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Posted - Jun 8 2018 : 7:27AM
Here's one that I'm sure will shock some music fans - including me. But it's actually such an amazing song that I probably should have considered it may be.
Hazy Shade of Winter -The Bangles.

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Posted - Jun 9 2018 : 12:15AM
My older sister had the Simon and Garfunkel Bookends album with that song on it so I was very familiar with it. I really like the Bangles version and probably my favorite song of theirs. From the "Less Than Zero" soundtrack.

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Posted - Jun 9 2018 : 2:17AM
^ I remember when it came out, it was such an amazing song. Many years later, on a community radio station, the announcer said: Here's a great Simon & Garfunkel song, but you all probably know it as The Bangles, and played the original. That was the first I knew it was a cover.

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Posted - Jun 12 2018 : 6:28AM
Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
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Posted - Jun 12 2018 : 4:11PM
^^
I always knew it was a cover but the very difference between them and Simon and Garfunkel's was the bass push up from Michael Steele , that really makes the Bangles' version special on its own.
Though there was another cover from the Bangles it was Going Down to Liverpool from the british Band Katrina and the Waves (though their singer was American) , there's a phrase who gives it up in its lyrics when they mention a "UB40" which was a British form to be filled by the unemployed common in the eighties. No American would know and maybe this why they lefy it in the cover they probably had no clue of what it meant.

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Posted - Jun 13 2018 : 5:07AM
^ Wow. I didn't know the lead singer of Katrina and the Waves ("I'm Walking on Sunshine, whaaa ohhh") was American. But you have answered my quiz from above
"Trivia question (which actually came up at a pub trivia once): Where did the band 'UB40' get their name from?"

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Posted - Jun 17 2018 : 6:05AM
Shadows Of The Night --- Pat Benatar; original version by D.L. Byron

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Posted - Jun 17 2018 : 6:19AM
^ Sorry, I'm not familiar with that Pat Benatar song.
But did you know that 'All Fired Up' was a cover?

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Posted - Jun 17 2018 : 6:35AM
^ Nope until it was posted earlier in the thread. All Fired Up is not among my favorite Pat Benatar songs.
I didn't know Shadows Of The Night was a cover either until a couple of days ago when I saw Rachel Sweet had a version of that song. So I decided to look the song up and found out that D.L. Byron composed and recorded the original version.
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Posted - Jun 17 2018 : 7:36AM
^ I'm not even a fan, and I love 'All Fired Up'.
(Funnily, when it first came out, I remember a TV/radio announcer saying: if this new Pat Benatar song sounds a bit familiar, you're right.)

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Posted - Jun 18 2018 : 3:18PM
When I was in college in early 80s I found the "Times Square" soundtrack in a used record store and I bought it hoping for a couple good tunes. Suzi Quatro was on it and I kind of liked her. Anyway my favorite song on that record is D.L. Byron doing "You Can't Hurry Love", the Supremes classic (and Phil Collins had a big hit with the remake in 83). Byron does a real rock version of the song, kind of punky, and I love it. I had never heard of him and still don't know much about him-did not know he wrote Shadows of the Night.
Also love "All Fired Up". One of Benatar's best.

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Posted - Jun 19 2018 : 4:32AM
Hmm ... I'm not familiar with D.L. Byron.
But re. 'All Fired Up', when I first heard the Pat Benatar song, I thought it sounded familiar. When I heard the announcer say what he did, it turned it was originally a minor song by an obscure band from my country. I must have heard it when they released it.

