Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tune for Tuesday

A cover song is a song sung by a singer or band that was originally recorded by another artist, basically a remake.
Did you know that "Respect" by Aretha Franklin was first written and recorded by Otis Redding ? "Hound Dog" was recorded in 1952 by Willie Mae Thornton. But it's definitely known as an Elvis Presley song. It is even #19 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Aretha Franklin's Respect is #5 on that list!
My favorite cover song is "Helter Skelter" by Motley Crue. The originator? The Beatles. What famous song did the Beatles cover? "Twist and Shout" by the Top Notes. My second favorite cover song is "Landslide" by Smashing Pumpkins. The original is by Fleetwood Mac. All great songs.
Yep, I could talk about cover songs (or music in general) all day, couldn't I?
Instead I'll share a song/video cover song that sounded strange to me at first, but then it grew on me.
Remember Wham!'s 80's staple, "Careless Whisper?" Rock band, Seether, recorded a rockin' version of this pop ballad. I was like, "What?" when I first heard it, but I do think it's a cool version. I can't wait for Metallica to record a cover of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!" :)
I will get to see Seether perform this song live this weekend. I am going to an all day concert with lotsa fun bands: Three Days Grace, Seether, Hollywood Undead, Papa Roach, Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Janus and Story of the Year. There's a side stage with other bands, too!

Today's Tune for Tuesday is Seether's cover, "Careless Whisper." Check it out.



And for kicks here's WHAM!



What's your favorite cover song?

30 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, I actually preferred the cover version, though I loved the original in high school. I had a major crush (like most girls) on George. Little did I realize . . .

I'm not awake enough to think of any cover songs, though I know there's tons that I like.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

You put up such fun posts! I hope you had a super weekend. It sounds like next weekend will be a lot of fun. :)

I love the music of the 80's....

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I like both. Although I didn't remember that I liked this until I started playing it. I think it is probably nostalgia speaking.

Ahh, the eighties were such a pretty time. So glad that they influenced me...

Matthew Rush said...

I didn't know Motley Crue covered Helter Skelter too! I love the U2 version.

storyqueen said...

Gotta say, a Metallica version of Wham would be hilarious! (And probably awesome!)

DEZMOND said...

My favourite cover song would be I DROVE ALL NIGHT. I generally love that song, and I love both Cyndi Lauper's and Celine Dion's covers.

I also loved what WITHIN TEMPTATION did with Kate Bush's RUNNING UP THAT HILL.

PJ Hoover said...

Love Careless Whispers. And i had no idea the definition of a cover song. That's why you are the music gal!

Kelly said...

Stina - I thought George was cute too!
Sharon - The 80's music does take me back. I love the pop and rock of the 80's.
Tina - I am glad I got to grow up in the 80's. It was just a neat time to be a teen. I was preppy, wore baggy sweatshirts. I hope those outfits come back when my daughter is a teen!
Matthew - I didn't know U2 covered that song, too. Will check it out!

Shelley - That would be a fun one. But not likely!!!
Dezmond - Ohh, I do like I Drove All Night. I'm more into rock, but do enjoy Cyndi Lauper.
PJ - I enjoy sharing my usually useless music trivia! :)

adrienne said...

I like both versions of Careless Whisper!
Can't think of a favorite cover...I do love Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole's version of Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World.

adrienne said...

Ha! Funny I should mess up his FIRST name...make that Israel.

Kimber said...

Mine has to be the Atari's remake of the Boys of Summer. It was good the first time and good the second (outside of that one tiny lyric switch - Deadhead to Black Flag?).

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Sounds like a blast! Have fun at the concert. Oh, and I love EVERY cover of Landslide ever done :))

Kimberly Franklin said...

Smashing Pumpkins... OMG... I love them. I haven't listed to them in forever, but I think I'm going to go pay a visit to iTunes right now!! :)

Have a great day!!

Anita said...

Well, howdy-doody, I learned a lot here today. I think I don't know when I'm listening to a cover, so I can't name a fav. Who's going tothe all-day concert with you?

Kelly said...

Adrienne - How in the world did you spell the last name correctly!
Wonderful World is an awesome song.
Kimber - That song totally reminds me of high school!
Nicole - Isn't that a great song?!
Kimberly- Smashing Pumpkins seem to be a consistently good band.
Anita - Hee at howdy-doody! I am going with my husband's cousin to the concert. He was our ringbearer at our wedding (but now he's in college). He's a hoot!

Susan Fields said...

My favorite cover is probably Goo Goo Doll's version of Give a Little Bit, originally by Supertramp.

Have fun at the concert!

Anne Bates said...

I collect covers. I love quirky genre-crossing covers, like Ozzy doing Stayin' Alive. Check out Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine - Come Out and Play is very good, and if you're a Star Wars fan, Darth Vader's Theme is worth the $.99 just to hear the whole thing. Also, the Pigs do a good job with Seven Army Nation and Hit Me Baby One More Time.

Kim Kasch said...

Hope you have a great time. My son's gfriend is at RIP in Germany right now. Such daring adventures for you and her. I'll probably be in my garden grabbing slugs out of the soil :(

Jennifer Shirk said...

I LOVE The Smashing Pumpkins version of Landslide.

Christina Lee said...

wow now you've got me reminiscing! Let's see, right now I'm loving Rufus Wainright's version of Hallelujah!

Anita said...

That sounds fun. Our ringbearer was my nephew who now goes to college here in Springs. I don't know what happened to those 18 years.

Laura Pauling said...

I like both versions. I don't think the newer version was changed enough not to like it.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Woohoo! Another concert for Kelly! Have you thought about writing a story around a MC who follows bands? Or an MC who is a music fanatic? Maybe your own kind of an Almost Famous?

My favorite cover song is Alana Davis' version of Ani DiFranco's 32Flavors and Then Some.

And I'll second Susan's pick of Goo Goo Dolls' Give a Little Bit.

Kelly said...

Susan - I like the Goo Goo Dolls. I'll have to check that out.
Anne - Those sound fun! I love the song Come Out and Play. Lots to look into!
Kim - No wonder your flowers are so beautiful!! I need to take more care with mine. Or tell hubby to. :)
Jennifer- I love it!
Anita - I know. Time flies. We will celebrate our 15th anniversary this month.

Laura - Yes, Seether's version is def more rock, but still hear the pop beats.
Suzanne - My current mg wip is actually music related. But maybe a ya rock one should be next!

Kay said...

This is so fun! I love writing blogs that talk about nonwriterly things here and there, makes our little internet bubble so much more flavorful!

Okay, so fave cover song:

WILD HORSES by The Rolling Stones (but as performed by The Sundays).

I have this one rotating quite a bit on my playlist.

Great post, Kelly! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog and checking out Casey McCormick's interview. She is so sweet and totally awesome. Gave a lot of great info in her questions.

Take care!

Kay
www.kayemevans.com/blog

Jesson Balaoing said...

whew,... this is very cool.. keep blogging...

Yaya' s Home said...

Couldn't say what my favorite cover song is, but I've heard a lot of my country/western songs done-over by different artists; sometimes, as many as five.

~ Yaya

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Wow, you are officially the tunes queen. So knowledgeable! My fave cover is probably My Back Pages by Undrop, originally sung by Bob Dylan.

Rena said...

I have so many favorite cover songs that I couldn't even begin to pick a #1. I never liked them at first all that much, but then I started getting into collecting as many different versions of certain ones. I have huge playlists of collections of "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Carol of the Bells", and "Hound Dog". :)

Nishant said...

I'm not awake enough to think of any cover songs,
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