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Here to add the obligatory every few year declaration that this page needs some serious help. A lot of examples are missing context, and a lot of them are sorted by artist instead of by title (and even then, some are sorted by original artist and some are sorted by cover artist.) Plus a lot of the entires are just plain poorly written.
I noticed a lot of examples on this page are either outright nonsense or are in need of confirmation, so I've brought them here for evaluation.
So far I've only combed the alphabetized folders, and didn't necessarily get all of them - there's only so much trope maintenance I do in one sitting before wearing myself out.
Fan Myopia seems to run rampant on this page. Just because fans of a band can't identify a song as a cover, doesn't mean other people can't, and there's a good chance they don't even know that the cover exists.
I was watching a BBC documentary last night on the life and music of Johnny Cash. At one point he did a country-and-western themed song that was recognisable as Honky-tonk Angel, and my first reaction was
"My God, he's doing a Status Quo cover?"
It took a while to reflect it was probably the other way round - that Quo did a rock cover of Johnny Cash...
Removed this example:
"Elmore James's version of Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" is an interesting aversion. Johnson is often said to have invented electric blues with his version, so James's version, the first electric version to be recorded, takes it to its logical next step. As such, both versions are considered of roughly equal importance, a rare thing for a song. James's version has received more play on the radio and jukeboxes over the years, and most covers are based on his version, but Johnson's identity as the writer has barely been obscured."
I don't understand what is going on with those first sentences.
"Johnson is often said to have invented electric blues with his version, so James's version, the first electric version to be recorded, takes it to its logical next step."
Are you saying people think that the Johnson version was the electric version? Or that Johnson invented electric blues with it (which is both contradictory to the next sentence and wrong, since it's acoustic)? The wording is confusing me.
It seems like half of the entries on this page are "X recorded a song that was later covered by Y". I mean, who didn't know that Higher Ground was originally Stevie Wonder? Or that Live and Let Die was by Paul Mc Cartney? Surely the Roy Orbison performance of Oh, Pretty Woman is not "covered up" by Van Halen's?
I came to the talk page just to see if I wasn't actually just oddly aware of the "original" songs.* There are a lot of songs listed where not only do I really, really know the original and am surprised other people don't, "but didn't even know about the cover they're claiming has outshone the original."
Someone needs to reign in this page!
Would Falco's "Der Kommisar" apply for this page? Most times you hear it (in the US, anyway), it's by After The Fire, most definitely not Falco...
In the US, sure. In Europe, Falco's version reigns supreme.
Here in Canada I hear both about equally.
Imitation is the sincerest form a flattery. The Bowie quote just seems like bitterness of an old man. We need a quote that can convey how a cover can really take over a song. I liked the NIN quote because it acknowledges that the song has been Covered Up.
I don't really think this applies. Cash cover is very popular, no doubt, but NIN's version remains on constant rotation on rock stations. It's still one of their iconic songs. I don't think Cash's version has eclipsed it.
Rock radio sure, but Rock radio listeners are not the general public. This is a trope about the reaction of the general public and this is a classic example of this trope. I'm adding it back in.
The example itself mentions that media types often consider Johnny Cash's version the original. Such Cowboy BeBop at His Computer mistakes are usually a hallmark of a song being Covered Up.
lol. talk about getting the facts wrong! 1994.
Looks like the single was released in 1995. :)
BW Stevenson a One Hit Wonder? Whoever put that there is crazy. I see your My Maria and raise you Shambala, Texas Morning, and A Little Bit of Understanding. And for the record, even B&D say they prefer BW's version.
Should advertisements have their own category? There's a particular piece of music which I (and I'm sure many other people) think of as "The American Airlines theme", but it's actually a much older piece of classical music (of course, I don't know the name of it or anything.)
Dunno about the question of an advertisement category but pretty sure the music in question is a section of "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin. I don't think it'd really be a case of "Covered Up" though, since the music is the same as it's always played, it's just been associated with airlines
Why is this a YMMV trope? "Cover eclipses popularity of original" seems fairly objective to me.
I don't quite get that either. I guess its because it depends on where you live.
I think it really is a combination of where you are and what generation you're part of. If a lot of people hear the newer version but the original is before their time, it's not hard for the new take to seem like the first and become popular, even if it's not any better or worse than the real original. And there's always the issue of personal taste; even if Guns 'n Roses did a version of "Knockin on Heaven's Door" that's considered more known than Bob Dylan's atm, to me, the best version is Warren Zevon's. And who knows, maybe down the line the original that was Covered Up will come back into vogue as new generations look into old artists?
St. James Infirmary" as covered by Sachmo was in turn covered for the Richard Elfman movie "Forbidden Zone" by his brother, Danny, fronting the (then named) Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.
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