Covering another person’s song is always an interesting endeavor. The balance between being somewhat recognizable and putting your own stamp on a classic is always a challenge. Making it a better song than the original is also very rewarding. To that end, finding a cover that might just be better is the point of this series of articles. I will post 2 songs, the original, and then the cover. Once you listen them both, pick your favorite in the poll, and voila, we have a winner. First up is Feeling Good, original Nina Simone, the cover by Muse. Lets see what Muse can do with a legitimate classic.
Nina Simone was an American singer, who basically could sing the phone book in all genres, a legend. This song is one of her signature tunes, a hard one to follow.
And now The Muse. An English group, they have a pretty strong body of work as well. So we have the legend versus the challenger, Muse. Your call from here.
Interesting Covers takes a trip into the surreal by looking at Britney Spears “classic” Oops – I Did It Again. I realize I may face some mocking over this one, but one must take a chance now and then and reach for a straw? Remember, this song is used by the US Navy to drive off pirates near Somalia.
The song itself was released on her second album in 2000 and written by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. It reached number 9 on Billboard and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. While there is little debate that she can sing, I am just not a big fan of the style of music. I do however, love to see what other people have done with the song.
Let’s begin with a version by Richard Thompson. he chose to do it in a medieval style and even renamed it as “Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt”.
This version is rather disturbing. The Children of Bodom a Finnish death metal bands version.
And a final cover, a big band swing version by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.
This could qualify as an Interesting Cover. Which reminds me, I should post a new one of those. Time is our enemy at times isn’t it. Today’s offering, presented for your approval, is a live version of a cover by Luke Doucet of a classic Cure tune, “The Lovecats“. Great song, and a great version. Luke Doucet is another of those Canadian talents that we kind of keep as a secret from the rest of the world. He is everywhere on Canadian radio, teaming up with Danny Michel, or playing with Whitehorse (a duo with Melissa McLelland) or playing on his own. Enjoy!
Three very different takes on this classic. The original was written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and appears on his second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan“. It was first performed by Dylan at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Over the years it has been recorded many times by a wide and varied array of talent. Dylan himself has redone the song several times, most recently in 2007. I have touched on this diversity with what I believe are some pretty different versions, and finished off with the original.
First up, a version by Roxy Music‘s Bryan Ferry. As expected, it is different. He recorded it in 1973 on “These Foolish Things” where he did a raft of covers.
Jason Mraz performed this song on “Listen To Bob Dylan: a Tribute”. Another slightly different take done in the Mraz style. Nicely done.