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  • valevale Frets: 951
    edited June 14
    what she said.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 414
    FYI there will be more awesome cover versions available soon courtesy of the Fretboard.

    We've started a Cover Song Challenge in the Making Music part of the forum. Why not come over and see what is all about... 

    We all start with the same track and Email in our individual version for the voting playlist. The first chosen track is

    I Think We're Alone Now

    Originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells but Tiffany's version is better known

    Entries are open until 31 August so plenty of time left. The winning entry with the most points gets to choose the next track to be covered. Be great to hear as many different takes as we can get. 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13250
    Solar Powered Sun Destroyer's version of Hum's "Stars".


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  • valevale Frets: 951
    edited August 13
    indestructable... indispensible...


    what she said.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 34
    Foo Fighters version of Baker Street. 
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  • hubobuloushubobulous Frets: 2012
    joetele said:
    Foo Fighters version of Baker Street. 
    I’m surprised by this, only cos the original is so recognisable and iconic
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 34
    joetele said:
    Foo Fighters version of Baker Street. 
    I’m surprised by this, only cos the original is so recognisable and iconic
    Yeah, I just prefer it - ticks my boxes I guess. It was from a time when Foo Fighters (around 2nd album) were doing some great cover versions as B sides, like Numan's 'Down by the Park' too. I'm not a fan of the flute and sax stuff on the original Baker Street, and this one is just a great rock version. Great solo too. 
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 19997
    Word Up, by Gun is a better cover than the original but the country and western version is even better!

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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1622
    joetele said:
    Foo Fighters version of Baker Street. 
    Their cover of 'Have A Cigar' is pretty damn good too.
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 19997

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  • SnapSnap Frets: 2211

    Hey Joe, by Hendrix. Wonderful.

    All Along the Watchtower, again by Hendrix

    Nightclubbing by Grace Jones

    Mercy Seat, Johnny Cash


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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 4537
    Under the bridge - All Saints

    Oh no wait, you said better. Not "fucking travesty and a disgrace to music". My mistake. 

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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Here’s 7 blinding covers courtesy of theFB’s very own cover challenge!!!!

    https://soundcloud.com/thefretboard/sets/thefb-cover-challenge-1-i-think-were-alone-now

    All better than the original imo :)
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 19997
    Astonishingly my favourite comfortably numb cover is the scissor sisters.....basically because no idiot is trying to sound like Gilmour on it,

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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 843
    ICBM said:

    Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
    Always this. 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13250
    Gassage said:
    Astonishingly my favourite comfortably numb cover is the scissor sisters.....basically because no idiot is trying to sound like Gilmour on it,
    Also it's faster, and thus shorter. Which is a good thing. :)
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 19997
    Sporky said:
    Gassage said:
    Astonishingly my favourite comfortably numb cover is the scissor sisters.....basically because no idiot is trying to sound like Gilmour on it,
    Also it's faster, and thus shorter. Which is a good thing. :)
    Tell that to Mrs Sporky....

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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13250
    Shh! Don't let Lady Bertie McHobnobs know there's a Mrs Sporky! 
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 17960
    axisus said:
    Comfortably Numb - Scissor sisters
    The Bad Plus do a good version too, but neither beats Floyd.
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 31628
    This probably won't win me any friends on a guitar forum either, but this...

    DJ Sammy - Heaven



    (Possibly because I've never liked Bryan Adams much.)

    His version of Don Henley's Boys Of Summer is much less good though.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6907
    The Ataris did a decent cover of it.




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  • JonathangusJonathangus Frets: 136
    Under the bridge - All Saints

    Oh no wait, you said better. Not "fucking travesty and a disgrace to music". My mistake. 
    Wiz'd.

    See also: Ace of Spades (CCN remix) and Atomic Kitten's utterly pointless version of The Tide Is High.
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 693
    The Man Who Sold The World by Lulu

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  • BlueingreenBlueingreen Frets: 686
    Always preferred Roxy's Jealous Guy over the Lennon original.
    Always irritated the hell out of me, tbh.  Partly because I don't like Ferry's vocal but partly because it seemed such a cynical cash-in on Lennon's death.  I dare say the band had a suitable rationale for releasing this "tribute" but the fact remains that a record that would have been a minor hit at best if it had been released at any other time became a UK No 1 and world-wide smash owing to Lennon's recent assassination.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 31628
    Jonathangus said:

    Atomic Kitten's utterly pointless version of The Tide Is High.
    Also worth mentioning that the Blondie version is also a cover, so probably should be in this thread, if I haven't missed it. As far as I know I've never heard the Paragons' original.

    Always preferred Roxy's Jealous Guy over the Lennon original.
    Always irritated the hell out of me, tbh.  Partly because I don't like Ferry's vocal but partly because it seemed such a cynical cash-in on Lennon's death.  I dare say the band had a suitable rationale for releasing this "tribute" but the fact remains that a record that would have been a minor hit at best if it had been released at any other time became a UK No 1 and world-wide smash owing to Lennon's recent assassination.
    I think that's unfair. They recorded it as a tribute. They won't have made very much money out of it either, since the royalties would have gone to Lennon's estate.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7004
    ICBM said:
    Jonathangus said:

    Atomic Kitten's utterly pointless version of The Tide Is High.
    Also worth mentioning that the Blondie version is also a cover, so probably should be in this thread, if I haven't missed it. As far as I know I've never heard the Paragons' original.

    Always preferred Roxy's Jealous Guy over the Lennon original.
    Always irritated the hell out of me, tbh.  Partly because I don't like Ferry's vocal but partly because it seemed such a cynical cash-in on Lennon's death.  I dare say the band had a suitable rationale for releasing this "tribute" but the fact remains that a record that would have been a minor hit at best if it had been released at any other time became a UK No 1 and world-wide smash owing to Lennon's recent assassination.
    I think that's unfair. They recorded it as a tribute. They won't have made very much money out of it either, since the royalties would have gone to Lennon's estate.
    Still on 45s when Roxy Music had a hit with Jealous Guy ( which I knew before I knew the Lennon version and much prefer) so did they not make money out of having a Roxy song on the B side? 
    In comparison, for example, The Selecter had released a cover of Back to Black and then withdrew it from sale so they weren’t seen as cashing in although it was recorded and released before Amy Winehouse died. 
    I’m not knocking Roxy but I can see you could. 

    The Paragons original of Tide is High was an established sixties ska classic, quite unusual for featuring violin. I must have three or four versions of it on ska compilations. Although the version in my head is the Blondie one. Quite an odd choice for them to cover, or at least not an obvious one, be interesting to know who chose it. 
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  • Not strictly a cover, but Chino from the Deftones recently joined the Smashing Pumpkins onstage to sing Bodies; his voice suits it perfectly, he smashes it. Skip the first two minutes of waffle by Billy. 

    https://youtu.be/ypxT0mMNpQ0
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