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28th Apr '16 2:07:47 PM LaptopGuy
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* "Boys of Summer", originally by Don Henley (male) and covered many, many times (most notably the female vocals used by DJ Sammy) changes the perspective depending on the gender singing. It's either the male singing he'll still be waiting for the woman after her summer relationships are over or the woman singing she'll return to him once her summer boyfriends leave. All without changing a single word, just the gender of the singer.

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* "Boys of Summer", originally by Don Henley (male) and covered many, many times (most notably famously by pop-punk band the female vocals used by DJ Sammy) Ataris) changes the perspective depending on the gender singing.singing, i.e. the female version by DJ Sammy. It's either the male singing he'll still be waiting for the woman after her summer relationships are over or the woman singing she'll return to him once her summer boyfriends leave. All without changing a single word, just the gender of the singer.



* "Forever Young" by Alphaville is about making the most of one's youth in the face of the fear that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they'll drop the Bomb any day now]]. Jay-Z did a rap number based on and sampling the tune, which is based more on the idea that you can be young forever as long as people remember you after you die.

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* "Forever Young" by Alphaville is about making the most of one's youth in the face of the fear that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they'll drop the Bomb any day now]]. Jay-Z did a rap number based on and sampling the tune, tune ("Young Forever"), which is based more on the idea that you can be young forever as long as people remember you after you die.



** Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch change all references of "New Orleans" to "Sin City". The house in their version is considered to be a metaphor for Hell.



* "I Am Woman": The Music/DougAnthonyAllStars' baritone version of "I Am Woman" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49mFJRWYhqo here]]) lends a whole new meaning to the feminist anthem.

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* "I Am Woman": The Music/DougAnthonyAllStars' baritone version of "I Am Woman" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49mFJRWYhqo here]]) lends a whole new meaning to the Helen Reddy feminist anthem.



* "Layla" by Music/EricClapton: Clapton did two versions of his own song. The original electric version is a young man, pining so hard for the woman he loves that he's raging. The acoustic version, a few decades later, is an older man softly regretting the love that was lost.

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* "Layla" by Music/EricClapton: Clapton did two versions of his own song. The original electric version with Derek & the Dominoes is a young man, pining so hard for the woman he loves that he's raging. The solo acoustic version, a few decades later, is an older man softly regretting the love that was lost.



* "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry has been covered by a crapload of artists, and talks about a sailor at sea thinking of his lover. Iggy Pop's cover only keeps the chorus - the rest is changed to a very politically charged rant (context: TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and contemporary events).

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* "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry Berry: The Kingsmen's take on it has been covered by a crapload of artists, and talks both the Berry and Kingsmen versions are about a sailor at sea thinking of his lover. Iggy Pop's cover only keeps the chorus - the rest is changed to a very politically charged rant (context: TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and contemporary events).



* "Mad World" by Tears For Fears: The well-known cover by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews turns it from a synth-filled catchy song into one much slower, more somber, and depressingly down-to-earth (though still catchy). In an odd case, this version has somewhat CoveredUp the original AND become the basis for nearly all future covers of the song, such as the one by Alex Parks.

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* "Mad World" by Tears For Fears: The well-known ''Film/DonnieDarko'' cover by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews turns it from a synth-filled catchy song into one much slower, more somber, and depressingly down-to-earth (though still catchy). In an odd case, this version has somewhat CoveredUp the original AND become the basis for nearly all future covers of the song, such as the one by Alex Parks.



* "Me and Bobby [=McGee=]", written in 1969 by Kris Kristofferson. Since the name "Bobby" can apply to either a man or woman, very little change in the lyrics is necessary (at least if the singer wants the relationship to be heterosexual). It was originally written for a male singer (the Statler Brothers), though Roger Miller was first to chart with it. The version by Music/JanisJoplin is the best known, and it was the first time the song had been performed by a woman.

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* "Me and Bobby [=McGee=]", written in 1969 by Kris Kristofferson. Since the name "Bobby" can apply to either a man or woman, very little change in the lyrics is necessary (at least if the singer wants the relationship to be heterosexual). It was originally written for a male singer (the Statler Brothers), though Roger Miller was first to chart with it. The version by Music/JanisJoplin is the best known, and it was the first time the song had been performed by a woman. Nearly all covers since then have been done from the female perspective (it helps that "Bobby" is normally a male name).



