This is something I have often considered. Because I am of the semi-serious view that it might be better if great songs, once they have sold x copies, were to become "listed" (like listed/protected buildings etc). After that nobody would allowed to create new recordings of them, sample them, remix them, or $%^& them up in any way. Not even the original artist. People could only mess with them in live
performances. This would hopefully:
a) Kill the industry built on disposable no-name no-talent nobodies ripping the soul out of great old songs, and basically murdering them.
b) Especially, kill X-Factor etc
c) Prevent people stealing bits of great songs, looping them, talking fast over them, and calling it a song.
d) Promote bands who can cut the mustard in a live performance
e) Encourage creativity
Having come up with this idea, I then had to ask myself if the world would be a better place without both the multitude of crap covers AND the small minority of great covers. So I had to think of what covers I considered better than the originals, and whether I would be prepared to "sacrifice" them "for the greater good". So here's a few I prepared earlier:
Jimi Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower" (Bob Dylan)
Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe" (The Leaves)
Roxy Music's "Jealous Guy" (John Lennon)
Judas Priest's "Diamonds and Rust" (live) (Joan Baez)
Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen). I don't care what anyone else says, or who came up with that arrangement. As far as I'm concerned, This Is The One. His vocals and guitar are sublime
The Byrds' "Mr Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan)
The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" (Dunno who recorded it first, but it wasn't The Righteous Brothers)
Dusty Springfield's "24 Hours From Tulsa" (Gene Pitney, but written by Burt Backarackarackaraaaaaaaa)
Eva Cassidy's "Fields of Gold" (Sting)
There were more but I don't remember them right now. And yes, I'd sacrifice them all...
DanH wrote:Metallicas version of whiskey in the jar
Hmm. I just can't agree with that one... :-/