Sometimes the new person tries to imitate the voice of the original, in which case, I would rather just listen to the original. Well, I love it, and I hope you all love it too. This is quite possibly the funniest thing ever. And a stripper pole.
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Warning: You will want to boogie along. No one can top the music legend that is David Bowie, but astronaut Chris Hadfield did have one huge advantage — he actually performed the time-honoured ditty in space! Plus, he deserves extra points for successfully playing guitar in zero gravity. There is nobody better at creating musical parodies than Weird Al Yankovic. This man has been making us laugh with his hilarious cover songs since the 80s, long before before YouTube was even a thing. Ok, so this one might not be better than the original. After all, there are very few people who can top the vocal talents of Freddie Mercury. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Cover songs: The death and taxes of pop music. Some are just plainly overdone. Leave well enough alone. The best covers are when artists put their own stamp on a song by someone else. As I initially approached this story, it was about covers with a twist that were quasi-perverted, shocking or flat-out weird but wonderful. But that opened the door to too much novelty.
The best cover versions can truly reinvent a song — sometimes so much so that they become the definitive recordings. One of the greatest modern-day soul ballads, as written by… Black Sabbath? Sure enough, the Ozzy ballad proved the perfect vehicle for the soul singer Charles Bradley to eulogise his mother and generally pour his heart out. It would later be used to convey a different kind of change, on the animated TV series about puberty, Big Mouth. Nobody gave more soul to this oft-recorded Jackson Browne tune than Gregg Allman on his solo debut album, Laid Back. In turn, Browne gave Allman all the world-weariness he ever needed from a lyric.