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There are many versions of songs that I like the cover of better than the original.  Is this sacriligious?  Or does it have something to do with my absolute love of cover songs?  I mean, I could be at any show in the world, and if any band plays any song that is not originally theirs, I will likely go nuts. 

So here’s a list of covers I like better than the original (also note, you must have heard the original in order to like the cover better.  Obvious right?  Well, when I was out at college in Ithaca some loser at the paper wrote an article about how Rusted Root had covered Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” at a concert on campus the night before.  Needless to say, I raged and wrote a strongly worded letter to the editor.  Which I think is still online if you google my name). 

ANYWAY:

Phish’s “Loving Cup” always beats The Stones version.

Further, Phish’s “Cities” is on my iPod, while the Talking Heads version is not.  Nor will it ever be.

I dig me some John Prine, but “Angel From Montgomery” will always belong to Dave Matthews in my mind.

Now, this might be really bad–I love Joaquin Phoenix’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” way better than J.R. Cash’s.

And some songs whose covers absolutely blow dogs:

“A” for effort Eric Clapton, but “I Shot the Sheriff” belongs not in the hands of a Brit, but in the hands of a black dreadlocked man named Bob Marley

The Counting Crows absolutely ruined Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.”

The Byrd’s “My Back Pages” isn’t really that bad but it’s hard to outdo Bobby D on this one…

Are there any cover songs you like better than the originals?

Pet Peeve of the Day: See paragraph two above.

Quote of the Day: “It took a world of trouble, it took a world of tears, yeah it took a long time to get back here.” –Tom Petty

Bonus quote since we’re talking music: “She comes back to tell me she’s gone,
As if I didn’t know that, as if I didn’t know my own bed, as if I’d never noticed, the way she brushed her hair from her forehead, and she said losing love is like a window in your heart, Everybody sees you’re blown apart, Everybody sees the wind blow.” –Paul Simon

Thoughts?
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Comments

  1. dylan on 2010.04.26

    ok, so here are a few more:
    when i paint my masterpiece- dead way better than dylan
    first cut is the deepest- rod stewarts is way better than yusef islams
    string cheese’s shakin the tree > Peter gabriel
    and then there’s buffett: i mean, werewolves is good by zevon and mexico by james taylor but……
    the deads Big River too!

  2. Es on 2010.04.26

    Oooooh totally good call on shakin the tree I forgot about that one! And you know I love me some P. Gabriel so for me to like someone else’s better…whoa!

    And Buffett’s Mexico IS wayyyy better than JT’s.

  3. dylan on 2010.04.26

    and the Stone’s Good Times> Sam Cooke’s
    this is so fun!! im gonna have a ton more

  4. stevey m in germany on 2010.04.27

    a few more I thought of: Eric Cartman’s “Poker Face”, Manfred Mann “Mighty Quinn” (The only Dylan song I can in good conscience include), Joe Cocker “A Little Help From My Friends”, Jimi Hendrix “Hey Joe”, Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby MaGee”

    Also I could not find your letter to editor…so sad because I would love to read you taking some newspaper to task!

  5. Es on 2010.04.27

    Ahhh yes Steve, how could I forget Cartman’s Poker Face! An all time fave! And I am disappointed that the link still isn’t up… I will have to get an archived copy and as soon as I do I will send it your way 🙂

  6. Heather on 2010.04.27

    and don’t forget the most famous cover song of all!!! when Hendrix COVERS “all along the watch tower”

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