Two obvious ones for me are Blondie’s covers of The Tide is High and Denis.
The Sex Pistols My Way could be another.
@roberjerman, Wow, I had no idea JR did "AWSOP". The original is a masterpiece, so I really gotta hear Johnny's version!
@whipsaw, I so agree about original films vs. remakes, one exception being Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear. The added layer of ethical misconduct by Nick Nolte's character (played by Robert Mitchum in the original) really deepens the story. And Juliette Lewis' acting is about as fine as I've ever seen.
Oops, it was of course Gregory Peck who played Nolte's character in the original Cape Fear, not Mitchum. Haven't had any coffee yet ;-) .
@roberjerman, I well remember the cover of Realization---kind of psychedelic. Everybody was trying so hard around then to look "experienced". By the way, when Levon Helm left the Dylan/Hawks tour in late '65, it was Johnny Rivers' drummer Mickey Jones who was hired to take his place.
A bit off the beaten path, but one of my all-time favorite rock albums is "Projections" by The Blues Project, ca. 1967. While many of the songs on the album were written by members of the group (especially Al Kooper and Steve Katz, who later were co-founders of Blood, Sweat & Tears) a couple of songs on it are great covers IMO:
"You Can't Catch Me," originally by Chuck Berry.
"Cheryl's Going Home," originally by Bob Lind (as the flip side of "Elusive Butterfly").
Just about every song on "Projections" is terrific, IMO.
Created a Tidal playlist of covers. Some of my favorites include
Because The Night by Bruce Springsteen
Landslide by the Smashing Pumpkins
Valerie by Amy Winehouse
Easy by Faith No More
Come Together by Gary Clark, Jr.
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
Billie Jean by Chris Cornell
Will be adding to my playlist from suggestions in this thread. Much enjoyed.
first one from the recesses of my mind, Sophie Millman, Being Green
actually anything she does. Her concert from Montreal Jazz Festival on DVD is one of my all time favorites
you tube link
Incidentally, I have Van Morrison, Hard Nose the Highway CD in my car, he covers Being Green, I love Van, but what a dud
Them’s version of Big Joe Williams’ "Baby Please Don’t Go", though they model their version on that of John Lee Hooker. Wicked, tough, Them make The Stones sound like the p*ssies they are.
Another is The Guess Who’s (the first line-up, without Burton Cummings) take on Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ "Shakin’ All Over". I much prefer TGW’s version to that of The Who, whom I saw & heard perform the song live in ’68 and ’69. That opinion "may not" be shared by everyone ;-) .
"Let Her Dance" by Phil Seymour, the drummer/singer on the two Dwight Twilley Band albums (after Phil left the group, "Band" was dropped from the name). The original is by The Bobby Fuller Four, written by Bobby. In contrast, TBFF’s recording of "I Fought The Law" (written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets) has never been equaled, certainly not by The Clash, whose version is dreadful, even worse than The Who’s take on "Shakin’ All Over", which I wouldn’t have thought possible. Hoary, bombastic, empty.
To me, Lou Reed falls into a category with Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits in that some of the best versions of their songs end up being done by other artists. Some of my favorite Lou Reed / Velvet Underground covers are:
EVAN DANDO & KIRSTY MacColl: "Perfect Day"
BRYAN FERRY: "All Tomorrow's Parties"
MOTT THE HOOPLE: "Sweet Jane"
THE PRIMITIVES: "I'll Be Your Mirror"
MITCH RYDER & DETROIT WHEELS: "Rock N' Roll
THE TELESCOPES: "Candy Says"
In an ironic twist, I thought the best song on the Bob Dylan "30th Anniversary Concert Celebration" (aka BobFest) was Lou Reed's stomping cover of "Foot Of Pride."
I judge any cover by this: "If that was the original, would it have been a hit?"
I like collections of covers, here, a bunch of Dylan Songs issued around his 60th bday
I see they issued vol 2 for his 70th bday, I will have to get it
another, various people covering Kate Wolf songs.
here, Jennifer Warnes collection of Leonard Cohen songs
this, some Beatles, some Dylan, by Richie Havens has some great ones, and not so great
+1 on picks by bdp24 & gasnsteering. I forgot how good the Guess Who & Frigid Pink covers were.
++1 on repeluso's pick of Baby It's You by Smith. That song should have been a huge hit. I always found it interesting that the Beatles stopped doing cover songs shortly after this came out. That was probably because their songwriting was getting too good to be doing covers anymore. But, the fact remains that the Beatles wimpy cover of Baby It's You is embarrassing when compared to the Joplinesque @** kicking version by Smith.
If you're in the mood to get your heart broken, check out Kim Richey's cover of "Mexico" (CAKE) on YouTube.
Bob Dylan’s House of the Rising Sun. Funny story from Dave Van Runk,
”Then, one evening in 1962, I was sitting at my usual table in the back of the Kettle of Fish, and Dylan came slouching in. He had been up at the Columbia studios with John Hammond, doing his first album. He was being very mysterioso about the whole thing, and nobody I knew had been to any of the sessions except Suze, his lady. I pumped him for information, but he was vague. Everything was going fine and, "Hey, would it be okay for me to record your arrangement of 'House of the Rising Sun?'" Oh, shit. "Jeez, Bobby, I'm going into the studio to do that myself in a few weeks. Can't it wait until your next album?" A long pause. "Uh-oh". I did not like the sound of that. "What exactly do you mean, 'Uh-oh'?" "Well", he said sheepishly, "I've already recorded it".”