Musings on the byways of popular culture
08/03/2021 by Vincent 137 Comments
Liberace covering The Who.
DO YOUR WORST.
08/03/2021 at 18:43
Jim Davidson – Karn Evil 9
08/03/2021 at 19:20
How many seconds can you last?
hubert rawlinson says
08/03/2021 at 19:29
Didn’t know he’d recorded with Brave Combo.
Ooh there’s a whole album and it has Stairway to Heaven, Hurrah,
08/03/2021 at 21:50
Is that the album with Tiny’s version of Bye Bye Blackbird? Brilliant.
08/03/2021 at 22:04
Rigid Digit says
08/03/2021 at 19:26
Vic Reeves – Vienna
Very unusual version – mad as a box of frogs …
09/03/2021 at 08:06
I still think it’s less terrible than the original.
08/03/2021 at 20:03
He did some good covers and some very poor ones throughout his career. Across the Universe is absolutely dire, but maybe this is his nadir:
Moose the Mooche says
08/03/2021 at 20:11
Still not as bad as Working Class Hero. “PIck a CREER!”
08/03/2021 at 20:08
Not sure Rog was expecting a version like this – probably didn’t say no to the royalties though:
08/03/2021 at 22:55
Wish you were here has hosts of covers of surprise. OK, so you want reggae AND bagpipes
08/03/2021 at 20:10
This cover version is a joke(?)
Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke.
Rumours of Public Enemy returning the compliment by covering Rio are (sadly) untrue.
08/03/2021 at 20:14
I’ve never actually had the nerve to listen to this. Still haven’t.
Sewer Robot says
08/03/2021 at 20:21
Fear Of A Black Planet Earth
“You’re about as easy as a nuclear war at 33 1/3”
And, for those, like me, who were going through puberty when the *other* Girls On Film video came out – Party For Your Right To Pillow Fight..
08/03/2021 at 20:45
Re-flex Without a Pause?
Lucy. In the. Sky. With. Diamonds
08/03/2021 at 20:12
His recent blues album makes that lot sound like Aretha’s Amazing Grace.
08/03/2021 at 20:13
all worthy additions to the musical canon.
08/03/2021 at 20:15
Pat Boone re-made a host of Metal songs in a croony swinging jazz stylee.
Its A Long Way To The Top (If you want to do A cover of an AC/DC track from 1976)
08/03/2021 at 20:16
including the inevitable Stairway – this one or Rolf? The jury is still out
Black Type says
11/03/2021 at 22:52
The jury has returned, and Rolf is duly convicted.
09/03/2021 at 03:28
The orchestration though! I love it!
08/03/2021 at 20:23
Stairway to Heaven? ROCK LOBSTER!!!
09/03/2021 at 10:50
This was actually a hit for Dolly Parton.
Can we keep this thread really quiet so that KFD doesn’t see it?
09/03/2021 at 09:08
TOOOOOO LAAAAATE FOR THAT YOUNG MOOSE!
Did you honestly imagine that I would not notice Zep being given a brilliant Aussie, B52s make over?
On the recent one-hit-wonders thread, Swiss duo, Double, and this gorgeous song were mentioned.
I was surprised to see that the wonderful Randy Crawford had done a cover. A shimmering, smooth jazz gem, but then again, the original is already perfect.
Carlos Cabezas from Chile taksa lot more liberties!
Nothing is sacred for Carlos! He’s done a whole album of covers: Deja Vu.
08/03/2021 at 20:50
No longer considered unusual
count jim moriarty says
09/03/2021 at 18:15
One of our greatest singers takes on a magnificent song. What’s not to love?
Uncle Mick says
08/03/2021 at 20:57
Kim Wilde does Todd Rundgren….. Really
08/03/2021 at 21:24
Black Sabbath as it would have sounded in the 14th century. In Latin!!
08/03/2021 at 21:37
Genuinely, this is brilliant
Also a Dylan cover and familiar now. But if you try to listen to this afresh it is a pretty left-field idea
08/03/2021 at 21:44
Here we have a Mrs Miller tribute act…
08/03/2021 at 21:46
Mustn’t forget this.
MC Escher says
09/03/2021 at 07:46
And they say conservatives have no sense of humour…
09/03/2021 at 20:23
Gladys says “Not as good as mine, but at least she didn’t Othala Rune it”
08/03/2021 at 22:17
08/03/2021 at 22:20
That whole album is ace. Almost worth sitting through that tiresome “kooky” film for.
08/03/2021 at 22:25
Yeah agreed, I like Wes Anderson films, but that is one of his worst.
