**I apologize for the overly morbid words but I just really hate covers. And I realize the Ataris/Don Henley is an outdated example, but in my head it's up there as one of the worst, coming in second to Jessica Simpson's take on Berlin. There are tons more that I'm forgetting at the moment, but you must have an opinion. What do you think is the worst cover of all time?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Pet Peeves: A Brief Venting
So you may not know this about me, but I despise cover songs. I understand when you're at a concert and the band chooses to play a few covers for fun. Totally acceptable. I've nodded along to a few and experienced the excited "I can't believe they know this song!" in my head. But when I'm driving around and I hear a cover on the radio, I can't change the station fast enough. Most--not all, but most covers are not good. There are few that I can tolerate (like this) but I just can't like a cover because my principles are screaming at me not to. I mean come on, it's like saying a photocopy is better than a painting. A lot of it is the sheer lack of creativity on the artist's part. And 99.9% of the time, the cover butchers the original. Then there's also 85% of the time (I'm being generous) when the cover slaughters/murders/decapitates/mutilates/guts/destroys the original so badly that you are traumatized and can no longer listen to the Go Gos without hearing stupid Hilary Duff. But mostly, the reason I hate cover songs is because somewhere along the lines, originals get forgotten and instead of saying "I like that Don Henley song," kids are saying, "That Ataris song is awesome!" Or even worse, one day some little turd will hear the original Don Henley and say "Whose this old guy that's trying to sing Boys of Summer???"