* "Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta: In girl group Girlicious' cover, instead of the male narrator admiring a sexy bitch, the song is turned around so that a female narrator is referring to herself as a sexy bitch.
* "Sexy Chick" by David Guetta ft. Akon: Paloma Faith took [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9hazmsUxrM what can only be described as the most typical song ever written]] and recast it into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xW3zjLPoAI a ballad of envy tinged with lesbian lust that really has to be heard to believed.]]

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* "Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta: In girl group Girlicious' cover, instead of the male narrator admiring a sexy bitch, the song is turned around so that a female narrator is referring to herself as a sexy bitch.
* "Sexy Chick" by David Guetta ft. Akon:
bitch. Paloma Faith took [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9hazmsUxrM what can only be described as the most typical song ever written]] and recast it into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xW3zjLPoAI a ballad of envy tinged with lesbian lust that really has to be heard to believed.]]
24th Apr '16 5:03:27 AM twilicorn
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* "Take Me to the River" by Al Green: Talking Heads took Al Green's rather upbeat song and turned it into a funky, eerie narrative, complete with ominous atmospheric keyboards and David Byrne's [[CreepyMonotone menacing, on-the-edge delivery]].
* "Teenage Dream" by Music/KatyPerry: Music/BoyceAvenue covered it in a more romantic tone, to the point of changing the more IntercourseWithYou lyrics to stuff like "Lets just talk all through the night, there's no need to rush." Creator/DarrenCriss pulled a similar trick with the same song.

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* "Take Me to the River" by Al Green: Talking Heads took Al Green's the rather upbeat song and turned it into a funky, eerie narrative, complete with ominous atmospheric keyboards and David Byrne's [[CreepyMonotone menacing, on-the-edge delivery]].
* "Teenage Dream" by Music/KatyPerry: Music/KatyPerry:
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Music/BoyceAvenue covered it in a more romantic tone, to the point of changing the more IntercourseWithYou lyrics to stuff like "Lets just talk all through the night, there's no need to rush." "
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Creator/DarrenCriss pulled a similar trick with the same song.song (the arrangement was also featured on ''Series/{{Glee}}'').



* "Toxic" by Music/BritneySpears: In Yael Naim's cover, her voice makes the song all the more awesome. It's soft, slow, sensual, and truly gives off the air of an addict. Go listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETh0Kfxk2BY&feature=related NOW.]]

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* "Toxic" by Music/BritneySpears: In Music/BritneySpears:
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Yael Naim's cover, her voice makes the song all the more awesome. It's cover is soft, slow, sensual, and truly gives off the air of an addict. Go listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETh0Kfxk2BY&feature=related NOW.Here it is.]]



* "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star": Go to the ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' [[http://www.deadspacegame.com website]] to download the [[NightmareFuel creepiest]] [[IronicNurseryTuneversion]] ever recorded.

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* "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star": Go to the ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''[='=] [[http://www.deadspacegame.com website]] to download the hosts [[NightmareFuel creepiest]] [[IronicNurseryTuneversion]] [[IronicNurseryTune version]] of this nursery rhyme ever recorded.
24th Apr '16 4:55:48 AM twilicorn
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* "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by [[CoveredUp Robert Hazard]]:

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* "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was originated by [[CoveredUp Robert Hazard]]: Hazard and covered multiple times:



* ''Pineapple Princess'' went from being sung by a female, ending with "I'll be his pineapple queen" to being sung by a male, ending with "I'll be your pineapple queen".



* Music/{{Prince}}'s "When You Were Mine" was about a guy whose live-in kinda-sorta girlfriend gets involved with another man. Music/CyndiLauper's version is about a woman whose live-in kinda-sorta boyfriend gets involved with... another man. And is a transvestite.



* Music/{{Prince}}'s "When You Were Mine" was about a guy whose live-in kinda-sorta girlfriend gets involved with another man. Lauper's version is about a woman whose live-in kinda-sorta boyfriend gets involved with... another man. And is a transvestite.
* ''Pineapple Princess'' went from being sung by a female, ending with "I'll be his pineapple queen" to being sung by a male, ending with "I'll be your pineapple queen".
24th Apr '16 4:49:09 AM twilicorn
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* "Starstrukk" by 3OH!3: The original singers sounded proud of stringing their lovers along, but Marina And The Diamond's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nCRqL5UmN4 version]]" sounds far more regretful about it.

