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During German City Festivals it became quite common to cast "cover bands".

 

Most of these try to imitate original, popular songs recorded between 1950 and the present age.

The results: nothing for me

 

The music industry started this trend a long time ago and it resulted in a lot of hits.

The results: (mostly) nothing for me

 

In general, these "cover artists" are just mimicing the originals as they do during the festivals I have mentioned above.

 

British musician Bryan Ferry did a lot of "cover versions", but he preferred the expression "readaption" for a certain reason: he wanted his interpretations to be different.

 

Please post here links to videos, comments, mp3s or whatever you have to real readaptions of existing songs (known or unknown, live or studio) you think would deserve much more attention.

 

Let met start with oustanding musicians from Sweden:

 

First Aid Kit interpreting Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill".

 

 

Since I found this take, I find the original version unaccceptable.

 

The comments on YT are so embarassing. These girls are no angels; they are elfs.

 

Check out their original works if you are interested in alternative folk rock with strong American country roots. Till now, they have recorded four albums.

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This isn't really a readaptation, it's just a slightly folksy and rushed version of the original.

 

This isn't a readaptation either, although this cover bends the instrumental side of things a bit towards the style of this particular vocalist:

 

Now, this is a readaptation, taking a song and remaking it into something your own and different:

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Velvet Underground's John Cale transformation of an Elvis Presley cult hit:

 

 

Back then this take was described as "manic-depressive".

 

I do not know about you, but I prefer John Cale over Lour Reed. He is a beter singer, he is more creative....and I personally find him very funny! :) :)

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Tin Machine's version of a Roxy Music classic:

 

 

The songs caught on the live album from 1992 were even crazier and...more rampant (if that is the correct word).

The guy on the lead guitar (Reeves Gabrels) is incredible...and so is his hair cut! :)

And the drummer? Oh, man... :):):)

 

 

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The Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra song had one problem: clunky drums.

Giant Sand & Lisa German fixed it in 1998 with a latino rhythm:


One can almost smell the American/Mexican desert.

Hm, yeah, it is fitting for this hot weekend in Central Europe as well.

Let's hope for rain in the coming days.

Have a nice weekend, whereever you are.

 

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Hm....let's try something different. Let's listen to a band doing a different version of a song they wrote in the 80s.

 

It was popular among young dudes during the 80s to dislike these guys. I hate myself for following the herd back then.

Truth is, these guys from Norway already did albums in the 80s including various styles in their music, some themes even very close to "The Cure".

I can recommend their latest live album. Great music.

 

 

 

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John Campbell with his take of a LZ classic:

The album includes also a cool version of Tom Waits' "Down in the hole" with David Lynch vibes.

 

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Canada's best since Neil Young. Period.

I have to admit, they do a lot of covers (most popular perhaps their take of the Townes Van Zandt song "Waiting around to die" used in an episode of "Breaking Bad", season 2), but this is why I bought all three available albums from them (and I liked all of them):

 

 

 

 

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