50 Great Neil Young Covers

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1. Cowboy Junkies "Powderfinger"
2. St. Etienne "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

Joint Custody (ian), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:33 (nine years ago) link

not sure there are 50 great ones honestly (the St. Etienne one is probably the best)

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:34 (nine years ago) link

3. The Feelies - Sedan Delivery
4. Boney M - Heart Of Gold
5. Devo - Ohio

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:35 (nine years ago) link

6. Lady Gaga - Out On The Weekend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIeCrj_Gn6A&feature=player_embedded

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:36 (nine years ago) link

stretching the definition of great there but had to get that in

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:37 (nine years ago) link

7. Pixies - Winterlong
8. Pixies - I've Been Waiting For You

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:41 (nine years ago) link

Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love

Number None, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:42 (nine years ago) link

10. Sonic Youth "computer age"

Trip Maker, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:43 (nine years ago) link

11. Dinosaur Jr. - Lotta Love

willem, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:47 (nine years ago) link

i mean, the whole Bridge tribute CD is pretty decent, as far as tribute albums go ...

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:51 (nine years ago) link

12. Ian Matthews - Tell Me Why

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:51 (nine years ago) link

13. Built To Spill - Cortez The Killer

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (nine years ago) link

14. The Walkabouts - On the Beach

Ari (whenuweremine), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (nine years ago) link

15. OP8 - round and round

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baz8W1dkPFQ

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (nine years ago) link

16. Feelies - Barstool Blues

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (nine years ago) link

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (nine years ago) link

18. Linda Ronstadt - Birds

velko, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (nine years ago) link

that GaGa version is terrible she can't even keep the melody together wtf

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:54 (nine years ago) link

19. Yung Wu - Powderfinger
20. Wooden Shjips - Vampire Blues

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:54 (nine years ago) link

not the one in Rachel Getting Married

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:55 (nine years ago) link

21. Phish - Albuquerque

(apparently their 1998 Farm Aid version of "Down By the River" was something to behold too, but I've nev er heard it)

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Friday, 15 January 2010 22:00 (nine years ago) link

22. Gillian Welch - Pocahontas

pauls00, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:03 (nine years ago) link

xp: There is a youtube of it, but I can't watch right now

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Friday, 15 January 2010 22:08 (nine years ago) link

I found a used copy of Borrowed Tunes II last week, and a I've got a vinyl copy of Headed for the Ditch: a Michigan Tribute to Neil Young on order. It's something of an obsession: I think I'm up to 350-400 cover versions, approximately 25 hours' worth. Hard to know where to begin, but three of the best (and perhaps most surprising) would be 23. Psychic TV's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," 24. Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes," and 25. Bongwater's "Mr. Soul."

clemenza, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:08 (nine years ago) link

24. Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes" -- whoa, never heard this!

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:14 (nine years ago) link

26. Byrds - See the Sky About To Rain

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:15 (nine years ago) link

Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball"

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:47 (nine years ago) link

Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes"

i was gonna post that!

velko, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:53 (nine years ago) link

flaming lips - "after the goldrush"

kamerad, Friday, 15 January 2010 23:00 (nine years ago) link

"Everybody's Rockin" John Lee Hooker

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:06 (nine years ago) link

"Mystery Train" Elvis Presley

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:06 (nine years ago) link

"Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (nine years ago) link

"Payola Blues" - ???

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (nine years ago) link

^^^ Albert Lee

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (nine years ago) link

The Isley Brothers - Ohio
Buddy Miles - Down By the River
Merry Clayton - Southern Man - righteous and mighty where the original is just pissy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4czTIjYwGlc

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:34 (nine years ago) link

skullflower 'cortez the killer'

PIMMS SNAKE (haitch), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:45 (nine years ago) link

So weird - I was thinking of starting this exact thread yesterday when Walter Clevinger & The Dairy King's great cover of "Burned" came up on shuffle.

So that.

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:47 (nine years ago) link

Radiohead did a nice "On the Beach:"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQARzXtc2ik

Radiohead has also done "Down by the River" and 'Cinnamon Girl."

I've heard Golden Smog do a great "Revolution Blues" before. Uncle Tupelo did "Cortez."

Wedding Present did an OK "Don't Cry No Tears."

Nick Cave's "Helpless" is really good. So is Roxy Music's OTT Latin-disco-rock "Like a Hurricane."

