Cover songs I prefer to the original

11 Nov
Amy wrote about “10 cover songs I prefer to the original”. Max, Amy and I were chatting about it on IRC last night. I was a rather lame player, considering I only found 2 cover songs I think are far greater than the original (what I mean is that I dislike the original songs):

1- “Mad World” by Gary Jules (vs. Tears for Fears)
2- “Sweet Jane” by the Cowboy Junkies (vs. Lou Reed)

Seeing how much work Amy put into her blog entry, I feel I have to “deliver” more than 2 great covers. What follows is a list of covers I really enjoy (while I like the original songs too):

1- “Rosie” by Francis Cabrel (French adaptation of “Rosie” by Jackson Browne)
2- “Piece of my heart” by Janis Joplin (vs. Erma Franklin)
3- “Day-O” by Shaggy (vs. Harry Bellafonte‘s “Banana Boat Song”)
4- “It ain’t me babe” by Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon (vs. Johnny Cash & June Carter)
(I was absolutely amazed by how well Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon sang in the Walk the line movie.)
5- “Song to the Siren” by This Mortal Coil (vs. Tim Buckley)
6- “Surface to Air” by the Chemical Brothers (a variation on “Across the Universe” by the Beatles)

And since I’m on a Chemical Brothers kick right now, here are the 5 pieces I like best. Plug your in-ear buds and play them loud:

1- “Asleep from Day
2- “Otter Rock
3- “Loops of Fury
4- “Galvanize
5- “Delik” [no “delik” on the fr.youtube.com website, sadly.]

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