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    I found some of these very interesting. I didn't know that some of the tunes I heard growing up were cover tunes. Like "Cum On Feel The Noize".







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    By whose criteria? Some specious selections, while some better known covers are missing. Did you miss a chunk from "L" to "O"? The list is also missing "Where Did Our Love Go by J. Geils Band (Supremes) and "(Ain't Nothin' But A) Houseparty" by J. Geils Band (Showstoppers?). "Going To A Go-Go" by the Rolling Stones (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)? And "I Fought The Law" by the Crickets (sans Buddy Holly)? Always thought the original was by Bobby Fuller, but I reserve the right to be wrong!

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    Two items: Hootie And The Blowfish's version of Zep's "Hey, Hey What Can I Do" blows chunks all over the dashboard.

    And Gov't Mule's cover of "War Pigs" (not listed) is simply astonishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post

    And Gov't Mule's cover of "War Pigs" (not listed) is simply astonishing.
    Not to mention their cover of 30 Days In the Hole was pretty damn good too!

    I can't believe how close some of the dates are between the original and the cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    By whose criteria? Some specious selections, while some better known covers are missing. Did you miss a chunk from "L" to "O"? The list is also missing "Where Did Our Love Go by J. Geils Band (Supremes) and "(Ain't Nothin' But A) Houseparty" by J. Geils Band (Showstoppers?). "Going To A Go-Go" by the Rolling Stones (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)? And "I Fought The Law" by the Crickets (sans Buddy Holly)? Always thought the original was by Bobby Fuller, but I reserve the right to be wrong!

    I did miss some. Here they are and here is the link where I got the information.

    http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/

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    definitely an interesting read, but i agree, some of the "best" versions are not necessarily the best versions... and i am amazed as well about how soon some of those covers used to take place, sometimes in the same year...

    the other thing that i found interesting is how some of what you might consider the "signature" songs of some these artists are not their own (the byrds and santana were a surprise to me)...
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    I thought Hooties version of hey hey what can i do was great. But then again, I only seen Zeppelin 3 times in my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH074ever View Post
    I thought Hooties version of hey hey what can i do was great. But then again, I only seen Zeppelin 3 times in my day.
    Only!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VH074ever View Post
    I thought Hooties version of hey hey what can i do was great. But then again, I only seen Zeppelin 3 times in my day.
    Swell, as the result has made you deaf, as well as frighteningly clueless.
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    back in the sixties there was a great deal more community among artists...they would write songs for eachother and cover one another with great frequency. I guess a lot of that has to do with the less formal contracts and exclusivity rights that labels and production/management companies now have.

    It's nice to see a formal list like this to help education younger music fans on where a lot of these songs originated...especially dylan...that guy is has written more songs that other people had hits with than anyone I can think of.

    It is also very interesting to note the "signature" songs of artists who did not write them but definately "owned" them...Santana's Black Magic Woman, Wonder's For Once in My Life, Cocker's Get By with A Little Help and Feelin' Alright...

    This is a cool list! Thanks for posting it!!

    and chef, that cover of war pigs is freaking awesome.

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    Found this on NY Post. For more interesting facts click on the link.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07182007...hen.htm?page=0

    In no particular order, here are popular music's 100 greatest covers - plus a few bonus tracks you can download for free today at nypost.com.

