If you ever want me to waste a few million brain cycles thinking about something, just ask me to compile a best of/worst of list. Perfect OCD feeder.
Here was the ask: name the 5 best, 5 worst, and 5 never-made-but-should-be cover songs.
I, of course, completely ignored the 5 limit and just went with it. Except for the should-be-mades, since anything good I think of I’m going to cover myself and why give away my best ideas, amirite?
== Best ==
Note: my preference is for songs that reimagine the original rather than just recreate it. Basically when I hear these covers, I wished I had thought to interpret the song that way. Because of this, I generally exclude traditional roots-y cover songs and the like.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney (Dolly). Also a worst cover ever.
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi (Dylan)
Respect – Aretha (Otis Redding)
Tainted Love – Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
Ghost of Tom Joad – RATM (Springsteen)
Darling Nikki – Foo Fighters (Prince)
Higher Ground – RHCP (Stevie Wonder)
Nobody Does it Better – Radiohead (Carly Simon)
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson)
Blinded By the Light – Manfred Mann (Springsteen)
Got To Get You Into My Life – Earth Wind & Fire (Beatles)
Superstition – SRV (Stevie Wonder)
Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Little Wing – SRV (Jimi). SRV was a great cover factory, but that’s blues for you.
Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm (Michael). Could also be on worst list.
Jolene – White Stripes (Dolly)
I Can’t Go For That – Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers (Hall & Oates) (Youtube)
The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana (Bowie)
Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles (Simon & Garfunkel)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Devo (Rolling Stones)
Let Down – Easy Star All Stars (Radiohead)
No Quarter – Tool (Led Zeppelin)
You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt (Betty Everett)
Why Dont U Call Me Anymore – Alicia Keys (Prince)
Helter Skelter – U2 (Beatles)
Boyz-N-The Hood – Dynamite Hack (Easy-E)
== Easily could also be on the Worst Covers list as well: ==
Blue Monday – Orgy (New Order)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Marilyn Manson (Eurythmics)
== Worst ==
Oh FSM, these are terrible. Note: these are all “serious” covers where the artists are really trying. Joke/unserious covers are excluded. I’m going to start by saying every cover of Imagine (Lennon) has sucked. Ditto for Smells Like Teen Spirit. … but I pretty much hate every one of these songs listed below for making me want to vomit in my mouth.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney (Dolly)
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Tori Amos (Nirvana) worst cover ever. Bar none.
These Boots Were Made for Walking – Jessica Simpson (Nancy Sinatra)
Hurt – Johnny Cash (NiN)
When a Man Loves a Woman – Michael Bolton (Percy Sledge)
Emotive (entire album, but particularly Imagine and What’s Going On) – A Perfect Circle
Imagine – Avril Lavigne. I’m serious about all Imagine covers sucking.
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead (Prince)
Funkytown – Psuedo Echo (Lipps Inc.)
Soul Man – Blues Brothers (Sam and Dave)
Lady Marmalade – Xtine, Mya, etc (LaBelle)
Bring Tha Noize – Anthrax (Public Enemy)
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany (Tommy James & the Shondells)
Always on My Mind – Pet Shop Boys (Brenda Lee)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Britney Spears (Rolling Stones)
Sweet Child o’ Mine – Sheryl Crow (GnR)
Purple Haze – The Cure (Jimi)
Faith – Limp Bizkit (George Michael)
Cat’s in the Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe (Harry Chapin)
Get it On (Bang a Gong) – Power Station (T. Rex)
Everything ever created by UB40.
K Lo: I’m with you on “Imagine” — love the piano, hate the lyrics. A band called A Perfect Circle has a great cover version. The music is bleak and the vocals are subdued. It’s a much-needed deconstruction of the song. It’s like the anti-“Imagine.” I’m not sure the musicians intended it that way, but that’s the result, by my lights. Definitely worth a 99-cent download.
A few things:
The Perfect Circle cover is fairly horrible as a piece of music, actually. It’s like awesomeness on valium, sifted through gauze, and then drained of life force. Which is not to say the original Imagine is awesome, but the cover was filtered through that mysterious substance known as AwesomeX
Watch as Faith Hill gets suckerpunched at the CMA for an award she thought she was going to win.
Guess doing all those magazine covers didn’t boost her votes enough. Looks like some personal assistant is going to get fired.
Sure, sure, she says it was a joke and of course I believe it was… but it’s way funnier this way. Besides anyone who sings the shit AI-er Underwood puts out does not deserve to receive any award other than a Razzie:
She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat
Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline
It been a long hard year
She had a lot on her mind and she didn’t pay attention
She was going way to fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn’t even have time to cry
She was sooo scared
She threw her hands up in the air
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this all my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel
Believe it or not, the song’s actually worse with the melody. Don’t believe me?
Don’t say I didn’t warned you. She does get credit for recording her video in a pawn shop, though. Nothing like $0.10 vases and glassware to set the stage for jebus’ taking your wheel and rubbing you in a circular motion, with some slow loving hot hands creeping up your thighs. Hot!
By the way, how do conservative christianists reconcile their supposed “personal responibility” principles with their welfare state reliance upon jebus/god’s provisions?
Looks like an interesting documentary re: the Dixie Chicks and the insanity fueled by the nutters when Natalie Maines said they were ashamed Bush was from Texas… which led to boycotts, protests, death threats, and “independent” radio stations refusing to play their songs.
The reaction from the jingoist nutballs was so incendiary, so ridiculous, so disproportionate to the innocuous comment by Maines, that it deserves a nice, long, objective look on the hows and the whys. I hope this documentary does that.
iKaraoke sends the music from your iPod to your stereo minus the lead vocals, so you can step up to the mic and sing the lead in your favorite tunes.
iKaraoke makes it easy to pause the music, scan forward or backward, or temporarily add the vocals back in to help you find your place. It even includes reverb effects to enhance your performance.
iKaraoke hooks up to your stereo via line-in cable, or wirelessly through your FM receiver.
That I don’t actually own an iPod shall not deter me. I need something to replace the small, boring selection available in my Karaoke Revolution discs for my PS2. They’ve been fun, but there’s only so many times you can slaughter New York, New York and Under Pressure before you’re longing for 4Gb of portable mp3 player goodness.
Have you heard the news? KFed is dropping PopoZao from his soon-to-be dismal failure of an album. He’s replacing it with a duet with Britney called “Crazy.”
The aspiring rapper’s debut CD “Playing With Fire” hits shelves on Halloween, but his much-derided ode to ladies’ derrieres, “PopoZao,” reportedly won’t make the cut. It’s being replaced, reports WENN, by a duet with Britney Spears called “Crazy.”
I’m devastated. Devastated, I say!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t BritBrit already done a song called “Crazy“?
In case you haven’t seen the supremo exercise in douchebaggery that is KFed + Popozao… enjoy:
If sperm motility was considered a talent, KFed would be a superstar.