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25 February 2011

Cover Songs! This is a post in which we link to videos of random/awesome/whatever cover songs.[More:]Uncle Tupelo w/ Teenage Fanclub - "I Wanna Be Your Dog" from 1992

John Doe and the Sadies - "I Still Miss Someone" from a record shop in Toronto. An awesome version of my favorite Johnny Cash song.

Mike Ness - "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"

The Flametrick Subs - "Plastic Jesus/Amazing Grace/Way Beyond the Blue/Beer Run" I hadn't realized until watching this video how much I missed seeing them 3-4 times a year. Fun fucking band.

I'll probably have more later. I'm off to walk the dog. But 'til then, post your own favorites, eh?

Not new. But new to me, this week, a Balkan version of "I Will Always Love You" by Nevena Tsoneva.Not for everyone, I'm guessing...but I really like the Bulgarian vocal embellishments and the horns.
posted by dorgla 25 February | 17:11
Heh, that was great dorgla. Tx.
posted by jouke 25 February | 17:24
Dorgla, wow! (I have no contribution of my own.)
posted by mdonley 25 February | 17:28
ufez: I'll see your Uncle Tupelo and raise you...

Joan. Fucking. Jett!!
posted by lonefrontranger 25 February | 17:29
Btw if she were a Dutch singer I'd be embarassed by her accent; the 'fat L' for instance. It's the key mistake Dutch people make mostly in German pronunciation.
But in a bulgarian it's cute.
Plaatsvervangende schaamte/Fremdschämen is a strange thing.
posted by jouke 25 February | 17:32

sad frog.
posted by lonefrontranger 25 February | 17:33
Will Downing's cover of Deniece Williams' "Free"
posted by Senyar 25 February | 17:36
Linked version, for the lazy. I really liked the horns! But goodness -- her voice seemed like a warbley record at times.

Schneider TM - The Light 3000 is a minimal, quiet cover of The Smiths (though the linked YT version is lacking in audio quality).

Another sad bastard tune: The Postal Service - Against All Odds

I rather like the Nouvelle Vague cover of Friday Night Saturday Morning.

Someone say Johnny Cash? That's his take of an old English folk song (damn your eyes!)

Wrong season, but Bob Dylan's take on Must Be Santa is ridiculous at all times.
posted by filthy light thief 25 February | 17:45
Marco Borsato Dromen zijn bedrog. A huge hit in NL.
The original: Riccardo Fogli - Storie di tutti i giorni

Similarly: Marco Borsato - Margherita and the original by Riccardo Cocciante.
posted by jouke 25 February | 17:46
Drive-By Truckers drunkenly staggering through The Jim Carroll Band's People Who Died. An extremely tall roadie plays guitar. Seven minutes long.

Because no list of covers is complete without it, here's Danny Boy, performed by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell. Four minutes.

Richard Thompson classes up Britney Spears' Oops I Did It Again in about three minutes.

Minor Threat turns The Monkees Stepping Stone inside out in two minutes.

And finally, The Mintuemen boil down Van Halen's Ain't Talking 'Bout Love to 42 perfect seconds.

posted by BitterOldPunk 25 February | 18:13
Wow. This thread is going much better than I could've hoped. More!

The Staple Sisters do "Slippery People". Odd. But not horrible. It'll probably swing right into some of y'alls wheelhouses.

For fans of early British punk: The Business doing "Do They Owe Us a Living" by Crass. I have a version of this on a comp and it always struck me as an odd pairing.

And one of my all-time favorite covers (the only live version I could find was shit, so I'll have to settle for the album version) U.S. Bombs completely bastardize/make better Sinatra's "That's Life".
posted by ufez 25 February | 18:27
Buddy and Julie Miller covering "Keep Your Distance"
posted by Senyar 25 February | 18:27
I liked these 2 versions of House of the Rising Sun. Dylan and Frijid Pink

I liked this take on Black Sabbath by Ruins

more sad kermit: Creep
posted by DarkForest 25 February | 18:36
The Afghan Whigs doing TLC's Creep.
posted by birdherder 25 February | 18:59
Its The End Of The World As We Know It - Julee Cruise
posted by arse_hat 25 February | 18:59
Can't help myself. I have one more for all y'all.

Theremins. Shaped like Russian Nesting Dolls.
Kicking major boo-tay on "Caravan."
posted by dorgla 25 February | 19:03
The Afghan Whigs doing TLC's Creep.
posted by birdherder

Holy shit. That works on so many levels. Dirty/brilliant, like most of Dulli's work.

Some great Calexico covers:
Love's "Alone Again Or"

The Minutemen - "Corona"

Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart

Damn, I love that band.
posted by ufez 25 February | 19:25
Of course, the Gourds version of Snoop Dogg's Gin & Juice is a classic (especially the 14 minute version found on the link below with tons of over covers in it). But I like when Shinyribs' (Kevin Russell of the Gourds) version of Buy You A Drank (includes a bit of Sexual Healing)

Both can be found on Fair Retail Recordings. FRR0121 is Buy You A Drank. FRR0030 is Gin & Juice. There's tons of not-covers at that site most live recordings from Austin, TX.
posted by birdherder 25 February | 19:31
Richard Cheese does amazing lounge covers. My favorite is Disturbed's Down With the Sickness (NSFW lyrics, you may recognize it from the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead).

I still run across people that don't know Johnny Cash's Hurt is a cover of Nine Inch Nails. Hearing the Cash version often brings me to tears.

And my all-time favorite... Metallica's Whiskey in the Jar (some NSFW images), which is a traditional Irish song.
posted by youngergirl44 25 February | 20:19
Richard Cheese also does a fantastic cover of Creep, by Radiohead.

I've been listening to Honeywagon's bluegrass cover of Dammit, by Blink-182 way too much this past week, since the MeCha and MeFi bluegrass posts.

I'm quite fond of I Fight Dragon's cover of "Why Bother?" by Weezer.

Blue Man Group does a mean cover of Baba O'Riley.

posted by gc 25 February | 21:11
One last thing: This American life, in their episode, Classifieds, assembled a band and did a cover of Rocket Man that both strange and good. (direct MP3 link)
posted by gc 25 February | 21:15
Mandolin makes it better! Justin Townes Earle does a great version of Can't Hardly Wait
posted by Triode 26 February | 00:26
Title Sequence || Time for another Friday Night Question,