Playlisting: Cover Versions

Back in March, I compiled a playlist of songs about London. That was so much fun to do I decided to put together another on a different theme, and I’d been thinking about this new one for a while – but when I noticed there was a programme about cover versions on BBC4 this evening, it seemed to be exactly the right time to post it!

Cover versions can be a really bad idea (see any classic butchered on The X Factor, for example), but they can also be the definitive version of a particular song or songs (see pretty much any of The Byrds’s Bob Dylan covers as a sublime case in point there). Some of my choices here are simply great covers, but others are possibly a little unexpected, or even just ones I’m rather fond of. If you think I’ve missed anything, or would like to suggest a theme for the next Playlisting, feel free to leave a comment or tweet me.

Edit 07/11/15: Click here for another ten great cover versions!

Same ridiculously basic rules as last time: One theme + ten songs = playlisting.

Here we go….

Talking Heads – Take Me To The River:

(Original version by Al Green)

Hüsker Dü – Eight Miles High:

(Original version by The Byrds)

Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding:

(Original version by Elvis Costello)

Marianne Faithfull – Working Class Hero:

(Original version by John Lennon)

Faith No More – War Pigs:

(Original version by Black Sabbath)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower:

(Original version by Bob Dylan)

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah:

(Original version by Leonard Cohen)

Kirsty MacColl – A New England:

(Original version by Billy Bragg)

Nirvana – Love Buzz:

(Original version by Shocking Blue)

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – California Über Alles:

(Original version by The Dead Kennedys)

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