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brian91
post Jan 17 2010, 11:43 PM
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Long before we had the internet, it was sometimes difficult to know that a song might be a cover version, unless the DJ on the radio happened to mention it. When you first heard a song you liked, but you thought it was an original tune, and then a while later you find out it was actually a cover version of an old song. Are there any songs that you were surprised to hear were actually cover versions.

Ones that I never knew were covers till a long time after were:

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (original: Gloria Jones)
The Clash - I fought the law (original: Sonny Curtis & Crickets)
Dave Edmunds - Girls Talk (original: Elvis Costello)
Harry Nilsson - Without You (original: Badfinger)
Manfred Mann’s Earthband - Blinded by the light (original: Bruce Springsteen)
Nazareth - Love hurts (original: Everly Brothers)
Pretenders - Stop your sobbing (original: Kinks)
The Byrds - Hey Mr Tambourine Man (original: Bob Dylan)
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post Jan 17 2010, 11:50 PM
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Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U. That shocked me recently.
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post Jan 18 2010, 12:53 AM
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QUOTE(Slick @ Jan 17 2010, 11:50 PM) *
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U. That shocked me recently.


That's a cover?? Who did she cover it from?
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post Jan 18 2010, 12:54 AM
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QUOTE(Poisoned Kisses @ Jan 18 2010, 12:53 AM) *
That's a cover?? Who did she cover it from?


Prince, I believe.
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post Jan 18 2010, 12:55 AM
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QUOTE(Poisoned Kisses @ Jan 18 2010, 12:53 AM) *
That's a cover?? Who did she cover it from?

Written by Prince and recorded by a side-project of his called 'The Family' ohmy.gif

I also didn't know Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' was originally by a band called The Troggs.
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post Jan 18 2010, 12:59 AM
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WOAH! Sinead O'Connor 'Nothing Compares 2 U' is a COVER?! mellow.gif
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post Jan 18 2010, 03:45 AM
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Soft Cell didn't do the original Tainted Love? huh.gif ohmy.gif


For quite some time i had no idea the Sugababes Freak Like Me was a cover blush.gif
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post Jan 18 2010, 07:05 AM
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QUOTE(Silas Gleek @ Jan 18 2010, 03:45 AM) *
Soft Cell didn't do the original Tainted Love? huh.gif ohmy.gif
For quite some time i had no idea the Sugababes Freak Like Me was a cover blush.gif



OMG! I never knew that either! Thought it was an original song aside from the Gary Numan sample.
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post Jan 18 2010, 08:33 AM
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QUOTE(Slick @ Jan 18 2010, 12:55 AM) *
Written by Prince and recorded by a side-project of his called 'The Family' ohmy.gif

I also didn't know Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' was originally by a band called The Troggs.


yes it was... and ive got the original on vinyl... i DETEST the wets awful tripe version mad.gif

bolndie - denis (denee) (forgot the orig but early 60's )
clash - i fought the law (orig bobby fuller four 1966)
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post Jan 18 2010, 08:36 AM
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I didn't know till about 10 years ago that Status Quo's Rockin' All Over The World was originally a John Fogerty song then I heard the original and realised how superior it was to the Quo version
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post Jan 18 2010, 10:40 AM
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QUOTE(grebo69 @ Jan 18 2010, 07:05 AM) *
OMG! I never knew that either! Thought it was an original song aside from the Gary Numan sample.

It's a lyrical cover of a 1995 RnB track. The producer made a mash up of the two and wanted to release it, but the singer didn't allow her vocals to be used. So Richard X approached the Sugababes to sing the lyrics and their first #1 was born. wub.gif

Would have loved them to work with him again
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post Jan 18 2010, 10:12 PM
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The irony is that Prince's version of Nothing Compares 2 U is awful. Sinead made it her own, though to be fair, I'm not a fan of her version either...
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post Jan 18 2010, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE(Silas Gleek @ Jan 18 2010, 03:45 AM) *
Soft Cell didn't do the original Tainted Love? huh.gif ohmy.gif

And Gloria Jones who did the original version was the mother of Marc Bolan's son and was driving the car in the accident which killed him
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post Jan 18 2010, 10:24 PM
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QUOTE(brian91 @ Jan 17 2010, 11:43 PM) *
Long before we had the internet, it was sometimes difficult to know that a song might be a cover version, unless the DJ on the radio happened to mention it. When you first heard a song you liked, but you thought it was an original tune, and then a while later you find out it was actually a cover version of an old song. Are there any songs that you were surprised to hear were actually cover versions.

Ones that I never knew were covers till a long time after were:

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (original: Gloria Jones)
The Clash - I fought the law (original: Sonny Curtis & Crickets)
Dave Edmunds - Girls Talk (original: Elvis Costello)
Harry Nilsson - Without You (original: Badfinger)
Manfred Mann’s Earthband - Blinded by the light (original: Bruce Springsteen)
Nazareth - Love hurts (original: Everly Brothers)
Pretenders - Stop your sobbing (original: Kinks)
The Byrds - Hey Mr Tambourine Man (original: Bob Dylan)

That's an interesting list. I think I knew that most of them were covers at the time because DJs at the time were more likely to mention it. The one exception would be Love Hurts - the first version of that song I remember hearing was by Jim Capaldi but again it was regularly introduced as a cover version.
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post Jan 18 2010, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE(Mushymanrob @ Jan 18 2010, 08:33 AM) *
yes it was... and ive got the original on vinyl... i DETEST the wets awful tripe version mad.gif

bolndie - denis (denee) (forgot the orig but early 60's )
clash - i fought the law (orig bobby fuller four 1966)

Also Blondie - The tide Is High originally by The Paragons and later massacred by Atomic Kitten
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post Jan 18 2010, 11:08 PM
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'Torn' by Natalie Imbruglia. Never realised it was a cover until a good year or so later when I saw something on MTV at the time.
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post Jan 18 2010, 11:13 PM
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My Way was an English language version of a French song adapted by Paul Anka.
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post Jan 19 2010, 09:37 AM
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QUOTE(Mushymanrob @ Jan 18 2010, 08:33 AM) *
bolndie - denis (denee) (forgot the orig but early 60's )



Randy And The Rainbows.
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post Jan 19 2010, 11:49 AM
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Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group

I only found out last year this was a cover version, on the Island 50th anniversary programme broadcast on BBC2.
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Madonna - Ray of Light

based on the track "Sepheryn", written by Clive Maldoon & Dave Curtiss
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