I love these covers more than the original. The way the artists have interpreted the originals is to be commended. I enjoy that there is something different in the cover songs. I know there are some bad cover versions out there but I think these really show the artists' versatility and pay respect to the original.
I apologise for some of the songs not having moving video clips, but I hope you enjoy the songs anyway.
The first few are Australian artists. I adore Australian music out of any other genre.
Genevieve Maynard's Am I ever Gonna See Your Face Again?, originally by The Angels is a favourite cover of mine - Gen, I know you sometimes read my blog, can you please put a YouTube video of Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again up to showcase your talent in this song? Meanwhile, you can hear a bit of it here.
Bertie Blackman - In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
This was done for Triple J Like a Version. When I first heard it, I was blown away. I really like Bertie Blackman and I think this shows off how powerful and controlled her voice is.
Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees (Cold Chisel)
This song is from the movie Little Fish. The movie is so brilliant, Cate Blanchett is so beautiful and Sarah Blasko's cover of the classic pub-rock song by Cold Chisel adds magic to the movie.
Darren Hayes - Lost Without You (Delta Goodrem)
This was a tribute to Delta Goodrem at the 2003 ARIA Awards. I was told by a source very close to Darren that Darren's appearance was a surprise, even to Delta. Sometimes I sing this song in the shower, emulating Darren's vocal style. I am not as good as him. But if I keep practising...
Megan Washington and the Bamboos
I've become a fan of Megan Washington this year. She reminds me of Missy Higgins without the drawl. This song is very cool. I like the Kings of Leon version just as much.
The Vines - Ms Jackson (Outkast)
I like the Vines. Craig Nicholls is rather eccentric, but I like their rocking sound. I particularly like this balladesque cover.
Ben Lee - Float On (Modest Mouse)
Ben Lee's Awake is the New Sleep was on high rotation for many hours when I first bought it. I think he's an interesting and quirky lyricist. I enjoy the original by Modest Mouse but like Ben's version better :)
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie)
I eased my way into Nirvana through their MTV Unplugged album, and The Man Who Sold the World is a favourite of mine. I am not sure whether I've heard the original by David Bowie.
Placebo - Johnny and Mary (Robert Palmer)
I didn't hear the original by Robert Palmer until it was randomly played on Triple M a few years back. I like the drums and energy of Placebo's version. Robert Palmer's seems a little flat.
Florence and the Machine - Hospital Beds (Cold War Kids)
I know a few Cold War Kids songs and like them very much. When I hear this song through my headphones, it feels like Florence is singing in the same room as me.
Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
Ok, so I don't like the Tori Amos version more than Nirvana's, but I like it a lot. It sounds like a music box.
I've been wanting to share these covers with you. I hope you like them as much as I do.