 8, 2024 10:15 PM

Mick Jagger's & David Bowie's cover of "Dancing in the Street" was totally unnecessary.

by Anonymousreply 29June 8, 2024 10:16 PM

R21, Filler music is what it is, and it was a last minute replacement for "Goodbye to Innocence," which was originally slated for Erotica, but Madonna wasn't really feeling it and it didn't go with the theme of the album. So Madonna sang "Fever" over the "Goodbye to Innocence" track, liked it, and recorded it. It was released as a b-side to "Bad Girl."

by Anonymousreply 30June 8, 2024 10:24 PM

Fever should never have been released as a single. Bad enough she covered it at all.

by Anonymousreply 31June 8, 2024 10:28 PM

Scissor Sisters’ cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb comes to mind.

by Anonymousreply 32June 8, 2024 10:31 PM

[quote] Russell Thompkins of the Stylistics was diplomatic about it, but he didn't like Prince's version.

I have to agree with him. Betcha By Golly Wow is not the type of song where you should do a lot of shrieking, which is what Prince did in his version. Prince was a musical genius, but only with his own material. Thank god he didn't do more covers.

by Anonymousreply 33June 8, 2024 10:34 PM

Ho's be ho-ing

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by Anonymousreply 34June 8, 2024 10:39 PM

[quote]Any cover of any song by the Beatles

Even Nana Mouskouri's Hey Jude? ;)

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by Anonymousreply 35June 8, 2024 10:40 PM

[quote] Any cover of any song by the Beatles

The only Beatles cover that was better than the original was this one:

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by Anonymousreply 36June 8, 2024 10:43 PM
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by Anonymousreply 37June 8, 2024 10:47 PM

I like Aerosmith's "Come Together" better than the Beatles'.

by Anonymousreply 38June 8, 2024 10:47 PM

No Doubt’s whiny slaughter of “It’s My Life” was ear-bleed inducing.

by Anonymousreply 39June 8, 2024 10:50 PM

r11, many beatles covers are improvements

by Anonymousreply 40June 8, 2024 11:04 PM

Gloria Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around” was a boring note-by-note recreation of Vickie Sue Robinson’s version and brought nothing new.

by Anonymousreply 41June 8, 2024 11:05 PM

Faith Hill’s boring, flat, uninspired 1994 cover of Janis’ “Piece of My Heart.”

Hill claims she had never heard the Janis version before recording it and was stunned when she heard the original. Yet she still released her version.

by Anonymousreply 42June 8, 2024 11:08 PM

I like the version at r34...

by Anonymousreply 43June 8, 2024 11:10 PM

Any person successful in a field outside music, who tries to a music career with a cover version or album of covers. It's lazy and grasping.

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by Anonymousreply 44June 8, 2024 11:18 PM

[quote] Janis’ “Piece of My Heart.”

Funny enough, Janis' version was a cover itself. Aretha's sister, Erma Franklin, did the original, but Janis definitely made it her own.

by Anonymousreply 45June 8, 2024 11:18 PM

Cher covering Walking in Memphis.

by Anonymousreply 46June 8, 2024 11:20 PM

How the hell did Faith Hill never listen to Janis Joplin's version? BS.

Not a huge fan of No Doubt, but I did like "It's My Life."

by Anonymousreply 47June 8, 2024 11:21 PM

Walking in Memphis sucked the first time, it actually sounds much better when Cher sang it.

by Anonymousreply 48June 8, 2024 11:35 PM

r47 Yikes

by Anonymousreply 49June 8, 2024 11:39 PM

All of the Linda Ronstadt Motown covers.

by Anonymousreply 50June 8, 2024 11:53 PM

[quote] Not one of Sweden's best exports.

You’re kidding. Ace of Base are iconic. Their version is better and more successful than Bananrama’s. It’s always played over the original. They did an excellent job.

by Anonymousreply 51June 9, 2024 12:20 AM

I like Madonna’s cover, just not the remix used for the video.

by Anonymousreply 52June 9, 2024 12:21 AM

R40 wrong

by Anonymousreply 53June 9, 2024 12:27 AM

[quote]Any cover of any song by the Beatles

I prefer Anne Murray's "You Won't See Me" to The Beatles' version - and so did John Lennon.

by Anonymousreply 54June 9, 2024 12:41 AM

Jessica Simpson covering Robbie Williams. Why??

by Anonymousreply 55June 9, 2024 12:43 AM

Miley Cyrus owns this thread. Here's her latest offense

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by Anonymousreply 56June 9, 2024 12:44 AM

r53 Nope

by Anonymousreply 57June 9, 2024 12:44 AM

[quote] Their version is better and more successful than Bananrama’s. It’s always played over the original.

