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    Max_Gate
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    A left-field question: Which cover versions successfully reinterpret the song rather than diluting the original artist’s treatment?

    For me, Pere Ubu’s version of the Beach Boys Sloop John B is an unlikely triumph. Then there’s Buffy St Marie’s languid, almost paralysed, treatment of Leonard Cohen’s The Bells. Her darker sister, Nico, vamps My Funny Valentine until you can see blood on her gums – but her version of Jim Morrison’s adolescent The End seems too respectful; hell, that song is absurd. Another, more obvious, instance of re-hearing the song would be Jimi Hendrix’s dazzling attack on Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. The guitar strings glisten with blood and spit.

    Max Gate

    #1162

    zeebras
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    here are some covers that really work for me:
    yes – every little thing
    from their first album
    al kooper – i don’t know why i love you
    from his album “you never know who your friends are”
    al kooper/mike bloomfield – dear mr fantasy
    from “the live adventures of…”
    chris smither – no expectations & friend of the devil
    both these songs from his second album “don’t it drag

    #1163

    theallgolden
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    simple. robert wyatt and his sheer fantastic, breathtaking and touching version of at last i am free.

    i also like very much david thomas and the two pale boys version of surf’s up. one of the best songs ever written. david thomas version starts not so far away from he original. but then came the contrast.

    #1164

    Jaakko
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    For all the Richard Thompson fans his “cover”album
    1000 Years of popular Music is a must. Check out
    the hilarious “Oops! I did It Again”.

    Fantastic!!!
    J.

    #1165

    crayola_lectern
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    Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” has got to be one of the most affecting covers I’ve heard. He made it his own and the video was just so powerful; devastatingly so.

    “Hurt” – Trent Reznor

    I hurt myself today
    to see if I still feel
    I focus on the pain
    the only thing that’s real
    the needle tears a hole
    the old familiar sting
    try to kill it all away
    but I remember everything
    what have I become?
    my sweetest friend
    everyone I know
    goes away in the end
    and you could have it all
    my empire of dirt

    I will let you down
    I will make you hurt

    I wear this crown of thorns
    upon my liar’s chair
    full of broken thoughts
    I cannot repair
    beneath the stains of time
    the feelings disappear
    you are someone else
    I am still right here

    what have I become?
    my sweetest friend
    everyone I know
    goes away in the end
    and you could have it all
    my empire of dirt

    I will let you down
    I will make you hurt

    if I could start again
    a million miles away
    I would keep myself
    I would find a way…

    #1166

    Max_Gate
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    Here, lifted from a web review by God knows who, is news of “Sea Song” from “Rock Bottom”:

    ‘The Married Monk are a band from France who has been around for over a decade and released four LPs along with a few compilation tracks and singles here and there. Each of their four albums (with no less than three years between them) has a completely distinct and unique identity from the others. “Sea Song” comes from 2001’s “R/O/C/K/Y”, a foray into the world of programmed beats, pristine synthesizers, and dark lyrics about sex, murder, and oh so much more.’

    – Of course, ‘the world of programmed beats, pristine synthesizers, and dark lyrics about sex’ sounds ubiquitous rather than unique.

    Max Gate

    #1167

    Jaakko
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    #1168

    theallgolden
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    jaako, i read your posting on david thomas/bb etc.

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