Friday, January 12, 2007

Greatest Cover of All Times?

Absolutely Sweet Marie by Jason and The Nashville Scorchers

You Really Got a Hold On Me by the Beatles

Speak Now (Or Forever Hold Your Peace Piece Peese) by Cheap Trick


And I mean real covers, not stolen stuff like My Sweeet Lord.


Anonymous Juvenile Buffoon said...

Without You by Harry Nilsson

Roll Over Beethoven by ELO

Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrds

Yesterday by Ray Charles

My Funny Valentine by Elvis Costello

Hold Back the Night by Graham Parker and the Rumour

Twist and Shout by the Beatles

You Can Keep Your Hat On by Delbert McClinton

Stand by Me by John Lennon

Saturday, January 13, 2007 1:41:00 am  
Anonymous Mister Parker said...

I always liked "With A Little Help From My Friends" by Joe Cocker.

Juvenile Buffoon already mentioned the Beatles cover of "Twist and Shout."

I like Sixpence None The Richer's cover of "There She Goes." Sue me.

Frank Sinatra's cover of John Lennon's "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out" (in my head. You should hear it. Wonderful. Too bad the bastard never recorded it).

I'm assuming Frank's rendition of several hundred chestnuts and standards doesn't count.

The White Animals' cover of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (I don't wanna come on like Mighty Joe Young ...)

The Beatles cover of "Leave My Kitten Alone."

Broken Promise's cover of "Final Solution" in every show I ever saw.

"Rowboat" as rendered by Johnny Cash.

Tom Jones and The Cardigan's version of "Burning Down The House."

Tom Jones and Crissy Hynes doing "Lust for Life."

My brother Tom doing "Louie Louie" on stage in Birmingham, Alabama. Funniest version ever.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 9:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Mister Parker said...

Oh, and Paul Anka's version of "Blackhole Sun" ...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 1:14:00 am  
Anonymous Mister Parker said...

I was watching CSI last night and there was a commercial for ... something ... and they were using the Beatles "Hello Goodbye" (Good Buy -- get it? Damn clever, don't you think? Well, some marketing suit must have thought so. As if Michael Jackson needs another reason to burn in hell for eternity).

But I also realized while listening to this crappy Musack rendition of a song that I wouldn't put in the Beatles top 50 that it's an insidiously catchy tune and that most bands would be lucky to write one half as good.

Even the Beatles' crap works. That's talent, son.

Friday, January 19, 2007 11:35:00 am  
Anonymous Juvenile Buffoon said...

"Even the Beatles' crap works. That's talent, son."

It's like the country lyric "The worst you ever gave me/Was the best I ever had"

Alison Krauss and Union Station have some nifty covers:

"Now That I've Found You" by The Foundations (yep, the "Build Me Up Butter Cup" guys), Little Feat's "Oh, Atlanta", "I Will" by Los Beatles, and the late Keith Whitely's "When You Say Nothing At All."

Sunday, January 21, 2007 3:11:00 pm  

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