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>> No. 8707 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 6:03 pm
8707 Cover songs
The Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind has been voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote.

The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972.

Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt came in second place, followed by The Stranglers' version of Dionne Warwick's Walk On By. Jimi Hendrix's take on Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower came fourth. Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah completed the top five.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29791820

Not keen on that version of Walk On By but I like the rest. I reckon I'd have to have a good think about my favourite covers and I'm sure I'd still forget some.
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>> No. 8708 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 6:50 pm
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> Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt came in second place
He butchered it!
>> No. 8709 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 6:51 pm
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This is probably mine; unless Streetlight Manifesto's version of Keasbey Nights counts.

http://www.youtube.com/v/yzfCFFCSnLE

>>8708
Yep. I have to agree. Everyone gets all teary-eyed and I just think it sounds whinier than the original, if that was even possible.
>> No. 8710 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 7:11 pm
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>>8708
It's cracking live. You'll have to trust me on that.
>> No. 8711 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 7:40 pm
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I'm never keen on this sort of poll. Aggregating the musical taste of hundreds of people always leads to a sort of bland, middle-of-the-road list. I always preferred personal and opinionated best-of lists, like Peel's Festive Fifty.

Excluding trad songs and standards, I think this is my favourite cover version. The legendary Kevin Rowland, charting his total mental disintegration and recovery. He holds absolutely nothing back, and that's all you can ask for in a performance.

http://www.youtube.com/v/iT9yf-Qa_1M
>> No. 8712 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 7:58 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/v/vU_eo9_482E

Are they chanting what I think they're chanting at the start?
>> No. 8714 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 9:09 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/v/yMrYWaFG9y0
>> No. 8715 Anonymous
27th October 2014
Monday 9:28 pm
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>>8712
Yes, they are indeed chanting "Leader!" Wait, what did you think they were chanting?
>> No. 8716 Anonymous
28th October 2014
Tuesday 7:49 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Ri6bd4G-Aig
>> No. 8719 Anonymous
30th October 2014
Thursday 11:16 pm
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>>8708
>>8709
http://www.youtube.com/v/JBYcIKyaelM
>> No. 8720 Anonymous
31st October 2014
Friday 1:17 am
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>>8719
Much better than Cash's version.
>> No. 8721 Anonymous
31st October 2014
Friday 4:34 pm
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https://soundcloud.com/ciderbeardjoe/its-not-unusual

Shameless self promotion
>> No. 8722 Anonymous
31st October 2014
Friday 4:37 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Ya4VAX_ufrA
>> No. 8726 Anonymous
31st October 2014
Friday 11:50 pm
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>>8720

I'm very much of the opinion that Trent Reznor has never written and performed a song someone couldn't have performed better.

All the covers of his songs, done by even the most mediocre of talents, have improved them.

He is probably in the top 10 best song writers in the world, and rightly so, but still.
>> No. 8727 Anonymous
31st October 2014
Friday 11:56 pm
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>>8726
>All the covers of his songs, done by even the most mediocre of talents, have improved them.

Marilyn Manson has a similar effect on me; every time I hear one of his covers it makes me appreciate the original and want to listen to that instead.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Rl6fyhZ0G5E

Anyway, on track with covers I like:

http://www.youtube.com/v/DkRPd5VtUOQ
>> No. 8728 Anonymous
1st November 2014
Saturday 12:07 pm
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>>8727

Now you've reminded me, Brett Domino's cover of "Beauty and a Beat" is bloody remarkable. The vocal harmonies in the chorus, the synth solos, they go far beyond mere parody.

http://www.youtube.com/v/fVZaM_5hdDM&start=45
>> No. 8729 Anonymous
1st November 2014
Saturday 12:41 pm
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>>8728
I find with Brett Domino they're all or nothing; when it works, like the Timberlake medley, their Jurassic Park song, We No Speak Americano or their recent videos about writing a hit pop song, then it really works but many of them aren't memorable.