I still listen to oldies radio (yes, I know, I'm dead in gay years). I have never heard the Ace of Base version on the radio, ever. But I have heard the original several times over the years. I like both versions but the original is best. Also, looking at youtube, it looks like Bananarama's version is considerably more popular on there.

by Anonymousreply 58June 9, 2024 1:01 AM

That was truly awful, R56.

by Anonymousreply 59June 9, 2024 1:03 AM

Miley Cyrus Heart of Glass. Don’t do Blondie, ever.

by Anonymousreply 60June 9, 2024 1:06 AM

Chris Cornell’s Nothing Compares 2 U acoustic version is beautiful and moving but not quite as good as Sinead’s. I’ve never heard Prince performance of it. Whitney’s version of I Will Always Love You is more melodramatic than Dolly’s but Dolly’s is more simple and sweet.

by Anonymousreply 61June 9, 2024 1:11 AM

I think Whitney opening I Will Always Love You in acapella was a brilliant move. From what I understand, Arista didn't think that was a good idea and they thought it would prevent the song from being successful. But they were wrong. It really hooks you into the song.

by Anonymousreply 62June 9, 2024 1:23 AM

R38: Earth, Wind & Fire's "Got to Get You Into My Life" is far superior, too.

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by Anonymousreply 63June 9, 2024 1:23 AM

Yeah, I don't remember Ace of Base Cruel Summer eclipsing the Bananarama version.

by Anonymousreply 64June 9, 2024 2:00 AM

Agree about the cover of Fever, but I love her version of American Pie.

by Anonymousreply 65June 9, 2024 3:41 AM

Kim Sanders singing Phil Collins’ song in the air tonight. Not bad but probably not much mainstream appeal. I find her interesting because she’s basically Janet’s age, was raised in Gary and then went to Germany for a singing career.

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by Anonymousreply 66June 9, 2024 4:04 AM

The hideous Counting Crows version of Big Yellow Taxi

by Anonymousreply 67June 9, 2024 4:06 AM

i thought that was a pretty good cover r67

by Anonymousreply 68June 9, 2024 4:11 AM

Britney Spears - Satisfaction

by Anonymousreply 69June 9, 2024 4:19 AM

Celine Dion's "I Drove All Night." Just not great compared to the Roy Orbison and Cyndi Lauper versions. The techno/dance production doesn't work well.

by Anonymousreply 70June 9, 2024 4:20 AM

Sandra Bernhard was touring and performing Fever as part of her one woman show, when Madonna recorded it and released it as a single. Apparently didn't go over well.

by Anonymousreply 71June 9, 2024 4:21 AM

I love this Beatles cover much better than the original.

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by Anonymousreply 72June 9, 2024 4:23 AM

[quote] Sandra Bernhard was touring and performing Fever as part of her one woman show, when Madonna recorded it and released it as a single. Apparently didn't go over well.

I remember Bernhard bitterly complaining about this in the late 90s.

by Anonymousreply 73June 9, 2024 4:27 AM

[quote]One of the unnecessary covers Jessica Simpson did.

Don't forget this one although Nick looks yummy.

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by Anonymousreply 74June 9, 2024 4:31 AM

The version of Lady Marmalade by Christina A., Pink, and Mya.

I do love the version by the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Miss Irma Thomas.

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by Anonymousreply 75June 9, 2024 4:46 AM

The worst cover of all time—Everclear Brown Eyed Girl

by Anonymousreply 76June 9, 2024 1:13 PM

Dolly Parton covered a Neil Young song and it was awful. Sorry Dolly.

by Anonymousreply 77June 9, 2024 2:52 PM

R70, and the worst part is when she says "to make love to youuuuu". There's 0 sexuality when she sings it. Because Celine is about as cool as Streisand.

by Anonymousreply 78June 9, 2024 2:56 PM

r4 that was really awful. You win!

by Anonymousreply 79June 9, 2024 6:23 PM

Ahem! Sorry, Liza!

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by Anonymousreply 80June 9, 2024 6:57 PM

What about Tom Jones' versions of "Kiss" (with Art of Noise)? I thought it was a good cover.

by Anonymousreply 81June 9, 2024 7:00 PM

Then why are you posting it in this thread, r81?

by Anonymousreply 82June 9, 2024 7:41 PM

To me, the Billboard Music Awards Prince tribute was worse than Fever.

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by Anonymousreply 83June 9, 2024 7:44 PM

R11 I really love Siouxsie & The Banshees version of "Dear Prudence."

by Anonymousreply 84June 9, 2024 7:56 PM

Jack Wagner's cover of "Dancing In the Moonlight" by King Harvest.

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by Anonymousreply 85June 9, 2024 8:20 PM

This one is also atrocious.

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by Anonymousreply 86June 9, 2024 8:28 PM

[quote]The hideous Counting Crows version of Big Yellow Taxi

Some wit writing for the British music press back then who disliked their faux-indie sound renamed them "Accounting Crows."

by Anonymousreply 87June 9, 2024 8:45 PM

That utterly horrendous Sheryl Crow's cover of "Sweet Child O'Mine".

And I won't post the video. It's not worth it.

by Anonymousreply 88June 9, 2024 8:52 PM

The Blue Nile's "Tinseltown in the Rain" is one of the most wistful, otherworldly, enigmatic songs released in the 1980s. Bland Irish pop songstress Andrea Corr decided to cover it, took all the magic out of it and turned it into an emotionally tone-deaf, generic and upbeat Oirish Corrs tune. Talk about not 'getting' a song at all.

