This playlist is destined to be a flop… The goal was to do a “reverse cover songs” list where I tried to find the originals of songs which have been eclipsed by cover versions.
This is not altogether easy because where I think the original has been long forgotten, someone is bound to say “*I* remember the orginal perfectly well” or “I’ve never even *heard* the cover of that” or worse “I’ve never heard *any* version of that song.” So I gauged this the old fashioned way – prostitution general observation. In my opinion, some of the originals are better. Sometimes they are worse. Sometimes they are remarkably the same.
Forgive me for what I’m about to do…. (after the jump)
1. Everly Brothers – Love Hurts
If you were conscious in the 70s, you’ll have been inundated with Nazareth’s version of this song. I was going to grab Gram Parson and Emmylou Harris’s duet thinking it was the earliest (and best) version. Then I discovered that it’s actually an Everly Brothers song. Bah. I can’t listen to this without singing Emmylou’s part.
2. Tears For Fears – Mad World
I can’t get too mad that everyone thinks this is a Gary Jules song because a) nobody was remembering this song anyway and b) Gary’s version is much different and a really great cover. Still, I loved this album back when I was too cool for new wave but not cool enough for punk. I still love this version even though it’s hopelessly dated.
Dionne Warwick – Always Something There To Remind Me
You’re welcome, Naked Eyes.
3. The La’s – There She Goes
Maybe the Sixpence None The Richer version of this isn’t well known enough to count as “eclipsing” the original, but that’s the only version I ever hear. I much prefer the original.
4. Harold Melville & the Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now
Simply Red – you owe a lot to this song.
Speaking of not knowing someone by now, this is Lee Pace:
5. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Yeah I know that everyone probably knows this was a Bowie song first, but still nobody ever plays this version. I’m kind of glad Nirvana ripped David Bowie off so completely because it just goes to show how much his music from 40 fucking years ago still stands up. And Bowie’s version is still better. *snerk*.
6.Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
As many of you know, I lose my mind when I hear someone refer to “Maxwell’s” version of This Woman’s Work. I love Maxwell so don’t get me wrong, but this song should never have been covered. I may be slightly biased by the fact that this has been one of my favorite songs since I first heard it and I don’t see how it could be improved.
You know what’s weird? Did you ever make a mix tape and play it so much that now, whenever you hear a certain song, you immediately hear in your mind the song that came after it on some now lost mix tape? Every single time I hear this song, the next song in my head is Jane Siberry’s One More Colour… I miss my old mix tapes. Especially those songs that are now only a memory.
7. Neil Diamond – Red Red Wine
So so sorry for this. Thank you UB40.
8. Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
Couldn’t leave this one off.
Bob Marley and the Wailers – I Shot The Sheriff
Simon’s the only one who didn’t know that.
9. Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons – Love Hurts
BONUS! Not an original, but such a fantastic song.
You know what else is fantastic? How hot Lee Pace is… I mean, come on. (Just go with it… new pretend boyfriends are the best.)