    1. "Stairway to Heaven," Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
    2. "Baby Got Back," Jonathan Coulton (Sir Mix-A-Lot)
    3. "Hazy Shade of Winter," the Bangles (Simon and Garfunkel)
    4. "Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O'Connor (Prince)
    5. "Showroom Dummies," Seņor Coconut & His Orchestra (Kraftwerk)
    6. "Smooth Criminal," Alien Ant Farm (Michael Jackson)
    7. "Personal Jesus," Johnny Cash (Depeche Mode)
    8. "Against All Odds," the Postal Service (Phil Collins)
    9. "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)," Faith No More (the Commodores)
    10. "Tainted Love," Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
    11. "Tainted Love," Marilyn Manson (Gloria Jones)
    12. "Under Pressure," My Chemical Romance and the Used (Queen and David Bowie)
    13. "Mah Na Mah Na," Cake (Piero Umiliani)
    14. "Wicked Game," H.I.M. (Chris Isaak)
    15. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," Muse (the Smiths)
    16. "Blue Monday," Orgy (New Order)
    17. "Satisfaction," Devo (the Rolling Stones)
    18. "I Want Candy," Good Charlotte (the Strangeloves)
    19. "How Soon Is Now," Love Spit Love (the Smiths)
    20. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Paul Anka (Nirvana)
    21. "Walk," Avenged Sevenfold (Pantera)
    22. "Let Down," Radiodread (Radiohead)
    23. "Crazy Train," Bullet for My Valentine (Ozzy Osbourne)
    24. "All Along the Watchtower," Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
    25. "Helpless," k.d. lang (Neil Young)
    26. "Louie Louie," the Kingsmen (Richard Berry)
    27. "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)," The Doors (Weill/Brecht)
    28. "Wonderwall," Ryan Adams (Oasis)
    29. "Take Me to the River," Talking Heads (Al Green)
    30. "Walk This Way," Run DMC (Aerosmith)
    31. "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson)
    32. "Gloria," Patti Smith (Van Morrison's Them)
    33. "I Fought the Law," the Clash (Bobby Fuller Four)
    34. "Star-Spangled Banner," Jimi Hendrix (Francis Scott Key)
    35. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," Saint Etienne (Neil Young)
    36. "Bring Tha Noize," Anthrax (Public Enemy)
    37. "Satisfaction," Cat Power (Rolling Stones)
    38. "You're No Good," Linda Ronstadt (Betty Everett)
    39. "Another Brick in the Wall Parts 1, 2, 3," Korn (Pink Floyd)
    40. "Hallelujah," Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
    41. "My Way," Sid Vicious (Frank Sinatra)
    42. "Always on My Mind," Pet Shop Boys (Brenda Lee)
    43. "Oh, Pretty Woman," Van Halen (Roy Orbison)
    2 Live Crew's cover was a parody that became a Supreme Court case. And Van Halen's video with David Lee Roth dressed as Napoleon was banned by MTV due to some midgets stroking a transvestite's legs. Who knew Orbison was this filthy?