Anyway, on topic:

http://www.youtube.com/v/b3KUyPKbR7Q
>> No. 8731 Anonymous
1st November 2014
Saturday 1:07 pm
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>>8729

Her bowing is atrocious, but I wouldn't let that get in the way of a beautiful relationship with her bumhole.
>> No. 8736 Anonymous
2nd November 2014
Sunday 11:46 am
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>>8731
I'd do unspeakable things to her. My favourite Zelda-inspired music is Ocarina of Rhyme, especially Don't Touch Me.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-TgQu7yJ_-A
>> No. 8737 Anonymous
2nd November 2014
Sunday 5:18 pm
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>>8727
When it comes to Personal Jesus there's a clear winner:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Hde9p2V1CsE
>> No. 8738 Anonymous
3rd November 2014
Monday 7:01 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/v/P9NSpAdGxgU

I quite like this cover by ARE SPOCK, his droll tones work well with the subject matter.
>> No. 8819 Anonymous
1st December 2014
Monday 6:59 am
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I quite like the RATM covers:

http://www.youtube.com/v/RRkvg_LuZvk

http://www.youtube.com/v/JuWijs14uK8

Oh, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor's version of Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.

http://www.youtube.com/v/xGVtwiJlTwc
>> No. 8820 Anonymous
1st December 2014
Monday 9:13 am
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http://www.youtube.com/v/1soxbhPUQno

I love this album. He's called David Minnick and he covers Negativland tracks in a doowop/R&B/gospel style using overdubbed acappelas.
>> No. 8825 Anonymous
2nd December 2014
Tuesday 9:50 am
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http://www.youtube.com/v/4NZdggNUvq0
>> No. 8826 Anonymous
2nd December 2014
Tuesday 11:04 am
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>>8825

http://www.youtube.com/v/JhjA2nvVD7U
>> No. 8827 Anonymous
2nd December 2014
Tuesday 11:13 am
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>>8820
That's brilliant, thanks.
>> No. 8830 Anonymous
2nd December 2014
Tuesday 8:10 pm
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>>8825>>8826
I prefer the Placebo version, I think that and I Feel You are the only songs on their covers album better than the original.

>>8820
I quite like that.
>> No. 8874 Anonymous
31st December 2014
Wednesday 2:50 pm
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The Pet Shop Boys definitely had some good songs; 80s music would simply not be the same without them.

That said, "Always on My Mind" was always the one song by them that I thought was complete shit. They shouldn't have bothered.
>> No. 8877 Anonymous
31st December 2014
Wednesday 3:23 pm
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>>8874
>That said, "Always on My Mind" was always the one song by them that I thought was complete shit.
Evidently the music-buying public of December 1987 disagreed with your assessment.
>> No. 8878 Anonymous
31st December 2014
Wednesday 4:24 pm
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>"Always on My Mind" was always the one song by them that I thought was complete shit.

Oh well. Horses for courses. I love it, personally.
>> No. 8880 Anonymous
31st December 2014
Wednesday 5:15 pm
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>>8877
>>8878

I've just always thought that it was too bland, too run-of-the-mill.

The Pet Shop Boys had some pretty brilliant and well-crafted songs in the mid to late 80s, such as It's A Sin, Opportunities, and a little later in 1990 songs like "So Hard". But their version of "Always on My Mind" just lacks any sort of distinction at all.

I know that in those days, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe fancied themselves as great satirists; I remember they once said in a Melody Maker interview that their cover version of U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name" was done deliberately so as to prove that that song could be done without all the pomp and narcissism which U2 tended to display in their productions. And perhaps this explains why "Always On My Mind" was also a kind of bland, unspectacular adaptation of the original Elvis song.

Well, again, the Pet Shop Boys had some really really good numbers in the 80s and 90s... but this one will never be one of them to me.
>> No. 8883 Anonymous
31st December 2014
Wednesday 5:52 pm
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>>8880

I find its detachment and flat affect quite endearing.
>> No. 8894 Anonymous
31st December 2014
Wednesday 10:51 pm
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>>8819
>Oh, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor's version of Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.

It might not be fashionable to like her and Lily Allen but I really appreciate the fact that they sing in their native accents rather than that terrible fake American accent that is virtually ubiquitous. One could argue that Allen "mockneys" it up but rather than the the usual if you ask me.
>> No. 8901 Anonymous
1st January 2015
Thursday 2:34 pm
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>>8894
>rather than that terrible fake American accent that is virtually ubiquitous.

yes, that is annoying. But if you aim at a global audience with your music, as many do, then you have to give them what they are most likely accustomed to, and that is a faux American accent, for better or (much) worse.

