Best cover (as in a band or solo artist covering another band or solo artist's song not an album cover) ever


#1

Gotta be this.


#2

One of my favourites;


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Possibly my favourite ever…

I love the original, and obviously it’s probably one of the best metal songs ever, yet this version actually tops it - partly because of the addition of a nice layer of black humour on top, but mainly through the simple act of adding a one word chorus to the original. Genius :fist:


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fucking love that version of supernaut. Got the cassette of the nativity in black compilation it featured on somewhere…

Cathedral’s version of solitude is better than the original too, imho.


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Couple more great Sabbath covers:


#12

I’ve got that on CD, and there’s a (semi) interesting story behind it…

Back in the early 90s there was a shop in that London’s Chinatown that was one of the few places I knew of selling secondhand CDs. New CDs were still at least £10 back then, even back catalogue stuff (new releases were about 17 (!) quid each) so finding something secondhand was an absolute godsend. They had a lucky dip box of CDs that had lost their sleeves/boxes that were 50p a pop. Now some CDs obviously have the name of the artist and release on, but quite a few don’t. As such, and sort of like judging a book by its cover, I would occasionally pick up random CDs based purely on how cool they looked - unlike the saying, you should always judge a book by its cover as a lot of work has gone into targeting the people that are most likely to enjoy it. As such, this is how I ended up getting home, slinging on my new CD and discovering that I was the proud owner of a copy of Nativity In Black.

Just look at the CD - who wouldn’t take a chance on this badboy down for 50p?


#13

lovely stuff.

Reminds me of when I used to go to woolworths to search for cassettes with missing sleeves that they’d sell for half price. Picked up nevermind, first iron maiden album and a few others that way…


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Every Billy Corgan and Greg Dulli cover is fantastic, I’d highly recommend seeking them all out. Here are 3 of each.

Smashing Pumpkins - “Once in a Lifetime” Talking Heads Cover

Smashing Pumpkins - “Dancing in the Moonlight” Thin Lizzy cover

Billy Corgan - “To Love Somebody” Bee Gees cover

Afghan Whigs - “My World is Empty Without You” Supremes cover

Twilight Singers - “Please Stay” Marvin Gaye cover

Twilight Singers - “What Makes You Think You’re the One” Fleetwood Mac cover


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And I almost forgot:
Built to Spill, “Cortez the Killer” Neil Young cover