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Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby

  1. Mar 2, 2013 #1
    OK, this thread is an offshoot of the "even better than the real thing" thread, but honors Newton's comment in an earlier thread-response to a post of mine that "nobody could do Pink Floyd better than Pink Floyd." I said I'd have to agree. I have not seen it. The larger issue I'm exploring here is that maybe there is something about a band or group creative effort (doesn't necessarily have to be music) whereby you can't improve upon the original. IDK.

    However, I'm gonna give a few music candidates where I haven't seen a cover that improves upon "the real thing."

    1. Pink Floyd
    2. Led Zeppelin
    3. Rush
    4. The Who

    Just to name a few..Your thoughts?
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  3. Mar 2, 2013 #2
    Anybody have a recording of Bach playing the Partitas?
  4. Mar 4, 2013 #3
    I'm a big Mike Oldfield fan. Of course basically nobody would ever cover him.

    Ok, Hall and Oates did "Family Man." Didn't do anything for me other than the thrill of encountering Oldfield's music in the mainstream...
  5. Mar 4, 2013 #4
    One thing I've learned in life is that it's never impossible to improve on something.

    When someone defines a genre it can be difficult though. There are some Led Zeppelin covers that I think are better than the orig but that's a matter of taste and I'm not interested in debating it. Hillary Duff's cover of My Generation I like because it outrages old people. Isn't that the whole point? If we hate it, doesn't it mean that it's GOOD?

    If someone wants to think that so-and-so is so perfect that it can't be improved upon, I ain't gonna rain on their parade. I used to hang out in a forum of recording engineers and you never saw such a bunch of stuck-in-the-past kids-these-days-don't-know-what-real-music-is fogies, so I got sick of all that. Never again. Physicists are much more open-minded.
  6. Mar 4, 2013 #5

    - http://sierramadre.patch.com/articles/q-a-with-dread-zeppelin-front-man-tortelvis-performing-tonight-at-sierra-madre-elementary [Broken]

    You're Time is Gonna Come.
    http://vimeo.com/38408109 [Broken]
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    I can't believe people even try!
  9. Mar 4, 2013 #8
    Oh yeah, well you can't improve on Rush...In fact, I don't know if I've ever seen a Rush cover. Youtube wannabe's don't count. I mean an official cover. Does anyone know of one?
  10. Mar 4, 2013 #9
    It's really funny that you include Led Zepplin, because a huge number of their songs are stolen/covers from of other, usually totally unknown bands.
  11. Mar 6, 2013 #10
    Who cover by Van Halen.


    Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody with a symphony orchestra composed almost entirely of young women.


    Led Zep's Rock and Roll by Desiree Bassett and Sammy Hagar. Let's see Jimmy do that.


    Comfortably Numb guitar solo by a Polish teenager. She even has David's surly facial expression.


    There's a solo cover of XYZ by an eleven-year-old, and a drum cover by an eight-year-old that was endorsed by Neil himself.
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    All that proved is that people make bad covers of the originals... The third one made my ears bleed; wanna be Yngwie should stick to mindless shredding not rock and roll. That second one is enough to make Freddie Mercury roll over in his grave, the poor man. The last one was nice though and Van Halen is awesome as always :).
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