Even the Beatles didn't sing in their native Scouse accent, but some sort of mid-atlantic mishmash, if you could call it that.
>> No. 8911 Anonymous
2nd January 2015
Friday 9:14 pm
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This cover gets so much hate thrown at it, but I actually like it as much as the original.

http://www.youtube.com/v/jRk5Gjl_cAg

ah ah ah baby come come, don't be numb.
>> No. 8912 Anonymous
3rd January 2015
Saturday 5:41 am
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>>8901
The optimist in me also wants to believe that for some of them it's unconscious - they grow up singing along to American singers, or other British singers with the mid-atlantic singing style, and they drift that way without realising it.

Either way, it's another reason to love The Proclaimers...
>> No. 8913 Anonymous
3rd January 2015
Saturday 12:18 pm
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>>8912

Or the Pogues. Don't forget the Pogues.

And New Model Army... remember New Model Army? They were from Yorkshire and you could definitely hear it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/a75Ez48alDE
>> No. 8915 Anonymous
5th January 2015
Monday 8:39 pm
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>>8707
>The Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind has been voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote.

Unsurprising. They've only played it several times a week, every week, for the past 2 years, and had a few popmaster questions on it in recent months.

I'd be interested to see how the top 5 correlate with BBC airplay frequency over the past 12 months. Any easy way of finding out?
>> No. 8916 Anonymous
5th January 2015
Monday 9:40 pm
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>>8901>>8912>>8913

I don't think it's a conscious thing at all, for the most part it's simply very difficult if not impossible to sing with a strong accent. Even most music from America tends to lean towards a more neutral accent rather than being noticeably American.

Accent mainly relates to rhythm and pitch of the voice, you can't really retain and accent whilst singing in more traditional styles.

When you notice singers with an accent, it's usually a different style of music, ones which are closer to spoken word than to singing.

Look at the Beatles, most of their songs don't have much of an accent in them, except yellow submarine. That song is closer to speech than singing, and the liverpool accents are much more noticeable.

You can even hear a change in accents in individual songs, in the pogues christmas song, the verse has a strong accent, you get to the "The boys of the NYPD choir Still singing 'Galway Bay'" in the chorus and the accent drops off.
The same thing happens in that new model army song, the yorkshire accents drop off a little when they begin to project their voices more in the chorus.
>> No. 8917 Anonymous
5th January 2015
Monday 11:48 pm
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>>8916
>Even most music from America tends to lean towards a more neutral accent rather than being noticeably American.
Nonsense.

>Look at the Beatles, most of their songs don't have much of an accent in them, except yellow submarine.
Utter nonsense.

There is no such thing as a "neutral accent", and the Beatles sounded strongly Liverpudlian anyway.
>> No. 8918 Anonymous
6th January 2015
Tuesday 12:19 am
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>>8917
It's not entirely nonsense - the American accent lends itself to singing more due to the extended vowel sounds in the American accent.
>> No. 8919 Anonymous
6th January 2015
Tuesday 12:31 am
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>>8916

>The same thing happens in that new model army song, the yorkshire accents drop off a little when they begin to project their voices more in the chorus.

Counterexample: "The Downtown Lights" by The Blue Nile. Paul Buchanan's natural accent bursts through (to brilliant effect) as the song reaches a crescendo, as if the emotion of his words is too great to contain his natural voice.

http://www.youtube.com/v/XQykMqS83XA

I think it's mainly a matter of expectations. We're attuned to a particular transatlantic accent in pop music, to the extent that singing in your own accent is perceived as an affectation. Pop tends towards a universal, placeless aesthetic; Using a transatlantic accent allows your listener to paint the song with whatever background they care to imagine. In folk music, the opposite is true - localism is highly valued, so singing in anything other than your natural accent is seen as a betrayal of the core values of traditional music.

