I was listening to the radio in the car yesterday and they played a very beautiful recorded session track of Amy Winehouse singing Valerie. The comments came flooding in and among the many “this is my favourite Amy song” type comments, only one said “what a great cover”. The DJ paused for a second and said Oh yes, I’d forgotten it was by The Zutons”. *that’s them in the picture if you need reminding*
This got me thinking about other songs that we forget are covers, and when the covers are better than the original. Lest we forget Aretha Franklin covered RESPECT by Otis Reading, the wonderous version of Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana for MTV Unplugged… My personal favourite though, is Jeff Buckley doing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (I’m ignoring Alexandra Burke in this instance – sorry). I’d loved the Jeff Buckley version for a while before I discovered it was Leonard Cohen who had recorded it first.
What’s your favourite cover? What songs did it take you a while to realise were covers?
Here’s a cover for you by Ryan Adams (that’s RYAN not Bryan just so we’re clear)