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Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 25th Mar '09 5:03 PM


Hi, this is a trivia site, so hopefully y'all can help me with this one. I'm looking for rock/punk songs that are a cover of popular pop/rap songs. I don't much like pop or rap, sometimes, but some of these songs are "salvageable" when the right band remakes them in the rock/punk genre (at least for me, no offense). You know any?

I may (or may not) do a trivia quiz when I'm all done. If nothing else you've increased my listening pleasure by helping out. I've looked at some of the few lists on the internet I could find, they aren't very comprehensive at all, but I'm looking for others.

Here's an example in case you need one:

Thanx for your help.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 25th Mar '09 5:30 PM

Pop-O-Pies did a version of Truckin' by the Grateful Dead. Sorry I don't have a link!

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 25th Mar '09 5:53 PM

Thanx Sandy! That does help. Here's a few I got from a PM, just so nobody repeats them.....

Korn c. Cameo's Word Up
Disturbed c. Genesis "Land of Confusion" and Tears for Fears - "Shout" - their version is Shout 2000
Red Hot Chili Peppers c. Stevie Wonders "Higher Ground"
Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" was covered by Johnny Cash -- yes , he covered them, lol
Johnny Cash also covered a couple of Soundgarden songs -- Rusty Cage and another that escapes me
Korn covered "Another Brick in the Wall" also
Stone Temple Pilots c. "Dancing Days"

Thanks for everybody's help!

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 2:50 AM

I really liked the Counting Crows remake of Big Yellow Taxi, Lenny Kravitz's remake of American Woman, G&R's Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Billy Idol's Mony Mony, & Sam Kinnison's version of Wild Thing.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 8:19 AM

SYL, here are more

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash covered Depeche Modes "Personal Jesus"
Marilyn Manson covered the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams"
Social Distortion does a great cover of Cash's "Ring of Fire"
Chris Cornell covered Michael Jacksons "Billie Jean"
Shinedown covered Lynyrd Skynyrd covered "Simple Man"
Guns 'n Roses covered Dylans "Knockin' on Heavens Door" and Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Pearl Jam covered Wayne Cochrans "Last Kiss"
Cake does a great cover of Black Sabbaths "War Pigs"


Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 8:55 AM

Hey Jeremy! You know I love music - so here's a list of some that I can think of right now -
Umbrella (Rihanna) by All Time Low
Hey Ya (Outkast) by Obadiah Parker (actually, this is an accoustic folky version)
Dust in the Wind (Kansas) by Eric Benet
Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty) by Foo Fighters
Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson) by Alien Ant Farm
Apologise (One Republic) by Silverstein
Hit Me, Baby, One More Time (Britney Spears) by Bowling for Soup
Over My Head (The Fray) by A Day to Remember

Remakes of Beatles songs - Rufus Wainwright's Across the Universe, U2's Instant Karma, and Green Day's Working Class Hero.
Remakes of Queen songs - Breaking Benjamin's Who Wants to Live Forever and Sum 41's Killer Queen

Let us know what you end up doing with this - sounds fun!

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 11:41 AM

Hi Jeremy – some more:

Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ covered by The Cardigans
Fred Astaire anyone? The Sensational Alex Harvey Band covered ‘Cheek to Cheek’, as well as a myriad of other non-rock songs – Jacques Brel’s ‘NEXT’ for example.
Actually if you go to the Wiki page for Brel, it links to an amazing list of artists who’ve also covered him. (Blink 182, Glen Campbell, Jose Carreras and Belinda Carlisle spring out of a pretty esoteric list!)

Hendrix covering ‘All Along the Watchtower’ – but you’ve probably got that one already!
Glen Campbell covering Green Day’s ‘Good Riddance’.
Sid Vicious covering ‘My Way’.
Mexican acoustic guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela cover a number of unlikely songs - Led Zep’s ‘Stairway’ and Metallica’s ‘Orion’ are two.
Celine Dion murdering the ghost of Orbison on ‘I Drove All Night’. (Shudder!)

Ok, have to stop after that last one and go take a shower - I feel soiled.

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 11:47 AM

Don't forget all the great covers William Shatner made.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 1:45 PM

Shatner...shatner? Does that name mean what it sounds like in whatever language it comes from?

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 2:23 PM

Like "He shatner hat?"

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 2:32 PM

Such poor grammar, Lodi.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 3:18 PM

Some people may be misinterpreting, you want a rap song. A rap song (I dislike rap] remade by rock or punk artist, correct?

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 4:45 PM

Grammar impeccable.

Preterite and past participle of the verb.

Phonetically colloquialised.

For your family-friendly entertainment.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 4:50 PM

Back to the thread, though...

How about Donna Summers great disco rendition of Richard Harris's classic "MacArthur Park"?

Kimoira  (Level: 198.0 - Posts: 1189)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 7:25 PM

If you haven't heard it decide:

Laura Branigan vs. The Bloodsugars: 'Self-Control'

AND~~ If you haven't heard Ann Wilson's ( Heart's) version of Immigrant Song do so now:

I'm a Buddy Holly fan so this one is sacred to me:

Ripley  (Level: 113.5 - Posts: 13)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 9:46 PM

You need to check out the band Hayseed Dixie, they cover classic rock tunes in the bluegrass style. I have a cover of AC/DC's Back in Black by them. Hilarious!


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 9:49 PM

Sounds like a winner.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 10:54 PM

In the same vein, Linda, Luther Wright and the Wrongs did a country/bluegrass version of Pink Floyd's entire "The Wall".

