WHEREAS it is Saturday and WHEREAS I am sick of blogging about #WeddingCakeFascists and WHEREAS Jeff and Nick are totes AWOL… another music thread.
It’s not very often that a cover version of a song is better than the original. And some cover versions are so godawful they not only taint the memory of the original forever, but also damage time and space itself. Let’s discuss the first kind, and invite people to link to other beloved cover versions in the comments, won’t we?
- Robert Smith was reportedly moved to tears by AFI’s cover of “Just Like Heaven.”
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s cover of David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” is great, but it’s really the B-Side that was epic.
- Seether’s cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper“
- Alien Ant Farm’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal“
- Take your pick… Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’s OR Cibo Matto‘s cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”
- And… most definitely… Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt.”
Um…. and if you are suicidally depressed after that “Hurt” cover, Shonen Knife’s cover of The Carpenters “Top of the World” should bring back your will to live; perky Japanese chicks always make me glad to be alive.
And of course, saving the best for last, my favorite band and my favorite cover