Cover Songs- Part 1

Friends it is time to talk about cover songs. You know what I am talking about, it is when an artist decides that they can do a better version of a song than the original artist. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is really, really, really, I cannot stress this enough…BAD.

And now thanks to the power of the Internet we can debate this right here and now. Or at least I can rattle off some obvious ones and provide links to others. And of course I encourage your participation.

Credit for the first suggestion goes to the King of all Waffle Makers, Jameel who rightly opined that Madonna destroyed American Pie. I can’t decide which is worse, her fake British accent or this song.

Any number of artists have chosen to cover AC/DC. Party anthem “You Shook Me All Night Long” has been done and redone many times. Celine Dion and Anastasia assaulted my ears with this horrific version.

Shania Twain generally doesn’t offend me, but she fell prey to the same trap as Celine. It just doesn’t work for me. As long as we are talking about AC/DC I’ll include Shakira’s version of Back in Black. It is not great, not terrible. If you watch the video you might not even notice, but that is probably because her Hips Don’t Lie.

Fergie’s version of Live and Let Die should have been shot. It would have been more humane than allowing it to pollute the airwaves.

Dave Matthews killed All Along The Watchtower. So did Brian Ferry. Dylan did it well, but I prefer Hendrix. On a side note I have always enjoyed Hey Joe.

Bryan Adams should have remembered that The Beatles were rarely if ever surpassed. Some artists managed to do ok. I do enjoy Ozzy Osbourne’s version of In My Life.

I’ll Melt With You” by Bowling For Soup is just horrid. And I just have to bring up Celine again with this just awful version of Bad.

And because I’d rather not end this with a bunch of negatives here are some artists who did well with their covers.

Ring of Fire– Ray Charles
Hurt– Johnny Cash
With A Little Help From My FriendsJoe Cocker
Come Together– Aerosmith
Mr Tambourine Man– The Byrds

And just because I feel like it, here is Led Zeppelin playing Kashmir, one of my favorite songs and one that has been butchered far too many times.

What do you think?

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