08/03/2021 at 22:40
One last one from me
Billybob Dylan says
08/03/2021 at 23:39
Given that the original is so easily identified by its fuzzy riff, it’s interesting how well this works with the riff left out.
09/03/2021 at 20:41
One of Mark Strong’s choices on this week’s Desert Island Discs
09/03/2021 at 22:47
Canny fettle, Tosker!
Paul Wad says
08/03/2021 at 23:55
Just when I thought I’d got the image of Toyah’s Enter Sandman out of my mind, someone has to bring up unusual cover versions. I’m off for a cold shower.
09/03/2021 at 07:33
Toyah’s lockdown vids have me requiring a cold shower, too.
09/03/2021 at 00:15
Spotify thought I’d like to hear this in my Discover Weekly list…
09/03/2021 at 00:29
How about a Cantopop version of the Cocteau Twins……
Hong Kong singer Faye Wong with her cover of the Cocteau’s ‘Bluebird” (retitled as “Random Thoughts”)
There’s actually a few Cocteau Twins covers by Faye Wong and they actually collaborated also with original songs written by them for her.
09/03/2021 at 07:40
That reminds me, Japancakes covered the whole of My Bloody Valentine’s album Loveless in an acoustic stylee. Soon:
09/03/2021 at 03:33
This is rather fabulesque.
Black Celebration says
09/03/2021 at 04:40
On Broadway – Gary Numan and Leo Sayer
09/03/2021 at 07:47
One of the most hated men in English pop together at last.
10/03/2021 at 03:10
Would you like another go at that Bri 😉
09/03/2021 at 05:13
Here’s one for you…
09/03/2021 at 08:21
09/03/2021 at 21:02
I’d never heard of those two: -Paul Weston and Jo Stattord, a couple who were extremely popular in the 1950s.
Here they are as themselves on the Jack Benny Show.
And here is “Darlene” duetting with Ella Fitzgerald.
09/03/2021 at 08:53
Brucie does Blood, Sweat and Tears – didn’t he do well?! etc. I own this record.
And this – Sammy’s ace version of “Shaft”.
09/03/2021 at 09:16
I wonder who thought this was a good idea?
09/03/2021 at 10:46
His old boss?
09/03/2021 at 10:48
(Well it’s credited to Lydon/Jones/Cook/Matlock)
09/03/2021 at 19:12
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band have form snuggling up to the Punky kids
Do Anything You Wanna Do
and Going Underground
Arch Stanton says
09/03/2021 at 09:32
Celine Dion rocking out like a drunk Aunt at a wedding, Just when you think it can’t get any worse out comes Anastacia. To add extra warbles.
09/03/2021 at 09:35
And while im here. The worst thing ever recorded by anybody of anything.
09/03/2021 at 10:51
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini..
given a German, pirate-metal makeover.
You don’t hear those every day.
09/03/2021 at 10:58
Does this count as a cover?
09/03/2021 at 11:12
An indie band covering Randy Newman you say? Here you go;
Mystery Jets – Short People
Early 90s dancer cover of Kate Bush more your thing? Here you go;
Blue Pearl – Running Up That Hill
Rufus covering Stevie maybe? Here you go;
Rufus Wainwright – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Reggae Beatles. Surely you want this? Here you go;
Something – Phyllis Dillon
Grunge meats The Who perchance? Here you go;
Pearl Jam – Love Reign O’er Me
Maybe Muse covering Duran Duran? Here you go;
Muse – Hungry Like The Wolf
Plenty more where these came from, I am a fan of the odd cover (if they are good)
09/03/2021 at 21:29
That Phyllis Dillon album is really good, but Something is – unfortunately – not as reggae as you promised..
10/03/2021 at 09:21
A very fair point & I mis sold that one. It is a great album though as you rightly state. It was only brought to my attention by Stella McCartneys Desert Island Discs I think.
09/03/2021 at 11:17
Two for the price of one from Frank Zappa.
..and for a bonus point
09/03/2021 at 22:49
He actually put Stairway out as a single.
09/03/2021 at 11:24
A jazz piano trio version of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
09/03/2021 at 21:42
And another on the big organ. Pleasure Beach.
09/03/2021 at 11:26
Lee Perry gives the Bee Gees a dub makeover.
09/03/2021 at 11:31
09/03/2021 at 17:32
Splendid stuff, Mike!
09/03/2021 at 12:13
Surely Peter Glaze’s version of Bowie’s “Golden Years” has a place in this thread?
(apologies if you’ve seen this clip hundreds of times before).
