Cover versions vs originals

It’s always rather disappointing to be in on a conversation when someone refers to a song that you know is a cover version but they imply that the version they know is the original rather than that by someone much earlier…

She was by Charles Aznavour NOT Elvis Costello

Mad World was by Tears for Fears NOT Gary Jules

Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before was by The Smiths NOT by Mark Ronson ft. Daniel Merriweather

Tainted Love was by Gloria Jones NOT Soft Cell

Always on my Mind was by Gwen McCrae NOT The Pet Shop Boys, not Willie Nelson, and definitely not Elvis Presley, and not even Brenda Lee

Do You Know the Way to San Jose? was by Dionne Warwick NOT by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Nothing Compares 2 U was by Prince/The Family NOT by Sinead O’Connor

I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton not Whitney Houston

All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan NOT Jimi Hendrix

Mr Tambourine Man also by Bob Dylan NOT The Byrds

Make You Feel My Love again by Bob Dylan NOT Adele

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen NOT Jeff Buckley and not Alexandra Burke or any of dozens of others

Wild is the Wind by Johnny Mathis NOT Nina Simone and NOT David Bowie who was inspired to record a cover when he heard the Simone version

The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie NOT Nirvana

Respect by Otis Redding NOT Aretha Franklin

Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack NOT The Fugees

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode NOT Johnny Cash and NOT Marilyn Manson

Shock the Monkey by Peter Gabriel NOT Coal Chamber ft. Ozzy Osbourne

The list goes on, these are just ones that get my goat that I’ve heard referenced recently…and it’s not to say that any version is better than another, although Nina’s Wild is the Wind is incredible and the Buckley version of Hallelujah is the seminal version.</rant>