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#71059 - Sun Dec 09 2001 08:43 PM Re: Worst Remakes
Drewskidogg Offline
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Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" is sooooo terrible, I've only heard it once and I hope to never hear it again. The original version by Michael Jackson is good though. Also, that new remake of Marvin Gaye's classic "What's Going On" by a whole bunch of artists is really bad too. I know it's for a good cause, but it sucks. They should have at least attempted to write their own song

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#71060 - Tue Dec 11 2001 02:58 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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For one of the worst covers I have heard in a long time I would like to nominate Wyclef Jean's version of Pink Floyds "Wish You Were Here" - absolutely appalling, why do people do these things?

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#71061 - Tue Dec 11 2001 03:11 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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Yeah well, I'd rather that than Pink Floyd covering "Perfect Gentleman"!
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#71062 - Tue Dec 11 2001 04:25 PM Re: Worst Remakes
Buffy1 Offline
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Could be interesting though SFA!

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#71063 - Tue Dec 11 2001 04:45 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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The worst remake has got to be Britney Spears's "The Beat Goes On". The lyrics were not the same, the words were spoken too fast and the music was too different. I like Britney, but it seems like any song she tries to remake is ruined!!!!!!!! She should have a male singer doing part of The Beat Goes On, like Sonny and Cher did.
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#71064 - Tue Dec 11 2001 05:38 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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Amazing! All this time and I totally forgot about Duran Duran's covers album. Whoever thought that covering Public Enemy's "911 Is A Joke" was a great idea for a bunch of New Romantic fops who wouldn't know what "the funk" was if it sprayed them with an Uzi in a drive-by shooting! Still, I can't hear it without laughing like crazy!

I also thought that the charity cover of "Perfect Day" a few years back was a load of old hooey compared to the original. In general, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

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#71065 - Tue Dec 11 2001 05:51 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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Perfect Day is just one of those songs that should never be covered. Once a song has perfection, you should just leave it alone. That should be law... No smilies in this post - I am stone cold serious.
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#71066 - Tue Dec 11 2001 05:52 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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Amen!
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#71067 - Thu Dec 20 2001 01:42 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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Steps - Chain Reaction
It was hideous the first time it was released, and with Steps: O gosh, I need to lie down - it's too horrible!

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#71068 - Sat Dec 22 2001 12:21 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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Registered: Thu Nov 22 2001
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I have to disagree about chain reaction...I like Steps' version and I also liked the original. In fact, love them or hate them, Steps have manged to cover 3 of my fave songs of all time...

Better The devil You Know- Kylie
Chain Reaction- Diana Ross
I Know Him so Well- Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson

Should I be ashamed of these admissions?!!!

As a huuuge Mariah fan (unlike some people on this particular thread) I have to say one of the worst covers I've heard is Samantha Mumba massacring All I Want For Christmas Is You...eevn my brother who detests MC admits that in comparion to Samantha's version you're yearning for Mariah's...at least she could reach the notes!

Also- with refernce to destiny's Child's Christmas album.. never allow Michelle Williams' weedy voice near O Holy Night again!! Please!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!


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#71069 - Fri Dec 21 2001 03:41 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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I must also make mention of the remake of You Belong To Me, by Jason Wade on the Shrek soundtrack. He just mumbled to sing it, and the original version by Jo Stafford was so wonderful!
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#71070 - Sat Dec 22 2001 06:47 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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A special Christmas mention must go to well known "Friend Of Dorothy", Cliff Richard for this year's turkey, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". It's done in some sort of soft-shoe reggae style or something, and is as foul as can be expected from the man who brought us "Mistletoe & Wine". For someone who professes to love Jesus so much, he doesn't half try his best to muck his birthday up for the rest of us....

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#71071 - Fri Mar 01 2002 12:04 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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Arf... I knew I would come to this.

MARILYN MANSON!!!

I like his music, but really... It seems like every single of his remakes is really, REALLY boring...

Really!!! I like his music but his remakes are nothing,really...

Especially 'Sweet dreams', one of the worst remakes I've heard. Everything is in the opinion but... No, I really don't like this one.

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#71072 - Sat Mar 02 2002 03:07 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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That one by Mariah Carey and Westlife

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#71073 - Fri Mar 08 2002 06:11 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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i didn't think much of Undercover's version of 'Baker Street' in 1992

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#71074 - Thu May 25 2006 10:32 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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Quote:

How about when Faith Hill did "Piece of my Heart"...uh-no.



I logged onto this thread specifically to post this one. Heartily seconded!
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#71075 - Thu May 25 2006 11:41 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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"When A Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton

but "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by GNR is a close second.

William Shatner's cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man" is another story because it really is from outer space.
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#71076 - Thu May 25 2006 02:44 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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I don't know who does it, but not to long ago someone did a cover of Skynyrd's Simple Man, that is equivalent to fingernails scraping a chalk board. Absolutly horrendous.
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#71077 - Fri May 26 2006 06:06 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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You all picked good ones, or bad ones, depending on your way of looking at things. I definitely agree with whoever said Bolton doing "When a Man Loves a Woman." Nobody but Percy Sledge can do that song.

Rihanna doing a really screwed up version of "Tainted Love" is pretty high on my ick list. For the love of God, R&B used to have really good, original music, and now, it's nothing but a bunch of samples. I'm way disappointed.

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#71078 - Sat Jun 10 2006 07:26 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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Making me shudder at the moment is the knowledge that Ronan Keating is covering "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Does he do original songs anymore? It is so much harder for people to know your music is garbage if you do your own stuff, covering someone else's makes it easier to point out!
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#71079 - Sun Jun 11 2006 04:12 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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I collect Beatles remakes. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Buck Owens remaking "Lady Madonna"(1976) was amusing. Hank Williams, Jr. remaking "Norwegian Wood" (1981) was bad. Ray Stevens remaking "The Fool On The Hill" (1967) was a waste of master tape. But even the really awful ones, are good for a laugh. Even though I don't remember the year of release, Lorrie Morgan's version of "Eight Days A Week" was too awful to be funny.

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#71080 - Thu Jul 13 2006 09:12 PM Re: Worst Remakes
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There is a new CD out covering Pink Floyd's best known songs, done to electronica. Some music shouldn't be touched or remade. My friend's sister brought it over to listen to, we heard one cut, it was attached to a skeet & blown into oblivion.

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#71081 - Fri Jul 21 2006 06:23 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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I love Rock and Roll - Britany Spears..

What a joke

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#71082 - Wed Aug 30 2006 01:08 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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I am assuming this is not including parody versions such as the Golden Throats series which has actors proving why they chose acting over singing as a career, so I will offer up 3 honest to God remakes that should never have seen the light of day.

I Saw Her (Him) Standing There by Tiffany. Tiffany was the first in a long line of talentless blonde bimbettes that thought they had a voice.

Louis Armstrong "singing" Give Peace A Chance. Stick to Hello Dolly, Louie!

Salt & Pepa doing Twist & Shout. One word...YUCK
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#71083 - Wed Aug 30 2006 01:27 AM Re: Worst Remakes
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Lemmy:

Have you ever heard David Cassidy's version of Please Please Me? That's right, Keith Partridge actually released a LIVE version of PPM.

Sad ain't it?
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