Original vs Cover ...

I am often bemused when unnamed individuals get upset when group X, Y or Z have dared cover a classic rock/pop song. It is never the same - of course it isn't sometimes it is better, often it is different and yes there are some shocking versions.

Tainted Love by Soft Cell wasn't original - it was definitely the version I preferred. Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet" is years ahead of its predecessor. Ray of Light was shocking until Madonna had a go. The covers of "Suicide is Painless" and "Sweet Dreams" by Marilyn Manson - are not improvements as the originals are fantastic, however these alternates are equally sublime.

I enjoyed Dr and the Medics cover of "Spirit in the Sky", I like Disturbed's version of Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. It's all good stuff. Toms Diner, Suzanne Vega and featuring DNA both are great.

If you are pious about the original please get over yourself - it can be done better.

And finally ...

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