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Old 05-12-07, 04:57 AM   #1
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Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt", Great Cover Song or Greatest Cover Song?

Johny Cash was a legend in his own right, but his cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt" is so much better than the original that I nominate it for Greatest Cover Song Ever! (And i like a lot of NIN music from that time period)

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and for comparison- David Bowie (worst cover)

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Old 05-12-07, 05:02 AM   #2
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Cash's cover is the greatest.

Yep, two flavors of the same stuff.....notice Cash refused to curse in the song...the crown of thorns instead of the crown of ____.


And, yes I am a huge NIN fan....been to four concerts and will be going to a fifth soon.
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Old 05-12-07, 05:31 AM   #3
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i like the original better.

one of my fave cover songs....jimi's version of all along the watch tower.
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Yeah, Cash definitely took control of that song.

How about "Tear Stained Letter"? Something about the way he sang it makes me want to laugh.

Great cover of a Cash song - Social Distortion doing "Ring of Fire."
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Old 05-12-07, 06:28 AM   #5
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Cash is King!
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Old 05-12-07, 07:51 AM   #6
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NOt much to discuss. It's Johnny Cash for chri'sake!
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Old 05-12-07, 08:15 AM   #7
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Cash's version - for the lose! It has the lame.
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Old 05-12-07, 08:37 AM   #8
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the remake doesnt even come close to being as good as the original.

that being said, cash is still king.
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Old 05-12-07, 08:42 AM   #9
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Well....someone mentioned "All Along The Watchtower".


Dylan x Hendrix = unparalleled awesomeness.

Even Cash would agree. That song is something special, and nothing like that will ever happen again, unfortunately. Good thing we have the recording.
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The first time I saw the video for that I got choked up - so powerful especially with the images of his wife spliced in.
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Cash's cover is the greatest.

Yep, two flavors of the same stuff.....notice Cash refused to curse in the song...the crown of thorns instead of the crown of ____.


And, yes I am a huge NIN fan....been to four concerts and will be going to a fifth soon.

I'm remixing "Me, I'm not" right now. If you want PM me and I'll let you have a listen.



BTW. I love Cash and NIN. When I heard this I choked up. Beautiful remake.

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Not that it's better than Cash's cover of "Hurt", but I've always appreciated Emmylou Harris & Gram Parson's cover of "Love Hurts".
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Old 05-12-07, 10:41 AM   #13
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Trent Reznor himself loves the Cash cover, and refers to it as a song that isn't his anymore. It's a great song in both versions

I love cover music. It's so cool to hear a song redone or reinterpreted by someone else.
I know Trent himself is fond of Cash's version but I can't dig it. Of course, I can't stand Johnny Cash at all, so YMMV when it comes to this sort of thing. I can appreciate the creative value in Cash's cover, but I don't care for the style.

That said, I also like cover music when it's executed with finesse and as a re-interpretation, instead of sloppily and/or an attempt at imitation. Hearing a band play someone else's song so well that it sounds EXACTLY like the original, while cool, doesn't really say much about the band that pulled it off.

While dwelling on cover songs, I have to get something off my chest... With a lot of mainstream artists doing covers of older work, does anyone just feel like bludgeoning kids when they talk about how awesome this "new" song is?
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As a NiN fan, I like cash's a little bit better. But both are freaking awesome.
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The cash cover is a great, great song.

Another 2 that I love - Amazing Grace, and Fortunate Son, covered by the Dropkick Murpheys.
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Old 05-12-07, 10:59 AM   #16
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i like the original better.

one of my fave cover songs....jimi's version of all along the watch tower.
you beat me to it.. +1
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Tori Amos covering Led Zepp's "Thank You", just her and the piano. Great cover.

Frente covering New Orders "Bizarre Love Triangle".

Fear Factory covering "Cars" by Gary Numan.
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Johny Cash was a legend in his own right, but his cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt" is so much better than the original that I nominate it for Greatest Cover Song Ever! (And i like a lot of NIN music from that time period)

some links if you don't know what I'm talking about-

The Original

The Johnny Cash Version

and for comparison- David Bowie (worst cover)

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Yes...that just may be the best song cover ever.
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…snip…Great cover of a Cash song - Social Distortion doing "Ring of Fire."
My favourite cover of "Ring of Fire" has to be FZ ("The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life"; great stuff, including anecdotes…)

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Worst cover - Natalie Merchant, "Because the Night." Originally sung by Patti Smith, written by Bruce Springsteen.
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Worst cover - Natalie Merchant, "Because the Night." Originally sung by Patti Smith, written by Bruce Springsteen.
As much as I love Natalie Merchant (one of my fave singers), I have to agree on that one. It was a bad cover.
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Old 05-12-07, 03:53 PM   #22
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I was listening to annie lennox's cover of "Train in Vain" and a guy in my office couldn't figure out what it was. After a few guesses i told him it was a Clash cover. He wouldn't believe me until I played him the original to compare...
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The Bauhaus did a stand up job on their Ziggy Stardust cover. I love that song.
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johnny cash version for me.
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You're all wrong. First off the David Bowie "cover" was performed live WITH Trent & NIN , Second while Johnny Cash's cover version was awesomely haunting and a bit prophetic, NOTHING tops SAD KERMIT Please note: while it's not graphic, it still ain't work safe
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