Top 6 Weirdest Covers in History by Fuzz Music Magazine

While some covers are good, others can be extremely weak and pointless. And then there is the category of interpretations that can't be called anything but strange. That's what we're going to talk about today!

The strangest cover versions in the history of music

Good cover version - is an art and a science. It has to be quite innovative to justify its existence, and at the same time - similar enough to the original to be recognizable. In general, it's a hundred times harder to make a decent cover than it might seem at first glance. Even a pro in the rock world like Jeff LynnHe confesses that when he records new versions of old hits, he is often not satisfied with the result, because "everything was so much better in my head.

If some covers are good, others can be extremely weak and meaningless. And then there is the category of interpretations that are otherwise strange and you can't even call it that. That's what we're going to talk about today!

Elton John - "Young, Gifted and Black" (original by Nina Simone)

Elton John
Elton John

A nice sound is not an indication that a cover is successful. There are several factors that determine it The odditythat we're talking about today. For example, the message of a song that doesn't really mesh with the artist who decided to re-record it. That's what happened in the case of Elton Johnwho has his eye on "Young, Gifted and Black". In many ways, though - he was obliged to make this record, since during his youth the future Rocketman was forced to make a living by recording rehearsals of popular hits.

Why Elton was considered the most suitable artist for the anthem Black civil rights, will forever remain a mystery.

Duran Duran - "911 Is a Joke" (original Public Enemy)

Duran Duran ("Duran Duran") at a creative photo shoot
Duran Duran ("Duran Duran") at a creative photo shoot

A similar situation occurred with Duran Duran, only unlike John to record "911 Is a Joke" no one forced them to do it. It was solely the initiative of the participants themselves. The result is a strange song about the African-American criminal experience performed by white Britons.

"Come on, get up, get off,
911 is a laughingstock in your town!
Come on, get up, get off,
God doesn't serve a late 911!"

It's worth giving credit, because the cover is all the same sounds cool. After that Rolling Stone magazine called Duran Duran "crazy geniuses."! You can't argue with that.

Ani Difranco and Jackie Chan - "Unforgettable" (original by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole)

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan

The mere presence of Jackie Chan on our list already looks strange. Few people know that the legendary actor has long been known also as a singer in Asia! Since 1984 he has released several dozen albums in Cantonese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and English.

Regarding "Unforgettable"Here Jackie sounds rather strange. Perhaps if he had sung in Cantonese dialect instead of broken English, the effect would have been more stunning.

Leslie Gore - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (AC/DC original)

Leslie Gore
Leslie Gore

For Leslie Gorewhich in the '60s made a name for itself with gentle lyrics like "You Don't Own Me," a choice in the form of an explosive "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap of the band AC/DC as a reprise seems extremely strange... Nevertheless, Leslie has decided that experimentation is a very good thing.

It's kind of a weird version. "Dirty Deeds for the Price of Junk." with an unusual sound, where brass and piano were used instead of bass and guitar. Well, the main thing is that Gore herself was satisfied!

Charles Bradley - "Changes" and "Stay Away" (Black Sabbath and Nirvana originals)

Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley

Career Charles Bradley a strange one in itself, not to mention his covers. Born in 1948, Bradley spent most of his life working James Brown's doppelganger.

It wasn't until 2002, at the age of 53, that he was discovered by Daptone Records. And in 2011, Bradley released his first album. Sadly, he passed away in 2017 from stomach cancer.

Bradley ended his career, which never really began, with covers of hits in the style of hard rockthat are as far removed from James Brown as one can get. And it's really strange.

Barbra Streisand - "Life on Mars?

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

"Life on Mars?" performed Barbra Streisand - perhaps the most reckless cover imaginable. However, the voice of the performer of the hit "Woman in Love" can save any situation. And it is only thanks to him that this rendition can be called halfway good.

Half-bad "Life on Mars?" because of the arrangement, which is a "credit John Peters - Streisand's then-boyfriend, who had nothing to do with music, but was a hairdresser. Subsequently David Bowie the cover was blown to smithereens. His example was followed by many critics. And Barbra herself called her whole album "ButterFly" "pretty lousy" and "the only one she didn't like". Yes, there are a lot of strange things here - the cover alone looks like a record by some punk band!

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