The American Caliban (substitute) wrote,
The American Caliban
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Horrible cover versions

I’ve had a couple of conversations with nickjb and genericus about bad cover versions over the last few. We were dredging our brains for the worst covers we could think of, either because a good song was humped to death by some horribly inappropriate interpretation, or a mediocre song was taken to the logical limit of its badness.

Some notables were:

  • Natalie Merchant doing “Because the Night” like she had a teacup on her knee.
  • Fine Young Cannibals present the Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love”
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears do “Minnie the Moocher”. Late enough in their career to have drum loops.
  • Phil Collins skullraping “You Can’t Hurry Love”
  • Michael Jackson sings “Come Together”. Auuiiggh.
  • 10,000 Maniacs again, this time murdering John Prine’s “Hello in There”
  • James Taylor “How Sweet It Is to be Loved By You”
  • Shaun Cassidy “Rebel Rebel”
  • R.E.M.’s teeth-grindingly whiny version of “Pale Blue Eyes”


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