Melodic phrasing tends to neutralise any accent to some extent, but your accent naturally carries into your singing if you don't actively suppress it. I think Kate Rusby is a good example - she sings very melodically, but her Yorkshire accent is made clear in her vowel sounds.

http://www.youtube.com/v/D9UJSZKsYwM

I also suspect that there's an element of laziness that the transatlantic accent conceals. A lot of songwriters use quite generic, Hollywoodesque subjects and phrases that would sound slightly silly when sung in a regional accent. Adopting the persona of an international rockstar allows you to get away with all sorts of "ooh yeah baby" bullshit that only really works within the context of that pop fantasy.
>> No. 8920 Anonymous
6th January 2015
Tuesday 1:02 pm
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>>8916
>The same thing happens in that new model army song, the yorkshire accents drop off a little when they begin to project their voices more in the chorus


It still does sound very "Yorkshire" though throughout.

I think many British punk/alternative/indie bands tend to sing more in their regional accent. It may have to do with their general attitude toward their own music as they kid themselves into believing that their music isn't as "commercial" as mainstream and adult-oriented rock.

Having said all that, here's indeed an example of a song where towards the chorus, their Scottish accent tapers off (this is one of my all-time-favourite folk songs):

http://www.youtube.com/v/TxbIU0X-lCI
>> No. 8937 Anonymous
9th January 2015
Friday 6:06 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/v/MXXRHpVed3M

Venga Airways > Coconut Airways.
>> No. 9077 Anonymous
17th February 2015
Tuesday 7:35 am
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http://www.youtube.com/v/rylbj33b8qA

Probably the best thing Housewine ever did.
>> No. 9078 Anonymous
17th February 2015
Tuesday 9:54 am
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>>9077
She said it was her father's favourite song, which is why she used to do it. Rather sweet.
>> No. 9079 Anonymous
17th February 2015
Tuesday 1:04 pm
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>>9077
>>9078
I saw her do it at Old Trafford cricket ground. She had two blokes in proper rudeboy suits behind her skanking their brains out. It was probably one of the best things I've ever seen live.
>> No. 9115 Anonymous
2nd March 2015
Monday 12:23 am
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I made a cover song and I'm sorry.

http://picosong.com/22N8/
>> No. 9187 Anonymous
10th April 2015
Friday 9:55 pm
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>>9115

I would make a "stuff you've done" thread for this kind of shit but I don't know if there would be any interest or participation.

http://picosong.com/VrPQ/
>> No. 9188 Anonymous
10th April 2015
Friday 9:58 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9XNoU3tHqU
>> No. 9189 Anonymous
10th April 2015
Friday 10:13 pm
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>>9187

Go for it lad, I think .gs is about the right sort of audience for some of the daft shit I've done over the years, that I'm too shy to show the public otherwise.
>> No. 9190 Anonymous
10th April 2015
Friday 10:20 pm
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>>9189

I think I will soon, I'm currently working on something so I'll get it up with that iykwim

Though if any of you lads want to start it before that then go for it.
>> No. 9374 Anonymous
30th June 2015
Tuesday 6:33 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6HAIueUK9U
>> No. 9375 Anonymous
30th June 2015
Tuesday 7:19 am
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>>9374

What about the title of that video is supposed to make me want to press play?
>> No. 9376 Anonymous
30th June 2015
Tuesday 7:32 am
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>>9375
Are you one of those lads who think every post is specifically aimed at them?
>> No. 9377 Anonymous
30th June 2015
Tuesday 8:24 am
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>>9376

No.
>> No. 9378 Anonymous
30th June 2015
Tuesday 11:55 pm
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>>9374
He's looking well for 49. I'm not a bummer or owt, but he is a dishy fellow.
>> No. 9396 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 9:31 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3W-5nwr1aY
>> No. 9397 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 11:04 pm
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>>9396

Here's a cover of a Tom Waits song by an English folk duo. They normally don't play anything written in living memory, but decided to make an exception.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ron1SPTEdCk
>> No. 9405 Anonymous
9th July 2015
Thursday 4:54 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYHMfXx9BWs
>> No. 9407 Anonymous
10th July 2015
Friday 2:03 pm
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>>9405
That was amazing
>> No. 9410 Anonymous
11th July 2015
Saturday 11:35 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6tv-1KOS38
>> No. 9416 Anonymous
12th July 2015
Sunday 2:12 pm
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>>9410
please guide me to more tip-top manchester post-punk funk.

