Speakers Corner: The LF Forum > Bad Covers

In response to Imran's superb piece on covers I just wanted to start a thread on really bad covers, songs that should have just been left the hell alone!

I'll throw in a few examples:

Any version of How Soon Is Now that isn't the Smiths original should be destroyed humanely (there are hundreds of teeny goths and emo bands trying it every year, just STOP).

Anything by Mike Flower's Pops (Wonderwall etc)

Fall Out Boy: Beat It (I don't mind this to be honest but it is so lame and unecessary)

Alien Ant Farm: Smooth Criminal (Again not terrible but certainly blows chunks compared to the original)

And a few good ones

Lay Lady Lay: Ministry (Truly weird and wrong yet so different to the original it's almost ok)

Land of Confusion: Disturbed (So terrible it's actually quite good)

Re-Light My Fire: Take That (oh come on you know you f*cking love it!)

Anything by Richard Cheese


September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Collacott

just when you thought it couldn't get any worse........

Former Sugababe Mutya Buena has covered Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' and Radiohead's 'Creep' for a new album celebrating London Camden Market (Daily Star).

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanx

The Mike Flowers Pops thing is a funny one - I remember when that came out and it sounded so authentic I genuinely thought Oasis had covered it.

Mutya's choices seem kinda bold to say the least. I really hope she doesn't R&B'ify them - I can almost hear 'Creep' with a simple drum pattern and glossy synths. Eek!

My pick for disastrous covers would be Madonna's 'American Pie'. I have to shower every time I hear it.

September 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

Can i chip in with a really GOOD cover?

Running up that hill by Placebo has always been a favourite of mine.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterX marks the...

Perfect Circle did a fairly dire cover of Imagine also

Under The Bridge Red Hot Chilli Peppers was awesome though

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Collacott

Nine Inch Nails did pretty good versions of Gary Numan's Metal and Joy Division's Lost Souls, not that either version improves or adds much to the originals.

I did like the Fear Factory version of Cars by Gary Numan, but i guess as Gary Numan was still providing vocals that it can't really be classed as a full cover.

Faith No More covering Bee Gees 'I Started A Joke' hmmmmmmmm

As relates to the first post, who's Richard Cheese?

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJr

Richard Cheese is a comic singer who does loung/club singer covers of famous songs, the more extreme/controversial the song was in original form the better it sounds when covered in a swing/jazz velvet suit way!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheRealRodHull