Unlikely cover versions

TurquoiseTastic's unbelieving ears have just been listening to a version of David Bowie's "Starman" sung by Justin Fletcher (a.k.a. "Mr. Tumble"). Lyrics unchanged as far as I can tell.

What unlikely covers have other Shipmates experienced?
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  • Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark, covered by Ruth Moody

    Completely different but absolutely brilliant.
  • LydaLyda Shipmate
    :shudder: Madonna's cover of "American Pie" by Don McLean.
  • Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark, covered by Ruth Moody[/url]Completely different but absolutely brilliant.
    I'm sure more people know Manfred Mann's Earth Band's amazing cover* of Bruce Springsteen's Blinded by the Light than the (quite differently brilliant) original.

    There's also a whole industry of bluegrass tributes out there, but I especially like the Pickin' On Pink Floyd album's version of Breathe.

    Or if you don't like bluegrass, try the Easy Star All-Stars' reggae version.

    ==

    *What gets me about that video is how close the live sound is to the album. People could play in those days.

  • Mr ClingfordMr Clingford Shipmate
    Following on from Eutycus, I like Hayseed Dixie's versions of ACDC. I heard them on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show - so he's not all bad.

    Also, the Scissor Sister's version of Floyd's Comfortably Numb is something.
  • DonLogan2DonLogan2 Shipmate
    edited May 24
    Steve`n`Seagulls banjo, spoons and anvil version of AC/DC`s thunderstruck > [url="http://"] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc [/url]
  • DonLogan2DonLogan2 Shipmate
    ...ooh and Newton Faulkners version of MIA`s paper planes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO5wWfZC7VM
  • SirPalomidesSirPalomides Shipmate
    I quite liked Morrissey's cover of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1KKhZ80GDQ

    And Darkthrone's cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Love in a Void": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ILcmidD3SQ
  • Mr ClingfordMr Clingford Shipmate
    edited May 24
    DonLogan2 wrote: »
    Steve`n`Seagulls banjo, spoons and anvil version of AC/DC`s thunderstruck > [url="http://"] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc [/url]

    :) Love it and the video.

    Also 2 Cellos' version
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3SBzmDxGk
  • Lyda wrote: »
    :shudder: Madonna's cover of "American Pie" by Don McLean.

    Oh yes that was truly terrible. I had forgotten about it. Worse than anything except Frank Sinatra's cover of "Mrs. Robinson"...
  • Also, the Scissor Sister's version of Floyd's Comfortably Numb is something.
    That was... disturbing.

    Then again, so is the version of Close to You from Mirrormask.

  • SipechSipech Shipmate
    One of the most extraordinary was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence by Disturbed.
    This, in turn, was covered by a singing clown with a mesmerising voice.
  • Schroedingers CatSchroedingers Cat Shipmate, Waving not Drowning Host
    Eutychus wrote: »
    Also, the Scissor Sister's version of Floyd's Comfortably Numb is something.
    That was... disturbing.

    Disturbing is not how I would describe that cover. Drawn from the depths of music hell more like. It is utterly vile.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    edited May 24
    This You Tube cover of Under My Thumb is interesting. She keeps the lyrics intact, so she's singing from the p.o.v. of the misogynistic narrator, but her tone and expressions(plus her own written intro) make it seem as if she's singing as the victimized woman.
  • Neil Diamond's Song, song blue by Altered Images, and yes I saw them do this in concert in the week in which Happy Birthday was at no. 1 in the charts.

    Now get off my lawn.
  • Mr ClingfordMr Clingford Shipmate
    Eutychus wrote: »
    Also, the Scissor Sister's version of Floyd's Comfortably Numb is something.
    That was... disturbing.

    Disturbing is not how I would describe that cover. Drawn from the depths of music hell more like. It is utterly vile.

    You're welcome!
  • Mr ClingfordMr Clingford Shipmate
    Sipech wrote: »
    One of the most extraordinary was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence by Disturbed.
    This, in turn, was covered by a singing clown with a mesmerising voice.

