Cover songs – do we really need them?

Weighing up the sheer number of bad ones vs. good ones, I guess I must say NO!

I heard a cover version of Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’ the other day with harps (Harps!!) and some (expletives) singing in a happy voice. Did he even realise that “I’ll kill you, I’m not gonna crack” is not meant to be happy?

And who’s that cleverclogs who thinks she can sing “Another Piece of my Heart” better than Janis Joplin??? She just comes across as a one-dimensional no-talent. (You can see this is something I feel very strongly about)

Of course, some of the old covers are masterpieces, although I’ve been struggling for a couple of minutes now to remember a cover song good enough to mention…


1. Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All along the Watchtower” which has become the way to play that song, as Dylan himself acknowledged.

2. Janis Joplin herself has recorded the best ever version of “Summertime” by Gershwin.

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  1. Ioannis

     /  4 January, 2007

    I think the most hillarious deviation was Britney Spears trying to be Mick Jagger. She can’t get no satisfaction. It even became a hit.

    From the way she was singing she appeared to be referring to a different kind of satisfaction though.

    Naz responds: I know what you mean, the satisfaction of earning the respect of one’s peers.

  2. S

     /  4 January, 2007

    Nirvana is dead, right?

  3. S

     /  4 January, 2007

    Or Britney S. is satisfied by giving birth to babies?

  4. I won’t have a bad word said about our Brit. Bless her. 🙂 And I’m not sure that the whole of Nirvana are dead Shasha, though I could be wrong!
    As far as the best covers go, you’ve gotta consider Robson & Jerome’s Unchained Melody. Also covered by Gareth Gates and 20 others. Classy. 🙂

  5. Yasso

     /  15 January, 2007

    Watch the smileys now! You’re getting good at it… beware!


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