GCU Grey Area says
09/03/2021 at 12:29
He may have massacred XTC’s ‘Making Plans For Nigel’, too.
Never forget his Ashes to Ashes.
“Major Tom’s a cheeky monkey” etc
09/03/2021 at 12:54
Many of you will have heard Susanna and the Magical Orchestra’s magnificent Dolly Parton reboot.
The White Strips have also covered it.
Bluegrass BoRap? Hmm. Not quite sure. They do lay well and all look so wonderfully wholesome and enthusiastic.
Bluegrass Snoop? Magnificent!
The Gourds really hit the nail on the head.
09/03/2021 at 13:44
Great, I get to post Elaine Page’s Bo Rap for the second time in as many weeks. If you think the original was a bit underplayed, this includes the full kitchen sink.
10/03/2021 at 23:01
I find Susanna & The Magic Orchestra’s version of Love Will Tear Us Apart more haunting and chilling than the original:
09/03/2021 at 12:58
This is awesome (naturally)
09/03/2021 at 13:02
And so is this:
10/03/2021 at 08:24
What a wonderfully playful sense of fun he has. A whole new side of Bruce for me.
11/03/2021 at 18:26
I think that was the tour where Bruce opened the set every night with a cover version of an artist with connections to the city/area they were playing. Somewhere on the Tube of You there is a video of him playing Lorde’s ‘Royals’ somewhere in New Zealand (probably Auckland).
11/03/2021 at 18:36
And ‘London Calling’ when he played Hyde Park. And ‘You Never Can Tell’ when he played Leipzig. And ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’ when he played Salford.
fatima Xberg says
09/03/2021 at 15:12
You’re probably all waiting for a few weird ones from Germany: here’s Nena, and the mighty Adam & Eve!
09/03/2021 at 16:06
Cindy und Bert never surpassed their encounter with the hellhound.
Here they are going squeamishly Greek.
Salma and Sabina’s Abba in Hindi album has not aged.
09/03/2021 at 16:47
Sweden only, it says here?!
James Taylor says
09/03/2021 at 17:18
Unusual in so much its so far from Moby’s original, but I think this is one of my favourite cover versions:
09/03/2021 at 19:13
That is excellent @James Taylor..It makes me very keen to hear more of her.
As regards German artists doing covers, Fatima, my main man is Senör Coconut.
Deep Purple, Sade, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kraftwerk: his choice of material is wonderfully broad.
We can’t have a covers thread without mentioning the magnificently entertaining Postmodern Jukebox.
Kid Dynamite says
09/03/2021 at 17:35
Sure I have posted this before, but anyway….
Ludicrously bombastic goth synth anthem recast as a pop soul gospel stomper:
and this is just as wonderful, the
09/03/2021 at 20:08
You can never hear Diane Birch too often. That’s the Phenomenal Handclap Band backing her up.
09/03/2021 at 21:37
I am really taken by Diane. I want to hear more.
I hadn’t heard the original by the Sisters of Mercy. Magnificently bombastic video.
And as for that Schneider TM track. I was bowled over. The video certainly contributed a lot.
When I saw Morrissey (and then a few years later Johnny Marr) in the Arena Tent at the Roskilde Festival and they played that song , the entire audience of 10, 000 sung along with gusto. A true anthem of our times.
10/03/2021 at 22:54
Sisters of Mercy covers? There are loads – Knocking On Heaven’s Door, Gimme Shelter, Ghost Rider, Louie Louie, Sister Ray, Jolene, 1969, Gimme Gimme Gimme. Emma is a good one to be going on with:
11/03/2021 at 07:24
For more Diane Birch, KFD, start with the album Bible Belt from 2009 (but so Laurel Canyon it could be 1974). She did a 7-track EP, The Velveteen Age, in 2010 with The Phenomenal Handclap Band. I didn’t much like her second album.
Track 2 of the covers EP, Diane covers Siouxsie:
09/03/2021 at 17:39
A brilliant spooky version of a classic.
09/03/2021 at 18:49
Gosh we got this far and no one has posted this chap?
09/03/2021 at 19:16
You and I were writing at the same time, BJB. That track is an unstoppable floorfiller.
09/03/2021 at 19:36
So I see KF. Great minds, eh? Also, just remembered this Dead Kennedys cover:
09/03/2021 at 19:25
I Can See For Miles (all the way to the Indian subcontinent)
09/03/2021 at 20:07
No joke this is my favourite cover version
09/03/2021 at 20:42
09/03/2021 at 21:46
My thanks to Rigid Digit for posting this recently.
09/03/2021 at 21:51
Sorry Vincent. We’ve moved on to rather excellent covers. Unusual but very good.