Sort of a hard act to cover! Are we still counting?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:59 (nine years ago) link

Cowboy Junkies- "Tired Eyes"

Now, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:16 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQAcJzIhSJ8

(From above) I was at this show and fell asleep listening to this.

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:18 (nine years ago) link

In a good way.

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:18 (nine years ago) link

47. Jack Logan - On The Beach

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:20 (nine years ago) link

damn that merry clayton cover is fantastic, thanks dorian

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:51 (nine years ago) link

That Merry Clayton cover is indeed fantastic. Anyway, a few more, though not all great by any means...

Neil Young cover versions

Phil Will, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:03 (nine years ago) link

48. "Love is a Rose" by Linda Ronstadt

banjoboy, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:23 (nine years ago) link

"Love is a nose, but you'd better not pick it..."

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:29 (nine years ago) link

Buddy Miles - Down By the River

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LH9eFMvhOw

President Keyes, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:49 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5KRVtjgMkM

that's not my post, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:32 (nine years ago) link

49. The Pooh Sticks: "The Rhythm of Love"

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:45 (nine years ago) link

50. Waylon Jennings - "Are You Ready For the Country?"

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:46 (nine years ago) link

My favourites

Chromatics - into the black
Tori Amos - Philadelphia
Annie Lennox - don't let it bring you down

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 15:51 (one year ago) link

Niels: had no problem, thanks again. (Will probably start searching for more Neil covers there...)

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:52 (one year ago) link

I don't think anyone saw this one coming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Ycxql63nY

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Monday, 26 March 2018 21:05 (one year ago) link

lol yes! love how he hams it up during the one note solo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 26 March 2018 23:31 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBIj2NxdbZE

aqxmission, Friday, 30 March 2018 00:32 (one year ago) link

I guess the original is either in a different key or slightly off key or Neil does smth weird with his voice because both this and the excellent Buddy Miles version has something off about the vocals (not necessarily in a bad way) particularly on the "when you could be taking me for a riiiiiide" line

niels, Friday, 30 March 2018 07:52 (one year ago) link

KD Lang - Helpless
Neko Case - Dreaming man

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Friday, 30 March 2018 17:02 (one year ago) link

Ida - Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere

that's not my post, Friday, 30 March 2018 20:38 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Chris Forsyth - Don't Be Denied

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dUriWmnh

Brad C., Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

https://chrisforsyth1.bandcamp.com/track/dont-be-denied

Brad C., Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

Roxy Music's "Like A Hurricane" is so incredible, it sounds like a Roxy song, even the lyrics ("Once I thought I saw you, in crowded, hazy bar") seem like Roxy lyrics.

That and Killdozer's "Cinnamon Girl", which points for having, some how, and even more inept rhythm section that the Horse

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:05 (one year ago) link

Does CSNY doing Down By The River at Balboa park in 1969 count as a cover? Never sure if the writer is on board.
Anyway 19 minutes of guitar burn including a hypnotically repetitive element from one of the players.
NOt sure if it is available anywhere legally yet but it does circulate on bootleg which is why i've heard it.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:19 (one year ago) link

think Y is on that one

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link

no what I meant was never sure if it counts as a cover if the writer/original artist is onboard i.e. later band with writer as central player or contemporary alternative band to the main one the artist is known for when artist is a permanent player in both bands.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:47 (one year ago) link

Intuitive call: I probably wouldn't count that, but I would count Neil joining R.E.M. for their cover of "Ambulance Blues" (some fan-club record put out by R.E.M., with a great lyric change to accommodate Bill Clinton).

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link

Definitely Tori Amos Philadelphia

Ross, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:02 (one year ago) link

was never sure if it counts as a cover if the writer/original artist is onboard

omg I got into an epic argument w my bass player years ago about this very subject when he insisted on calling Spiritualized's version of "Lord Can You Hear Me" a cover, because Spiritualized is ostensibly a "different" band than Spacemen 3, even though both feature Jason Pierce and it's his song

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:04 (one year ago) link

i mean, if you wrote a song and you are performing it, it's not a cover, right?

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:47 (one year ago) link

my point exactly

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:49 (one year ago) link

Yeah just never sure if you could cover yourself years later since you're going to be in a different context, chronologically at least and probably mentally. maybe in terms of style too. & playing style with different players in your band is likely to change a bit or at least the surroundings will.
So what word would you use to differentiate between different versions?