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* "Starstrukk" by 3OH!3: The original singers "Starstrukk": Original srtist 3OH!3 sounded proud of stringing their lovers along, but Marina And The Diamond's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nCRqL5UmN4 version]]" sounds far more regretful about it.



* "Such Great Heights" by Music/ThePostalService: Iron & Wine changed it from a synthpop acid trip of a love song into something more poignant and sweet.

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* "Such Great Heights" by Music/ThePostalService: Iron & Wine Music/IronAndWine changed it from a synthpop acid trip of a love song into something more poignant and sweet.



* "Superstar" by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: The Delaney & Bonnie/Carpenters version is about a groupie who's fooled herself into thinking that the one night stand she had with a rock star [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was insignificant]].

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* "Superstar" "Superstar", originated by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: The Delaney & Bonnie/Carpenters version made famous by the Carpenters, is about a groupie who's fooled herself into thinking that the one night stand she had with a rock star [[ButForMeItWasTuesday was insignificant]].forgotten by said rock star



** Music/MarilynManson's version is an angry, paranoid, descending-into-homicidal-madness [[RuleOfThree take on a failing relationship]].



** Music/MarilynManson's version is an angry, paranoid, descending-into-homicidal-madness take on a failing relationship...
22nd Apr '16 12:37:14 PM Yahya
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* "SOS" by Music/{{ABBA}} is about former lovers drifting apart. The cover by Music/{{Portishead}}, recorded specially for ''[[Creator/TomHiddleston High-Rise]]'', makes it more about how a rotten society inevitably breaks emotional connections between people.
19th Apr '16 6:14:19 AM aye_amber
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* "Everything Counts" by DepecheMode: The Music/InFlames cover completely altered its meaning. The original was a [[LyricalDissonance simplistic synth driven pop song about the greed, competitiveness and materialism of 80's Wall Street capitalism.]] However in the In Flames version the song describes the [[HumansAreBastards failure of humanity as the greedy and selfish nature of people]] destroys their Utopian society. And how only [[AfterTheEnd after the world ends the people realize their failure.]]

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* "Everything Counts" by DepecheMode: Music/DepecheMode: The Music/InFlames cover completely altered its meaning. The original was a [[LyricalDissonance simplistic synth driven pop song about the greed, competitiveness and materialism of 80's Wall Street capitalism.]] However in the In Flames version the song describes the [[HumansAreBastards failure of humanity as the greedy and selfish nature of people]] destroys their Utopian society. And how only [[AfterTheEnd after the world ends the people realize their failure.]]
18th Apr '16 10:00:57 PM aye_amber
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* "The Metro" by Berlin is a poppy, somewhat sad song about moving on after a bad breakup. The cover by SystemOfADown is a rage-filled rant about being abandoned by a loved one.

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* "The Metro" by Berlin is a poppy, somewhat sad song about moving on after a bad breakup. The cover by SystemOfADown Music/SystemOfADown is a rage-filled rant about being abandoned by a loved one.
17th Apr '16 7:21:16 AM twilicorn
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* "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush. The original version is quite upbeat and hopeful.

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* "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush. The original version is quite upbeat and hopeful.hopeful, while two notable covers turn it the other way.
15th Apr '16 10:43:59 AM Pichu-kun
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* "Crazy In Love" by Music/{{Beyonce}} is a SillyLoveSong. Sofia Karlberg's cover is HotterAndSexier, changing it into a more sensual song.
11th Apr '16 10:41:18 AM Andyroid
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** Their song "Black Ops" from ''Nanobots'' is a slow, ominous song about secret agents. An alternate version from Dial-a-Song 2015 and ''Phone Power'' is much peppier and faster-paced, and sounds more like an ode to the TuxedoAndMartini style of spy fiction.

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** Their song "Black Ops" from ''Nanobots'' is a slow, ominous song about secret agents. An alternate version from Dial-a-Song 2015 and ''Phone Power'' is much peppier and faster-paced, and sounds more like an ode to the TuxedoAndMartini style of spy fiction.fiction, much like their earlier song "Spy".
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