Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by jjm905, Nov 22, 2009.
Inspired by the "Artists who never recorded an original" thread.
By "recorded" Im assuming you mean studio only?...
Yup, studio only.
I was thinking Foreigner but I wasn't sure.
Hmm. Even people we think of as great songwriters recorded other people's songs on occasion. Neil Young, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Carole King. Even whole albums of covers, e.g. Bob Dylan, James Taylor, David Bowie, Bob Seger, Van Morrison, Richard Thompson, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney.
If nothing else, it gives people a chance to pay tribute to the artists who inspired them.
If studio only & only regular albums:
Peter Gabriel(so far, but it won't be for long )
Pink Floyd is a good choice; I was thinking the Velvet Underground.
Not "only regular albums". Example: if that was the case, we'd have to include Rush. But, being that they did "Not Fade Away" and the "Feedback" CD, they're not included.
I give you......"Magdalene"
(Also, both Boston and Queen recorded covers of their respective country's national anthems.)
And Foreigner did a release a live version of "Whole Lotta Love" on one of their Greatest Hits compilations......although I suppose that wouldn't count.
This question was discussed at length a year and a half ago in this thread.
See post #1 for the caveats I put in when asking for candidates, which you may or may not want to consider here (e.g., songs on tribute albums or movie soundtracks don't count against the artist, nor do songs that appear only on live albums).
I was going for the artist's "official" body of work; that is, studio recordings released on albums that bear the artist's name.
Interpol I dont think have ever played a cover live even.
Has Randy Newman ever recorded a cover song?
Good Old Boys had "Every Man a King" - a song associated with Louisiana populist Huey Long, co-written by Long.
"Underneath The Harlem Moon" on 12 Songs.
If you don't count "Devil's Triangle."
Another Saturday Night was written by Sam Cooke.
Ok how bout Neil Young
My bad he did do a cover of Oh Lonesome Me written by Don Gibson
The Anderson Council Sound
I've heard a bootleg of them doing "I'm A King Bee" early on in
their recording career...
Young at heart
..and a decent cover of "Four Strong Winds".
Pearl Jam, then.
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