Still on my music kick for today’s post. As part of reloading songs on to my iPod (subject of another post) I have decided to check out some new music. One of the albums I put on today was the Vitamin String Quartet’s tribute to Led Zeppelin. If you were at our wedding then you heard the Vitamin String Quartet’s work. The DJ was piping in their stuff just before the ceremony, and we chose one of their Beatles versions for the bridal party processional. I am pleasantly surprised how much I like some of the songs on the album. It got me to thinking: I am not familiar with many tribute albums, but I AM familiar with cover songs.
Then I started to think about cover songs, and I put them in three categories.
2. Take it or leave it
3. Better than the original.
Your reaction for which category a song goes into is usually instant. You like it or hate it, or you say “Eh” and move on. Here are some examples of each category above from my personal vault:
1. Limp Bizkit – Behind blue eyes (The Who)
2. Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)
3. Johnny Cash – Hurt (NIN) [this song gives me the chills]
And just because I’m in a good mood, I’ll post some others I like.
Jimi Hendrix – All along the watchtower (Bob Dylan) [I had to include this one]
Green Day – Working class hero (John Lennon)
Cake – I will survive (Gloria Gaynor)
I purposefully left some songs off of my list in the hopes that Chelsea posts them in the comments. I know she likes at least three covers more than the originals.
So what are some of your favorite cover songs? I’m also hoping this would be a little more on the serious side, so anything by Richard Cheese also does not count. (Side note – if you haven’t checked out Richard Cheese, please let me know. That guy is funny.)