COVER VERSIONS THAT CLEARLY, DECISIVELY, AND UTTERLY SURPASS THE ORIGINAL
sometimes it's a cover of a cover. these are clearly superior to the best-known/biggest hit/"definitive" version.
- •"walk on by", the stranglers, 1978. bacharach/david lament that becomes viscerally angst-ridden and tension-heavy when wrangled by these fellows. lengthy, fulsome dave greenfield keyboard solo gives way to even more urgent hugh cornwell guitar workout before harmonic resolution.
- •"laugh at me", mott the hoople, 1969. the finest of several sterling covers on mott's eponymous debut. who knew this little-known sonny bono a-side could be converted into a building power ballad, replete with magisterial symbiosis in the fevered crescendo. only the band rivaled early mott for organic, visceral, analog musicianship.
- •"summer breeze", isley brothers, 1973. one of many fine funk-soul-rock-folk-r&b covers the brothers unleashed during their creative 70's heyday, this stretched-out slow-jam burns with intent, where the middling entreaties of the seals & crofts original fall on deaf ears. languorous, with wicked, high-class ernie isley guitar licks.
- •"just like heaven", dinosaur jr., 1989. never a robert smith fan, this guitarsplosion version pummeled my eardrums with a credible alternative to the whiniest cure song ever. also 1 of the greatest cold endings.