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  posted on 4/22/2003 at 08:54 PM
Just for kicks, what is the worst cover of an ABB song anyones ever heard?

Some folks think that Molly Hatchet's version of "Dreams" is terrible.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2003 at 09:39 PM
I'm not sure this qualifies but I'll share it anyway. About two years ago a friend of mine convinced me to go see OAR, who I think is just an awful band. They are nothing more than a cheap imitation of Dave Mathews with a splash of reggae. But I digress. Anyway, we walked in right as the opening band was finishing up their set. Their lead guitarist was playing a very similar solo, in fact, it didn't take me long to realize that the solo he was playing was Dickey's solo from Blue Sky, the studio version. He wasn't just playing it, he was playing it note for note. It was like he had the sheet music in front of him. Automatically I assume that this band is covering Blue Sky, so I think, well, that's pretty cool. The crowd there was exceptionally young. I mean, me and my friend were the only ones drinking a beer. Not because we are raging alcoholics, but because we were the only ones there who were old enough to purchase adult beverages. So, the solo climaxes into that beautiful melody of notes that just sends the crowd into a frenzy. Then, the lead singer starts to sing the last verse and IT WAS A DIFFERENT SONG. I literally started to get angry, and so I asked this kid next to me if he knew what song they were playing. He told me that he loved these guys, apparantly they were a local act, and that this was his favorite song by them. I asked him why and he said because of the guitar solo. I was so pissed I couldn't even see straight. These bastards totally ripped off one of the ABB best solos ever recorded and tried to make it as their own. I have never been so disgusted in my entire life. I told the kid that the guitar solo he plays is a total rip off of the Allman Brothers. I told him the next chance he gets to listen to Blue Sky on Eat A Peach and hear the original, authentic version of one of the best recorded guitar solos of all time. I don't think that this qualifies as a "cover" but I thought it might be relevant.


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I'm not sure this qualifies but I'll share it anyway. About two years ago a friend of mine convinced me to go see OAR, who I think is just an awful band. They are nothing more than a cheap imitation of Dave Mathews with a splash of reggae. But I digress. Anyway, we walked in right as the opening band was finishing up their set. Their lead guitarist was playing a very similar solo, in fact, it didn't take me long to realize that the solo he was playing was Dickey's solo from Blue Sky, the studio version. He wasn't just playing it, he was playing it note for note. It was like he had the sheet music in front of him. Automatically I assume that this band is covering Blue Sky, so I think, well, that's pretty cool. The crowd there was exceptionally young. I mean, me and my friend were the only ones drinking a beer. Not because we are raging alcoholics, but because we were the only ones there who were old enough to purchase adult beverages. So, the solo climaxes into that beautiful melody of notes that just sends the crowd into a frenzy. Then, the lead singer starts to sing the last verse and IT WAS A DIFFERENT SONG. I literally started to get angry, and so I asked this kid next to me if he knew what song they were playing. He told me that he loved these guys, apparantly they were a local act, and that this was his favorite song by them. I asked him why and he said because of the guitar solo. I was so pissed I couldn't even see straight. These bastards totally ripped off one of the ABB best solos ever recorded and tried to make it as their own. I have never been so disgusted in my entire life. I told the kid that the guitar solo he plays is a total rip off of the Allman Brothers. I told him the next chance he gets to listen to Blue Sky on Eat A Peach and hear the original, authentic version of one of the best recorded guitar solos of all time. I don't think that this qualifies as a "cover" but I thought it might be relevant.


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Not so much of a cover, but a rip off. I have a friend who does that with a lot of music. I was trying to show him "Nasty Dogs, and Funky Kings," and suddenly he takes the chorus riff and tells me it would make a cool original if he did it a certain way. That drives me crazy.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 05:45 AM
Hands down, "Dreams" by Molly Hatchet. What a hack job.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 07:17 AM
Did Cher cover Midnight Rider?

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 08:20 AM
I hate Bob Seeger's "Midnight Rider", too, although nothing is as bad as Hatchet's "Dreams"... UGH! They KILLED IT!

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 08:37 AM
ding ding ding ding!!!! I think we have a winner: Molly Hatchet's version of Dreams

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 08:40 AM
They changed it from 3/4 to 4/4! The hooligans! The waltz-time rhythm is one of the things that makes Dreams so special. Besides, I've never liked the singer for Molly Hatchet, and for Gregg's voice to be replaced with his is the final indignity.
 
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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 08:55 AM
I've never actually heard Molly Hatchet's version of Dreams. Doesn't sound like I'm missing much.

Initially, I misunderstood the title of this thread, and I thought you were looking for not-so-great covers that the ABB performs. I had a nomination, but seeing as how this thread is not about that topic, I'll just keep it to myself. I don't want to get my a** kicked by you good people.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 08:58 AM
Good thinking Droogie...maybe you should start another thread so you can tell us which cover the band performs that stinks... there's probably a few....

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 09:07 AM
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They changed it from 3/4 to 4/4! The hooligans! The waltz-time rhythm is one of the things that makes Dreams so special. Besides, I've never liked the singer for Molly Hatchet, and for Gregg's voice to be replaced with his is the final indignity.



I never cared for his voice either..back when they first came out..this buddy of mine went nuts over them....I heard "Gator in the Bushes" until I could scream. We would have a party and all of us would pick out records...we all knew Scott would pick the Hatchet every time....He loved their version of "Dreams"...he was estatic when he heard it..haha. He's about 40 now...probably still jamming to "Gator".

Now I liked the dude..Jim Farar..that sang "Respect me in the Morning" and "Beating the Odds"..but they only used him on 2 albums..while the other dude was sick so bad.

