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[Pick of the Week] Great Cover Songs

The road to success is paved with a good cover.  It's also paved in gold.  If you can prove to the world that you can take someone's music and make it somewhat original, then you can do anything.  I'm not talking about Madonna covering "American Pie" or Limp Bizkit destroying "Behind Blue Eyes." Almost all good bands have done interesting covers and below are some of my favorites: "Hurt"- Johnny Cash Cash covered Nine Inch Nails and redefined the ownership of the song with a haunting cover of his own. "Hotel California" - Gipsy Kings Yes, "The Big Lebowski" helped, but I genuinely enjoy this cover of The Eagles. "Sweet Dreams" - Marilyn Manson Eurythmics created an awesome dance mix and Marilyn Manson took that song and created a daring melancholy ode. "All Along the Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix Originally written by Bob Dylan, Hendrix took over 6 months after the original release with an awesome guitar-centric rendition of his own. "House of the Rising Sun" - The Animals I don't believe the origins of this song are known, but it is deeply entrenched in folk lore.  And it's one of my all-time favorites.  There have been many bands that have covered this song, but I still think The Animals did the best version. "Maggie's Farm" - Rage Against the Machine The original artist...Bob Dylan.  Listen to these songs back to back and you can feel how Rage Against the Machine transformed the song. "Tuesday's Gone" - Metallica The original song was written by Lynyrd Skynyrd and was covered by Metallica on their album "Garage, Inc."  The song features Les Claypool, Jerry Cantrell, and John Popper among others and is an interesting acoustic rendition of the song. "Death Letter" - White Stripes This song emanates the blues.  The original song was by Son House, performed in the 1960's. -Soren Nieminen Your thoughts?  What are some of your favorite cover songs?

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I just recently heard Primus's cover of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar." I think it's the only time I've ever heard Floyd covered well... I'm also quite fond of Veruca Salt's cover of The Knack's "My Sharona," The Dials' cover of Foreigner's "Urgent," and Skandalous All-Stars' cover of White Zombie's "More Human Than Human." That last one is kind of hard to find, but worth looking for if you enjoy both White Zombie and ska music.
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