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Dave Frenzy 06-17-2012 07:14 PM

Songs which should NEVER be covered
 
list the songs that amateur bands should NEVER cover at gigs

these can be the songs that are just bad in general or are the classics that shouldnt be atempted.

Im going to kick it off by listing the 2 obvious ones:
  • Guns n Roses - Sweet Child of Mine
  • Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

(If you happen to have covered any that appear in this list you should feel bad... unless it was a dam good cover)

edit:
Thought I'd make this list after headlining a gig tonight and the first support band doing incredibly bad covers of:
  • all along the watch tower - Bob Dylan/Hendrix (Hendrix is better imo)
  • Come Together - The Beatles
  • Back in the USSR - The Beatles
  • Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy

Zoot Allures 06-17-2012 07:15 PM

Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"

Mr.DeadDuck 06-17-2012 07:17 PM

I don't think its about the song it's about whether it's been done before, I've seen plenty of average covers of either song, participated in a few myself but I would be interested to see a reggae version of either (or at least something new)

I don't think it's the song that's sacred it's tired overused ideas that annoy me personally.


Edit: **** that ^^^ he's right hallelujah is a no go.

theogonia777 06-17-2012 07:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoot Allures
Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"


Fact: there are at least 1459 covers of that song that are better than the original.

MinterMan22 06-17-2012 07:18 PM

Ass Ring Lollipop.

Saint78 06-17-2012 07:19 PM

Anything by Rancid.

colddayinthesun 06-17-2012 07:20 PM

Free bird I hate playing that song. If the audience just walked out when we played it I wouldnt care.

DJ Safari 06-17-2012 07:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Frenzy
  • Guns n Roses - Sweet Child of Mine
  • Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven



i agree


noone should bother covering bad songs

Zoot Allures 06-17-2012 07:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by theogonia777
Fact: there are at least 1459 covers of that song that are better than the original.

Every cover of it has been worse >.< Everyone goes on about Jeff Buckleys too, and it sucks, the song doesn't sound right without Leonard Cohens big voice.

behind_you 06-17-2012 07:22 PM

Holy Diver

theogonia777 06-17-2012 07:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoot Allures
Every cover of it has been worse >.< Everyone goes on about Jeff Buckleys too, and it sucks, the song doesn't sound right without Leonard Cohens big voice.


Jeff Buckley's cover does suck, but it's still better.

Oyface 06-17-2012 07:22 PM

Smells Like Teen Spirit.



How come no one said this yet? This is the worst one.

Dave Frenzy 06-17-2012 07:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.DeadDuck
I don't think its about the song it's about whether it's been done before, I've seen plenty of average covers of either song, participated in a few myself but I would be interested to see a reggae version of either (or at least something new)

I don't think it's the song that's sacred it's tired overused ideas that annoy me personally.


Edit: **** that ^^^ he's right hallelujah is a no go.



thats a very good point. I totally agree with the reggae cover ideas

but I still think certain songs are sacred. because some bands can just ruin a song for you.

DJ Safari 06-17-2012 07:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oyface
Smells Like Teen Spirit.



How come no one said this yet? This is the worst one.




i wouldn't say it's the worst one but yeah it's a p bad song

Zoot Allures 06-17-2012 07:23 PM

Needs moar midi.
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by theogonia777
Jeff Buckley's cover does suck, but it's still better.

This is objectively wrong :mad: And see my title.

Dave Frenzy 06-17-2012 07:24 PM

at this stage I'd like to add

Metallica - Enter Sandman

bradulator 06-17-2012 07:25 PM

Any Beatles songs.

Other than that I really like to listen to covers whether they be good or bad.

supersac 06-17-2012 07:25 PM

i dont like covering ANY songs at a gig
but ive been know to drunkenly play all striway to heaven and freebird sometimes :haha:

K'Nuckles 06-17-2012 07:25 PM

The Final Countdown.


vicarious46 06-17-2012 07:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oyface
Smells Like Teen Spirit.



How come no one said this yet? This is the worst one.



Of all the Nirvana songs you could cover, this would be the worst one to cover. They have way better songs and it just sounds really bad when you try to do a proper cover of this song.

Also, people who decide to cover Sublime and their first thought is "What I Got"


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