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Yesterday while driving I heard some cover songs come on the radio that were... not really the best attempt, and so I started wondering what are some actually good cover songs. The only one I had come to mind right away was Sanitarium by Bullet for My Valentine, which was a cover of Metallica's version.

For anyone curious what I heard in the car, it was Breaking Benjamin covering Tool's Prison Sex and some band doing a cover of Thriller. The latter was forgettable and the former just sounds like a bad karaoke attempt.
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Yesterday while driving I heard some cover songs come on the radio that were... not really the best attempt, and so I started wondering what are some actually good cover songs. The only one I had come to mind right away was Sanitarium by Bullet for My Valentine, which was a cover of Metallica's version.

For anyone curious what I heard in the car, it was Breaking Benjamin covering Tool's Prison Sex and some band doing a cover of Thriller. The latter was forgettable and the former just sounds like a bad karaoke attempt.
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There are some legendary covers that basically stole the song from the original writer. Hurt by Johnny Cash and All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix come to mind. But I've heard some BAD covers in my time, and a couple of them were actually in video games. Specifically, Rock Band has a TERRIBLE cover of Ballroom Blitz. I mean, that vocalist is trying to do an impression of the original vocals, and failing miserably. Poor guy.
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There are some legendary covers that basically stole the song from the original writer. Hurt by Johnny Cash and All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix come to mind. But I've heard some BAD covers in my time, and a couple of them were actually in video games. Specifically, Rock Band has a TERRIBLE cover of Ballroom Blitz. I mean, that vocalist is trying to do an impression of the original vocals, and failing miserably. Poor guy.
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(Sep 2nd, 2019, 09:27 PM)Maniakkid25 Wrote:
I mean, that vocalist is trying to do an impression of the original vocals, and failing miserably. Poor guy.
I don't get the point in covers that just try to imitate everything about the original. If you're not going to at least play it in your own style of music and vocals, I feel it's rarely worthwhile.
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(Sep 2nd, 2019, 09:27 PM)Maniakkid25 Wrote:
I mean, that vocalist is trying to do an impression of the original vocals, and failing miserably. Poor guy.
I don't get the point in covers that just try to imitate everything about the original. If you're not going to at least play it in your own style of music and vocals, I feel it's rarely worthwhile.
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Well, the point in Rock Band is that it's MEANT to be in the style of the original. I mean, you're playing in a cover band lol. I've also talked before about bands like Van Canto, which do a lot of a capella metal covers (and original works, sometimes), and it's awesome! But as far as "in your own style" goes, there's songs like Luno as done by Death From Above 1979 (which is decidedly Dance-Punk), The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Steve Ouimette (METAL!), and I'm sure a few others that I can't immediately think of (Aside from the two I just mentioned), but now that I'm thinking of the Devil, let me just digress to a song that is on a fuzzy barrier between a cover and a parody: a hip-hop version of the Devil Went Down to Georgia called "The Devil Came Up to Michigan". It's about as weird as you think it is.

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Well, the point in Rock Band is that it's MEANT to be in the style of the original. I mean, you're playing in a cover band lol. I've also talked before about bands like Van Canto, which do a lot of a capella metal covers (and original works, sometimes), and it's awesome! But as far as "in your own style" goes, there's songs like Luno as done by Death From Above 1979 (which is decidedly Dance-Punk), The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Steve Ouimette (METAL!), and I'm sure a few others that I can't immediately think of (Aside from the two I just mentioned), but now that I'm thinking of the Devil, let me just digress to a song that is on a fuzzy barrier between a cover and a parody: a hip-hop version of the Devil Went Down to Georgia called "The Devil Came Up to Michigan". It's about as weird as you think it is.

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Usually I find cover songs to be bad, or intolerable. This is a poor example, but as I continuously heard this over the radio at work, Callum Scott's (had no idea who this was until I just looked it up) cover of Robyn's Dancing On My Own, I hated listening to it. Also I only just heard Robyn's on the same radio weeks prior to the talent show guy's version started playing. Didn't think the original was great, but the cover was just worse to me. Can't think of a better example though, and I know there are some I do find much worse than the original. Or, even that I find better than the original, but that's more of a rarer case.

Here's some I can think of though. Disturbed's cover of Land of Confusion, plus Sound of Silence. Find those just as good as the originals. A somewhat new band of female metal vocalists coming together, Exit Eden, making cover songs of pop and rock songs. Yeah, the originals are OK in their own right, but I personally prefer listening to Exit Eden's versions. Groove Coverage's cover of Alice Cooper's Poison I also enjoy.

But yeah do agree covers shouldn't really be a straight copying of the original's style, need to put their own twist into it.
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Usually I find cover songs to be bad, or intolerable. This is a poor example, but as I continuously heard this over the radio at work, Callum Scott's (had no idea who this was until I just looked it up) cover of Robyn's Dancing On My Own, I hated listening to it. Also I only just heard Robyn's on the same radio weeks prior to the talent show guy's version started playing. Didn't think the original was great, but the cover was just worse to me. Can't think of a better example though, and I know there are some I do find much worse than the original. Or, even that I find better than the original, but that's more of a rarer case.

Here's some I can think of though. Disturbed's cover of Land of Confusion, plus Sound of Silence. Find those just as good as the originals. A somewhat new band of female metal vocalists coming together, Exit Eden, making cover songs of pop and rock songs. Yeah, the originals are OK in their own right, but I personally prefer listening to Exit Eden's versions. Groove Coverage's cover of Alice Cooper's Poison I also enjoy.

But yeah do agree covers shouldn't really be a straight copying of the original's style, need to put their own twist into it.
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Just recently I discovered a youtuber called mree who has done excellent covers of the Kingdom Heart's opening tracks. My favorite definitely has to be 'face my fears' since I feel the original is way too overly synthesized.

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Just recently I discovered a youtuber called mree who has done excellent covers of the Kingdom Heart's opening tracks. My favorite definitely has to be 'face my fears' since I feel the original is way too overly synthesized.

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