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it happens quite often. but this is the worst case for me of a song almost ruined by shitty shitty cover versions:
Walk On By
every rat pack standard
every soul/r&b classic
I won't have that! Jazz standards become standards because they are strong enough songs to endure any number of covers. That's why they are still fresh today, while later, more 'song-writerish' stuff quickly becomes stale when re-interpreted too many times.
In fact what we call 'standards' were invariably written with that purpose in mind (i.e. for musicals and thus for a character rather than a particular individual). I don't even consider standards as 'coverable' as most have been around since the 20s and 30s and are, rightly, mainstays of most jazz-based musicians repertoires.
after westlife, you're still not sick of Mack The Knife?
They did a terrible version of it - unforgiveably poor. But a great song like that can withstand knocks. The Bobby Darin version (along with plenty of others) still has a timelessness that can't be touched.
Whereas, 'Yesterday' (which is also a good song in my opinion - sorry Grockle :D) just seems faintly ridiculous in the light of its being covered a billion times by everyone and their dog.
Walk On By by The Stranglers is one of the best ever covers ever. Probably my favourite Stranglers song too. i don't think it's been ruined.
All the cover versions miss both the tone and the humour.
I hate it when they sing it on stuff like pop idol and they try to put 'soul' into it.
for the Cocker version, which is better than the original, BLATES!
I cannot help but picture the opening credits to The Wonder Years, ah Kevin and Winnie, why did you never end up together?
...blitzkrieg bop i will kill them.
<3 the ramones because they could get away with being bad, your band of 15 year old bad religion fans CANNOT.
thank you simon cowel for killing a timeless love by let robson and jermone and garth gates sing it
i remembered this one last night in bed.
just dont, ok ?
way too many versions of this - why even try?
more good ones than bad ones though.
all though it's been LOADS most of the one's I've heard are actually really good.
Some baaad versions of this.
i was at a gig years ago in chelmsford, and there was a band there who did a cover of creep - they changed the lyrics though... i seem to recall the lyrics to the chorus were:
i fuck sheep
im a welshman
and so on.
they were dressed as ninjas too.
basically a cover anyway though.
Thanks James Morrisson. Thanks a lot.
Incidentally I remember Snow Patrol did a cover of Crazy in Love. And it wasn't bad! Even with Ziggity Zane Lowe rapping on it!
Standard rock that every single 17 yr old band ever do (Nirvana, Chilli Peppers, QOTSA etc)
as NONE are NEARLY as good as the original...
I like a lot of covers tbh, but please people, stop covering this song!!
probably nearly as much as the original. Squarepusher, Bis, Keytarded, even the Moldy Peaches one...
big yellow taxi has been ruined for me by shitty cover versions as well.
particularly that vile aural abomination that counting crows inflicted upon the world.
although everything counting crows do is a vile musical abomination, so i shouldn't be suprised that it was so unrelentingly shit.