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Postby Parador » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:25 am

I've always liked the Blue Oyster Cult version of Kick Out the Jams best. It would be perfect if Bloom had said motherfkers at the beginning the way he's supposed to. Oh well, no one's perfect. The original was MC5. Then Rage Against the Machine did it. So did The Presidents of USA. What do you guys think? Got any other songs that have multiple versions? How about Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkdvWwY2yhs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HfE2ysWNPE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDfp3uU9bXQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma5D3ChOpDM
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Postby Hammer » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:28 pm

Johnny Cash - "Hurt", it was originally a Nine Inch Nails song but I love the way Cash executed it and the video was well done also.
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Postby Chucky » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:47 pm

I didn't know that Lucy in the sky with diamonds was a 'covered' song, but I cannot see how The Beatles' version of it ccould be surpassed. Another very popular song is Always on my mind, and I know three artists who have sang it: Elvis, Willie Nelson, and the Pet Shop Boys. I prefer the Boys' version of it!

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Postby Parador » Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:34 am

I have a 45 rpm record of that Pet Shop Boys version. Never heard the Elvis version. For now I will go with Willie.

Elton John did a good version of Lucy in the Sky. Not as good as the Beatles.

I love Cheap Trick's covers of Don't be Cruel and Ain't that a Shame.
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Postby Chucky » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:45 pm

Is that Elvis' Don't be cruel? On the note of Elton John, which version of his Candle in the wind do you prefer? - The one he wrote for Marilym Monroe or Princess Diana? Ther'es not much distinction, obviously, except for the lyrics. I love them both, as he clearly speaks out against the press in both songs and in different ways.
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Postby Parador » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:46 am

Yep. Cheap Trick topped Elvis on that one. Still love Elvis version of Here Comes Santa Claus.

I'm only familiar with the one version of Candle. To tell you the truth, I'm not big on that kind of song. Elton's done some good stuff though.
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Postby Chucky » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:43 pm

Im listening to the good ol' Beatles now. Im sure many of their songs have been covered, along with Lucy in the sky with diamonds. What's your favourite song dude? Im thinking Ballad of John and Yoko or Day in the life.
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Postby Parador » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:51 am

My favorite Beatles? That's a tough one. They have so many. Eleanor Rigby is a great one. For an upbeat fav I would go with Hard Day's Night.

My favorite song of all time is ME 262 by Blue Oyster Cult. I think I have mentioned that before. A great musical description of what it must have been like to fly in a jet while everyone else was in propeller planes. It must have been something else!

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Postby mittinana » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:57 pm

My favourite version of famous songs? Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright - I know everyone likes Buckley's best, but I think Rufus' has the perfect mixture of pain, resignation and strength the song calls for.

Haha, Chucky, no fair choosing A Day in the Life! Nothing could ever top that. Second best, for the wonderful excerpts you can take from the lyrics, Hey Bulldog: "Some kind of innocence it's measured out in years...you don't know what it's like to listen to your fears". Pure Lennon.

Oh, and favourite song of all time...Hey You from Pink Floyd. Still sends a chill down my spine every time I hear it.
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Postby Chucky » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:14 pm

Nice memories... ...Eleanor Rigby; Hard Day's Night; etc. I was never a fan of Hallelujah though (any version of it). Isn't that the most covered song of all time?
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