already given 23 skidoo and a certain ratio a listen but i need more
>> No. 9417 Anonymous
12th July 2015
Sunday 3:54 pm
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>>9416

Strut Records have done two compilations of disco and funk influenced releases from Factory Records:

https://play.spotify.com/album/4wJLFE55ibDC61HYw8hZhJ
https://play.spotify.com/album/0vXLsDj5VTgWK5l376SHd8
>> No. 9480 Anonymous
21st August 2015
Friday 7:54 pm
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I'm not really a fan of this type of cover, but I like this one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV3XQcCyyPc
>> No. 9484 Anonymous
22nd August 2015
Saturday 7:58 am
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>>9480

Same band different cover, I really like this one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8zev3r0k6U
>> No. 9485 Anonymous
22nd August 2015
Saturday 9:36 am
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Seeing as we've gone a bit pop-punk, here's a few guilty pleasures of mine.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAGsrMaQrVg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt6Lkgs0kiU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTteO9TxKN4
>> No. 9486 Anonymous
22nd August 2015
Saturday 9:50 am
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>>9485
Allister are the king of Pop-Punk covers:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xousSMolsFk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmWJ-Iyf_Cw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92JcZ6tSYFM

They have an entire album of covers called Guilty Pleasures.

Another pop-punk cover I enjoy is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYfepohZLlY
>> No. 9487 Anonymous
22nd August 2015
Saturday 9:55 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jGAfzrdpxo

I can't work out whether I actually like this or not.
>> No. 9488 Anonymous
22nd August 2015
Saturday 10:33 am
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Did someone say Folk Punk?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYjVA2ww128
>> No. 9575 Anonymous
23rd September 2015
Wednesday 7:21 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B_UYYPb-Gk

I'd say that this counts.
>> No. 9600 Anonymous
19th October 2015
Monday 5:30 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WfoccRna6I
>> No. 9779 Anonymous
19th December 2015
Saturday 10:57 am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8qE6WQmNus

Best Christmas song of recent years, which is probably damning it with faint praise.
>> No. 10153 Anonymous
8th August 2016
Monday 8:57 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKRw7dsLbE

I haven't listened to Rilo Kiley in years, but I've now got this in my head.
>> No. 10413 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 7:08 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuiJlRvN4_8

Apparently I'm still 14.
>> No. 10414 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 7:33 pm
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How have none of you bumders linked this?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v=bxsWBqXBR_0
>> No. 10415 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 7:49 pm
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>>10414

Try again, old chap eh?
>> No. 10416 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 7:54 pm
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>>10415

Did that not work? Shite. Okay:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxsWBqXBR_0
>> No. 10417 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 7:57 pm
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>>10414>>10416
Here you go, lad.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxsWBqXBR_0
>> No. 10418 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 7:58 pm
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>>10417

Thank you, it is late at night and I'm pissed.
>> No. 10419 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 8:22 pm
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>>10418

Rurik?
>> No. 10420 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 8:26 pm
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>>10419

They let me use wifi in jail.
>> No. 10423 Anonymous
25th January 2017
Wednesday 9:14 am
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>>10417

Nice to see Jack Off Jill get a mention. Still my favourite band. It was ace getting to see them on the mini reunion run; I never thought it wod happen.
>> No. 10438 Anonymous
13th February 2017
Monday 8:11 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1cbsLKXasQ
>> No. 10440 Anonymous
15th February 2017
Wednesday 12:07 pm
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>>8819 i'd never heard the Sophie EB cover before. You've really spoiled my day now. She sounds like a right karaoke queen.
>> No. 10917 Anonymous
7th December 2017
Thursday 10:28 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isan-G_CgQE
(Starts at 28s)

It's nice how a language barrier can lead to an original sounding cover that still does it justice.
>> No. 10918 Anonymous
7th December 2017
Thursday 11:23 pm
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>>10423
Fucking hell, Jack Off Jill. Haven't thought of them in a decade or more.

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