Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cover Me

Is a great song defined by its arrangement and instrumentation, or is it something else?

Earliest version of "Purple Haze?"

Here's a lyric for you. Is it country/bluegrass, pop/r&b, or punk?

You say you stand by your man.
Well tell me something, 'cause I don't understand.
You said you love me, oh, and that's a fact.
And then you left me, said you felt trapped.
Well there's some things you can't explain away,
and the heartache's with me to this day.

If you know only one version, I think you're missing out. If you immediately recognized the lyric, check out a different genre:

The original.
A pop/r&b version by Annie Lennox.
The Dwight Yoakam version.

I think many great songs have the ability to transcend genre. What do you think? Do you have a favorite cover?

This is a part of my poorly named "song a day" series. For more, check out 
Rebel Yell
The Two-Hit Wonders


  1. I love covers, for a long time I would search out covers of some of my favorite songs, so picking a single song is difficult so I offer a somewhat hastily prepared top 10:
    1. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window by Joe Cocker
    2. Train in Vain by Annie Lennox
    3. Train in Vain by Dwight Yoakam
    4. I Feel Free by The Foo Fighters
    5. Diary of a Lovesong (Diary of a Madman/Lovesong mash-up)by A Perfect Circle
    6. Stormy Monday by Bobby Bland
    7. Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Deftones
    8. Comfortably Numb by Van Morrison/The Band/Roger Waters
    9. Come As You Are by Charlie Hunter
    10. You Shook Me by Led Zeppelin

  2. Good list, thanks for sharing it. Can't argue with Joe Cocker doing the Beatles :).