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December 3rd, 2006

U2 covers @ 12:46 am

u2popgrrl:
I'm currently feelin: tired tired

I have to do a paper for my American Pop Music class on a cover song. I know a few songs U2 covered from other bands, but I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting. This is where you come in....I'd like to know of some songs covered by U2, as well as U2 songs covered by other bands. I need to be able to download or buy the songs to put on a CD to hand in, but really any extra suggestions would help. Thanks!
 
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From:shakenstatic
Date:December 3rd, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
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I've just recently heard the Bravery doing An Cat Dubh...
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From:lastrega
Date:December 3rd, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
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Do you want whole songs only, or songs they do snippets of during live shows? Do you need the cover copies of the songs or the original? Let me know, I might be able to help.
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From:u2popgrrl
Date:December 3rd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I need full songs, they can be live versions, but I need full songs. I also need copies of the original song by original artist and a copy of U2's cover version.
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 3rd, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
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Off the top of my head, U2 have covered (in the studio) The Rolling Stones' Paint It Black, Creedence's Fortunate Son, Patti Smith's Dancing Barefoot, The Righteous Bros' Unchained Melody, Everlasting Love by Love Affair...and probably more. I can help you out with any of those that I've named. There's a few more live ones, like Sgt Pepper, Stand By Me, and a lotta samples.

Other people covering U2 - isn't there a dreadful version of ISHFWILF floating about right now? And Johnny Cash did a great cover of One. Can help you there are well :-)
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From:writergeek313
Date:December 3rd, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
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Dancing Barefoot. I knew I was forgetting one of my favorites... Paint It Black was on the Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses single, along with a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fortunate Son.
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From:knittedmittens
Date:December 3rd, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
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Howie Day covered "One," and I've uploaded it to SendSpace here. Johnny Cash has also covered this song. Hanson covered "In a Little While," uploaded to SendSpace here.

Some songs U2 have covered: "Helter Skelter," (originally by The Beatles; on Rattle & Hum), "All Along the Watchtower," (originally by Bob Dylan; on Rattle & Hum), "Unchained Melody," (originally by the Righteous Brothers; on Best of 1980-1990: B-Sides), "Everlasting Love," (originally by Love Affair; on Best of 1980-1990: B-Sides), "Can't Help Falling in Love," (originally by Elvis; available on iTunes). At their Portland concert last year, they covered John Lennon's "Instant Karma," which I uploaded to SendSpace here.

I hope this helps! I'm sure I'll think of some more.
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 3rd, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
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Another one! The Beatles' Happiness is a Warm Gun and /foreheadslap/ Helter Skelter. And Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower. They'll keep coming to me :-)
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From:onlyechoes
Date:December 3rd, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
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Didn't Jimi Hendrix cover All Along The Watchtower from Bob Dylan? Or am I wrong?
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From:writergeek313
Date:December 3rd, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
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There's all of Edge's Popmart karaoke tunes. Those would be a great example of new/different versions of American pop tunes--Daydream Believer, Sweet Caroline, Singin' In the Rain, Born to Be Wild, Radar Love, Sugar Sugar. There's their many wonderful live versions of Curtis Mayfield's (?) People Get Ready, Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, Elvis's Can't Help Falling In Love, the Beatles' Help! and Helter Skelter (though of course those aren't American pop tunes--I'm not sure how strict your teacher will be), the Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody, and their versions of Lennon's Instant Karma that they did near the end of the 3rd leg of Vertigo. Lou Reed's Satellite of Love (especially a version with Reed himself singing parts of it, as he did on Zoo TV), and one of my favorite U2 covers, of Roy Orbison's She's A Mystery To Me (the Brooklyn Bridge version available on iTunes is top notch). The Saints Are Coming is a cover of a British punk tune.

What about duets? There's Bono's duet with Frank Sinatra--I've Got You Under My Skin--and his recent duet with Tony Bennett. There's also his duet with the Corrs covering Ryan Adams's When the Stars Go Blue. You could try to find the version of Slow Dancing featuring Willie Nelson (I've got it if you can't track it down otherwise). Bono contributed to the Artists Against AIDS Worldwide cover of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Bono did a radically different but great version of If You Wear That Velvet Dress with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (also available on iTunes).

I've heard some not-so-hot covers of U2 songs. I downloaded a version of Live doing Running to Stand Still that made me want to stick things in my eyes... Weird Al has done parodies of Numb and Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. There's Mary J. Blige's version of One.

All right, that should be enough to get you started ;)
From:p_michaels
Date:December 3rd, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Was it not Bono that wrote She's A Mystery To Me?
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From:supacatie
Date:December 3rd, 2006 08:59 am (UTC)
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Hanson butchered In A Little While and Desire (and this is coming from a Hanson fan. Absolute fecking disasters).
I think, if I remember rightly. Keane covered With or Without You. I could be wrong though.
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From:u2popgrrl
Date:December 3rd, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Whoa, whoa...Keane did WOWOY? If I can find their version that is totally my song. A) I love Keane, and B) WOWOY is my absolute #1 fav song of all time. Weee!
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From:lydia_petze
Date:December 3rd, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
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Oh! Don't forget Night and Day!
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From:sapphires13
Date:December 3rd, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
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From:hard2explain8
Date:December 3rd, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
I don't know if you care about Christmas music, but Anberlin and Death Cab for Cutie covered "Baby Please Come Home"
Damien Rice did "ISHFWILF"
Joe Cocker did a crappy version of "One"
U2 covered The Ramones' "Beat on the Brat"

Wasn't "Pop Muzik" a cover of an 80s band?

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From:lastrega
Date:December 4th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Yep, it sure was. Some guy calling himself 'M'.
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From:specialcamper
Date:December 3rd, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
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My favorite U2 cover is without a doubt "With or without you" by Keane. Next are Johnny Rzeznik doing "All I want is You" and Smashing Pumpkins covering "Stay".
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From:specialcamper
Date:December 3rd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
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I have Grateful Dead covering "One".

Also, do tributes count?
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From:u2popgrrl
Date:December 3rd, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, all of you. You gave me some awesome ideas to start with and now I think I have too many ideas! Thanks again!
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From:beatlette
Date:December 6th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
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this is such an awesome and resourceful thread/post. hope you were able to get what you need!

as for covers, vanessa carlton butchered "Where the Streets Have No Name." The piano sounds good in the intro but once she starts her whiny singing, i felt the blood coming out fo my ears.

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