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  • we can work it out- stevie wonder / beatles
  • Phil Collins' version of Tomorrow Never Knows. I'm not joking, either (and am a huge Beatles fan)
  • Teenage Letter - The Count Bishops

    Granted Jerry Lee Lewis' version is pretty cool too.
  • Word Up .. Gun
    Got to Get You into My Life .. Earth Wind & Fire .. and I'll think of 1,000 others before too long
  • Kula shaker .....hush,miles better than the original by ....I cant remember
  • Deep Purple
  • So tired of being alone Al Green/Texas

    Also agree that the Goodies did a great cover of wild thing.
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

    John Martyn did a nice version of this on his Sapphire LP.
  • Stig said:

    Deep Purple

    that was a cover as well .. Billy Joe Royal had the original (I thought it was Joe South, but he just wrote it)
  • Thanks, couldn't remember
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  • Stig said:

    Deep Purple

    that was a cover as well .. Billy Joe Royal had the original (I thought it was Joe South, but he just wrote it)
    Well, you live and learn. I'll have to check that one out. Cheers Lincs.
  • Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian/Love Sculpture
  • Stig said:

    Deep Purple

    that was a cover as well .. Billy Joe Royal had the original (I thought it was Joe South, but he just wrote it)
    Well, you live and learn. I'll have to check that one out. Cheers Lincs.
    thank wiki .. I knew that the DP version was a cover, as I wrote, I thought that Joe South did the original
  • Heartbreak Hotel - John Cale
    Hallelujah - John Cale
    Silly Love Songs - Red House Painters
    Love Will Tear Us Apart - Susanna and the Magic Orchestra
    I Love You, You Big Dummy - Magazine
  • Patti Smith's version of Prince's "When doves cry"
  • Wild World - Jimmy Cliff
  • Song of the Siren - This Mortal Coil / Tim Buckley
  • Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones / Melanie
  • Rolf Harris - Stairway To Heaven
  • First Aid Kit - America (Paul Simon)
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  • Dear Prudence - Siouxsie and The Banshees

    Paint in Black - Flamin' Groovies

    Born to Run - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    Police and Thieves - The Clash

    My Way - Sid Vicious

    Angel - Rod Stewart

    Only a Hobo - Rod Stewart

    Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart

    Valerie - Amy

    With a Little Help from My Friends - Joe Cocker

    At The Hop - Sha Na Na live at Woodstock

    Jealous Guy - Bryan Ferry

    Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor

    Gloria - Patti Smith

    Since You Been Gone - Rainbow (I didn't realise this was a cover until recently)

    I'm not claiming any of these to be better than the original, just that they are the best covers I've heard.
  • Heartbreak Hotel - John Cale
    Hallelujah - John Cale
    Silly Love Songs - Red House Painters
    Love Will Tear Us Apart - Susanna and the Magic Orchestra
    I Love You, You Big Dummy - Magazine

    I really, really, really don't like that cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart.
  • Knowing my choice in music I can scarcely believe I'm going to say this!
    Recently I just happened to watch the last few minutes of a live BBC special with Michael Buble, he did a rearranged version of the Elvis classic "You were always on my mind"......he absolutely nailed it, superb and left me feeling elated.
    I'm no great fan of his and certainly not of Elvis.......it came completely out of the blue, which made it all the more surprising that I loved it!
  • Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley/Leonard Cohen
    We can work it out - Stevie Wonder/The Beatles
    Where did you sleep last night - Nirvana/Leadbelly?
    You've got the love - Florence & the machine/Candy Staton
    Mrs Robinson - Lemonheads/Simon and Garfunkel
    All along the watchtower - Hendrix/Dylan
  • Stig said:

    I think Michael Phelps should stick to swimming.
  • Candy flip - Strawberry Fields
  • Knowing my choice in music I can scarcely believe I'm going to say this!
    Recently I just happened to watch the last few minutes of a live BBC special with Michael Buble, he did a rearranged version of the Elvis classic "You were always on my mind"......he absolutely nailed it, superb and left me feeling elated.
    I'm no great fan of his and certainly not of Elvis.......it came completely out of the blue, which made it all the more surprising that I loved it!

    Which reminds me, Fine Young Cannibals did a good cover of Suspicious Minds.
  • edited February 2017
    And my final word on the matter:

  • Every Thursday morning on radio London Robert Elms does cover to cover, the same song by two artists on which the audience vote
  • edited February 2017
    On Broadway-The Drifters
    Gary Numan(live '79) with Billie Currie from Ultravox doing a tremendous synth solo.
    https://youtu.be/TaPzt0vK7Ok
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