Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music. The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme. (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along). Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:
Great Cover Songs
I know I haven’t joined in for a couple weeks, but my winter blahs are reaching critical mass. I knew for a fact that I couldn’t miss this week though. I mean “cover songs” are my thing!
1. Ain’t No Sunshine – Santana and Rob Thomas. I just discovered this version of Bill Withers’ hit song a couple weeks ago. These two make a dynamite duo and I hope they do more collaborations in the future. I just wish there was a better version online.
2. One More Cup of Coffee – The White Stripes. You really can’t throw a rock into a pool of covers and not hit a Bob Dylan song. Dylan once remarked that this song was written from his experience of a week spent at a Gypsy Festival in France. I think Jack White does an admirable job in capturing the Dylan-esqueness (yeah I may have just made up that word) of the song.
3. I Will Always Love You – Chris Cornell. Honesty time here…I really dislike this song. Both Dolly’s version and Whitney’s. But I ran across this version about a month ago on a playlist and was really getting into it before I even realized what the song was. Are his vocals as pure as the more famous singers? Of course not…and that’s probably why I actually like this “rawer” version of the song. As far as I can by YouTube, the only performance he’s done that was recorded was for an Obama fundraiser a couple years ago.
4. Street Fighting Man – Oasis. Speaking of “raw” songs, I’m usually not a huge Oasis fan, but love this cover of the Rolling Stones’ song.
5. The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana. I did a TMT post a few months back about covers that were better than the originals and included Nirvana’s cover of Where Did You Sleep Last Night. I had a discussion a few days later with a friend that asked me why I chose to use that Nirvana song from the MTV Unplugged special instead of this one. My answer was simple…its because I love both Nirvana’s cover and David Bowie’s original of this song and I really don’t think one version is better than the other.