Remade in the shade

NoOneOfAnyImport, miffed at the No Doubt cover version of “It’s My Life” (the Talk Talk song, not the Animals song, though frankly I’d like to hear Gwen Stefani do her best Eric Burdon some day), has announced a Worst Cover Song Evah contest. Presumed joke covers are usually too good to be the Worst, which eliminates, among others, the Gourds’ bluegrass version of “Gin and Juice” and pretty much the entire oeuvre of Richard Cheese.

Of the versions nominated, I’m thinking the Miley Cyrus rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is a cinch. Truth be told, I rather liked the Disturbed version of “Land of Confusion,” though this is not so much because it’s by Disturbed as it is the fact that Phil Collins doesn’t sing on it.



  1. GradualDazzle »

    12 July 2012 · 2:37 pm

    Oooh, you’re totally right about that Disturbed vid. Dang. I like that.

    I don’t even have sufficient words for the Miley cover.

  2. Linda »

    13 July 2012 · 8:35 am

    Thx for the link. You guys definately put Miley in the lead. I’m surprised nobody’s picked Pat Boone’s Crazy Train–that really made me cringe. I had to know why he would cover that song, and according to Wiki he was once neighbors with the Osbournes. So maybe it’s a humorous recording a la Richard Cheese, and shouldn’t even be in the contest?


  3. Charles Pergiel »

    13 July 2012 · 9:15 am

    Animals? Or Music Machine?

  4. Mark »

    13 July 2012 · 9:59 am

    Rod Stewart: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man”

    Not necessarily because of the quality of his performance, but on general principles.

  5. Baby M »

    13 July 2012 · 12:20 pm

    Willie Nelson’s reggae album Countryman. Willie Nelson is too white to cover Jimmy Cliff, no matter how much ganja he loads up on.

  6. hatless in hattiesburg »

    13 July 2012 · 12:29 pm

    if this “worst cover” idea were expanded into an entire awards show, there would need to be a smaller award just for “worst youtube cover of bjork’s ‘army of me’ ” –

  7. Baby M »

    13 July 2012 · 12:49 pm

    William Shatner, “Common People.” It’s what they played in the agony booth in “Mirror, Mirror.”

    Fleetwood Mac, “Black Magic Woman”

  8. CGHill »

    13 July 2012 · 4:42 pm

    Except for the minor detail that “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac original, circa 1968.

  9. unimpressed »

    14 July 2012 · 1:29 pm

    By chance, have you heard Johnny Cash’s rendition of Soundgarden’s “Rusted Cage”? Not saying it’s good or bad but it’s certainly different than the original.

  10. CGHill »

    14 July 2012 · 2:08 pm

    Got it. (I’ve been buying up Cash’s Rick Rubin productions as the budget permits.) As latter-day Cash covers go, it’s more persuasive than, say, his take on Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man.”

    Addendum: It occurred to me that what made “Solitary Man” work for me in the first place was the fact that the romantic angst portrayed therein seems appropriate to someone reasonably young, which Johnny Cash wasn’t at the time he got around to it. In which case, I suggest, you should seek out the cover by the late, lamented Dorktones.

  11. And the Winner of the Worst Cover Evah Contest is . . . « NoOneOfAnyImport »

    29 July 2012 · 11:10 am

    […] I included votes from the first comment string, the second comment string, and also from the excellent submissions over at Dustbury. (Did you know that Rod Stewart covered “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman?”)  […]

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