    44. ". . . Baby One More Time," Travis (Britney Spears)
    45. "Boys of Summer," the Ataris (Don Henley)
    46. "Eight Miles High," Roxy Music (the Byrds)
    47. "Superstar," Sonic Youth (the Carpenters)
    48. "John the Revelator," Depeche Mode (spiritual)
    49. "My Favorite Things," John Coltrane (Mary Martin)
    50. "If You Leave," Nada Surf (OMD)
    51. "Everybody's Talking," Harry Nilsson (Fred Neil)
    52. "Respect," Aretha Franklin (Otis Redding)
    53. "Crazy Mary," Pearl Jam (Victoria Williams)
    54. "Working Class Hero," Green Day (John Lennon)
    55. "Comfortably Numb," Scissor Sisters (Pink Floyd)
    56. "Jolene," the White Stripes (Dolly Parton)
    57. "Darling Nikki," Foo Fighters (Prince)
    58. "Spider-Man," the Ramones (for 1967 TV cartoon series)
    59. "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
    60. "It Was A Very Good Year," William Shatner (Frank Sinatra)
    61. "Sweet Child O' Mine," Luna (Guns N' Roses)
    62. "Landslide," Dixie Chicks (Fleetwood Mac)
    63. "King of the Road," R.E.M. (Roger Miller)
    64. "Nobody Does It Better," Radiohead (Carly Simon)
    65. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding," Elvis Costello and the Attractions (Nick Lowe)
    66. "Stop Your Sobbing," the Pretenders (the Kinks)
    67. "I Shall Be Released," The Band (Bob Dylan)
    68 . "Chelsea Hotel," Lloyd Cole (Leonard Cohen)
    69. "Proud Mary," Ike and Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    70. "Just," Mark Ronson with Alex Greenwald (Radiohead)
    71. "Jimmy Loves MaryAnn," Josie Cotton (Looking Glass)
    72. "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Elton John (The Beatles)
    73. "Venus," Bananarama (Shocking Blue)
    74. "Jackie Blue," Smashing Pumpkins (Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
    75. "Love Hurts," Nazareth (the Everly Brothers)
    76. "Blinded by the Light," Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
    77. "Baker Street," Foo Fighters (Gerry Rafferty)
    78 "Ain't That a Shame," Cheap Trick (Fats Domino)
    79. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," Isaac Hayes (Glen Campbell)
    80. "Dear Prudence," Siouxsie and the Banshees (The Beatles)
    81. "Twist and Shout," The Beatles
    82. "Helter Skelter," U2 (The Beatles)
    83. "Imagine," A Perfect Circle
    84. "Eleanor Rigby," Thrice (The Beatles)
    85 "Live and Let Die," Guns N' Roses (Wings)
    86. "With a Little Help From My Friends," Joe Cocker (The Beatles)
    87. "Hurt," Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
    88. "Enjoy the Silence," Lacuna Coil (Depeche Mode)
    89. "I Will Survive" Cake (Gloria Gaynor)
    90. "Rock el Casbah," Rachid Taha (the Clash)
    91. "Sex (I'm A)," Peaches (Berlin)
    92. "Caldonia," Mos Def (Cab Calloway)
    93. "Wasted," Camper Van Beethoven (Black Flag)
    94. "Low Rider," Drunken Boat (War)
    95. "Turn, Turn, Turn," the Byrds (Pete Seeger)
    96. "Don't Give Up," Willie Nelson & Sinead O'Connor (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
    97. "Glamorous Life," the Fever (Sheila E.)
    98. "Stairway to Heaven," Rodrigo y Gabriela (Led Zeppelin)
    99. "Since U Been Gone," Ted Leo (Kelly Clarkson)
    100. "Star Wars" theme, Bill Murray (John Williams)
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    Thanks for this! I had no idea that some of these were done as covers. Or, for example, that Bob Marley did I Shot the Sheriff before Eric Clapton - I always thought it was the other way around.

    Sure, it's not a complete list, but he never said it was? For example, Molly Hatchet's excellent cover of Mountain's Mississippi Queen isn't on there. And sometimes more than one artist or group covered a song, and only one group was mentioned, like Aerosmith doing Train Kept ARollin'. Or the many groups that redid Dancin' in the Streets (Grateful Dead is just one).

    Most of the time, I hate covers. Anyone daring to cover a Led Zeppelin song is risking eternal damnation, IMO. But some groups just totally make someone else's song their own, like VH always does.

    Motown used to do this a lot, swap a song around their different groups. There was one, Baby, Baby, that the Supremes did. People have told me they were the first, but I remember someone else (a male singer) doing it in 1969 or 1970 or maybe earlier, but at least it was all over the radio back then. I know some fool did it recently - we won't talk about that version. If anyone has info about the first version, I'd love to know.

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    "Stairway to Heaven," Dolly Parton
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveWatchingEddie View Post
    Motown used to do this a lot, swap a song around their different groups. There was one, Baby, Baby, that the Supremes did. People have told me they were the first, but I remember someone else (a male singer) doing it in 1969 or 1970 or maybe earlier, but at least it was all over the radio back then. I know some fool did it recently - we won't talk about that version. If anyone has info about the first version, I'd love to know.
    Your chronology is wrong, as the Supremes were the first to record the track in 1964. Donnie Elbert did a version around 1971 or so.
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    Your chronology is wrong, as the Supremes were the first to record the track in 1964. Donnie Elbert did a version around 1971 or so.
    I can live with that. Never heard of Donnie Elbert, but I will check him out. Thanks for the lead!

 

 

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