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Old 01-04-2017, 07:50 PM
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Default No! My music nerd cred! Songs you didn't realize were covers.

What it says. I thought of this when Liquid posted the Smiths' "The Boy With the Thorn in his Side", a song I never realized was a Smiths' song till a couple years ago. Before, I heard it as a cover by Bis (AKA, the Scottish pop-punk band that did the Powerpuff Girls' end theme).




Similarly, I only knew the Frank Black version of "Hang on to Your Ego", completely unaware it was a Beach Boys song.




Any similar confessions?
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:22 PM
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This confusion arises a lot in brazilian music - most singers sing music of other composers, there are a lot of unknown composers from several parts of the country and things gets complicated. Even famous songs like Sinal Fechado and Chega de Saudade confound some people. (Chega de saudade is by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, Sinal Fechado is by Paulinho.)

As far as american/english music goes... I can only think of music from 60's rock that i later discovered was by some blues composer, like Back door man and Love in Vain. Not a funny story, i know.
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:38 PM
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Yeah, American Rock has a long history of covering, rearranging, and just plain stealing old blues and jazz songs to a lesser extent. Which makes sense, because it grew out of those to begin with, but yeah.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:57 PM
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When I was a teenager, my first exposure to New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle was this winsome thing by Frente, and I thought they were the source of the song.



This is a weird reversal - I've recently gotten into The Magnetic Fields, especially their seminal (heh) concept triple album, 69 Love Songs. One of the standouts there is Stephen Merritt's The Book of Love:



But eventually I heard the Peter Gabriel version, and had a crisis of understanding - was this the original?



No, no it was not. But I thought it was for about ten minutes before I remembered that I have a phone with google.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:00 AM
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I admit that I didn't realize "The Man Who Sold The World" from the Nirvana Unplugged concert was a cover for the longest time - that's because my brother's musical tastes didn't cover English rock beyond The Beatles, so I didn't get any Bowie CDs when I inherited his collection after he left for college. This great deficiency in my musical education has been corrected since.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:41 AM
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It was close to a decade before I learned that Guns n Roses didn't write Sympathy for the Devil.
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:11 AM
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I was shocked to discover that Candle In The Wind '97 was a cover of Candle In The Wind.
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:56 AM
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I didn't know the famous version of "Tainted Love" was a cover until I played GTA: San Andreas.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:14 AM
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Like, 90% of the songs Johnny Cash did in his later years.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:19 AM
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I knew that A Perfect Circle's "When The Levee Breaks" was a cover of the Led Zeppelin song by the same name. What I didn't know until a few years ago was that the Led Zeppelin song is itself a cover of a Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie song of the same name from 1929.









I've long since corrected the mistake but I didn't realized "Dead Souls" was not a Nine Inch Nails original until a few years after The Crow came out and a friend introduced me to Joy Division.





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I admit that I didn't realize "The Man Who Sold The World" from the Nirvana Unplugged concert was a cover for the longest time - that's because my brother's musical tastes didn't cover English rock beyond The Beatles, so I didn't get any Bowie CDs when I inherited his collection after he left for college. This great deficiency in my musical education has been corrected since.
My wife just found this out a few weeks ago. I was listening to a Bowie playlist I created on Spotify and after the song ended she admitted she had no idea the Nirvana tune was a cover.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:21 AM
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In 1990, Robert Palmer recorded a version of Mercy Mercy Me:



Even as a kid, I knew that this was an older song by Marvin Gaye. But it wasn't until I was in my late 20s that I realized that Palmer's cover was actually a medley of two different songs. I had always assumed that "I Want You" was the bridge to Mercy Mercy Me, so I was pretty surprised when I listened to the original song on What's Going On and it wasn't there!
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:32 AM
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Also rap does this a lot with reusing bits of songs for hooks. I really like the chorus of "What's My Name?" by Snoop Dogg! It's from "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton!
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:33 AM
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I didn't know the famous version of "Tainted Love" was a cover until I played GTA: San Andreas.
That song's super old.
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:33 AM
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It's been a while since I learned it was a cover, but I'm pretty sure most people thought TMBG came up with "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)."
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Old 01-05-2017, 07:47 AM
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Being a kid in the 90s with a teenaged sister, it was a long time before I heard the Fleetwood Mac version of Landslide, and spent a lot of time thinking it was a Smashing Pumpkins tune.


When I got into my NIN phase in college, one of the songs I thought was just awesome was "Physical (You're So)" off of Broken, it was sleezy and raunchy and confident and kind of unlike most of the things that Trent Reznor writes about. So when I got into more 80s music as I got older, I was surprised to see it was originally an Adam Ant song (released well after his time in the spotlight, in 1990). The song plays better with NIN's strengths applied to it than with Adam's, but the song suddenly makes a lot more sense.

Adam Ant Original

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Old 01-05-2017, 09:22 AM
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It's been a while since I learned it was a cover, but I'm pretty sure most people thought TMBG came up with "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)."
WHOOOOAAAAAA
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:27 AM
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That song's super old.
Yeah?
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I think you mean WHOOOOOOOOOOA, OOOOA-OOOOOA, OOOOA-OOOOOA, OOOOA-OH! (ISTANBUL) (ISTANBUL!)
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:07 PM
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Like, 90% of the songs Johnny Cash did in his later years.
In his early years, too. First I found out that "I've Been Everywhere" was actually a Hank Snow tune, and then I found out that it was actually actually by some Australian guy.
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I thought for a long time that Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah was an original. It is the best version of that song, to be sure..
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:56 PM
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This thread has already blown my mind 2-3 times.
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Old 01-09-2017, 01:07 PM
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in college, I had no idea that "Head On" was a cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain by the Pixies on Trompe le Monde
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I thought for a long time that Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah was an original. It is the best version of that song, to be sure..
nah nah nah nah Rufus Wainwright
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:57 PM
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The songwriter for Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light" was once hyped as putting "more thoughts, more ideas and images into one song than most people put into an album."
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:31 AM
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On the other hand, it's a hell of an arrangement
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nah nah nah nah Rufus Wainwright
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:15 PM
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Not really the same but I definitely heard The Bucketheads - The Bomb before I ever heard Street Player. I'm not really sure if I ever thought it was the origin of those samples but I was a bit ashamed when i found out it was from a song famous in its own right.
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I learned last week that Whitney Houston did not originally sing The Greatest Love of All. George Benson sang it about a decade prior
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:07 AM
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it was through college I thought that song from streets of rage 2 was original

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