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Hardest bands to cover

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by guitarface, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 11, 2012
    New York
    Agreed. But it's the only one that works.

  2. carolinaeasy

    carolinaeasy Senior Stratmaster

    And how many Dylan songs does it work with besides AATW?

  3. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2016
    Even The Police played their songs differently live. Sting took some Police songs and changed them to the point of being almost unrecognizable when he started out his solo career.

  4. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 11, 2012
    New York
    I'm not surrendering yet, but you're making some good points.
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  5. carolinaeasy

    carolinaeasy Senior Stratmaster

    Stevie Wonder's Cover of We Can Work it Out is pretty damn transcending as well.
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  6. guitarface

    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 11, 2012
    New York
    I gotta pretend to work for a bit but a bunch from the band and the byrds alone.

  7. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    We did a couple Rush tunes in the band i was in many years ago. Our drummer was a huge Peart fan and could pull it off and had a huge kit so me and the bass player were in our glory. I think he got a little tired of us wanting to play Rush tunes though.

    That's not an easy band to cover if you don't have the vocals and drums accounted for. We did the instrumentals for the latter reason
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  8. carolinaeasy

    carolinaeasy Senior Stratmaster

    Not one on the scale of your analogy though. That is the problem, Cocker and Hendrix pull off two of the biggest covers of all time, in fact Hendrix' AATW might be the best rock cover EVER. So if you hold the covers of Beatles music to that standard you have to hold all others, and there are precious few who make the cut.

  9. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    I'm not in a band
    One that might be difficult
    Would be
    Vanilla Fudge
    Cover a cover
    So to speak...

  10. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
    I'm gonna say Testament. Right @Mouse ?
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  11. Syd Vega

    Syd Vega Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 4, 2017
    Never heard a good GnR cover, even with GnR members involved. These songs don't sound right without Axl.

    Police covers also sound wrong to me.

  12. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    these guys did a pretty good job. sure, they used some kind of vocal processing, but knowing how to use it is hard to do, imo.

  13. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    Having challenged myself (and failing) to learn the guitar parts of Hotel California in 2 days, I would say The Eagles!
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  14. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 25, 2012
    New Jersey
    Yeah, it'll be sometime between now and never (closer to never) before I can take on a Skolnick solo. :eek:

  15. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2016
    There's something about Felder's guitar style (and Walsh's for that matter) this is just hard for me to grasp. When I listen, it doesn't sound hard or complicated. I try to play it and I feel like I'm new to guitar!! I tried real hard on the intro for Already Gone and threw my hands up...when in doubt, leave it out!! :).

    One day I may revisit HC...maybe I'll surprise myself.
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  16. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    The subtlety is in the bends I think. And of course only learning 1/2 the solo each!! :D :D
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  17. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    The Pixies are pretty hard to cover...

    Sonic Youth, Patti Smith... never heard a good P Funk cover, or Labelle

    Sly and the Family Stone - can't think of a good cover...
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  18. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Agreed. Between the orchestration and the vocals...pretty tough act to follow.
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  19. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Gov't Mule They do great (imho) covers on every favorite is Dose.

    Joe Cocker did a great cover of the Beatles' Help From My Friends (title?).

    A great cover is one that has the listener wondering if they've heard the song before and then finally the recognition comes.
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  20. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    Stevie completely revamped We Can Work It Out, so what are you looking for? Improvement on the Beatles?