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« Reply #300 on: March 31, 2019, 09:35:06 PM »

'Respect', Aretha Franklin. Otis' original is really great but man Sister Re went places with it. I'd also say that about her cover of Elton John's 'Border Song'.

'See You in September' by The Happenings is a big improvement over The Tempos' original.

The Beach Boys' version of 'Hushabye' is way better than the original by The Mystics.

Dunno if it quite counts since it's a standard but The Four Seasons take on 'I Got You Under My Skin' is my favorite, even over Sinatra's.
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« Reply #301 on: April 05, 2019, 11:44:55 AM »

I've never heard the original of this Bowie song. My wife saw Joan Wasser in concert a few years back (just her voice and piano) and was most impressed. So this is for her:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtLJfEcGwcI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_As_Police_Woman
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« Reply #302 on: April 22, 2019, 03:56:36 AM »

2 Smiley Smilers - what do you regard the best "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"? It's song featured in few films; by different artists in different times. Don't give Platters. Tongue
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« Reply #303 on: April 22, 2019, 03:27:10 PM »

2 Smiley Smilers - what do you regard the best "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"? It's song featured in few films; by different artists in different times. Don't give Platters. Tongue

Love to join in, RR, but to be honest I only know The Platters' rendition.

I checked the song's wiki page and listened to a few versions but in my view The Platters own it. Grin
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« Reply #304 on: April 30, 2019, 01:52:32 AM »

This is one I play every day these days. "Jet Boy Jet Girl" was written and first sung by Alan Ward aka Elton Motello. It may be about something Ward went through himself (see link). The Damned's version adds a new, more sinister twist by being one step removed. The original is pretty cool but to these ears The Damned nail it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQKyMZ8gsPI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Boy,_Jet_Girl
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« Reply #305 on: May 23, 2019, 03:27:43 AM »

Thru youtube comments found fast garage "Runaway" cover: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dL2fzJ2qxpQ

It doesn't tell year but could be 80s. Pretty cool.
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« Reply #306 on: May 23, 2019, 04:23:55 AM »

Thru youtube comments found fast garage "Runaway" cover: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dL2fzJ2qxpQ

It doesn't tell year but could be 80s. Pretty cool.

Good find! Of course, JK wouldn't be JK if he didn't go in search of these things. LOL

Batmobile is a Dutch psychobilly band and "Runaway" comes from their 1993 album Blast from the Past. (The cover in the vid is misleading.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batmobile_(band)
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