Mudcat Café message #215237 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20510   Message #215237
Posted By: zenduck
20-Apr-00 - 06:26 PM
Thread Name: Shouldn't have been covered (songs)
Subject: RE: BS: Shouldn't have been covered
I have never been able to understand the cult of "American Pie" - pretentious twaddle. Good for Madonna for messing with it. The best thing Don McLean ever recorded was his cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying," even though it couldn't hold a candle to the original.

Glad somebody pointed out the abomination that is Nazareth's butchery of "Love Hurts."

The new Joni Mitchell album raises the interesting case of someone covering her own material 30+ years on. The new version of "Both Sides Now" has a depth that the original couldn't get close to (the Judy Collins cover is guaranteed to induce insulin shock - dreck), but the remake of "A Case of You" fails utterly.

James Taylor's hyper-honky covers of R&B classics ("How Sweet It Is," "Mockingbird," etc.) are the greatest unintentional joke to ever ooze out of a radio.

The greatest cover of all time is Vivian Stanshall's version of "Suspicion."