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Unless you're playing a show and you do a crowd-pleasing cover, I don't see the point in recording a cover song that's a note for note, identical carbon copy of the original. Why bother?

That being said, here's some of my favorite cover songs done with a unique twist


John Frusciante (of a little band you may have heard of called The Red Hot Chili Peppers) did an awesome version of Bad Brains Big Take Over. It was recorded on his seminal solo album. He was in a dark place, struggling with a full blown cocaine and heroin addiction. I saw a short arthouse/documentary type thing from this era that just filmed him nodding off on his couch in some shitty room he was renting and to say it was in a state of squalor is almost an understatement. I've been told by reliable sources that the majority of his solo stuff is gold (doesn't matter how you feel about his band. This stuff is abstract, weirdo, dare i say brilliant? , type of outsider music. I've only really listened to this solo record though, which is called Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt.


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The Meat Puppets aren't for everyone. Especially this first album. Personally I think it's brilliant. but brilliance for me in this case entails unintelligible lyrics by acid casualty weirdo punks who started playing shows in the 80s hardcore scene and wore tye-dye and listened to equal parts Grateful Dead and Die Kruezen. Creedence Clearwater and Crucifucks. They're second album after this one is my personal favorite (and most peoples). It has all those songs that Nirvana covered and most people don't even realize their meat puppets tracks (plateau, lake of fire, oh me). But the early stuff really resonates with me. 80's hardcore drenched in LSD. Here's one of the slower tracks and it's an interesting, for lack of a more apropos word, cover.


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i dig.


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Mountain Goats covering Jawbreaker (boxcar) . yes.

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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 11:11:50 AM »
this little ditty (Crocodile Rock) was an Elton john track. He wrote it as a throw-back to 50's/60's early rock n roll type tracks and it was further reinterpreted by trash punk rocknrollers, The Joneses, swimmingly..



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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2016, 11:52:15 AM »
Every cover Onsind ever did. They had an entire youtube channel dedicated to it at one point I think.


Toby and Ginger too

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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 11:27:23 AM »
Beck covers GG Allin


Ramones- Have you ever seen the rain

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Every since I was 12 and first heard Suicide Machines on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk Pro Skater for PS1 I had a soft spot for those dudes

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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 12:01:37 PM »


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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2016, 07:17:20 AM »
Just heard this cover for the first time.


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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2016, 08:54:20 AM »
although i doubt a single person here has even the slightest smidgen of respect for the man I enjoy GG Allins cover of the rolling stones Dead Flowers


also this acoustic country song/cover, pick me up on your way down by Charlie Walker (originally), is another great cover..

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Re: cover songs that totally reinterpret (for the better) the original
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2016, 12:44:41 PM »
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