Mr Hudson and the Library’s version of this song from My Fair Lady is a cracker.
Songhoy Blues from Mali are a stupendous live band and they do a magnificent cover of this Clash song.
People are Strange. Tiny Tim knew what he was singing about.
Here are a few more from Tiny.
An extraordinary entertainer!
10/03/2021 at 07:38
From the If I Were A Carpenter album (grunge acts cover Karen & Richard) here’s Dishwalla (nope, me neither) doing It’s Going To Take Some Time:
10/03/2021 at 08:33
Clare and the Reasons did a Genesis reboot which is a treat.
When they played a small cellar gig in Stockholm, they brought in local musicians just to do this song justice. Respect!
And now, their chanber-poppy take on Tears for Fears.
10/03/2021 at 08:50
Another Afterword favorite – featuring Mahavishnu bass player Rick Laird:
10/03/2021 at 09:49
Nice one, Fatima.
King Crimson covers don’t grow on trees and Annie does it very well.
Well I never! I just found this glittery, glamorous, techno Frippery.
10/03/2021 at 12:20
10/03/2021 at 12:50
Another one talking to the wind
10/03/2021 at 09:20
Made me muse over how few Zappa covers there are
10/03/2021 at 10:03
That’s very true.
I googled and discovered a whole album by the Harmonia Ensemble, a chamber ensemble from Italy. They worked with Roger Eno.on that one.
They’ve also done an album of Nino Rota compositions.
They look interesting.
10/03/2021 at 17:53
10/03/2021 at 18:59
And of course one of the earliest Zappa covers comes from Sweden:
10/03/2021 at 10:48
No better way to kick start your career than an idiosyncratic cover version….
It worked for the Scissor Sisters.
10/03/2021 at 11:01
Can I just say, as a fan of “Tommy”, that the performance in the original post is the bar-none laziest cover version I’ve ever heard?
10/03/2021 at 17:58
This is properly brilliant.
10/03/2021 at 20:47
Great find, Moose!
Here is another clip with a little more explanation about this fab combo:
“6 French musicians dressed as Mongols touring Russia playing Led Zeppelin covers .”
They’ve also done an ACDC tribute.
Immigrant song -completely bonkers!
10/03/2021 at 18:02
Miles Davis covered both Michael Jackson and Cindi Lauper in his later years.
10/03/2021 at 19:10
Two extremes. The utterly dismal…
And the weirdly brilliant…
10/03/2021 at 19:52
Bryan Ferry doing his best Bryan Ferry impression there.
10/03/2021 at 21:18
Bryan Ferry dismal? That’s great!
10/03/2021 at 20:54
Lots of beauties there. This one? Not so much.
10/03/2021 at 20:57
Wurzels go Dub with Kate Bush
10/03/2021 at 21:20
Cover versions of Waterboys songs are rare. I just stumbled across this very intense version of Whole of the Moon by Fiona Apple..
I’m not sure I don’t prefer the Killers’ version though. There’s more joy and wonder there.
Karine Polwart’s version of WOTM on Her Great Scottish Songbook album is an absolute dozy.
I do like Celtos Cortos’ version of Blues del Pescador.. It rattles along very agreeably.
10/03/2021 at 22:26
From the first Cardigans album
10/03/2021 at 22:48
11/03/2021 at 09:22
If we are going full on foreign, here’s the always excellent Ukrainians.
11/03/2021 at 09:29
Bit o’ brass?
11/03/2021 at 09:46
That reminds me… Cubik:
11/03/2021 at 13:16
Thought this had posted last night,but OUCH.
Maybe not unusual but probably meta.
A Rutling tribute tribute band.
11/03/2021 at 13:36
I was looking on YouTube for a version of The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” that I’d heard recently from a Ghanaian band with a female vocalist. Couldn’t find it, but I did find this rather good (pretty straight) version by a band called Prabhav from Nepal.
14/03/2021 at 09:58
An oddity from the Peel Archives: Cud do Hot Chocolate ,,,,,
14/03/2021 at 10:35
Not as odd as Hot Chocolate do Elvis….
14/03/2021 at 10:44
Went to see a Carpenters tribute show last night and was reminded of this oddity – a band written off by the hip and groovy of the time as vanilla, white-bread corniness (though since “rehabilitated” – gee, thanks!) doing a cover of a song by a mystery band some people thought might be the Beatles…and the subject is UFOs! How could it lose?
PS Any Australian correspondents getting the chance to see The Carpenters From Kempsey, I can recommend ’em)
19/03/2021 at 23:25
Clash of cultures.
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