Cover ver­sions: read­ers write back

Last month, we pub­lished our favourite cover ver­sions and asked read­ers to post theirs to our On The Record blog. Here’s a se­lec­tion of the com­ments

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I’d like to men­tion Joey Ra­mone’s ver­sion of Won­der­ful World and The Le­mon­heads’ Mrs Robin­son, but my pick for the great­est cover ver­sion is The Wed­ding Present’s ver­sion of Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile). – Bren­dan

Much as I love Robert Wy­att’s Ship­build­ing, it’s not tech­ni­cally a cover ver­sion. Costello wrote it specif­i­cally for Wy­att and then recorded his own cover (if you know what I mean) the fol­low­ing year. – Moose

I like th­ese: The Beach Boys – Sloop John B; Ryan Adams – Won­der­wall; The Mike Flow­ers Pops – Won­der­wall; David Bowie – Let’s Spend The Night To­gether; Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet; Jimi Hen­drix – All Along The Watch­tower; The Righ­teous Brothers – Un­chained Melody. – Conor Fur­long

Smash­ing Pump­kins’ Land­slide is bril­liant. Is­rael Ka­makawiwo’ole singing Over The Rain­bow/It’s a Won­der­ful World. Placebo do­ing Run­ning Up That Hill. – Le Catch

Ah Jim! I can’t be­lieve a man of your im­pec­ca­ble mu­si­cal taste went for Jeff Buck­ley’s Hal­lelu­jah over John Cale’s. While Leonard Co­hen had the ex­pe­ri­ence to sing the song, he lacked the mu­si­cal abil­ity. Buck­ley had the abil­ity but lacked the ex­pe­ri­ence. Now John Cale, in true three bears style, got it just right. – Conor

Susanna and the Mag­i­cal Orches­tra – Love Will Tear Us Apart – far bet­ter than the sickly up­beat Nou­velle Vague ver­sion. – Brian

An­other con­den­der must be David Bowie do­ing Wild is the Wind; Cat Power’s take on Sat­is­fac­tion is also sub­lime. – Char­lie

Nick Cave – Rainy Night in Soho. David Bowie – Am­s­ter­dam. José Gon­za­lez – Heart­beats. Snuff – I Think We’re Alone Now. – markg

Al Green’s cover of The Bea­tles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand does some­thing ev­ery cover should, re­tain­ing the recog­nis­able as­pects of a tune yet styled in a way that makes it the artist’s own. – Joe

Pave­ment – The Killing Moon; Di­nosaur Jr – Just Like Heaven; Quick­sand – How Soon is Now – any oc­ca­sion where 80s new wave is given a bit of crunch. – fly­n­nduism

I like Ar­cade Fire’s ver­sion of Open All Night by Spring­steeen. – col­ly_browy

Mazzy Star – Five String Serenade. Ru­fus Wain­wright – Across the Uni­verse. The

I love the Man­ics’ ver­sion of Out of Time by the Stones. Sounds like a bloody show­band, but what the hell. REM did a nice ver­sion of Wi­chita Line­man. And fi­nally – I don’t care what yez say – I re­ally like U2’s ver­sion of Ev­er­last­ing Love. – Ivan

The Pale do a re­ally bril­liant cover of Walk­ing On The Moon. – Sarah

I’m sur­prised no one has men­tioned Johnny Cash – Hurt; an­other good cover was Fu­ture­heads (not mad on the band) – Hounds of Love. Also: Mor­ris­sey – That’s En­ter­tain­ment, White Stripes – Jo­lene, The Band – I Shall Be Re­leased, Nir­vana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night. – Brian Fall – Vic­to­ria. Blondie – De­nis. Saint Eti­enne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Soft Cell – Tainted Love. – Jenn Beth Or­ton did a most beau­ti­ful, spine tingly ver­sion of So Long, Mar­i­anne at the Came So Far for Beauty show. – Liz

Gos­sip do­ing Care­less Whis­per is fan­tas­tic! – Jus­tine

Ryan Adams – Down In A Hole. Van Mor­ri­son – A Change Is Gonna Come. Joss Stone – Vic­tim of a Fool­ish Heart. Jimmy Eat World – Firestarter. Yes – Amer­ica. Oa­sis – Cum on Feel the Noize. Kings­men – Louie Louie. Aretha Franklin – Re­spect. Muse – House of the Ris­ing Sun. The Clash – I Fought The Law. The Vines – Ms Jack­son – Ciaran

Cover king David Bowie

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