50 Great Neil Young Covers

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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 (ten years ago) link

Radiohead did a nice "On the Beach:"


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 (ten years ago) link

Cowboy Junkies- "Tired Eyes"

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


(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 (ten years ago) link

In a good way.

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

47. Jack Logan - On The Beach

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

damn that merry clayton cover is fantastic, thanks dorian

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

48. "Love is a Rose" by Linda Ronstadt

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

Buddy Miles - Down By the River


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


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

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

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

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

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

^^ surprised Ian didn't list that one tbqh imo!

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:47 (ten years ago) link

51. Killdozer -" Cinnamon Girl"

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:51 (ten years ago) link

52. Royal Trux - "Lookout Joe"

53. Slint - "Cortez the Killer"

^^ live only as far as i know

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:53 (ten years ago) link

54. Valerie Carter "After The Gold Rush"
A very nice cover too. Someone else did a cover of this song, but I can't put my finger on it right now.

Jacob Sanders, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:43 (ten years ago) link

55. jackie deshannon - only love can break your heart

velko, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:50 (ten years ago) link

I have a weak spot for Jackie Deshannon. Which album is that cover from?

Jacob Sanders, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:51 (ten years ago) link

jackie, reissued a few years back by rhino as jackie...plus

velko, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:53 (ten years ago) link

Can I rep for Pearl Jam's 'Rockin In The Free World'...

VegemiteGrrrl, Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:32 (ten years ago) link

56. Q and Not U - "Don't Let it Bring You Down"

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:40 (ten years ago) link

57. Bettye LeVette- Heart of Gold


ithappens, Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:48 (ten years ago) link

more soul and funk covers please

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:11 (ten years ago) link

58. the meters - 'birds'

jlgt, Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:21 (ten years ago) link

we did this:
Neil Young cover versions

koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:39 (ten years ago) link

New Peter Gabriel covers album will feature a Neil Young cover

Scratch My Back is due out on February 16 in North America via Real World/Universal Records:
1. “Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
2. “The Boy in the Bubble” (Paul Simon cover)
3. “Mirrorball” (Elbow cover)
4. “Flume” (Bon Iver cover)
5. “Listening Wind” (Talking Heads cover)
6. “The Power of the Heart” (Lou Reed cover)
7. “My Body Is a Cage” (Arcade Fire cover)
8. “The Book of Love” (Magnetic Fields cover)
9. “I Think It's Going to Rain Today” (Randy Newman cover)
10. “Après Moi” (Regina Spektor cover)
11. “Philadelphia” (Neil Young cover)
12. “Street Spirit” (Radiohead cover)

sofatruck, Saturday, 16 January 2010 15:20 (ten years ago) link

Cassandra Wilson - "Harvest Moon"

Hideous Lump, Monday, 18 January 2010 02:00 (ten years ago) link

Since it wasn't mentioned on the earlier thread,
Michael Hedges - After the Gold Rush

Enoki Doki (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 18 January 2010 02:31 (ten years ago) link

yow i gotta track down some of these!

tylerw, Monday, 18 January 2010 02:50 (ten years ago) link

Not sure if anyone's made a similar request, but I'm looking for some help in tracking down a copy of Everybody Knows This is Norway. I've tried the internets, Soulseek, Amazon, etc., and haven't made any headway at all. I think it's the only Neil-tribute LP I haven't yet found (once a couple of CDs arrive in the mail shortly, I'll be up to 15). I'd like to obtain an actual copy on CD or vinyl, but would happily settle for a CD-R.

clemenza, Friday, 29 January 2010 02:27 (ten years ago) link

60. rainy day - flying on the ground is wrong

hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:28 (ten years ago) link

61. ida - everybody knows this is nowhere

hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:29 (ten years ago) link

62. The Church "Cortez The Killer"

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 29 January 2010 03:26 (ten years ago) link

Two threads and no Undisputed Truth.

Guess I'm staying gone.

The Love Song of J Alfred Pluot (Oilyrags), Friday, 29 January 2010 03:28 (ten years ago) link

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:53 (1 week ago) Bookmark


Lord Byron Bay of Pigs (SeekAltRoute), Friday, 29 January 2010 03:50 (ten years ago) link

63. Mercury Rev - Vampire Blues

ron paul revulvalution (Pillbox), Friday, 29 January 2010 04:24 (ten years ago) link

Jeez, that Gaga video upthread is painful. Classic for the fat guy hanging out at the edge of the frame chewing gum, checking his mobile and generally looking crushed by boredom, though.

mister_thoth, Friday, 29 January 2010 08:39 (ten years ago) link

didn't giant Sand do a cover of Revolution Blues as well? is it any good? i haven't heard it (haven't heard any Giant Sand actually)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 11:21 (ten years ago) link

almost forgot:

64.) Annie Lennox - Don't Let it Bring You Down (hi there Mena Suvari)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 11:27 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

And here's a great cover of "Whip My Hair" by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 19 November 2010 21:37 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

just posted a second comp of neil young covers here: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/5867821093/hello-mr-soul-vol-ii-so-heres-the-hotly

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:53 (nine years ago) link

Nice work!

The germ of Entwistle's "Cinnamon Girl" can be found near the end of "My Generation" here.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:14 (nine years ago) link

Fifteen months later, I'm still looking for a copy of this:


The website sums it up well: "Salvation Circus går helt opp til en signaturlåt, men versjonen av Cinnamoon Girl får ikke nytt liv denne gangen heller. Bedre versjoner er dessuten hørt tidligere, blant annet av The Dream Syndicate og Loop."

Four years ago, I did a piece on Neil covers for Stylus that they've been good (or negligent) enough to leave up. I've probably collected another five CDs and 60 or 70 covers since then, but I just can't seem to get my hands on the Norway album.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:18 (nine years ago) link

well, i know who should compile the next volume of my neil young covers series!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:23 (nine years ago) link

entwistle cover is kind of impressive in its rigid faithfulness to the original. i think they just slowed it down slightly. otherwise, an exact copy!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:25 (nine years ago) link

If you ever want, Tyler, everything I've got fits onto a 2GB USB. I'd be glad to send one out to you--I really enjoy all the Neil commentary you do on these threads.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:27 (nine years ago) link

even got the Type-O & Rheostatics covers in that article, clemenza; colour me f--king impressed!

pax raggetta (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:28 (nine years ago) link

i would not say no to a 2gb USB of neil young covers, that'd be awesome!
and yeah, some serious obscurities in that article!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:30 (nine years 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Clancy fucking sucks wtf

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:34 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:50 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

one year passes...


Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 10 January 2020 18:48 (eight months ago) link

The Sylvester links don't work upthread, so just adding. It's *so* good


Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 10 January 2020 23:45 (eight months ago) link

A different take on After the Gold Rush


that's not my post, Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:52 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...


(I was trying to post a Facebook link.)

clemenza, Saturday, 14 March 2020 23:58 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

very nice. the singer's voice reminds of lou reed.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 14:34 (one month ago) link

not a cover per se and not a neil song but just saw this for the first time


singular wolf erotica producer (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 15:46 (one month ago) link

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