    Thanks for reminding me. I also like Disturbed's cover of Land of Confusion by Genesis.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4oYkIeGJc
  • EutychusEutychus Admin
    edited May 24
    Thanks for reminding me. I also like Disturbed's cover of Land of Confusion by Genesis.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4oYkIeGJc

    I think that video owes something to The Wall.

    I have both albums of Genesis for Two Grand Pianos. Alternatively, Rewiring Genesis have a brilliant cover album of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    Worse than anything except Frank Sinatra's cover of "Mrs. Robinson"...

    "The PTA, Mrs. Robinson..."

  • Sipech wrote: »
    One of the most extraordinary was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence by Disturbed.

    Agreed. Unsettling but really great.

  • The RogueThe Rogue Shipmate
    Wikkipedia lists 30 cover versions of Stairway to Heaven. Rolf Harris sis one which outraged some of the more pretentious fans but made all sorts of rock stars smile.

    Rainbow's cover of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is fun.
  • MiffyMiffy Shipmate
    Sipech wrote: »
    One of the most extraordinary was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence by Disturbed.

    Agreed. Unsettling but really great.

    Think that may be the version Mt M likes. :/

    Not ‘unlikely’ really but until recently I’d not realised that ‘Because The Night,’ (a favourite of mine), is actually a Bruce Springsteen production, not Patti Smith.
  • LuciaLucia Shipmate
    edited May 25
    James Blunt covering Katy Perry's Carifornia Gurls? I actually think this version is a considerable improvement on the original, quite a nice, mellow sound! And also kind of hilarious as he and his band sing it with such seriousness even though they know it's ridiculous for them to do so! British ironic sense of humour at work.
  • Schroedingers CatSchroedingers Cat Shipmate, Waving not Drowning Host
    James Blunts music sucks.. But he has a stunningly wicked sense of humour - and acknowledges that his music is trite and sucky.

    Unlikely cover versions - Chrissie Hynde covering Creep. To my mind it is the best version.
  • PriscillaPriscilla Shipmate
    The Spooky Men's Chorale's B'hari G'hibb is actually a cover of Staying Alive, but has a shaggy dog explanation first.
    (tangent)They're in Cardiff on 25th July(/tangent)
  • TheOrganistTheOrganist Shipmate
    Best cover version IMO was Art Garfunkel's Disney Girls: actually better than the original.

    Worst? Its a toss-up between Britney Spears' Satisfaction (yes, really - try it here) or Avril Lavigne's Imagine, which has to be heard to be believed: but the winner by a country mile is the horror that is Tina Cousins' version of Kings of Leon's Sex on Fire - have a bag handy before you press play.
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    Avril Lavigne's Imagine, which has to be heard to be believed

    Hm? I listened to it, and it sounds pretty much like what I would expect a cover of Imagine to sound like. Her "ahh-ahhs" are maybe a little overdone, but other than that, I don't think it takes too many indecent liberties with the original.

  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    edited May 26
    I don't really get the requisite hardscrabble "outlaw" ambience from this. (Not to mention the gender reversal doesn't really work.)

    Now, THIS, on the other hand...



  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    This definitely fits the requirement for "unlikely" covers.

    (That said, I think it did fit general tone of the show, musically speaking. Lawrence probably wasn't incorrect it describing it as a "modern spiritual", even though the meaning of the lyrics obviously flew right past him.)
  • Simon ToadSimon Toad Shipmate
    Johnny Cash Hurt. I read on youtube that Johnny Cash doesn't cover a song. He takes it and makes it his own.
  • Mr ClingfordMr Clingford Shipmate
    Simon Toad wrote: »
    Johnny Cash Hurt. I read on youtube that Johnny Cash doesn't cover a song. He takes it and makes it his own.

    Good call. I've heard it before and it's a cracking version and song.
  • AnselminaAnselmina Shipmate
    Simon Toad wrote: »
    Johnny Cash Hurt. I read on youtube that Johnny Cash doesn't cover a song. He takes it and makes it his own.

    Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) who wrote it and did the original is supposed to have said about the song: 'that song's not mine any more' after he heard Johnny Cash's version. I suppose that is not only the mark of a great performer, but also of a great song, when it gets a life of its own.
  • TrudyTrudy Heaven Host
    That's the first song that always comes to my mind when anyone mentions cover versions. It's amazing.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Johnny Cash also did a great cover of a Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus

    But Joe Cocker's cover of The Beatles A Little Help from my friends is a classic in its own right. This, however is not a classic. Click at your own risk :grimace:
  • Simon ToadSimon Toad Shipmate
    OMG I'm stuck in the elevator from hell!!!!!!
  • Mr ClingfordMr Clingford Shipmate
    I've just remembered this unlikely, yet surprisingly good, cover version, and this video too:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRWsuyQ6Y0Q

    Shatner's Common People!
  • SirPalomidesSirPalomides Shipmate
    I love Shatner's Common People
  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    edited May 29

    Is that meant to be funny? Those aren't the same two songs at all.

    The song covered by the Flying Lizzards is apparently a Motown classic going back to 1959. The Beatles covered it a few years later, but I think the Lizzards were just using the lyrics to do something that was very much its own thing.

  • stetsonstetson Shipmate
    edited May 29
    Link removed, because I couldn't get the double-click thing to work properly. Do a You Tube search on "Angel Corpus Christi Jet Boy Jet Girl". Lyrics are explicit, and audible.
  • DonLogan2DonLogan2 Shipmate
    edited May 29
    Speaking with a friend about this he said Motorhead did a cover album, but they are all rock/metal covers and nothing out of the ordinary.

    This however cracks me up; Havana... [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqc8lK92K7E[/url]

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  • Wet KipperWet Kipper Shipmate
    My kids like to listen to "Fun Kids" radio - a station which plays pop music, aimed at kids.
    Some songs, they can play the original, some manage a "radio edit" but for others which have too many references to sex/drugs/drink etc (but is too darn catchy a tune to just not play it) , they play the Kidz Bop version, and I have great fun trying to work out what bits they've changed
  • SirPalomidesSirPalomides Shipmate
    I don't know if anyone here is a metalhead, but I found this surf-rock cover of Emperor's "I Am the Black Wizards" hilarious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T9OPdcN5Ss
  • Schroedingers CatSchroedingers Cat Shipmate, Waving not Drowning Host
    There were reports - and I cannot find any reference - that Motorhead and The Nolans were actually fans of each other. And they did a cover swap - they covered one of each others songs.

    I really wish I could find proof of this.
  • DonLogan2DonLogan2 Shipmate
    Not quite, Lemmy was in "The Young and the Moody band" and the Nolans were the backing singers...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LczdjBhMOaw
  • Literally just come across, and listening to, Peter Gabriel's cover of Suzanne by Leonard Cohen.
  • jrwjrw Shipmate
    Here's a somewhat different version of an Oasis song.
  • DonLogan2DonLogan2 Shipmate
    edited May 31
    I was thinking about The White Stripes version of Son House` "Death Letter" and got side tracked towards Zep`s version of Blind Willie Johnson`s "Nobody`s fault but mine" as although rock adapted and assimilated blues music, as they were supposed to be into satanism etc. So I suppose that it might have been unlikely for them to do it at all unless it was ironic???
  • ArachnidinElmetArachnidinElmet Shipmate
    edited May 31
    The White Stripes' version of Jolene is pretty good too.

    I've gone with an a cappella theme: Only You by the Flying Pickets and Caravan of Loveby The Housemartins are worth a listen, and usefully next to each other on Youtube.

    An honourable mention to Muse's 'Feeling Good', Kirsty MacColl's 'Days' and the aforementioned Johnny Cash's version of the aforementioned 'Personal Jesus'.

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  • The5thMaryThe5thMary Shipmate
    Fiona Apple did a very nice job of covering that Beatle's song, "Across The Universe".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhMEKiIb86I
  • balaambalaam Shipmate
    Led Zeppelin's In my time of dying, which the claimed to write is a cover of Josh White's Jesus gonna make up my dying bed which is a cover of Blind Willie Johnson's Jesus make up my dying bed which is itself a cover of ... The song is known from before any recordings were made, musicians claiming to have written traditional blues has a long history.

    As the Led Zep version is well known, here's the Josh White cover it was based on.
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