With CSN there's a lot more melodic guitar burn. I thought the version that's shown in the Big Sur film was really nice for that and the Balboa park version is much longer.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:54 (one year ago) link

has the undisputed truth's "down by the river" hit this thread yet?

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:33 (one year ago) link

So what word would you use to differentiate between different versions?

performance

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:26 (one year ago) link

you're going to be in a different context, chronologically at least and probably mentally

this different context is happening continuously, from writing the song, to demoing it, to rehearsing it, to recording it, to touring it, etc. i would even argue there is no "original context" for a song outside the abstracting of an official record release, which is still a document of a single performance.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:30 (one year ago) link

have we done simply red's 'mellow my mind' yet? i heard it in a hotel lobby while jetlagged out of my mind a few months ago and had something close to a psychotic break in response
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOfWPsFpuHY

really disappointing that mick chooses not to emulate neil's wobbly, off-key delivery of 'railroad traaaaaaaack' tbh

two weeks pass...

Boz Scaggs - On the Beach

Brad C., Wednesday, 1 August 2018 23:42 (one year ago) link

oh nice, just released

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 23:52 (one year ago) link

very good, thanks

niels, Thursday, 2 August 2018 09:18 (one year ago) link

58. the meters - 'birds'

― jlgt, Saturday, January 16, 2010 7:21 AM (eight years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just heard this for the first time, way prettier than anything i've heard from the meters. they did down by the river too if you're more into their usual funk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH9-1RV5j7s

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

i'm going to see eleventh dream day play ZUMA on saturday
can't wait!!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:26 (one year ago) link

that meters track sounds real quality. im really into the built 2 spill cortez the killer cover lately. i mean its just basically like 20 minutes of loud guitars whats not to like.

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:30 (one year ago) link

that eleventh dream day thang looks awesome.

in other news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Ycxql63nY&feature=youtu.be

tylerw, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:37 (one year ago) link

hmmm
https://youtu.be/77Ycxql63nY

tylerw, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:37 (one year ago) link

anyone done a Youtube playlist or similar of these? A project for the weekend maybe...

Neil S, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45 (one year ago) link

do it

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45 (one year ago) link

work is p quiet at the moment, I'll have a look tomorrow...

Neil S, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:47 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBVkKcQJu5A

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

nice. one cover the length of 4 tony molina songs

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:01 (one year ago) link

hehe Neil is probably the one note guitar solo king

Meters cover is great - why are there so many good soul covers of Neil? doesn't seem like he was too into that scene?

niels, Friday, 10 August 2018 08:15 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

New ones appear all the time, but I thought I knew pretty much every big-name Neil cover done before The Bridge, at least. Somehow this one slipped by me until I bought the album at a record show today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7fxxJIm-A4

Not very good.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:14 (nine months ago) link

I think I actually prefer it to the original! An entire album of Neil songs in that style would get a bit much though.

GG Allin: The Musical (Matt #2), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:36 (nine months ago) link

Just Like Me, Nowadays Clancy Just Wants To Be (Close To You)

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:38 (nine months ago) link

The original's not a favourite, so that figures in. I actually really like their "Ticket to Ride" cover (same album--it was originally released as Offering, then re-released a few months later as Ticket to Ride when that became a minor hit).

No! Thanks--will order that for sure.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:56 (nine months ago) link

Clancy's such a weird-ass song to have inspired so many period covers (I think like three or four besides the Carpenters one).

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:00 (nine months ago) link

Including--I could be wrong--the first Neil cover ever, Fever Tree's version of "Clancy" in 1968.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:22 (nine months ago) link

Clancy fucking sucks wtf

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:34 (nine months ago) link

there's also joni mitchell's 1967 radio recording of "sugar mountain" which is cool

featured here, along with many other covers mentioned itt: https://www.mixcloud.com/aquariumdrunkard/hello-mr-soul-neil-young-covers-1967-1978/

budo jeru, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:37 (nine months ago) link

67? Wow that’s early. Maybe Neil “gave” it to her?

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:50 (nine months ago) link

Maybe Fever Tree's was the first one to make it onto a record. If anyone knows one earlier (March 28, 1968), please post.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:57 (nine months ago) link


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