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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 07 Mar 2016, 21:43

Legless Owl wrote:I've never understood why This Mortal Coil's cover of Mr Somewhere got more successful than the original version by The Apartments which is much more intense and touching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6DdOsb60pE



Yeah...sometimes it baffles me why some prefer the cover over the original.... in one case is the following:

The cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4
The original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFsHSHE-iJQ

Perhaps Gary Jule's version is more emotional... I just don't know.. look at the staggering margin in views alone!
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby Legless Owl » 07 Mar 2016, 22:01

King louie:
Funny that, I had the same example in mind when I posted about the Apartments!

Mad world (the original version, that's it) has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid (was born in 83 and apparently, I already liked new wave when I was a toddler, lol).

Don't get me wrong, when I first heard Gary Jules cover (thought it was in the movie Donnie Darko), I thought he had done a good job and that the piano was great in it, but I found his voice a bit boring and his cover is really nowhere as good as the original.

I love the rythm in the original, the very singular way Curt Smith sings it... It's powerful and much more emotional than Gary Jules. I don't know, I think he's really convincing, he really conveys his disarray, his angst... It's just amazing.
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby Consigliere_11 » 08 Mar 2016, 00:13

I heard Gary Jules's version of Mad World on the radio some time ago.. What a wonderful cover - I do not feel that the original sounds right compared to cover :lol: I love playing this on piano from time to time - simple, but strong song.
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 08 Mar 2016, 03:39

Legless Owl wrote:King louie:
Funny that, I had the same example in mind when I posted about the Apartments!

Mad world (the original version, that's it) has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid (was born in 83 and apparently, I already liked new wave when I was a toddler, lol).

Don't get me wrong, when I first heard Gary Jules cover (thought it was in the movie Donnie Darko), I thought he had done a good job and that the piano was great in it, but I found his voice a bit boring and his cover is really nowhere as good as the original.

I love the rythm in the original, the very singular way Curt Smith sings it... It's powerful and much more emotional than Gary Jules. I don't know, I think he's really convincing, he really conveys his disarray, his angst... It's just amazing.



Yeah... I've loved the entire " the Hurting" album since it initially was released as well (I was around 6), but "Mad World" isn't actually my fave track... that belongs to "Pale Shelter"....But anyways.... Jules didn't capture the raw/sheer emotion that Curt did... perhaps the instrument arrangement might have lead others to prefer his to Tears for Fears..other than that.. or they not completely aware that the original actually exists! :lol:

I agree w/you Consigliere_11..... both are somewhat polar extremes.....
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby AdvertBreak » 08 Mar 2016, 03:40

I really liked Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' Mad World when it was in the run up for Christmas number 1 in 2003. I wanted it to win over The Darkness' Christmas Time, and I was probably the most weird 6 year old in the country for wanting that haha.

However, I've liked it less since its soundtracked every sad moment in a TV show or poignant public information film ever since. Partly because its an uninspired song choice, partly because I'm tired of hearing it. Although I guess those two intertwine.

The original is a classic no doubt. I've never got sick of it.

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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby Mallard No. 22 » 10 Mar 2016, 09:02

KingLouieLouie76 wrote:I believe the reason the Kinks popularity might have faded in the UK was their overall musical direction in the early 70s was one American oriented. Also, the climate had changed with all those heavier bands emerging onto the scene....IE Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Yes, I think you are probably right. The UK music industry was moving on from 60s acts, unless they fully embraced heavy rock (as per The Who).

Re: 'Mad World' - prefer the Tears For Fears version, which I liked when it first came out.

As AB says, the Gary Jules version has become a bit of a cliched sad song.
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby AdvertBreak » 18 Mar 2016, 03:17

Pete Townshend's cover of Save it for Later

Nowhere near as good as the basically perfect original, but still good nonetheless

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSWdug1HiCg
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 19 Mar 2016, 01:29

AdvertBreak wrote:Pete Townshend's cover of Save it for Later

Nowhere near as good as the basically perfect original, but still good nonetheless

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSWdug1HiCg



Thanks for sharing that... Pete obviously has that distinct style of their own...

How about this live cover right here? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjlKjZy2Qi8
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 06 May 2016, 04:30

Oh....how much do I love this cover! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuWNiCCCFDc
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby KingLouieLouie76 » 25 Oct 2016, 07:07

I cannot stop listening to this... Cheap Trick is so amazing and them covering John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" here even elevated their "amazing status" even further! So incredible here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm7KUQ_uXK0
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby Mallard No. 22 » 01 Nov 2016, 07:50

To go back to the two versions of 'Mad World':

KingLouieLouie76 wrote:Perhaps Gary Jules version is more emotional... I just don't know.. look at the staggering margin in views alone!


I notice that the Tears for Fears original has nowhere near as many YT views.

I prefer the TFF version (Gary Jules voice is annoying). But it looks like Gary Jules was the bigger hit in more territories. It was number one in the UK and Canada for instance. And in the Billboard top 30.

Whereas the Tears for Fears version did not chart in the USA.
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Re: The "Covers" Thread

Postby Mark87uk » 02 Nov 2016, 20:59

Travis' cover of 'river' by Joni Mitchell is really really good, B-Side on turn single if I remember correctly
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