Like I’ve already said, I’m not a massive fan of cover songs. I’d much rather listen to the originals, to me, they come from the writers heart, thus I am able to connect with the song a lot more, because I know that the writer/performer genuinely means what he or she says. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more annoying than a twelve year old singing about losing a husband, or someone singing the famously melancholy song ‘Hallelujah’ in a happy way.
Anyway, enough of my rambling, here’s a few of my most favourite cover songs. The exceptions. The ones that don’t want to make me crawl into a hole and cry over the loss of faith in humanity.
Enter Shikari – ‘Call Me Maybe’ (Carly Ray Jepsen cover)
When I found out that they’ve done a cover of it, I didn’t anticipate anything great, even from a band that had subsequently written ‘Arguing With Thermometers’ and ‘Gandhi mate, Gandhi’. But for once, I was pretty content with being wrong. It’s sort of beautiful, in an angry way, which I thing is very typical as a band. It’s weird to see Rou Reynolds cooing rather than giving quite a lengthy rant about the downfall of society, but then again, stranger things have happened…
Jeff Buckley – ‘Hallelujah’ (Leonard Cohen cover)
Being such a beautiful song, I’m sure most of us think that ‘Hallelujah’ is an original Buckley song, but it isn’t, it’s actually written by a Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in 1984. Though it’s better to say, “it was written by Jeff Buckley”, that to say, “it was written by Alexandra Burke” any day.
Johnny Cash – ‘Hurt’ (Nine In Nails cover)
For reasons stated in one of my former posts.
Karima Francis – My Tears Dry On Their Own (Amy Winehouse cover)
What I like about this song is that it exposes the pain behind the lyrics, which Mark Ronson had hidden in the original. Seriously, if you’ve listened to this song already and it hadn’t triggered any emotion whatsoever, then you most probably have something wrong with you. And if you haven’t, then I strongly suggest you do. It’s basically a 2-3 minute song of pure gold.
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Chimes Of Freedom (Bob Dylan cover)
“Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toll/ As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds/ Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing/ Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight/ Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road.”
I don’t think there’s anything a can say to make you comprehend my love for these songs (Bob Dylan and Springsteen’s cover), but if there’s anything I can say is this: think of Marr’s ‘New Town Velocity’ in the voice of Morrissey, (you’re welcome, by the way). Both versions are undoubtedly great, yet completely unique, also not possible to say which is better.