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Chinchilla
(wild eyed peoploid)
06/04/08 02:23 PM
Why can no one cover his songs well? new  

I was listening to the cd that came with the uncut magazine and boy is it crap! Utter crappola. I think the only song that I thought had any substance to it was the cover of Modern Love because it was so different to Bowie's original and had a kind of soft ballady passion to it. Every thing else was souless and lacked any enthusiasm...with some people missing the point completely in terms of how Bowie uses his voice (or used to), to display particular emotions. No one did this.
Anyone think of a Bowie cover that is good? I mean really good?



ghostlove
(cracked actor)
06/04/08 03:22 PM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: Chinchilla]  

King Crimson's version of "Heroes" isn't too bad.



Chinchilla
(wild eyed peoploid)
06/04/08 04:18 PM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: ghostlove]  

yeeaaaahh...isn't too bad is not good though.



ghostlove
(cracked actor)
06/04/08 04:24 PM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: Chinchilla]  

Well, we can't always reach the pinnacle that is the taste of Chinchilla, can we?



to_dizzy
(cracked actor)
06/04/08 04:45 PM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: ghostlove]  

This is an extremely good question. It cannot be overestimated how good Bowie is in the studio.



ghostlove
(cracked actor)
06/04/08 05:00 PM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: to_dizzy]  

In reply to:

It cannot be overestimated how good Bowie is in the studio


I think that is the biggest reason why there are so few good covers. The amount of studio wizardry with excellent musicians and layers of great sounds produce a good portion of what makes covering a challenge. Also, the uniqueness of Bowie's voice and delivery cannot be matched. Giving a unique rendition with good musicanship, like the "Modern Love" example or "Be My Wife" from Life Beyond Mars, seems to give a cover more pizazz and make it actually listenable for repeated listens. That can be said for all covers, I think.



tv eye
(acolyte)
06/04/08 11:23 PM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: ghostlove]  

I'm getting a bit tired of those slowed down covers of Modern Love - the one in Uncut must be at least the third one (after John Frusciante and Astrid Young) The very beginning of Bowie's original is probably my favourite part of the whole song, and many covers omit it.

I think there have been good covers; there have been good faithful cover (Keane's Under Pressure), good unusual covers (Tori Amos's After All, Lassigue Bendthaus's Ashes to Ashes), and good covers that pushed the song to the 11 the original didn't (Bauhaus's Ziggy Stardust).

I'm still to hear a good Heroes cover - King Crimson doesn't count, with Fripp in the band it's kind of cheating.



ghostlove
(cracked actor)
06/05/08 00:39 AM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: tv eye]  

In reply to:

I'm still to hear a good Heroes cover - King Crimson doesn't count, with Fripp in the band it's kind of cheating.


It is cheating in a way and I think for that song no one can out do Bowie on the vocal end. It is his forever.





Sam_X
(crash course raver)
06/05/08 04:05 AM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: tv eye]  

In reply to:

I'm still to hear a good Heroes cover


Try Nico.

And speaking of Bowie covers, 'Diamond Gods' has a pretty good 'badalamentian' version of I Can't Read. The rest is mostly shite, though.

~
Heaven is a place where
Nothing ever happens


bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
06/05/08 06:05 AM
Re: Why can no one cover his songs well? new [re: Chinchilla]  

Icehouse - loving the Alien
Seal - Quicksand
Nirvana

I thought most people had figured that 75% of the content of the "free" cds is filler? Exception being the "roots of..." titles or the artist selected "jukebox" one they do a couple times a year.





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