Songs you belatedly discovered were covers of a very different artist

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So today I found out that Rollin’ with the Flow was not a Kurt Vile original but a cover version of a Charlie Rich song. I guess I’d known Kurt Vile’s work better I might have guessed.

Someone on Twitter was shocked that Robert Wyatt’s At Last I Am Free was a Chic cover.

What are yours?

Alba, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 22:40 (one month ago) link

Alice Cooper's "Hello Hooray", original version by Judy Collins, they're almost like different songs though.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 22:46 (one month ago) link

Watching the Hair movie high af trying to figure out how Evan Dando could've written the song "Frank Mills" at the age of 2...

BrianB, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:17 (one month ago) link

Ha ha

Alba, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:33 (one month ago) link

Devo's "Satisfaction". my parents are from Akron so I was exposed to their music at a very young age.

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:41 (one month ago) link

Soft Cell - Tainted Love. Didn’t know it was a cover until I started listening to more classic soul.

that's not my post, Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:16 (one month ago) link

I didn't realize "The Hammond Song" wasn't by The Colourfield until last year (when The Avalanches sampled it and credited The Roches, not Terry Hall)

enochroot, Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:27 (one month ago) link

when I was 12 or 13 I got heavy into Big Beat and "electronica" (whatever that meant in 1998) and I for some reason assumed that all the sounds were originals outside of the obvious stuff. later in life it always threw me for a loop to hear something sampled on those CDs

frogbs, Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:34 (one month ago) link

Yeah, on that note, I think it was ILM that clued me in, quite recently, to Edwin Birdsong... I guess this was technically a sample, but it feels more like a cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3AKrwna2C8

enochroot, Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:36 (one month ago) link

lol yeah I remember watching a video detailing the many many tunes DP lifted giant chunks of and almost showed it to my friends who were huge into them but it almost felt like telling a kid that Santa isn't real

frogbs, Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:39 (one month ago) link

I was a bit surprised at how pretty much every Massive Attack song where Horace Andy sings is a cover of a song of his.

Also found Don’t You Evah by Spoon was a cover almost a decade later, but that one is way too obscure, noone outside of Austin had ever heard the original before.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 1 April 2021 03:33 (one month ago) link

It was only a couple of years ago that I found out Not So Manic Now by Dubstar was a cover. The original is by a band called Brick Supply who I'd never heard of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpKlwFNMI60

kitchen person, Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:04 (one month ago) link

i thought "fly me to the moon" was a song written specifically for the end credits of neon genesis evangelion until i saw elvis costello perform it on an episode of third rock from the sun

, Thursday, 1 April 2021 05:54 (one month ago) link

I never knew Not So Manic Now was a cover!

kinder, Thursday, 1 April 2021 07:20 (one month ago) link

my most recent realisation was Minnie Riperton, Les Fleurs. I think maybe I thought it might be a small sample or reworking in there but the 4 Hero version is a direct cover.

kinder, Thursday, 1 April 2021 07:27 (one month ago) link

Recently discovered that Ha Ha This A Way is by Lead Belly and not a Paul Daniels original.

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 April 2021 07:28 (one month ago) link

When I was a naive 20y old, I was allowed backstage at a Primal Scream gig and told Bobby Gillespie that I thought 'Slip Inside This House' was my favourite song of theirs. He was the one who then informed me that it was a cover of 13th Floor Elevators. I felt pretty embarrassed but he was really nice about it, he wrote down the name of the album for me.

Valentijn, Thursday, 1 April 2021 07:54 (one month ago) link

Well I just heard a version of 'Sinnerman' recorded a full decade before Nina Simone's version so add that to the list I guess.

You Can't Have the Woogie Without a Little Boogie (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 April 2021 16:41 (one month ago) link

Wait what?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 1 April 2021 18:31 (one month ago) link

i had extreme cognitive dissonance when i first heard wire's version of 'strange' because I didn't understand how they covered an REM song from ten years in the future

joygoat, Thursday, 1 April 2021 18:41 (one month ago) link

Not exactly a very different artist but Henry Thomas' "Bull Doze Blues" surprised the hell out of me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bO0kp4lAPo

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Thursday, 1 April 2021 18:49 (one month ago) link

not exactly a cover but anyway, first heard this one yesterday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRnFmHm_ANg

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 April 2021 18:51 (one month ago) link

LCD Soundsystem's "Jump Into the Fire", which I assumed was just a really great B-side ("of COURSE this fucking hipster would save the best track for the back of some single") - when I heard Nilsson's version I kept bouncing between "this is 30 years ahead of its time" and "LCD really based their entire career on this, huh?"

frogbs, Thursday, 1 April 2021 18:52 (one month ago) link

"LCD really based their entire career on this, huh?"

lol I felt kinda the same when I first heard this old Chuck Prophet track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMvRu3_d50U

brimstead, Friday, 2 April 2021 01:57 (one month ago) link

glee cover of rebecca black’s friday

scanner darkly, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:11 (one month ago) link

That "Turning Black" track, wow. Had never heard that. Pretty strong stuff!

Josefa, Friday, 2 April 2021 03:16 (one month ago) link

Frank Mills on Hair got me too

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Friday, 2 April 2021 03:58 (one month ago) link

This Mortal Coil's three albums, didn't realize they were largely covers until after _Blood_ and discovering The Apartments.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 2 April 2021 13:00 (one month ago) link

My wife didn't realize that Through the Looking Glass by Siouxsie and the Banshees was all covers, I got to surprise her a lot.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 2 April 2021 13:34 (one month ago) link

It was only a couple of years ago that I found out Not So Manic Now by Dubstar was a cover. The original is by a band called Brick Supply who I'd never heard of.

many years ago i worked with one of the BS blokes.
he was very angry and bitter re the whole thing re that track (and everything else in life to be fair).

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 15:32 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I know we download and stream everything nowadays so this is now probably the norm.

Back in the day I always read liner notes and credits on LPs and CDs, maybe no one else did idk.

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 22:21 (one week ago) link

“This flight tonight” a genius choice for Nazareth to cover Joni Mitchell

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 22:34 (one week ago) link

Reading liner notes wouldn’t always tell you if it was a cover. Eg: Led Zepellin

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 00:11 (one week ago) link


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