Unlikely, successful covers

Many times when an artist takes on a song that is strongly connected to, glued to another artist… they fail. The end result comes across as campy or worse.

Sometimes that doesn’t happen. I think I first understood this challenge years ago when Sinead O-Connor showed the audacity to take on Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U… and owned it.

Sometimes the alternative version comes close to… or even surpasses the original. Two other examples come to mind.

First up is Polyphonic Spree’s version of Nirvana’s “Lithium.” It should go without saying that if you ever get the chance to see this band… go.

The second band, The Jolly Boys, represent everything I love about Jamaica… which includes a healthy dose of Mento and Rocksteady.

The Jolly Boys take on another song that is literally welded to another singer… they detach it from that singer and deliver a quintessential version that can only be from them. The following is a very tight version of Rehab.

If you liked those… here is a mini-motherload of more gems.

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  1. Cory G.,

    Always love Johnny Cash cover of Nine Inch Nails “Hurt”….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aF9AJm0RFc

  2. Johnny Cash – ‘Hurt” is a heavy version of the NIN classic.

  3. jmoriarty,

    Yep. I do love that song… I love pretty much everything Johnny Cash recorded.

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