I'll start with a freaky one. Diamanda Galas doing I Put A Spell On You.
Post your favorite semi-obscure cover song here
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mmmm- feels GOOD
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Tricky - "Black Steel (in the Hour of Chaos)"
(Original by Public Enemy)
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Steve and Eydie, "Black Hole Sun"
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Sinead O'Connor - "Ode to Billie Joe"
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Diamanda Galas sprta scary, but she is really a big supporter of hiv cause.
Tara Jane O'Neil - The Rainbow Connection
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Trouble - Kristin Hersh
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Bettye LaVette - "How Am I Different" (Aimee Mann)
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Great one, R2.
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Comfortably Numb - Scissor Sisters
Inside and Out - Feist
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Pete Townsend's live, acoustic version of the English Beat's "Save It For Later." It's on the album "Deep End Live," which is my favorite live album.
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Alice Cooper, "Pretty Ballerina."
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Sarah McLachlan's Lovecraftian rendition of "Unchained Melody" is exquisite.
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Borderline - Jody Watley
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V. gay collection in the making...how many of these are going to be sung by girlies...85%?
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R14 is a straight man.
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Throwing Muses - Ride Into The Sun (Velvet Underground)
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Kristin Hersh - Panic Pure (Vic Chesnutt)
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Ben Gibbard, "They Don't Know About Us"
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Debbie Harry - Prelude To A Kiss.
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Fountains of Wayne, "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)"
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^ Katrina Leskanich's take on the same song:
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Not sure if Roxy Music covering Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" counts as semi-obscure, but I love it!
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Love that one, R22. This is a fun thread.
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Aztec Camera doing Van Halen's Jump (1985):
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I'm sorry bitches, this video is the king of all covers ever made.
Need I say it?
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Sublime and meditative, one of Sinead O'Connors best performances:
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What songs are those, R25 and R26?
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R26 here. The song Sinead sings is Nirvana's heartbreaking 'All Apologies':
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The Cure's version of "Sweet Talking Guy".
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OP, her version sounds more like the original than the original.
Here is my offering:
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Peter Wyngarde - Neville Thumbcatch
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Joan as Police Woman - "Sweet Thing" (David Bowie)
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Tori Amos - "Time" (Tom Waits)
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Manic Street Preachers - Umbrella
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Ooops, sorry. Here it is:
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Perfect Day, Duran Duran
R11, I love the Left Banke's original, but Alice Cooper's is surprisingly good too.
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That version of I Put A Spell On You by Diamanda Galas is even crazier than Screaming Jay Hawkins' original and that was one song I never thought could be out-crazied.
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NOT the "information society" version! ever
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/17/2012|
Patrizio Buanne covering Robbie Williams' "Angels" in Italian. The video posted on youtube is incomplete, though.
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The Cramps: Lonesome Town
Also love Patti Smith doing the Marvelletes Hunter gets Captured by the Game, but can't find it online.
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Venus -- Bananarama
Yes, I'm old.
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Moves Like Jagger -- Eyal Amir (on the iPad)
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/17/2012|
Bettye Swann covers Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again".
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Dolly Parton - Shine
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Nina Hagen, "My Way"
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Erykah Badu - First time i ever saw your face
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I love her take on that song, R44.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/17/2012|
The Lemmonheads do "Frank Mills"
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/17/2012|
The Pretenders cover Radiohead's "Creep"
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Faster Pussycat have a blast with "You're So Vain".
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Cat Power, Wonderwall. A version where the cover is so much better than the original.
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Annette Peacock's versions of "Love Me Tender" and "Don't Be Cruel".
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[quote]A version where the cover is so much better than the original.
Not hard to do with an Oasis song.
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Debbie Reynolds - If I Had a Hammer
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I'll admit that Wonderwall is musically a good pop song as long as you ignore the lyrics.
