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|>>|| No. 8707
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.
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.
|>>|| No. 12224
Not so much a cover but an alternate mix by Maynard, Frusciante and Nine Inch Nails bass player/keyboardist Danny Lohner.
|>>|| No. 12225
John Frusciante has always seemed underappreciated to me. I know a lot of his solo work is quite experimental, but Shadows Collide With People is one of my favourite albums.
|>>|| No. 12226
Not quite a cover but I really enjoy the contrast between the gangsta rap lyrics and the carefree melody of Bananarama's Cruel Summer.
|>>|| No. 12237
I wish PMJ would fuck right off. YouTube keeps recommending me their shite.
|>>|| No. 12238
I tried listening to one of their covers but had to turn it off because it was so shite. Quite a lot of artists going for that sort of sound aren't anything special once you get past the novelty factor.
|>>|| No. 12239
They do have as couple of genuinely cracking covers, I will defend them that far. However they also have a lot of lazy shite ones that completely miss what should have been obvious features of the original, and just throw the lyrics at a generic sounding bit of jazz backing.
It's all sickeningly hipster, but whoever picks their songs has shite taste in the first place. If they took their time they might be great.
|>>|| No. 12240
You said it better than I could. There are some gems among their playlist.
|>>|| No. 12241
Embarrassed to admit Weird Al looks pretty cute in this video.
|>>|| No. 12242
Can't tell if this is an example of a gem or a shite one but the arrangement is really rather bad.
|>>|| No. 12243
That cover is dog shit.
It does nothing new to the song creatively. It just sounds like a crapper version.
I feel sad for Weird Al. Weezer can drag themselves through the dirt (in fact I've been lead to believe from their self loathing previous work that they like to) that's fine. But there is no need to take it out on Al, Toto and US, just to try cash in on a meme.
|>>|| No. 12244
Given that Brian Wilson was arguably the greatest pop arranger of all time, the question is whether anyone should bother covering his work. The main artistic justification for recording a cover is to reveal a new perspective on the original composition, but can anyone credibly claim that they listened to God Only Knows and thought aha, I know what Brian Wilson missed when he arranged and recorded that?
|>>|| No. 12289
>The main artistic justification for recording a cover is to reveal a new perspective on the original composition
In this case the artistic justification is to pick a song that will get a lot of likes and shares from hipsters who want to hear Pet Sounds with a saxophone.
|>>|| No. 12360
People made fun of me as a kid because I bit my lower lip when I drummed and I got self-consious and stopped, one of my biggest regrets, easily. This video confirms how far self-confidence can take you and it hurts.
|>>|| No. 12361
I listened to them when I was about 12 or 13, it has genuinely never occurred to me that they'd still be going. Next you'll tell me Papa Roach has a cult following in Latin America or something.
But yeah I think it's serious. I would suggest he's probably on summat though.
|>>|| No. 12362
>Papa Roach has a cult following in Latin America or something
They're still massive in Germany.
|>>|| No. 12388
Probably the highlight of the last series of Black Mirror, which I realise is damning it with faint praise.
|>>|| No. 12558
Sounds a little too airy and the bridge is a little weird, but i'm glad to hear it covered.
I'm waiting for a dark EDM mix with some tasteful bass drops.
|>>|| No. 12732
I could probably listen to a full album of this.
|>>|| No. 12733
This used to come on after another song I liked, and I'd always skip it a few seconds in. Turns out that was a mistake. The second vocalist, Henning May, has an incredible voice. Sounds like he's 60 years old and looks 12.
|>>|| No. 12734
Late to the party but I came across Black Betty after playing this level in Rayman. You can skip the first 30s, but these music maps in the game were super fun to time right.
|>>|| No. 12907
May I remind you that Britfa is a bully free zone.
|>>|| No. 12915
Breakaway, by Tracey Ullman, is excellent. The original version is from the 1950s and is by some unknown person (Irma Thomas, apparently) who never went on to be a legendary comedian who was indirectly responsible for The Simpsons.
>New Model Army
I know you posted this six and a half years ago and could be dead now for all I know, but I got into New Model Army after not really liking Sepultura and noticing that my favourite of their songs was originally by them:
|>>|| No. 12917
Also, I have no idea what this is but YouTube just recommended it and it's wonderful.
|>>|| No. 12975
It feels refreshing to hear a cover like this, different to the Jon Brion version to the degree that they both sound better for it.
|>>|| No. 12981
I realise this is dangerously close to John Lewis Christmas advert territory.
|>>|| No. 13030
A group with almost no YouTube views appeared in my recommended videos recently. They're called National Milk Bar (which, as a name, strikes me as uncomfortably similar to Neutral Milk Hotel and British Sea Power), and their version of New Order's True Faith is really good:
|>>|| No. 13117
Harry Styles is unironically pretty good as a solo artist, as far as pop stars go.
|>>|| No. 13121
He's dressing like your Nan so people don't mistake him for Theon Greyjoy.
|>>|| No. 13367
So much modern music now is exactly this. There have always been songs which ripped off older songs, but there is a noticeable trend of current DJs just writing a few new words for a song everyone already knows, and changing the title so nobody will find the original when you look the song up on YouTube. Someone, I think Charli XCX, did it for Alors On Danse by Stromae a few months ago, and that song is only a few years old. There must still be new music being written, but the radio stations have seemingly completely given up on finding it.
|>>|| No. 13368
Easily the best Eurovision performance ever. Showing up with a genuinely good song while still radiating utter contempt is a bold statement.
|>>|| No. 13370
One of Frank Farian's side projects during the Boney M days.
Precious Wilson was never involved in Boney M, but it showed Farian's predilection for Afro-Caribbean singers to perform his songs.
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