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Kaeti (imposterjesus) wrote in musicshare,
@ 2003-07-18 10:26:00
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    Current mood: geeky
    Current music:Weird Al- Angry White Boy Polka

    I think I'll post a topic every week or so, to give us something to talk about (all 2-3 of us >.<)
    This week's topic: Cover songs, good or bad?
    With me, it depends on who's doing what song. Johnny Cash did a freakin AWESOME cover of Nine Inch Nail's Hurt, but on the other hand, the Goo Goo Dolls should seriously stick to their own songs. Sometimes I like the covered version more than the original, like with Ours' versions of Bohemian Rhapsody and Femme Fatale. (I don't mean that Ours did it better than the original, I just prefer the cover) I think Marilin Manson did horrible things to Pink Floyd's The Wall, though, so it can be a bad thing. I guess it depends on who's doing what song. Overall, I really like covers. They're a way of hearing a song done a little different, plus they sometimes introduce a song/artist to people that might not here it otherwise.



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twoluce19
2003-07-23 17:38 (link)
I think covers can be really refreshing at times, as long as the band/artist covering the song doesn't try to imitate the original too much, yet doesn't stray too far. I think it's a thin line to walk. I don't really like many of Manson's covers, other than "Rock and Roll Nigger" (originally by Patti Smith). I'm sure there are a few other's I'm not thinking of right now, but his "Wall" covers are pretty lame, as was "Tainted Love". I thought he'd be alot more original on that. One cover song that I absolutely love is "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Gus. I love the original too (Blue Oyster Cult), but there's just something in the cover that gives me chills. Another I cover that I like alot more than the original is "Gold Dust Woman" by Hole (originally Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks). I think Sheryl Crow did that one too, but didn't like that one much. Okay, I'm rambling now. buh-bye

(Oh, I'm Luce, 19, from the States, live in France now, new to the group)

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blackxballoon
2003-07-25 00:43 (link)
Marilyn Manson has done far too many cover songs to be taken seriously. If I ever took him seriously in the first place.

Then there are bands that do cover songs just to look hardcore. Like Avril and her "Chop Suey" remake. Oh and Godhead's "Eleanor Rigby." Or Disturbed's "Shout 2000" or whatever.

So all in all, unless you're a distinguished musician, DO NOT attempt a cover song. Although I must say Finger 11 did a great Depeche Mode cover.

~Mariann

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twoluce19
2003-07-25 03:22 (link)
I really liked Godheads "Elenor Rigby"! I don't think too many people can succesfully put there own sound on a Beatles track

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blackxballoon
2003-07-25 16:31 (link)
i hate godhead. i think maybe its because i hate godhead and i love the beatles, and that was one of my favorite songs. i didn't like how they just HAD to make the song creepier than it already was. or something.

~Mariann

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imposterjesus
2003-07-25 03:49 (link)
I wanted to cry when I heard Avril's cover of a Metallica song. Not that I like Metallica in the first place, but seriously.... *shudder*
However Snoop Dog did an interesting cover of another Metallica song, I don't remember which one. It was odd, but kinda cool.

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blackxballoon
2003-07-25 16:33 (link)
hey! i saw that metallica tribute. i think snoop dogg really sucked actually. and so did avril. i guess she did alright, but just the fact that she's probably never picked up a metallica album bugs me. i was impressed by korn and limp bizkit, and even sum 41 (and i'm not a big fan of any of those bands.)

~Mariann

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imposterjesus
2003-07-26 12:03 (link)
I don't think I saw Korn's or Limp Bizkit's songs... MTV doesn't exactly have the ability to hold my attention for very long, so I only caught maybe 3 or 4 of the songs that were done.

One thing that I forgot to mention in the original entry: Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies. They're a band made up of members of other bands (I don't remember which ones) and all they do is cover songs. Some of the songs I know they cover: Phantom of the Opera Theme, Mrs. Robinson, Time after Time (though who DOESNT cover time after time), Hotel California, Science Fiction Double Feature, I would walk 500 miles. Some of them are pretty good.

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blackxballoon
2003-07-26 20:06 (link)
me first and the gimmies gimmies i have heard. i'm not a big fan of people who ONLY DO COVER SONGS. i don't really see them as artists... even if they do good cover songs. i guess i just have a lot of respect for people who are able to write and play their own songs.

~Mariann

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onesash
2003-08-26 11:10 (link)
I realize that this is an old topic, but I wasn't here when you guys did it. I thought I'd put some covers that I liked.
Not really my favorites, but just some that come to mind that I listen to alot.
Guster 'Like a Prayer' , a cover of a cover. Originally 3rd Strike I think, then Madonna
Jimi Hendrix 'Along the Watchtower'. Covered alot, originally by Dylan. DMB's version is good too.
Nirvana '(In the Pines) Where Did You Sleep Last Night' originally Leadbelly (had to look that up)
Johnny Cash 'Hurt' NIN originally. Great version, esp. the video
B.B. King 'It's My Own Fault' originally by the Stones
Just some I like. I like listening to covers. Even a bad cover I like to check out, just to see another person's outlook on the song. If you like covers, or are curious about who covers' what, check out http://www.coversproject.com
There's pretty much every cover you can think of there.

Sasha

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imposterjesus
2003-08-26 22:16 (link)
woo thanks for the site. I wanna check out Guster's version of Like A Prayer, since I like the song and Guster. It seems that everyone likes Johnny Cash's version of Hurt, and I think it's awesome such a great song like that is getting so much attention- both the cover and the original version.

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