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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:29 pm 
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ok, here's a question for ya. what song has been remade that you like better than the original?

here's mine:
bruce springsteen originally recorded blinded by the light but when manfred mann's earth band remade the song it turned out better than the original in my humble opinion. they did a fantastic job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRtAJy2nFVM


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:46 pm 
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The winner for me is...The Power Station - remade Get it On (Bang a Gong) - While they are cheesey(Robert Palmer plus Duran Duran guitars) I will say that this remake simply rocks. The drummer(black man whos name escapes me) simply does an awesome job too.

I personally think they are awesome on that song. Its probably not the best for me but its the one that came to mind right away.

Others honorable mentions in no particular order other than as they come to memory(I used to work in a record store)

Where Did You sleep Last Night – Nirvana – performed on MTV Unplugged just before Courtney Love had him murdered. I thought this was much better but doesn’t count as it’s a folk song. They also redid Meat Puppets Lake of Fire much better too.

Save Ferris – Come on Eileen remake – much better, ska beat, female lead so they mxed it up a bit. I hate exact copies as remakes.

Bauhaus – Awesome version of Ziggy Stardust(I think its better)

I fought the law – The Clash(much better)

Good Year for the Roses – Elvis Costello – I thought George Jones did excellent, but Elvis did it even better. Im soooo against remaking a classic, for example you don’t attenmpt to remake Patsy Cline. Just don’t. I would have advised against this for Elvis but he pulled it off, and as it turns out was a tremendous fan of George and classic country music.

Train in Vain – One of my fav Clash songs, done by everyone from Annie lennox to a Bluegrass guy whos name escapes me. Also Dwight Yoakum.

American Woman – Lenny Kravitz.

Cum on Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot (yeah, it’s a cover.)

Hard To Handle – Black Crowes… I like them better than Otis.
Tainted Love – Soft Cell – yeah it’s a cover too.

Wild Thing – The Troggs – yes, they even did covers way back then. The Wild Ones did it a year earlier.

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow – very cheesy, but better job than the strangeloves.

I will Survive – Cake – As much as Gloria Gainner made the original a classic, Cake mixes it up, their own style, they make it their own. I like it.

Respect – Aretha Franklin – Otis Redding did it first.

Jolene – The White Stripes – The stripes show whitney Houston how to take a toon and make it your own.

Red Red Wine – UB40

Smokin in the Boys Room – Motley Crue

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorougood – Great version.


I will say there should be a running post for songs that were remade where the artist should be summarily shot, because common sense would dictate that they should have never attempted to remake the song.

Likewise, while Whitney redid I will Always Love you - and sold millions, Im not saying its bad, but I still prefer Dolly Partons original. Doly btw was very gracious when asked how she liked it.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:58 pm 
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2000 Man - Ace Frehley's take on a Rolling Stones tune.
Knockin on Heaven's Door -- Guns N Roses
Breadfan - Metallica
Land of Confusion - Disturbed

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:13 pm 
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redsonsuperman wrote:
2000 Man - Ace Frehley's take on a Rolling Stones tune.


i enjoy listening to the dynasty album from time to time. i think it's some of their best work considering the era. disco was the norm and kiss really made a great transition with that album. thank god the disco craze last only a short time. i don't think i could have tolerated the bee gees any longer than that. i still have nightmares when i hear jive talkin' playing on the radio. their next album wasn't bad either. unmasked was a delightful and lighter side of kiss that makes you wonder how they ever managed to play heavy rock. nonetheless it was a decent album. destroyer was the ultimate kiss album. there will never be another kiss album with the power and influence as destroyer.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:19 am 
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Oh for Goddssakes....Cum On Feel the Noize!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:42 pm 
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Seether's recent remake of Careless Whisper was pretty solid. Not a huge fan of that tune, but I thought they did a good job covering it.

And who could forget Alien Ant Farm's cover of Smooth Criminal? Those crazy bastards need to make more music.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:00 pm 
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tainted love- marilyn manson.
no quarter- tool
and some of the ones already listed.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:09 pm 
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New York Groove and Fox on the Run both by Ace Frehley

Ace just has a way of either picking just the right songs for himself or making them his own, maybe a combination of both.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:59 am 
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the sweet version of fox on the run sounds almost identical to frehley anyway. it's uncanny how much it sounds like ace.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:00 pm 
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Cum on Feel the Noise by Quiet Riot

Bang a Gong (get it on) by the Power Station

Venus by Bananarama.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:28 am 
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tainted love- marilyn manson.
no quarter- tool


I was having trouble thinking of a remake worthy of mention but those are two good ones.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:34 am 
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This is pretty good...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05ip-N0H1Ig


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:38 am 
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Cheryl Crowe re-made the Cat Stevens' song THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST and i prefer her version!!! 8) Stevens was a great song-writer !!! It's a shame he threw away his career !!! :x


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:42 am 
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How about "Venus" by Bananarama?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:48 pm 
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Jimi Hendirx: "All Along The Watchtower" (Bob Dylan agrees!)
Joe Cocker: "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Metallica: "Astronomy" (I hate to admit it, because Blue Oyster Cult's original friggin' ROCKS)
Johnny Cash: "Hurt"
Derek & The Dominos: "Little Wing"
Soft Cell: "Tainted Love" (first recorded by Gloria Jones way back in the early 1960s).

The Grateful Dead must have performed dozens of songs that other performers did first, and I often prefer the band's interpretation. One example would be Chuck Berry's "Around and Around"; there's a version on One From The Vault that sums up everything that is good about rock and roll in the space of four minutes.


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