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Gail Farrell and Dick Dale, "One Toke Over the Line"
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For the person who mentioned The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game, here's Massive Attack doing it with Tracey Thorn on vocals. It's gorgeous.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/17/2012|
Groove Armada cover Madonna's "Crazy for You"
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Chaka covering Dizzy Gilespie
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Yuna covering Frank Ocean
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R54, here's "If I Had a Hammer" in Italian:
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Thanks to the poster who put up Steve and Eydie's "Black Hole Sun"
Here's Tom Jones and The Cardigans with "Burning Down the House"
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I really like Cat Power's version of Wonderwall, the Oasis version I have zero time for.
The Cardigans' awesoem cover of Kraftwerk's Das Model.
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Stina Nordenstam People Are Strange, love this cover, but not a big fan of the original.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/18/2012|
I actually really like many of Tori Amos covers including Smells Like Teen Spirit, Daniel and Springsteen's I'm On Fire.
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Tori Amos and Cat Power both suck.
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Hellsongs cover a shitload of metal songs, but the first one I heard is still my favorite: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
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The Bird and the Bee - Don't Stop the Music
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R65, you might like Tori's cover of Carly Simon's Boys in the Trees
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Camera Obscura - Tougher Than The Rest
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r66, stop pretending you know who Cat Power is.
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The Czars, Where the boys are.
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Jonathan Wilson - La Isla Bonita from the album Through The Wilderness, a tribute to Madonna, basically a load of indie signers try and make Madonna songs sound cool, mostly failing, Jonathan Wilson of course succeeds.
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The Replicants (feat. Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle) - "Silly Love Songs"
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Roberta slows it down and gives a serious, grown up version to a bubble gum pop song
|by Anonymous||reply 75||09/18/2012|
Not sure if it's obscure, but Nina Simone's cover of the Bee Gee's 'To Love Somebody.'
|by Anonymous||reply 76||09/18/2012|
Ruby Isle's cover of Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back."
Really cheesy, but I love it.
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This cover of Kate Bush(by unknowns)is pure gold:
|by Anonymous||reply 78||09/20/2012|
Mary Chapin Carpenter performing Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark...
As she says, a bummer song by someone else.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||09/20/2012|
Betty Buckley singing her favorite song:
Come On, Come On by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
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Yay, Kate Bush!
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/22/2012|
Low doing Joy Division.
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Patti LaBelle - You'll Never Walk Alone
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Roll Me Through the Rushes by a set of obscure '70s queens singing ladies' parts
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Karen Carpenter's "End of the World."
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Matthew Sweet's "She Said She Said"
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Amy Grant singing "You can Sleep While I Drive" w Melissa Etheridge. Not a true cover, but worth watching for the smouldering chemistry.
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This is a great thread.
Here's a better link for R82.
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Suede, "Brass In Pocket".
Better than the original, per Chrissie.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||08/24/2013|
Didn't read whole thread,so sorry if this repeats but, Bryan Ferry does a sexy/creepy (Eno produced) cover of, I Put a Spell on You,too! Also B. Ferry, Rescue Me.
Two by Galaxy 500. Ceremony & Listen,the Snow is Falling.
Cat Power's, Sea of Love.
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Don't Cry for Me Australia!
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Madonna doing ABBA's "Angel Passing Through My Room"
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Nino Tempo and April Stevens, I"m Confessin' That I Love You
This is such a great song--it's got a little rockabilly thing going on
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Kylie doing "Under The Influence" by Love Unlimited
|by Anonymous||reply 94||08/24/2013|
Robin Thicke has put out a terrific cover of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," I hear.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||08/24/2013|
Gravity Jones - Bizarre Love Triangle
it was used in 2006 tv commericals for "Payless shoesource", it's not on youtube but you can find it on iTunes or Amazon
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You can hear tons of great covers like this on the podcast Coverville:
|by Anonymous||reply 97||08/24/2013|
Travis did it better.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||08/24/2013|
Voice of the Beehive covering The Partridge Family.
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Ginger Rogers singing "We're in the Money" in pig latin. P
|by Anonymous||reply 100||08/26/2013|
Pale Saints cover "Kinky Love" by Nancy Sinatra
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Great one R89.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||08/26/2013|
Here's one for the kiddies from Uncle Rolf!
|by Anonymous||reply 103||08/26/2013|
Charles Aznavour's "What Makes A Man A Man?" has been covered by a number of artists, notably by Marc Almond and Liza, but this dance version is rather different and quite good.
