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    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2010 edited
    As a sort of sugary, lardy dessert - Dread Zepplin. Who I counted as an honest tribute/cover band and not (just) a novelty act:

    A toss-up for me between Kashmir and Black Dog/Whole Lotta Love:
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    also how could i forget this beautiful creation

    killing moon - novelle vague
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010
    @Davies thankyou for Pomplamoose i am now 100% in love
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    Ronnie Drew did such a goddamn good cover of Dire Straits Bothers in Arms it's scary...

    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010 edited
    Shout-outs to Houston punk band Culturcide, who did a whole album of covers, in a hilariously Situationist spirit. Here's Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An Industrial Band":

    Or not. My embed-fu is obviously no good. Anyway, it's on YouTube, along with "California Punks," They're Not The World," "Love Is A Cattleprod" and others.

    [Edit:] "Whoops! Don't my own strength!" - Bullwinkle the Magnificent
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010 edited
    HERE's the Original

    the 80's synth version, not that different but I really like both of these versions

    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010 edited
    I am going to spend a serious chunk of my work day listening this entire thread tomorrow.

    For now ... I've always been a sucker for this cover:

    This one sticks in my head:

    Helmet covering Bjork? Yes, please.

    I really have to stop.

    I'm also digging the Boris Ian Astubry project BXI, but I don't know if their versions of Rain and Magickal Child count as covers.
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    country music single ladies
    sooo this is a thing
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    Spicks & Specks often has some unbelievable cover versions thanks to their "Look What They Did To My Song, Ma!" segment (for the unaware, a different live band rocks up each week to play a bunch of songs in their own inimitable style that the panelists have to correctly identify)

    Barry Morgan: Cheesy grinning Hammond organ style -- this is a 100% visual performance that has to be seen to be believed

    A sampling of others:

    Manta: world music style

    Vulgagrad: Russian criminal style

    Wikimen: Lounge hula swing style

    Unclechunk: Horrific metal style

    Paprika Balkanicus: Balkan gypsy style
    • CommentAuthorMono
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Hellsongs doing Pantera's Walk.

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    The Fratellis' version of Duffy's "Mercy" actually got me to listen to the song without picking up a hacksaw, which is something.

    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Yeah, I'm going there. Where? Here:
    t.A.T.u. - How Soon Is Now?
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010 edited
    Matt Weddle's acoustic cover of Outkast's HEY YA

    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2010
    Just remembered this one, Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Maps" done by The Arcade Fire:

    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2010
    Of course there's a blog all about covers.
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2010

    This makes me ridiculously happy.
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2010
    Maxence Cyrin - Crazy in Love

    About as far away from the original as you can get. It's a beauty.
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    Truly a band for all seasons: The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

    I could never take the place of your man
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2010
    @Dextra - Me too!
    When I was in a long term poly relationship/triad, it was sort of our theme song.
    Plus I love it from hearing it as a wee lil kid planted in front of the TV on Saturday mornings.

    Double nostalgia!
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2010 edited