Personally, I feel covers are a risky business for any artist, new or established. Most times, the best reaction a cover song gets is something along the lines of “Not bad, but I prefer the original.”
But on rare occasions, when artists take songs, and put their own personal #unfake twist on it, that’s where the magic happens and my faith in cover songs is restored.
Here’s a playlist of some of my favourite artists doing 100% #unfake versions of songs by some of my (other) favourite artists.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Widely considered as one of the best covers ever, The Man in Black recorded this poignant version of a Nine Inch Nails song just before his death, and Trent Reznor, the man who wrote ’Hurt’, gave Cash’s version the #unfake seal of approval.
Cake - I Will Survive
This irreverent, devil-may-care, alternative band is super-fun, and the epitome of #unfake. Here they are with a bass-driven cover of Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit.
The Gourds - Gin and Juice
Only a band that’s truly #unfake would even attempt to do a bluegrass version of Snoop D-O-double-G’s epic track, and what’s more, pull it off with aplomb.
Alanis Morissette - My Humps
Alanis Morissette finally proved to the world that she knew the real meaning of ‘Ironic’ when she trolled the entire music industry and the rest of the planet with this piano ballad version of The Black Eyed Peas ode to lady parts.
Sid Vicious - My Way
To do a truly #unfake cover version of a classic, you have to own it. Unapologetically. And that’s precisely what Sid from The Sex Pistols did here, in the most punk way possible, with this song originally made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.
Flogging Molly - The Times They Are A-Changin’
Another punk band, another classic owned. This #unfake cover was on Amnesty International’s compilation “Chimes Of Freedom” with artists of all genres covering Bob Dylan’s music.
Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Tori Amos’ genre-bending cover of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ took an angsty punk-rock anthem and turned it into a hauntingly beautiful, melancholic ballad in the best, most #unfake way possible.
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal+
This cover was thought by many to be somewhat disrespectful to the King of Pop. The band themselves waved off the criticism saying it was meant to be a tribute to the original. #Unfake or a parody? What’s your take?
Soundgarden - Come Together
Soundgarden smeared their grungy, dirty Seattle guitars all over this Beatles Abbey Road gem, and turned it into an #unfake anthem, keeping true to the lyric that says, “One thing I can tell you is you got to be free!”
Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus
This shock-rocker and intentionally(?) strange artist put out his own industrial rock version of Depeche Mode’s synth-pop number. And though I’m not a big fan of his antics, I have to give it to him, Marilyn Manson knows how to #unfakeit.
I believe that just because an artist/band wrote the song, doesn’t necessarily mean that his/her/their version was the best ever. That’s my pick for #unfake covers. Do you have any #unfake favourites of your own? Let us know!
Article By- Viren writes for food, beer and his own amusement. His interests include reading, travelling and envisioning himself as the director (and the audience) of a comedy based on everything he sees.
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