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Chypnotic - Nothing Compares 2U
This song reminds me of the Saturday gay dances at Columbia University. It was an awesome time with some of the hottest and horniest boys and girls in Manhattan and other areas coming together to let their hair down.
They'd also play it in gay bars (Uncle Charlie's, etc.) and was a smash because it was an upbeat dance version of Sinead's haunting but somber version. Good times!
|by Anonymous||reply 105||09/14/2013|
As a cover, this Tom Waits' song has been successfully recorded by Rod Stewart.
I think that Sandra Bernhardt does it better. I don't know why I just do.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||10/01/2013|
The Belle Stars - Iko Iko (used over the opening credits of "Rainman"
|by Anonymous||reply 107||10/01/2013|
Mojo Nixon covers Girlfriend in a Coma
|by Anonymous||reply 108||10/01/2013|
Dinosaur Jr. covers Just Like Heaven
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I went to the Korn concert the other night. I promised myself that if my neck wasn't soar by the end of the night I didn't have a good enough time. The concert was great. One big mosh pit. And my neck is soar so LOL.
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My sister used to have a 45 of Patti Smith singing "White Christmas." It was adorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||10/01/2013|
Richard Cheese, "My Neck, My Back":
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Ciccone Youth : Into The Groovey
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Erreur Fatale featuring Siobhan Fahey covering Joy Division's "She's Lost Control"
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R109, that's one of Dinosaur Jr's biggest, best-known songs. Not exactly obscure.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||10/01/2013|
By DL standards, Dinosaur Jr is obscure.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||10/01/2013|
The Czars cover of ABBA's "Angel Eyes" is beautiful.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||10/01/2013|
The Golden Palominos' cover of Ennio Morricone's title theme to "For a Few Dollars More"
|by Anonymous||reply 118||10/01/2013|
Shawn Colvin did this acoustic-guitar cover of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley.
Her version is beautiful and more than a little eerie. I think I recall reading somewhere that she's battled her share of mental-illness demons.
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Esther Phillips -As tear go by
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James Brown covers The Beatles - Something.
George Harrison said this was his favorite cover of the song.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||10/01/2013|
S'Express's cover of Bobbie Gentry's "Find 'Em, Fool 'Em, Forget 'Em".
Vocalist Sonique had a solo UK hit several years with her own cover of "I Put A Spell On You", OP.
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Esther Phillips -As Tears goes By
|by Anonymous||reply 123||10/01/2013|
Grace Jones' cover of Consolidated's "Typical Male".
|by Anonymous||reply 124||10/01/2013|
I Don't Know why - The Rolling Stones. Stevie Wonder cover.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||10/01/2013|
Great thread. I love every cover the Cowboy Junkies have done. Great selections, great renditions.
Blue Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ6EGsZdxpE
Sweet Jane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4XVJj4jER4
Thunder Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQmHvxRzqw
Dead Flowers (Stones) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlKnciJ-6WM&list=PL3E64C06ABE038049
|by Anonymous||reply 126||10/01/2013|
Fleetwood Mac, during a rehearsal, breaking into an impromptu version of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
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Rob Thomas and Antigone Rising's Cassidy--"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
(You might want to turn your Youtube player's volume to low, as the uploader apparently felt ultra-loud, distorted audio was the way to go.)
|by Anonymous||reply 128||10/01/2013|
Hey Hey Helen - Lush
|by Anonymous||reply 129||10/02/2013|
Joss Stone's cover of Sylvia's "Pillow Talk" is completely fabulous.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||12/07/2014|
Just the Two of Us- Will and Jaden Smith
|by Anonymous||reply 131||12/07/2014|
Martin L. Gore covering In a Manner of Speaking by Tuxedomoon.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||12/07/2014|
The Girl, The Park and LSD
|by Anonymous||reply 133||12/07/2014|
Marianne Faithfull covers Dylan's "I'll be your baby tonight."
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