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Posted - Jun 19 2018 : 3:08PM
Benatar also covered John Cougar's "I Need a Lover" on her first album and it got some album rock radio airplay.
Here's Byron's version of "You Can't Hurry Love" from the "Times Square" soundtrack.
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Posted - Jun 20 2018 : 4:33AM
^ Thanks. I’ll check it out.
With ‘I Need a Lover’, it turns out that cover was actually Pat Benatar’s first single.
I’m from Australia. But funny you mention ‘I Need a Lover’ and what country I’m from.
John Mellencamp recorded two albums with his first label. The first album bombed and the second wasn’t even released. Another label picked him up, but his then third recorded album, which included ‘I Need Lover’ bombed; and he was about to be dropped again. However, ‘I Need a Lover’ became a huge hit in Australia. Based on that success, Mellencamp was able to record the album ‘Johnny Cougar’ which also included ‘I Need a Lover’. The rest is history.
So if it wasn’t for Australia, John Mellencamp may never have had a musical career.
(“[Mellencapmp:]two record producers named Chinn and Chapman heard "I Need a Lover," and they had Pat Benatar sing it. It was her first big hit, and then mine went to Number One in Australia. It became a semihit in America, and it let me make another album.”
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Posted - Jun 24 2018 : 2:10AM
On the website rockunited.com D.L. Byron talked about how "Shadows Of The Night" came about. Speaking of the Times Square soundtrack Byron talked about how he was hoping that song would be on the soundtrack but eventually was turned down.

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Posted - Jun 25 2018 : 3:08AM
Here's one of my faves:

This is just one of a few that SRV covered from the late great Jimi Hendrix. Enjoy!

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Posted - Jun 26 2018 : 9:30AM
Assume most music fans will know these, but they still fit the topic. The Springsteen songs 'War' and 'Trapped'.

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Posted - Jul 3 2018 : 4:58AM
As per above.
Mony Mony - Billy Idol

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Posted - Jul 3 2018 : 7:03PM
Billy's biggest hit in the states but it was also a big hit for Tommy James back in the day so most people were familiar with it. Great song.

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Posted - Jul 4 2018 : 8:41AM
^ I was a teenager when it was released, and I didn't know it was a cover. But like so many other songs here, it's so amazing, you should probably consider it was a cover.
I also didn't know it was Billy Idol's biggest hit in America. Thanks for that.
Speaking of the man, Blink 182 did a hilarious spoof cover of 'Dancing With Myself'.

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Posted - Jul 5 2018 : 5:24AM
^^ And look what I found. (I actually only knew of the ’87 live version.)
“Idol released a cover version [of Mony Mony] in 1981 […] A live recording … became a hit for Idol in 1987 […] The live version went to No. 1, coincidentally displacing Tiffany's cover of another Tommy James song, "I Think We're Alone Now"”
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Posted - Jul 5 2018 : 3:14PM
^And Joan Jett and The Blackhearts had a big hit in 1982 with "Crimson and Clover", another Tommy James song.

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Posted - Jul 5 2018 : 6:21PM
^ Hmmm .... it actually seems most of Joan Jett's hits were actually covers.

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Posted - Jul 6 2018 : 5:17AM
^ I stand corrected: ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’ was an original.
 (Speaking of the great lady, look what I found out a few weeks ago
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Posted - Jul 6 2018 : 9:09AM
I'm a big Joan Jett fan. Many of her hits were covers. Her first 3 hit singles were all covers-"I Love Rock N Roll", "Crimson and Clover" and "Do You Wanna Touch" (Gary Glitter song and she did a few of his). Then she had "fake Friends" which was an original and followed that with a Sly Stone classic "Everyday People".
I saw the band Diesel on that bill for the Australian tour. Is that the same Diesel who sang the hit "Sausalito Summer Nights"? Semi-big hit in the states around 1980. Very catchy guitar line.
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Posted - Jul 6 2018 : 7:31PM
^ It is not. This is an Australian singer. Though, he was actually born in America, and left as a kid with his family.
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Funnilly, when he tried to make it in America, it was decided he couldn't use that name, due to the clothing brand of the same name. So he used his birth name, Mark Lizotte. But when he didn't make it in the US, a new issue was, no one in his home country knew it was him. So he had to back to using the name Diesel. To wrap it all up, the clothing brand Diesel is now available in Australia.

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Posted - Jul 11 2018 : 7:27AM
^^ Funny you mention that lineup and guitar playing. I'm not a Living End fan, but a few years ago I was at a festival show and they were on the lineup. When they came on, the guitar playing of lead singer and guitarist Chris Cheney (who now lives in America) was amazing. Blew me away. Last year I was at a show headlined by Jimmy Barnes, and he said "I found out my favorite guitarist in the world was in town, so I had to invite him". Chris Cheney came out and was brilliant.

