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blue shark of friendliness ([personal profile] ckd) wrote2009-11-09 03:51 pm
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Under the cover versions....

I'd asked folks to guess how many different artists' versions of songs I have. Here are the answers, along with lists of the artists represented.

All Along The Watchtower:
9: Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Indigo Girls, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder & The Million Dollar Bashers, Tom Landa & The Paperboys, The Fratellis
(I didn't count the Bob Dylan collaborations with The Band and The Grateful Dead separately.)

Don't Fear The Reaper:
4: Blue Öyster Cult, The Beautiful South, Heaven 17, s.e.k.s

Ever Fallen In Love:
5: The Buzzcocks, Fine Young Cannibals, Nouvelle Vague, Thea Gilmore, Pete Yorn

Hallelujah:
9: Leonard Cohen, Brandi Carlile, Jeff Buckley, k.d. lang, Patricia O'Callaghan, Willie Nelson, John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, Bono

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want:
8: The Smiths, The Dream Academy, Hootie & The Blowfish, OK Go, The Autumns, The Caulfield Sisters, Elefant, She & Him

Smells Like Teen Spirit:
5: Patti Smith, Paul Anka, Tori Amos, Dsico That No-Talent Hack, Abigail

Spirit In The Sky:
3: Norman Greenbaum, Doctor & The Medics, Gareth Gates with the Kumars

Tainted Love:
4: Palast Orchester w/Max Raabe, My Brightest Diamond, The Finger, Soft Cell

Total Eclipse of the Heart:
6: Bonnie Tyler, Guster, Hurra Torpedo, Nicki French, Stickboy, Tori Amos

Video Killed The Radio Star
5: The Buggles, Ben Folds Five, Erasure, The Presidents of the United States of America, Tom Baker Says

Wuthering Heights
6: Kate Bush, Pat Benatar, The Puppini Sisters, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, James Reyne, White Flag

Stairway to Heaven
27: Led Zeppelin, Dolly Parton, Heart, Justin Hayward, Pat Boone, and 22 additional versions from The Money or the Gun including Rolf Harris's with didgeridoo and wobbleboard.

The two I don't have the originals of are "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Tainted Love"; while the Soft Cell version is probably the best known, the original recording was by Gloria Jones in 1964.

[identity profile] pocketpolina.livejournal.com 2009-11-09 09:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I love Gloria Jones' "Tainted Love"
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[personal profile] aedifica 2009-11-09 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Heaven 17 covered "Don't Fear the Reaper"? I'll have to look for that!

I have heard "Stairway to Heaven" played on the accordion. And danced to it--we call the dance "Bustle in the Hedgerow," and it's one of my least favorite dances that we do but it's still a good joke.
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[personal profile] aedifica 2009-11-25 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I used that $3 credit Amazon is giving out to buy it, the original, and one other song last night. Thanks for telling me this cover existed!
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[personal profile] gingicat 2009-11-09 10:08 pm (UTC)(link)
You should ask [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse if she has a recording of the "Don't Fear the Reaper" cover she did with her band some years back; they did it mixed up with a folksong, but I'm not remembering which one.

I think I'd like to browse through your iPod sometime. :)

[identity profile] barondave.livejournal.com 2009-11-09 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Occasionally, the cover is better. At least, to my tastes. Okay, more than occasionally when it comes to Bob Dylan...

I love the Big Daddy version of "Once In A Lifetime" and don't really like the original Talking Heads.

Similarly, the Chantmania version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" works for me in a way the original doesn't. Of course, so does the Weird Al parody.

[identity profile] barondave.livejournal.com 2009-11-10 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Yup, one of my favorite CDs. I'm waiting for the other two Big Daddy records to go digital.

If you like Big Daddy, you might like Tonic Sol Fa (http://www.tonicsolfa.com/). A local Minnesota a cappella doo-wop group. They don't do parodies ala Big Daddy, but they do marvelous covers. Start off with By Request (http://www.tonicsolfastore.com/By-Request-p/0002.htm), as they redo/update some of their hits. Doesn't have their version of Eleanor Rigby, but Cecelia, Brown Eyed Girl and others make up for it. If you like this one, fill in.
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[identity profile] buymeaclue.livejournal.com 2009-11-09 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
...I am trying to imagine OK Go doing that song and my brain just keeps going, "Click...whirrrrrrr," instead.

[identity profile] grimmwire.livejournal.com 2009-11-10 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
XTC did a cover of "All Along the Watchtower" on their first album, White Noise. Unfortunately it's terrible!