Dylan vs Hendrix. Which version of All Along the Watchtower defines the song? We also examine versions by XTC, U2, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Dave Matthews band, and T.S.O.L. Is there a definitive winner? And what about that bizzare version from Battlestar Galactica? I answer all these questions in Cover vs Original: All Along the Watchtower.
Cover vs Original
What is Cover vs Original? A section which compares and contrasts the different covers of a song to the original version. We dare to ask…which version is better and why? Sometimes the original blows the cover out of the water. Sometimes a cover shows the original what the song could have, and even should have, been. At the end of the day…cover vs original is great and glorious fun.
Some songs already made in Cover vs Original include God Gave Rock and Roll to You, Don’t Stop Believin’, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Somebody to Love, and more!
This section of audioperfecta.com, at the very least gives you a place to find new and interesting versions of a song you already know and love. For example, a dance version of Somebody to Love. We have also featured a Klingon version of Don’t Stop Beleivin’. And who can forget when we contrasted the Gwar version of Carry On, Wayward Son with a Christian Rock version? Of course, the queen of covers, Tori Amos, and the king of covers, Johnny Cash, make regular appearances…or rather their songs do.
Cover Vs Original gives an in depth look at what makes a song tick too….so its not all surface. We fully look for patterns in vocals, instrumentation, lyrics, key progressions, tempo, and everything else….all to find what makes the song…well…the song.
A new Cover vs comes out at least once a month. So keep checking back, and be sure to request your favorite songs as we are always open to suggestions.
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, as covered by Mojo Nixon, Sixpence None The Richer, Jim Carrey, Mannheim Steamroller, The Cast of Glee (featuring k. d. lang), CeelLo Green (featuring Straight No Chaser, and Tyler the Creator. Put head to head against the original Thurl Ravenscroft version, which versions find their own ground? Which versions shine against the original? And which versions stink, stank, stunk?
It’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready….now pick a version of Blue Suede Shoes. Cover Vs Original: Blue Suede Shoes Cover versions. Including Elvis, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Black Sabbath, Mötörhead, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Nine Inch Elvis, and the Brotherhood of St. Gregory.
Any Way the Wind Blows: Covers of Bohemian Rhapsody. Featuring covers by The Flaming Lips, Weird Al, Pentatonix, Panic! at the Disco,Montserrat Caballé with Bruce Dickinson, Emilie Autumn, The Muppets, The cast of Glee, and The Protomen. Which covers capture the spirit of Queen’s masterpiece? Which ones fail?