Some  people love covers, some don't.  I personally love them.  My favorite covers are when a band you would'nt expect covers a song, puts their spin on it and nails it.  For example Devo's cover of "Satisfaction" by the Stones.  I also love Otis Redding's cover of the same song.   All of the covers by Rage Against the  Machine on the album Renegades are great but their covers of "Maggies Farm" and " The Ghost of Tom Jode" really stand out because they are unexpected and so different from the original.

Live covers are also great.  The Gourds once closed a show with "Miss You" and nailed it, great closing song.  The right closing cover song can turn a good show into a great show.  I saw The Flaming Lips at Bonaroo, never was a big fan but the did "War Pigs" and I was quite impressed.

Bad covers do suck though.  Disturbed's cover of "Sound of Silence" is like fingernails on a chalkboard.  They ruined it.  I don't even want to hear the original any more.

I've attached a few of my own covers, listen if you want.  Share any of your own.  Let us know your thoughts on covers.

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CountryHonk by far the others where a bit overdunn for me! Nice recording thow ! any more?

Here are  a few of my favorites.

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Like your minimal composing style JRK ,dead flowers on this portion ,Horse was a lenghy critter but the end paid of, nice! Down ,did not do it for me ,a bit out of sinc ,not that it was, but it felt that way! Thanks for the upload ! Any More?

You asked for it.

Oke ! That was it? thanks for the upload in general Nice like i sayed i like your minimal aprouch to the Tunes, you are verry musical i can tell, and you got a wiff of humor in your compositions that i like aswell! i say  keep on doing it, you never know how the Rabbit catches the Cow, that a saying here in my part of the digital pixel wood,i did a song on that a while back whit UJ, cose A HIT is aHit when its a Hit and then you Know its a Hit! if you want one that is ! Thanks Again ! Good luck ! be reading and hearing you ! Kind Greeetings A.D.

Samantha Fish did a couple of covers including War Pigs, she did a great job.

Almost half of Van Halen's songs were cover tunes - You Really Got Me, You're No Good, Somebody Get Me A Doctor, Women And Children First, Dancing In The Streets, Where Have All The Good Times Gone, Pretty Woman and many more.

I've heard a lot of good covers and bad covers and tit will continue to happen.

People like to hear stuff they know. 

Cover but re-invent. Johnny Cash's Won't Back Down and his version of NIN's Hurt from his last album are some great examples. 

Jim Morris is right.  If you do covers, don't try to be a juke box.  Be your self.

I'm actually a big fan of cover tunes. Not just listening to them but also performing them myself. Original music is great, and I'm certainly not knocking it, but it's always great to hear a familiar tune with someone else's spin on it.

There is a lot of room to move, in doing covers, different tempo's, can completely change a tune, sometimes making it a whole new tune, but doing it copy style , puts you at the risk of not being able to match the ability of the originator, and the reason you want to cover it is because the original caught your ear, so , shift sideways a little

Does anybody have any of their own recorded covers they could share?  It would be cool to hear some examples of different spins on the original cover. 

Thanks,

JRK

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