I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to cover songs of certain bands.
Don’t even think about covering Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven or Kashmir.
Ditto for the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter, which a Montreal band did recently. I turn off the radio when it comes on. But, hey, other people seem to like it.
It’s all a matter of personal taste, of course.
I’m really loving a cover of a classic Four Tops song from 1966 called Reach Out (I’ll Be There). It’s done by a cover band called The Jaded Hearts Club, and it’s getting a lot of airplay on the local rock station I listen to. I might even like it more — OK, I do like it more — than the original, though it is pretty faithful to the Motown sound of that version. But it has a harder rock edge that makes me want to both dance and sit down behind a set of drums. (Oh, I am itching to play the drums again.)
So, here for your listening pleasure is the original version and the new one. Have a listen. Tell me what you think. And maybe talk about some of your favourite cover songs.
THE FOUR TOPS
THE JADED HEARTS CLUB
Whoah I’ve gotta admit this a fantastic topic, one that will require 1 or 2 nights of debate amongst friends.
On short notice there are 2 that I love and listen to often: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, and Michael Bublé’s rendition of Can’t Buy Me Love.
But then, you may have to judge this one, Joe Jackson’s double live album is full of his songs, but completely rearranged to sound drastically different. One of his famous songs (Is She Really Going Out With Him) is done 3 different ways on the same album! Wonder if you’ll make that count.