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I was talking to Alan last night about the fact I've seen several people over the past few months, from back-garden house parties to little concerts doing covers of Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah. It doesn't work. Jeff Buckley substituted the instrumentation on Cohen's track for the amazing range of his voice, and so every time I hear it from other people it's just rubbish. Even if they've got a decent voice it just doesn't suit the song whatsoever. Bands: stop covering Hallelujah and cover something more interesting.

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Fugees - Killing Me Softly

The first words are something like: "Ah, yeah, yo, ah, ah, yeah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ONE TIME (one time) ONE TIME (one time), ah, yeah"

Die.

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Orgy's cover of Blue Monday. Any nu-metal cover of anything, because nu-metal was obviously just wrong in itself. Any 'ironic' cover that's exactly the same as the original but twice as fast, using only power chords and sung in a stereotypical punk voice. My high school years were haunted by Green Day-lite (and you know that means it's pretty fucking lite) bands whose stock in trade was doing just that whilst thinking they were really clever for coming up with the idea.

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...is amazing.

Yes.

I'd only heard the original for the first time the other week, and I was shocked - it's almost as if people only feigned their dislike for the Scissor Sisters' version due to it being originally performed by a so-called-legendary band, without actually realising that the original was pretty dull.

The Scissor Sisters gave the song a beating heart.

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Well, the original is amazing as well, but I eventually had to admit that the SS version is tremendous.

The rest of the SS album is similarly amazing (really!), and I never listen to pop music, only metal, industrial, prog and classic rock stuff (mostly).

The Orgy cover of Blue Monday hasn't got a lot wrong with it. It has its place, in goth clubs, where it sounds great, and where it may get played instead of/as well as the original.

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The Orgy cover of Blue Monday hasn't got a lot wrong with it. It has its place, in goth clubs, where it sounds great, and where it may get played instead of/as well as the original.

This hasn't got a lot wrong with it? Dear lord.

Apart from it being a bit embarassing generally, I've never seen the point of covers that ape the original. If you're going to do a version of a song, do something different with it. Just adding chugging guitars in the chorus doesn't really cut it.

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...is amazing.

I really enjoyed Scissor Sister's version too! And I love Pink Floyd.

A great example of a terrible cover (in my opinion) is Track 4 off Dream Brother...

..runs off to check band name..

..with King Creosote's version of Grace. I mean, they put effort in to make it sound new (woo!), but it just sounds like bad karaoke

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This hasn't got a lot wrong with it? Dear lord.

This video is cool and the song is much better from the original. This is the best cover made ever. Orgy is a great band and not only a one hit wonder they have great songs.

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Any cover that gets released as a single instantly goes on the shit-list. Eternal Flame is diabolical. I'm sure there's more but it's too early and me brains static.

Normally I'd agree with you, but Carter USM did a surprisingly good cover of "The Impossible Dream" which, surprise surprise, was released as a single.

It didn't make Christmas No. 1.

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