My band have been dabbling with Rocket Man.
Much, MUCH to LaLa‘s disgust.
We all know the song, originally coined by Bernie Taupin and Elton John.
It has been redone several times.
The Kate Bush version:
The Shatner version:
The Stewie version:
or click here for video
The Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s version:
My opinion is that if a song is well written and performed that it will be imitated. Not necessarily to make it better, but just to have it interpreted in a new way. It means that the song has affected someone in such a way that they want to re-work it in their own way.
I guess it’s why I am happy to be in a cover band, cause while we try to play songs like the original, we also like to try and put our own slant on it. Mostly, we play songs that, for whatever reason were popular, which usually means they’re well written.
What do you think? Should good songs be kept in the past, or re-interpreted for the next generation?
What are your favourite covers?
Sometimes you may not even know it’s a cover.
Classic covers that have redefined songs?
Heard a good story about I Will Always Love You, made famous by Whitney Houston. Dolly Parton wrote the song and Elvis Presley tried to buy it off her but wouldn’t allow her to keep the rights, so Dolly kept it until she made 6 Million dollars by letting Whitney do her version.
Sometimes covers will destroy a song.
We have been toying with a version of Billie Jean by Michael Jackson in our band as well, and while looking around I found this version done by Chris Cornell. Nice. (David Cook from American Idol ripped off this version too)
I could go on forever, but this post is probably long enough.
What’s my favourite cover ever?
Well, here it is. Who can deny that this version of the Otis Redding original has always been fabulous.
Just like Aretha.