There's a band called The Gourds who did "Gin N Juice" as a country song. It was pretty big on Napster, although it was invariably credited to the Barenaked Ladies. (Who, to be fair, are generally the kings of badass covers.)
Fiona Apple did an incredible version of "Across The Universe", by The Beatles, but something tells me admiting to liking that in a wrestling forum will kill and any all credibility I might ever have had.
There's also a CD out called "Punk Gone Pop", which is nothing but punk rock covers of Top 40 songs from the last few years. (It's really strange. "Get This Party Started" by Pink sucks hard. Limp Bizkit sucks hard. But a band that sounds exactly like Limp Bizkit covering "Get This Party Started" by Pink kicks seven different kinds of ass.) There's also similar covers of Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Mandy Moore, Michelle Branch (the hottest chick on Earth, by the by), etc. etc. etc.
"It's a sad day when mocking one's opponent via midget becomes an acceptable form of entertainment." --Lance Storm
One of the first mix discs I made when I got my burner was an all-cover CD with the following:
The Alarm - Rockin' in the Free World Frank Black - Hang on to your Ego Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men Dread Zeppelin - Heartbreaker Duran Duran - White Lines Goo Goo Dolls - Never Take the place of your man Jim's Big Ego - Feelin' Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel and some Doug E. Fresh thrown in - ya gotta hear it to believe it!) The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson Mike Peters (of the Alarm) - The Message Pet Shop Boys - Always on my Mind Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide Smash Mouth - Can't Get Enough of you Baby Social Distortion - Ring of Fire Soul Asylum - Sexual Healing The Soup Dragons - I'm Free Matthew Sweet - Magnet & Steel U2 - Everlasting Love Paul Westerberg - Sunshine Dwight Yoakam - Suspicious Minds
Speaking of U2 covers, grab your copy of their best of (1980-1990), with the bonus disc of B-sides, and find "Unchained Melody". Damn good. I've actually made it my life's mission to get every U2 B-side... think I have almost all of them.
And in one of the scariest moments ever (which I believe predates the aforementioned "Punk Goes Pop" comp), Limbeck covering "I Want It That Way". No, really. A punk band does a sincere version of that song. And as I'm typing this post up, Reel Big Fish's cover of "Kiss Me Deadly" (thanks, Heal the Bay comp!).
Hopefully you all don't mind if this old man weighs in with his favorites:
The Beatles - "Twist and Shout" The Beatles - "Devil In Her Heart" The Beatles - "Money" The Beatles - "Rock and Roll Music" The Beatles - "Bad Boy" The Beatles - "Dizzy Miss Lizzie"
OK, so I'm a Fab Four mark. Moving away from The Beatles:
The Beach Boys - - "Sloop John B." Mark Chesnutt - - - "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" George Harrison - - "Got My Mind Set On You" The Monkees - - - - "That Was Then, This Is Now" The Searchers - - - "Love Potion No. 9" George Thorogood - "Move It On Over" The Who - - - - - - - "Summertime Blues"
Anyway, that's the opinion of a man whose radio dial is usually set to the oldies station.
I would have to include anything off of Duran Duran's Thank You if for no other reason than some of those covers are just so damn funny. Others I would want to include would be: Hindu Love Gods covering Prince's Raspberry Beret Lyle Lovett covering the Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil Suzanne Vega covering the Dead's Cassidy and China Doll The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy did an awesome cover/remake of California Uber Alles And last, but definately not least, Tom Cochrane covering Chris LeDoux's Life is a Highway.
"Verhoeven's _Starship Troopers_: Based on the back cover of the book by Robert Heinlein."
The local college radio station played their bitchin' cover of Gin And Juice seemingly ages ago, so after looking everywhere repeatedly, I finally found the CD on Buy.com and got it for something like 5 bucks. They're kinda alt-country, I guess you'd call them... point was, on that same cd, Gogitchyershinebox (and now re-released on Shinebox, with new songs), they do a cover of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust that also rocks the socks off of any man wearing standard issue socks.
"Jackson Cage" - John Wesley Harding. I never liked the original, but the almost countrification (that isn't a word, I know) makes it so beautifully desperate. "Because the Night" - Patti Smyth. So sultry. 10,000 Maniacs aren't even close to bringing Patti's passion to this. "Highway Patrolman" - Dar Williams. "I'm on Fire" - Johnny Cash. Johnny sounds just like your friendly neighbourhood stalker (not Barry Windham). Beyond creepy, but still incredible.
And some that I bring the hate for:
"Human Touch" - Joe Cocker. At least Joe sounded somewhat sober. "Atlantic City" - Hank III. The first time the CD was played, I kept telling myself "I didn't hear that. I didn't hear that." I keep trying to like it. I just can't.
"'Cause life is like a mop, and sometimes life gets full of dirt and crud and bugs and hairballs and stuff. Well, you, you gotta clean it out! You gotta put it in here and rinse it off and start all over again. And sometimes life sticks to the floor so bad that a mop is not good enough, a mop isn't good enough. You gotta get down there with a, with a toothbrush ya know! You gotta scrub, you gotta get it all off, you gotta really try to get it all off. And if that doesn't work, you can't give up! You gotta stand right up, run to the window and say: "Hey! The floors are dirty as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!!" - Stanley Spadowski
"Suicide is Painless" -- Manic Street Preachers (MASH theme) "Stayin' Alive" -- Ozzy Osbourne & Dweezil Zappa (Beegees) "Hit Me Baby One More Time" -- Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa (Britney Spears) "Angie" -- Tori Amos (Rolling Stones) Anything by MFATGG "I Am The Walrus" -- Jim Carrey (Beatles)
Anthrax - "Bring the Noise" is an awesome version of the Public Enemy song. There is also a sweet cover of "Won't Get Fooled Again" on Van Halen "Live Right Here, Right Now" Disc Two. Pearl Jam's Buddy Holly cover was good, too.
The absolute fucking worst cover of any song by any act I have ever heard is from the Divas Las Vegas show on VH1 that my wife *really* wanted to watch so I said ok because she let me sit through all the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs I wanted:
"You Shook Me All Night Long" as performed live by Celine Dion and Some Other Chick. I had to call my friend Tommy who is the biggest (as in they're on tour so I'll take a week off and go see them in Tacoma, Portland, Vancouver and twice in San Jose) AC/DC fan when I realized what the song was. He flipped it over to VH1, took a second to take in what he was watching and hearing and went COMPLETELY APOPLEPTIC for five solid minutes. I think if he'd have been at the show the might be no more Celine Dion.
Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastardThere's a band called The Gourds who did "Gin N Juice" as a country song. It was pretty big on Napster, although it was invariably credited to the Barenaked Ladies. (Who, to be fair, are generally the kings of badass covers.)
I thought it was Phish that did the cover, or are there two versions swimming around?
(edited by Whitebacon on 28.6.02 1119) When my time on earth is done, and my activities have passed. I want they bury me upside down, so my critics can kiss my ass. Bobby Knight
Bishop Allen's "Click Click Click Click" sounds like it could be an ad for Kodak - but, aside from fun and happy, it doesn't really meet your other standards. Here's the song... http://www.youtube.com/watch?