I don't think the Hatchet was horrible...I always considered them a Skynyrd clone in a way.

But they played "Dreams" out of respect for the Allmans...just like they did "Freebird" the night Ronnie and folks died.

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 10:13 AM
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I've never actually heard Molly Hatchet's version of Dreams. Doesn't sound like I'm missing much.


Randy, if you never heard it, that is good. Don't ever listen to it either. Use those few minutes of your precious time to listen to the REAL Dreams again instead.

I have heard it once and that was enough.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 11:57 AM
I too along with your buddy would've driven you crazy bro -- I dig Gator Country (I think that's the title) to the nines -- when it comes to "smokin' guitars" or whatever, this song is awesome. In addition to those out of control solos, the handclaps are really cool too. It's about the only Hatchett song I know -- got it on tape and like your buddy -- I'll never get sick of it!
Never heard their version of Dreams though (at least I don't remember it) -- anybody ever hear Buddy Miles's version?

 

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I too along with your buddy would've driven you crazy bro -- I dig Gator Country (I think that's the title) to the nines -- when it comes to "smokin' guitars" or whatever, this song is awesome. In addition to those out of control solos, the handclaps are really cool too. It's about the only Hatchett song I know -- got it on tape and like your buddy -- I'll never get sick of it!
Never heard their version of Dreams though (at least I don't remember it) -- anybody ever hear Buddy Miles's version?



(Buddy Miles version) No...but you got me wanting to hear it...any good ?

"There's a Gator in the Bushes and it's calling Dean's Name" -

My buddy would be smiling to hear you say that you liked it too Stephen...we tortured him to death about it....

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 12:47 PM
THERE'S A GATOR IN THE BUSHES/AND IT'S CALLING DEAN'S NAME!!!!

Post of the year, to Kenny -- too goddamn funny man!! -- that's a great one. Let's hear big-time kudos for that line!

Buddy doesn't do a bad job with Dreams -- I always liked his voice, and he keeps the energy level where it ought to be. Not outstanding, but sincere though.

I can't help but add that someone made a pretty funny post about our Skynryd friend on Dickey's site recently, describing him as a "drama queen" or something to that effect.

Poor Dean -- hopefully he's got that Skynyrd blasting at full volume -- we know that's what keeps him happy. Those wierd posts do make him easy fodder for light-hearted snickering & jokes -- but he's a good enough guy.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 03:19 PM
Hands Down : MOLLY HATCHET's version of DREAMS..........Sad because I kind of dug some of the material that they played except for this tune.

Frightening bad !!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 03:31 PM
Hmmm... never heard the Hatchet-job Dreams, but did anybody hear any of that "jam band tribute to the ABB" CD from a few years ago? I didn't get it, but I checked out some sound clips from it... not awful, just VERY, VERY bland. I remember Ain't Wastin' Time No More being especially vanilla.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 03:38 PM
Hank Williams Jr. does a very tasteful and mournful version of Come and Go Blues, so I don't want to knock the man too badly, but he ruins Midnight Rider as he does several Skynyrd tunes and some ZZ Top covers. He always changes the lyrics around to suit himself and makes the songs be about him and his father when in actuality his father died when he was too yound to notice. The lyrics to Midnight Rider are perfect; they don't require tampering by a hack songwriter like Hank.
 
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Hank Williams Jr. does a very tasteful and mournful version of Come and Go Blues, so I don't want to knock the man too badly, but he ruins Midnight Rider as he does several Skynyrd tunes and some ZZ Top covers. He always changes the lyrics around to suit himself and makes the songs be about him and his father when in actuality his father died when he was too yound to notice. The lyrics to Midnight Rider are perfect; they don't require tampering by a hack songwriter like Hank.


Why do singers and bands seem to think it's necessary to monkey with lyrics and time signatures?

 

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Why do singers and bands seem to think it's necessary to monkey with lyrics and time signatures?


So that when Rolling Stone Ragazine critiques the song, the monkey that that drools the review can say: "Also of note is their cover of the Terrible Dandelion's 'Screw me Bald'. When THIS band covers a song, they make it THEIRS!!"

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 06:56 PM
Sittin at home one day, studying, and this strange song comes on the corporate rock station. Only at the end, do I realize it's Dreams. So I waited to find out who butchered it and the dj says Molly Hatchett. So I wonder who the hell is Molly Hatchett? Still wonderin' YIKES!! Buddy Miles??? YIKES!! Is he still alive. Helluva drummer tho... Better w/Hendrix, not Santana. Anybody remember that album?

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 07:04 PM
Molly Hatchet's DREAMS is a JOKE! I'm so glad you guys all agree. Although, I'm really curious about TopDroog's bad ABB cover, maybe I'll go start a new thread. . .

Hey did anyone see that Red Lobster comercial a few years back with "Revival" sung "People can you see it, Lobster everywhere?" hee hee. I laughed so hard when I heard that. Does that count?

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 07:09 PM
Yes, PauliG, it does.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 09:42 PM
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Hmmm... never heard the Hatchet-job Dreams, but did anybody hear any of that "jam band tribute to the ABB" CD from a few years ago? I didn't get it, but I checked out some sound clips from it... not awful, just VERY, VERY bland. I remember Ain't Wastin' Time No More being especially vanilla.


For reasons I'm still not very clear on, I did buy that tribute cd...listened once and it has yet to venture off my shelf....you said it, Marley....very bland...ugggg

 

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  posted on 4/23/2003 at 10:44 PM
Band Of Gypsies, wish I had that whole show, Machine Gun is killer.

 

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