Oh well, at least songwriter Paul Buchanan made a few bob out of it.

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by Anonymousreply 89June 9, 2024 9:01 PM

OP: take any Nouvelle Vague album and pick any five tunes off the track listing. Exhibit #1:

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by Anonymousreply 90June 9, 2024 9:03 PM

If it qualifies as a cover version and not just a sampled track, I've always loathed Diddy ft. Faith Evans's "I'll Be Missing You" (The Police, "Every Breath You Take")

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by Anonymousreply 91June 9, 2024 9:07 PM

The back story to that, R91, is that Diddy didn't even bother to secure copyrights (Every Breath song). Sting actually makes money from that song, not Diddy.

by Anonymousreply 92June 9, 2024 9:24 PM

Frank doing the Beatles is cringeworthy. My mom almost disowned me for criticizing him.

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by Anonymousreply 93June 9, 2024 9:33 PM

Nina Simone did a beautiful cover of "Here Comes the Sun."

by Anonymousreply 94June 9, 2024 9:35 PM

Pat Boone singing "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses.

Words fail.

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by Anonymousreply 95June 9, 2024 9:45 PM


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by Anonymousreply 96June 9, 2024 9:55 PM

Paul Anka does Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

No. Just no.

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by Anonymousreply 97June 9, 2024 9:56 PM

R56 that's a melange with Gaga's song.

by Anonymousreply 98June 9, 2024 9:59 PM

Cyrus covers usually express her unique and bizarre musicality and they aren't usually the worst covers around. There, I said it. Miley does interpret songs authentically, although her voice often grates. But not always.

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by Anonymousreply 99June 9, 2024 10:08 PM

R91, I have always hated that song.

by Anonymousreply 100June 9, 2024 10:54 PM

R95, the best thing you can say is at least he didn't do Welcome to the Jungle. Then, you'd hear "na na na na na na, scream, scream". etc.

by Anonymousreply 101June 9, 2024 10:56 PM

I didn't ask for it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! A lot more than I thought I would have thought. (the whole show was just so fun & upbeat). Bubba Knight, closing Gladys' show at the Hollywood Bowl in 2014.

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by Anonymousreply 102June 9, 2024 11:11 PM

That entire album of Pat Boone's was filled with horrific covers of metal songs. Check out some of the other titles on the album.

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by Anonymousreply 103June 9, 2024 11:45 PM

Why did Pat Boone do that album? and he is wearing leather, was he trying to come out?

by Anonymousreply 104June 9, 2024 11:47 PM

R104 There's a lengthy article about the album at the WayBackMachine.

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by Anonymousreply 105June 9, 2024 11:59 PM

No mention of Lara Trump's wretched cover of Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down?"

by Anonymousreply 106June 10, 2024 12:16 AM

R103 that looks like a parody or something Saturday night live would do. Lmao that it was real

by Anonymousreply 107June 10, 2024 12:56 AM

[quote]The only Beatles cover that was better than the original

Sorry, but Earth Wind and Fire's "Got to get you into my life" and Emmylou Harris' "Here there and Everywhere" would disagree with you.

Joe always sounded like he was straining to take a shit anyways.

by Anonymousreply 108June 10, 2024 1:01 AM

R106 wins

by Anonymousreply 109June 10, 2024 1:10 AM

R68 that cover should be federally outlawed due to its offensive hideousness.

by Anonymousreply 110June 10, 2024 1:35 AM

I defy anybody to find anything worse than this!

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by Anonymousreply 111June 10, 2024 1:35 AM

I liked EWF's cover of Get You Into My Life.

Gahd knows that Sgt Pepper film was an abortion but I liked THAT song.

by Anonymousreply 112June 10, 2024 1:35 AM

I love that screen-capture image of Madonna impersonating a giant mantis shrimp. 🦐

by Anonymousreply 113June 10, 2024 2:06 AM

No one asked for it, but this Alanis cover of "My Humps" is brilliant.

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by Anonymousreply 114June 10, 2024 11:49 PM

Paul Anka did a good job and made it his own.

by Anonymousreply 115June 11, 2024 5:47 PM

I'll see myself out..

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by Anonymousreply 116June 11, 2024 8:01 PM

R116, LMFAO.

by Anonymousreply 117June 11, 2024 11:13 PM

Susan Boyle does The Stones. Truly awful. That chorus!

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by Anonymousreply 118June 12, 2024 3:18 AM

I usually like Cyndi. But this desecration of Marvin Gaye’s classic is unforgivable.

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by Anonymousreply 119June 12, 2024 3:32 AM

Cyndi wasn't the only one who destroyed a Marvin Gaye classic.

Every time I listen to this version, I think of that famous Prince meme of him hearing it in the studio with a look of disgust on his face.

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by Anonymousreply 120June 12, 2024 5:17 AM
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by Anonymousreply 121June 12, 2024 8:27 AM
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by Anonymousreply 126June 12, 2024 8:37 AM

Cool Jerk is the only Go Gos song I find unlistenable

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