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What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Jim of Seattle » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:02 am

If you asked 100 randomly-chosen musicians to do a cover a the same song, what song would return the highest number of good covers? In other words, what is the hardest song to ruin? I was pondering this as I listened to Louis Armstrong doing "Summertime" and it occurred to me that I've never heard a non-awesome cover of that song.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby ken » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:33 am

Louie Louie?
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Niveous » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:03 am

ken wrote:Louie Louie?


Nope.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:20 am

My Sharona.


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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Generic » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:07 am

I've never heard a bad cover of "Hallelujah" (by Leonard Cohen), but I'm not sure there's anything about that particular song that makes it so.

My brother suggests "Chopsticks."

Maybe it should be a song where expectations aren't too high? I mean, when I hear that someone has done a Beatles cover, I immediately tense up, because I know that when you screw up a Beatles cover, you can screw it up badly. Whereas if you're some girl with a ukulele making a Youtube video, and you cover Britney Spears' "Toxic," who's going to care if you do it badly?
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Albatross » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:37 am

Billy's Little Trip wrote:My Sharona.

YOU FAIL
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:59 am

Albatross wrote:
Billy's Little Trip wrote:My Sharona.

YOU FAIL

No way, dude. You nailed it! ;)
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Jim of Seattle » Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:49 pm

ken wrote:Louie Louie?


Funny, I once posted a question here many years ago asking what was the biggest hit song of all time that would probably lose if it were a Song Fight entry, and the original Louie Louie was suggested and pretty much shut the thread down as the definitive answer.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby jb » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:20 pm

Margaritaville.
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Postby roymond » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:00 pm

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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Caravan Ray » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:15 pm

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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Jim of Seattle » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:13 pm

Someone needs to release an EP with covers of
Summertime
My Sharona
Louie Louie
Margaritaville
La Vie En Rose
Hallelujah
Chopsticks

It can't fail.

Actually, why hasn't anyone done a really awesome cover of Chopsticks? I just Wikipediaed it. Originally called The Celebrated Chop Waltz. Written in 1877. Hmmmm...
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Generic » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:05 pm

Jim of Seattle wrote:
Actually, why hasn't anyone done a really awesome cover of Chopsticks? I just Wikipediaed it. Originally called The Celebrated Chop Waltz. Written in 1877. Hmmmm...


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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:55 am

Generic wrote:
Jim of Seattle wrote:
Actually, why hasn't anyone done a really awesome cover of Chopsticks? I just Wikipediaed it. Originally called The Celebrated Chop Waltz. Written in 1877. Hmmmm...



Damn, that makes me want to Watch bugs Bunny hearing that. Liberace was damn good.

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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby fluffy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:10 pm

Generic wrote:I've never heard a bad cover of "Hallelujah" (by Leonard Cohen), but I'm not sure there's anything about that particular song that makes it so.

My brother suggests "Chopsticks."


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Maybe it should be a song where expectations aren't too high? I mean, when I hear that someone has done a Beatles cover, I immediately tense up, because I know that when you screw up a Beatles cover, you can screw it up badly. Whereas if you're some girl with a ukulele making a Youtube video, and you cover Britney Spears' "Toxic," who's going to care if you do it badly?


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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Generic » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:05 pm

Yes, I was aware of both of those.

Stop lowering our standards for entertainment, fluffy.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Freddielove » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:16 pm

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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Mr. Car » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:44 pm

ken wrote:Louie Louie?


Way back in '83 KFJC in Los Altos Hills did a weekend marathon of Louie Louie covers and the majority were done just for the event. They called it Maximum Louie Louie.
I think about 500 entries. The original songwrighter flew out for it. Poor guy.
That song is easily butchered.
I know KALX preceded this with it's own event but only had 100 or so.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Mostess » Wed May 08, 2013 7:06 pm

Shenandoah.

You can't ruin it. It's like a diamond. Tom Leherer said "the reason most folk songs are so atrocious is that they were written by the people" but this is the exception that proves the rule.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby jimtyrrell » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:13 am

It seems there are a couple ways to look at this. 1) The song is so good it withstands any treatment of it. 2) The song cannot be made worse than it already is.

I submit Wagon Wheel.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Hoblit » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:19 am

Having never seen this thread before, my first suggestion was the first response in this thread with Louie Louie.

But the next one would be I wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges.
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Re: What is the hardest song to ruin?

Postby Jerkatorium » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:58 am

I once had an album (on vinyl) that was just a bunch of cover versions of Flipper's "Sex Bomb". My favorite was essentially just the drum track and baseline with a couple of girls shrieking and screaming the "lyrics" for like 15 minutes.

Flipper's "Sex Bomb" is a song that is, arguably, impossible to ruin and impossible to improve.
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