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 26th Mar '09 11:08 PM

Did you ever hear of Type "O" Negative. Really cool goth band does renditions of pop and rock standards. They do a great version of Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze. EEEEEEErrrrrrrie.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 27th Mar '09 1:03 AM

Wow, last time I checked this thread was tiny!! Thanx for all of the help everybody, you've all been great! Yes Bobo, that's what I meant. I half expected this thread to drop to the bottom of the Salty and disappear! Well, this has been a HUGE help, if you think of any more, feel free to contribute, either way, I have alot of new music to listen to if nothing else!!!

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 27th Mar '09 1:06 AM

My Sploofus friends are the best.

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 27th Mar '09 1:35 AM

Hey Jeremy, have you hard Brandon Boyd's cover of Elvis Costello's Allison? Its really really good.

Also, David Cook covers one of my favorite songs, Man in the Box by Alice in Chains. I didn't think I would ever enjoy it by anyone else but he does a fantastic cover. If he ever records this, I'm all over it.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 27th Mar '09 1:56 AM

That was a pretty faithful rendition Lodi. My Aim is True---And the Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes!

Foogs  (Level: 264.1 - Posts: 848)
Mon, 6th Apr '09 3:20 PM

Inspired to make a couple of cover CDs over the weekend.
Didn't think to keep all the titles, but here's what I ended up burning:

Superstition by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Suspicious Minds by Pete Yorn
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall by Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
Battleship Chains by Hindu Love Gods
Don't Be Crue by Cheap Trick
I Fought The Law by The Clash
Something Stupid by The Mavericks
Baker Street by Foo Fighters
She Caught The Katy by Taj Mahal
Shout 2000 by Disturbed
Hurt by Johnny Cash
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
Redemption Song by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
The Guitar Man by Cake
Kashmir by William Joseph
Brickhouse 2003 by Rob Zombie
Ring Of Fire by Dwight Yoakam
Watching The Wheel by Matisyahu
Personal Jesus by Johnny Cash
Pablo Picasso by David Bowie
Down In The Park by Foo Fighters
Land of Confusion by Disturbed
Gone Daddy Gone by Gnarls Barkley
Poor Poor Pitiful Me by Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt
Sunday Morning Coming Down by Me First & The Gimme Gimmies
Rusty Cage by Johnny Cash
All That Heaven Will Allow by The Mavericks
Oh Lonesome Me (Live) by Dwight Yoakam
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town by Cake
I Am The Walrus by Oingo Boingo
Angel From Montgomery by Susan Tedeschi
Southern Accents by Johnny Cash
Raspberry Beret by Hindu Love Gods
Rock And Roll (Live) by Heart

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.4 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 6th Apr '09 3:53 PM

This one is surprisingly good.

Seether covered Wham!'s "Careless Whisper"

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 6th Apr '09 7:11 PM

I was just going to post about Seethers cover of Careless Whispher -- it really shows what a great voice the lead singer of Seether, Shaun Morgan has. Seether is a very hard rock band, and one of my favorites!

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5434)
Mon, 6th Apr '09 8:38 PM

And let's not forget Elvis' cover of the Willie Nelson classic "Always On My Mind"...or his cover of Conway Twitty's "There's A Honky Tonk Angel"...Linda Ronstadt's cover of "Blue Bayou". Both her version and Roy Orbison's are awesome!...

Factacular  (Level: 164.0 - Posts: 15)
Mon, 6th Apr '09 10:21 PM

Cat Powers' cover of "Wonderwall" by Oasis, actually she has a whole album of covers. This is a big improvement on the original.

Indigo Girls' cover of "Clampdown" by the Clash. Some people don't like it, I think it's quite interesting.

Desmond Dekker's cover of " I Heard it Through the Grapevine....", very nice reggae cover. There are a lot of these reggae covers of Motown, pop, etc.

Suzanne Vega's cover of "the Story of Isaac" by Leonard Cohen...this is a great version of a great song.

I don't think this is exactly what you are asking for, but these are some great songs.

You were asking for punk/rock covers of rap? There is an album called "Punk Goes Crunk", a compilation...the version of "sexyback" is pretty good. Not a lot of it stood out for me, but then I suppose it's better if you know the originals.

That old band the Dickies did a few speeded-up punk versions of rock favourites were "the Eve of Destruction" and "Paranoid".

Also, there is a singer called Richard Cheese who does lounge style covers of old heavy metal songs.

And don't forget Richard Thompson doing "Oops, I think I did it again" by Brittney Spears. Folksy style. There is also a rock version of it by...System of A Down, I think. Not sure.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 12:03 AM

Now this is a cool thread. I get to listen to a bunch of new music. Well old music made new. Thank Stout for the inspiration.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 3:23 PM

Did no one mention William Shatner's timeless covers of countless songs?

Such as Elton John's "rocketman"

And, of course, "Lucy in the Skies"

And a few more, like Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All," and Duran Duran's "Watching the Detectives"

And If you can find it, Check out joanna Dean's cover of the Stone's "Gimme Shelter" on her Misbehavin' album.

Eileeny  (Level: 66.5 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 3:44 PM

I don't know any punk Jer but i made my own up once .. was helping someone move furniture and sang do ya know the piano's on my foot along with some colourful words hehe gl with your quest young man

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 8th Apr '09 7:02 PM

Lodi, you are way cool Alice in Chains, there are some cool people on sploofus afterall.

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