#1
So pit, here is my question, I ask you:
Why do bands sometimes take creative liberties with the instrumental parts of a cover song but never, ever the lyrics?
If you're so into a song that you want to RE-record it with exciting new guitar tracks, then why not be so into it that you can write in the spirit of the song itself?
Obviously, it seems easier to just stick with the lyrics, which are so much an integral part of the song to begin with, but it's never been done (as far as I know) and the thought intrigues me.
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#2
because when the jonas brothers covered year 3000 they changed the lyrics to make them kid friendly. It has since been forbidden
#3
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because when the jonas brothers covered year 3000 they changed the lyrics to make them kid friendly. It has since been forbidden


Because if they do, A7X fans will make cutting remarks about the state of music today.
#4
Kayne West destro- ... changes, songs and adds lyrics on all the time. He's basically scraped himself a career out of rapping badly over decent songs, by taking what the song already said and then repeating key words. I can't believe he didn't get a mention in the OP for that, he's clearly re-invented music.
#5
OH.
Yeah, I guess I can see where it could lead to disastrous results, but still... do we not think that if it was done well it couldn't be really cool?
#6
Because civilians who listen to music don't care about the instruments, It's all in the lyrics y'all!


But seriously. Ordinary people don't give a rats arse about instrumental parts any more. Someone takes an instrumental track, not all that many notice. Someone takes some lyrics? Good mother of ****ing god is there going to be an uproar from the fans.

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#8
Lyrics for MC5's original version of 'Kick Out the Jams'

Well i feel pretty good and i guess that i could get crazy now baby
Cause we all got in tune and when the dressing room got hazy now baby
I know how you want it child, hot, quick and tight
The girls can't stand it when you're doin'it right
Let me up on the stand
And let me kick out the jam
Yes, kick out the jams
I want to kick'em out !

Yes i'm starting to sweat you know my shirt's all wet, what a feeling
In the sound that abounds and resounds and rebounds off the ceiling
You gotta have it baby you can't do without
When you get that feeling you gotta sock'em out
Put that mike in my hand
And let me kick out the jam
Yes ! Kick out the jams
I want to kick'em out

So you got to give it up you know you can't get enough Miss Mackenzie
Cause it gets in your brain it drives you insane with the frenzy
The wailin' guitars girl The crash of the drums
Make you wanna keep-a-rockin' till the morning comes
Let me be who i am
And let me kick out the jam
Yes, kick out the jams
I done kicked em out !!!



Lyrics for Presidents version of 'Kick Out the Jams'

Well I've been elected to rock your asses 'till midnight
Well this is my term and I've shaved off my perm but it's alright
I solemnly swear to uphold the constitution
Got a rock 'n' roll problem well we got the solution
Just let me be who I am
And let me kick out the jams yeah
Let me kick out the jams
I done kicked 'em out

Well I've been selected to orbit the planet in a rocket in a rocket
I'm goin' to mars I got a message for the poodle in your pocket
Well mission control callin' supernova
The hotline's rockin' you can come on over,
Let us be who we am
And let us kick out the jams yeah
Kick out the jams
We done kicked'em out
#9
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#10
Jeff Buckley's version of 'Hallelujah' has altered lyrics.

EDIT-And that AC/DC cover that Eddie Murphy did. What were the lyrics?

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#13
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Jeff Buckley's version of 'Hallelujah' has altered lyrics.


Didn't he just take some of the many many verses that Cohen didn't use and put them in instead?
#15
I think due to the fact that people like Weird Al have so successfully switched lyrics in the name of comedy very few people would be able to legitimately rewrite a song and have people take it seriously.
#16
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I think due to the fact that people like Weird Al have so successfully switched lyrics in the name of comedy very few people would be able to legitimately rewrite a song and have people take it seriously.

this...
WC Experience in holland actually only write songs this way.
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#17
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this...
WC Experience in holland actually only write songs this way.

Is that anything to do with glory holes?
#19
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Didn't he just take some of the many many verses that Cohen didn't use and put them in instead?


I've no idea, I just wanted to make that AC/DC transvestite joke.
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#20
Some people fail to have understood what I was asking...
just because bands cover other bands' songs does not mean there is no originality,
and taking "creative liberties" when covering a song does not mean that you are changing everything about the song to the point where it is, in fact, a new song.

But I found the point about Weird Al interesting, and I guess that's pretty true.
I guess I should have figured that some people would have done it already...

@ Wizards?: Do you think that U2 made the song better or worse with the added verse?