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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 28 September 2018 at 5:19pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I like to check out....interesting, quirky cover songs. So...anyone have any?

By `off-kilter', I mean things like done by artists you wouldn't expect (ie, Johnny Cash's covering NIN and Soundgarden), or genre changes. For example, a heavy metal cover of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" or a 40's era style cover of The Killers' "Mr. Brightside". (And yes, both actually exist.)

Here's the Mr. Brightside cover:

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Bluegrass version of 'Rocket Man' (though it's ridiculous that they couldn't bring themselves to sing 'cold as hell') : LINK

Ben Folds' melodic piano-bass rethink of Dr Dre's 'Bitches Ain't Shit': LINK

Lick the Tins' celtic take on Elvis' Can't Help Falling in Love: LINK

And this is really very clever -- pianist John Bayless with a baroque synthesis between Bach and Elton John: LINK

And another take on the same song, this time by Mr Big guitarist Paul Gilbert: LINK
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I’m fond of Faith No More’s cover of The Bee Gees “I Started a Joke”: https://youtu.be/JKDo6g4CCeU

Various PostModern Jukebox covers. 
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I like Judas Priest`s covers of Joan Baez`s Diamonds and
Rust, and Fleetwood Mac`s Green Manalishi.

Rainbow have done instrumental and vocal versions of The
Yardbirds` Still I`m Sad.

I like that Bee Gees cover too Michael!

Silversun did a b-side cover of Rush`s Xanadu, which is
interesting!

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"Then She Kissed Me" by KISS.
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Jonathan Coulton's version of "Baby Got Back"
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Brian Floyd
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Various PostModern Jukebox covers.

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The link I posted to the "Mr. Brightside" cover is by PostModern Jukebox. I ike the way you think, Michael. :)

Tim, I love Coulton's version of "Baby Got Back", and used to play it back when I DJ'd online to get a WTF reaction. He also does a very good version of Rick Springfield's "Don't Talk To Strangers".


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Jonathan Coulton's version of "Baby Got Back"

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Fan of this cover too.
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I've heard a lot of cool bluegrass covers of classic rock songs. The house bluegrass band at the local amusement park does some every year. My favorite is "Sweet Child of Mine", which works good in about any format.
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I love off-kilter covers.  I think it is a great opportunity to see what someone can do with something.  This is where most of my time on YouTube is spent.

For those of you that like bluegrass covers, I highly recommend trying Steve'n'Seagulls. They were just here in Des Moines a few weeks ago and are continuing to tour, though they are from Finland. Their version of Thunderstruck is what first got my attention.  

You can also find some great covers through SiriusXM Hits1 Page on YouTube as well as BBC Live Lounge.
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Hayseed Dixie does some country covers that are pretty good. Like Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" and ADDC's "Back In Black".

Bluegrass to me is iffy.Not a fan of that genre at all, aside from the theme to THE BEVERLY HILLBILLES and a couple of other songs.

I can't think of who did it right now, but on Youtube there's a pretty cool cover of SLIPKNOT's "Psychosocial"....except the guitars have been replaced with banjos. 


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Japanese Deep Purple
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Kevin Hagerman
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Bluegrass group The Gourds covering Snoop Dogg.  I first encountered this on Napster labeled "Weird Al" yankovic.  Stupid internet.
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Bare Naked Ladies bluegrass cover of LOVERS IN A
DANGEROUS TIME i think is actually better than the 80's
original.
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Floyd, have you heard Hayseed Dixie’s KISS album yet?
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I like some of the songs Pomplamoose covers in their own unique style, particularly....


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Devo's version of the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction.

The Folksmen (really Chris Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer from the 'A Mighty Wind' movie) doing Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones.
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The band "Big Daddy" would record modern songs in the styles of songs from the Fifties, usually with comedic intent. They did a cover of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's" album, however, with some nice stuff on it, my favorite being their take on "When I'm 64." 

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I’m fond of Faith No More’s cover of The Bee Gees “I Started a Joke”

I'd never heard that one. But have long been a fan of their cover of "Easy" by The Commodores. Mike Patton is a beast. 

There was a band called Kilt that did a Celtic-style cover of "I Was Made for Lovin' You" by KISS that was...off-Kilt-er.  Ha. 

The KISS MY ASS album had a bunch of interesting covers. 
Lenny Kravitz did "Deuce", which doesn't sound too far off, but had Stevie Wonder playing harmonica on it!
There was Yoshiki's classical intstrumental version of "Black Diamond", which was pretty awesome. 
And Toad the Wet Sprocket's very mellow version of Rock And Roll All Nite. 

That last one was somewhat reminiscient of Aztec Camera's cover of Van Halen's "Jump."

And of course, William Shatner's various covers of pop tunes. "Rocket Man" is something special. 


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Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder on Deuce was frikkin’ awesome. 
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Floyd, have you heard Hayseed Dixie’s KISS album yet?

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No, I haven't.
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Devo's version of the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction.

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This defines "quirky."

Add the somewhat disturbing XTC version of "All Along the Watchtower."


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https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK-RqyxYD22c4Ow35X-EDBZ --Q8lnhy7Y

Hayseed Dixie- Kiss My Grass


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THERION did a great cover of ABBA's "Summernight City." This was actually my introduction to the song.
I'd say taking a 70s-era pop song and adding dark, operatic heavy metal vocals and instruments counts as quirky, right? 
 




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The B-52s do a very unique cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown."


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