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Posted - Jul 13 2018 : 7:40PM
^^^ "I'm a big Joan Jett fan"

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Posted - Jul 13 2018 : 11:13PM
I'll definitely watch that if I can find it on Amazon or Netflix. Thanks. I watch a lot of musical artists documentaries or "behind the music" type stuff. I enjoy them. Just watched The Terry Kath Experience last week. He was the guitarist/vocalist for Chicago who accidentally shot and killed himself in 1978.

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Posted - Jul 14 2018 : 8:51AM
^^ "Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard rock legends The Runaways, influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands"

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Posted - Jul 14 2018 : 9:19PM
The First Cut is the Deepest.
Though take your pick as to which is the original (?) cover; but I thought it was originally a Rod Stewart song.

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Posted - Jul 15 2018 : 5:23AM
Handyman -- James Taylor; original version by The Sparks Of Rhythm

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Posted - Jul 19 2018 : 3:07PM
"Love is the Answer" a big hit by England Dan and John Ford Coley in 1980 was actually a Todd Rundgren/Utopia song from 1977. Great song and as much as I think Todd Rundgren is a great songwriter and artist I prefer the cover version.

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Posted - Jul 19 2018 : 6:26PM
Here's an interesting one (to me anyway):
'The Tide is High' by Atomic Kitten.
Now, I always thought it was originally a Blondie song. But, I actually went to Wikipedia first this time, and it turns out, the Blondie song was also a cover.

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Posted - Jul 25 2018 : 9:49AM

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Posted - Aug 15 2018 : 10:44AM
Wild World - Maxi Priest

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Posted - Aug 15 2018 : 7:26PM
Don't forget Wild World by Mr. Big which was a hit in the early 90's. Same song by Cat Stevens.

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Posted - Aug 16 2018 : 3:32AM
^ I saw that when I looked it up yesterday, but I don't actually remember that song.
I remember when the Maxi Priest song came out, and thinking what a great song it was. Didn't know till later that it was a cover.

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Posted - Sep 1 2018 : 6:38PM
"Everytime You Go Away" Paul Young #1 song in 1985 was on the Daryl Hall and John Oates album "Voices" released in 1980.

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Posted - Sep 1 2018 : 8:34PM
^ 'Living in the Love of the Common People' by Paul Young. I assume most people knew this when it was really released, but I didn't. I thought it was the most beautiful song.

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Posted - Sep 6 2018 : 4:56AM
Googling I found some more.
I think I knew about these:
Time is on My Side – Rolling Stones
C’mon Feel the Noise – Quit Riot
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley.
But I didn’t know about these:
Whatta Man – Salt’n’Peppa
Always on my Mind – Elvis


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Posted - Sep 28 2018 : 7:55PM
Not a cover, but I only found out about this yesterday.
"[Bon Jovi's] "You Give Love a Bad Name" was originally written for Bonnie Tyler under the title "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" with different lyrics. Dissatisfied with its success in the US and the UK, Desmond Child re-wrote the song with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora."
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Posted - Oct 29 2018 : 3:14AM
Correction. Blinded by the Light is not by ‘Manfred Mann’, but by ‘Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’, a different artist.

“Blinded by the Light" is a song written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, which first appeared on his 1973 debut album …. A cover by British rock band Manfred Mann's Earth Band reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in ... 1977”

“Manfred Mann's Earth Band's recording of "Blinded by the Light" is Springsteen's only #1 single as a songwriter on the Hot 100 (he never had a #1 as a performer ...”

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Posted - Nov 22 2018 : 3:01AM
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick & Friends

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Posted - Feb 11 2019 : 8:33AM
There could be a whole thread on famous Bob Dylan covers... Knockin on Heaven's Door, All Along the Watchtower, Forever Young...

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Posted - Mar 1 2019 : 6:26PM
'All Along the Watchtower' is interesting, as most people think of it as
a defining Hendrix song.

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Posted - Mar 2 2019 : 12:26PM
^Thanks for the link. good article. I still have not seen the Bad Reputation documentary. I need to research it and hopefully find it on Netflix or Amazon Prime video soon.


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Posted - Mar 18 2019 : 6:14AM
So would you consider 'The Mighty Quinn' a Dylan cover?


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