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  posted on 1/21/2004 at 09:53 PM
I love a good interpretation of a great song. Joe Cocker's take on the Beatles was extreme to say the least, but still great.

However, What about when bad things happen to good songs?

Until recently, Guns 'n' Posers wreakmake of Sympathy for the Devil(guest vocals by Katherine Hepburn) was my nominee for worst cover ever.

But Limp Penis' absolutely awful trasshing of The Who's Behind Blue Eyes has burned a new hole in my stomach. Make up (lame) new words and leave out the jam and last verse- arrgh!

So, whats your candidate for the worst trashing of a good song?

 
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  posted on 1/21/2004 at 10:09 PM
Lucy in The Sky- William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk)
 

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  posted on 1/21/2004 at 10:49 PM
The Cranberries drove us out of Nissan covering
one of Stevie Nicks songs from Fleetwood Mac.

Only time I've felt sorry for Stevie.

It was so awful I've completely blocked what
song it was from my mind.

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  posted on 1/21/2004 at 11:13 PM
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Lucy in The Sky- William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk)


That was MY pick!

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 12:12 AM
Pat Boone "Crazy Train" or anything else off that stupid heavy metal album he made.
 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 12:32 AM
Probably a million bad covers ...

Counting Crows doing Big Yellow Taxi seemed
especially unnecessary ....

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 12:53 AM
Britney Spears's cover of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. She did I Love Rock and Roll also, and I can't imagine it was any better.

Shatner was bad, but at least he was so bad it was funny. Britney was much worse.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 12:53 AM
*Probably a million bad covers ...

Counting Crows doing Big Yellow Taxi seemed
especially unnecessary ....*

Yep, that one is a travesty. Unreal.

As of recent, Madonna's American Pie was rather awful.

I always thought The Byrd's version of "Hey Joe" was disgusting. Then again, it doesn't help doing that song when Jimi was still around.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 12:59 AM
Who can forget P. Diddy's version of Kashmir?

Better question: who can't forget it, and wishes they could?

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 01:00 AM
*Who can forget P. Diddy's version of Kashmir?

Better question: who can't forget it, and wishes they could?*

Jimmy Page. Found GUILTY by association.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 01:03 AM
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Britney Spears's cover of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. She did I Love Rock and Roll also, and I can't imagine it was any better.

Shatner was bad, but at least he was so bad it was funny. Britney was much worse.


When my daughter put that disc on I had no idea that "Satisfaction" was on it. I laughed my ass off. Horrible!

I agree with Finsky about Madonna also. American Pie is just not her style.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 02:23 AM
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*Who can forget P. Diddy's version of Kashmir?

Better question: who can't forget it, and wishes they could?*

Jimmy Page. Found GUILTY by association.


That collaboration/cover was just awful, during a time it seemed to be the thing. Page should have just said no IMO.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 03:24 AM
Spinning Wheel by Mel & Dave. Can be found on Kenny Everettīs The Worldīs Worst Record Show (Yuk Records).
Right behind it comes Mrs. Millerīs Loverīs Concerto.

But at the same time these are so hilarious that first time I heard them I fell off of my seat LMAO...

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 03:29 AM
That's a little hard on the Byrds, finsky (though who told Crosby he could sing that style of song??? ) - it was an in-vogue song at the time, and I think everybody was doing it in an uptempo style (Love, The Leaves etc.); Jimi only recorded his version in Nov '66, AFTER all the others. It was a genius move to slow it down, IMHO.

Worst one for me is probably unique to the UK - Candy Flip's "baggy" (horrible early 90's expression - think Happy Mondays, or Stone Roses) version of Strawberry Field Forever.

Yeuch!!

 
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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 05:25 AM
Dylan's cover of Peter, Paul and Mary's "The Times They Are A Changing" or his cover of "Blowing In the Wind".

The guy is good looking. He just can't sing.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 06:02 AM
Someone already mentioned William Shatner's Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, a top pick for sure.

Continuing with actors, how about Shatner's on-screen partner Leonard Nimoy attempting Proud Mary? Totally illogical of him to fancy himself a singer.

Or Shatner again..."shatnering" his way through It Was A Very Good Year.

My all -time acting pick would be Mae West completely and utterly destroying The Door's Light My Fire. So bad it's hilarious.

Sadly, a good friend of mine is a record collector so he loves finding stuff like this and inflicting it on us...

[Edited on 1/22/2004 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 06:45 AM
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Who can forget P. Diddy's version of Kashmir?

Better question: who can't forget it, and wishes they could?


huh HAH huh

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:06 AM
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Who can forget P. Diddy's version of Kashmir?

Better question: who can't forget it, and wishes they could?


You made me remember it again.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:23 AM
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Who can forget P. Diddy's version of Kashmir?

Better question: who can't forget it, and wishes they could?


Thank God I never heard that one.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:54 AM
OMG, the Kashir cover is AWFUL. I CANNOT BELIVE jimmy page played on that. i saw it on SNL - he had a full orchestra and **** . AWFUL. truly AWFUL. I mean, REALLY REALLY BAD.
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ut Limp Penis' absolutely awful trasshing of The Who's Behind Blue Eyes has burned a new hole in my stomach. Make up (lame) new words and leave out the jam and last verse- arrgh!

I completely agree. that sucks really bad too.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 08:58 AM
Re: "Come with Me/Kashmir"

One of my pet peeves is when a rocker thinks he'll get some prestige by having an orchestra play a really ridiculously simple part in a song. P. Diddy didn't need the London Philarmonic to play that riff over and over. A bunch of 9-year-olds who'd had 4 violin lessons could've done the same.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 10:05 AM
*That's a little hard on the Byrds, finsky (though who told Crosby he could sing that style of song??? ) - it was an in-vogue song at the time, and I think everybody was doing it in an uptempo style (Love, The Leaves etc.); Jimi only recorded his version in Nov '66, AFTER all the others. It was a genius move to slow it down, IMHO.*

I guess the lack of songs to record had something to do with it, but it just doesn't sound right!

Speaking of GunsNRoses, they really did an awful take on Knockin' on Heaven's Door. Axel actually seems like he has some good taste in songs.

Neil Young's cover of Imagine was..... odd. It wasn't bad, or anything like that. But it was one of those songs I never expected him to do. Ever.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 11:01 AM
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A bunch of 9-year-olds who'd had 4 violin lessons could've done the same.


ROTF, LMAO.

i remember back to the days when i thought there was nothing better then Led Zep. boy, how i've grown....bunch of rip off artists.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 11:44 AM
I was waiting for somebody to nominate Greg covering Brothers tunes.

BTW- for a great collection of celebrity singers, check out Rhino Records Golden Throats collection. In addition to the Starfleet officers already mentioned, it includes Jack Webb's unforgettable rendition of "Try a Little Tenderness" and Sebastian Cabot's take on "Macarthur Park". It's a real masochistic sort of pleasure.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2004 at 12:04 PM
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Probably a million bad covers ...

Counting Crows doing Big Yellow Taxi seemed
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That is exactly how I felt about that.

 
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