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steveeeeeeeee
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I've spent the day largely listening to "Time Machines" by Coil. It's hard to criticise Coil, they were great at what they did and I guess a large part of their audience grew around the cult of the band than the actual actions of the band itself.

But search their name in youtube and that Sex Magick mystique gets all watery as you hear their godawful cover version of Tainted Love. What in almighty god fuck was going on there?
It seems they weren't alone. Swans were always a band a generation before my time, they might've been good but I missed out on them, However, youtube investigation presents this hideous version of Love Will Tear Us Apart probably proves that I was lucky to be from the generation that spawned Ned's Atomic Dustbin rather than that sack of shite.

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Joe Public
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I like Devo immensely but I always hated their version of 'Satisfaction'.

Not sure if Devo - or Coil - are actually 'beyond criticism', though.

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Good call on Devo's Satisfaction, JP. I think they were also making a statement there too, sort of burrying the 70s rock&roll sound by butchering that anthem. BTW, was it you that requested the remixed version of "Here to go" a while back?
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Nah, Devo's "Satisfaction" might be the best cover version ever. Particularly the live versions (easily found on youtube).
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Sonic Youth's version of Superstar would be up there. But then I treasure the song more than the band anyway, so perhaps that's not the way to come at this.

Not sure if Devo - or Coil - are actually 'beyond criticism', though.

Who is?

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Yeah, got to admit that I really like Devo's cover of Satisfaction. I suppose I should clarify "beyond criticism" as roughly meaning "music critics generally like these bands". So Devo definitely qualify.
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I actually like Sonic Youth's cover of Superstar too, but Jesus, their cover version of "Touch me I'm Sick" is awful to the core.
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The Fall are usually good with their choice of cover versions (e.g. 'Strychnine', 'I'm A Mummy', 'There's A Ghost In My House'). 'Victoria' was pretty poor, though, I thought.

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Massive Attack were nigh-on untouchable until "Light My Fire" stunk the place out.
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But they were only taking the piss with that. (That's what I always tell myself, anyway.)
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quote:
I think they were also making a statement there too, sort of burrying the 70s rock&roll sound by butchering that anthem.
Yes, that was always implicit but I think it was totally unecessary.

Everything that Devo did was a reaction against the staid, bloated condition of rock and roll. The 'Satisfaction' cover was them bludgeoning their audience over the head with this concept just to make sure we got it. We already had.

Edit - no, linus, I didn't make that request.

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Johnny Cash inevitably comes up short on a couple of his cover versions – Bridge Over Troubled Water springs to mind, but only for the harmony he did with Fiona Apple which compares with Hylda Baker and Arthur Mullard's 'You're the one that I want'. And In My Life was almost as bad as Sean Connery’s rendition.
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I rather like those two cover versions.
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Devo's 'Satisfaction' was great: their version of 'Working in a Coalmine', however...
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Devo's 'Satisfaction' was great: their version of 'Working in a Coalmine', however...

loved em both, and lets not forget their cover of Are you Experienced in which the video featured Hendrix coming out of a coffin during a concert.

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