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Old 01-04-2022, 22:08
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Best and worst cover

Just watched the Mad Street Preachers cover Madonnas Borderline and i think it was good. The intro indeed. Whats their best and worst cover? Best for me is endless plain of fortune by John Cale. Worst Start me up by Rolling Stones. Whats yours?
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Old 01-04-2022, 22:11
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I never thought much of the Wrote For Luck cover.

But it shuffled the other day and it hit home just how drastic of a change it is and it gives it another life altogether.
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Old 01-04-2022, 22:29
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Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Didn't the rest of the band not be arsed enough to turn up and contribute, more like!

And best? Probably Umbrella.
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Old 01-04-2022, 22:50
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Great question and impossible to answer.

Anyone fancy taking a comprehensive stab at listing their covers? Looking at 30+ easily, probably nearer 50 tbh.

This calls for a giant poll
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Best: Suicide is Painless.
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Old 03-04-2022, 10:23
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Great question and impossible to answer.

Anyone fancy taking a comprehensive stab at listing their covers? Looking at 30+ easily, probably nearer 50 tbh.

This calls for a giant poll
A quick trawl through setlist.fm says they've covered 45 songs live in their career, although I suspect there's a fair few they've recorded but never performed in concert. And that doesn't include all the Motown Junk intros...

Plenty that I hadn't realised they've done, but proud to say I witnessed one of the two performances James has done of the Grandstand theme live!
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Old 03-04-2022, 10:35
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Listening to Start Me Up, I can't help but think that Sean spent two minutes programming the drums and walked out of the studio in disgust. Plus the drums sound like utter ass as if recorded on a 200 starter kit.
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Old 03-04-2022, 10:43
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A quick trawl through setlist.fm says they've covered 45 songs live in their career, although I suspect there's a fair few they've recorded but never performed in concert. And that doesn't include all the Motown Junk intros...

Plenty that I hadn't realised they've done, but proud to say I witnessed one of the two performances James has done of the Grandstand theme live!
Crikey so we’re probably looking at 60-70 covers if you include studio versions that haven’t been played live.

Agree with the Working Class Hero shout, and I’m not keen on Been A Son either. And as unpopular as it will be I’ve never really liked MASH although it’s ok live.

Best… Out Of Time, We Are All Bourgeois Now, Dancing Horses, Umbrella (yep), and I do like Borderline.

Grandstand Those SATT gigs were really good.
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Old 04-04-2022, 18:59
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Great question and impossible to answer.

Anyone fancy taking a comprehensive stab at listing their covers? Looking at 30+ easily, probably nearer 50 tbh.
This is my covers playlist; full songs only, so excludes any Motown Junk intro snippets, between song riffs and noodling (off the top of my head JDB's done stuff like Wild Thing, Waterfall, This Charming Man, Tequila, etc riffs); includes James's solo stuff and sessions too, as well as 'feature' tracks where JDB contributes enough to make it worth our while as Manics fans.

I'm sure there's others out there, so if there's any I've missed, someone please let me know!

It's So Easy (Guns N' Roses cover) - Marquee, London, 04/09/91
Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper cover)
Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
What's My Name (The Clash cover) - Junction, Cambridge, 20/10/92
Wrote For Luck (Happy Mondays cover)
Charles Windsor (McCarthy cover)
Pennyroyal Tea (Nirvana cover)
The Drowners (Suede cover) - Clapham Grand, London, 02/03/94
Stay With Me (Faces cover) - Clapham Grand, London, 02/03/94
Bright Eyes - Astoria, London, 21/12/94
Last Christmas (Wham cover)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Velocity Girl (Primal Scream cover)
Take The Skinheads Bowling (Camper Van Beethoven cover)
Can't Take My Eyes Of You
Old Red Eyes Is Back (w. The Beautiful South)
Train In Vain (The Clash cover) - Arena, Newcastle, 14/12/98
Rock 'n' Roll Music
You're Right, I'm Left, She's Gone (w. Tom Jones)
We Are All Bourgois Now (McCarthy cover)
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel (Paul Robeson cover)
Out Of Time
Take The Skinheads Bowling (Camper Van Beethoven cover - 2003 version)
Been A Son (Nirvana cover)
You're The Best Thing (The Style Council cover) - Royal Albert Hall, London - 30 March 2004
The Instrumental (June Brides cover)
The Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra cover)
The Card Cheat (The Clash cover) (V Festival - Chelmsford, 20th August 2006)
Clampdown (The Clash cover) (The Garage, Glasgow - 6th October 2006)
Working Class Hero (John Lennon cover)
You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory (Johnny Thunders cover)
Red Sleeping Beauty (McCarthy cover)
Foggy Eyes (Beat Happening cover)
Umbrella (Rihanna cover)
Janitor of Lunacy (Nico cover) - Royal Festival Hall, London, 11 October 2008
Primitive Painters (Felt cover)
All Or Nothing (Small Faces cover)
The Endless Plain Of Fortune (John Cale cover)
This Is The Day (The The cover)
Wake Up Alone (Amy Winehouse cover)
Let's Stay Together (Al Green cover)
Start Me Up (Rolling Stones cover)
Die Laughing (Therapy? ft. James Dean Bradfield)
(Feels Like) Heaven (Fiction Factory cover)
Garageland (The Clash cover)
No Feelings (Sex Pistols cover) - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, 5th May 2018
In Between Days (The Cure cover - BBC Radio 2, 22/06/18)
Build Me Up Buttercup (acoustic - Newbridge Memo 12/12/18)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns 'n' Roses cover) - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 26/05/19
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen cover) - St David's Hall, Cardiff, 12/08/21
She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover) - Llandudno Venue Cymru, 01/12/2021
Borderline (Madonna cover) - 6 Music Festival - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, 31/03/22

52 on that list.

My favourite - probably You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
Least favourite - Wake Up Alone
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Old 04-04-2022, 19:43
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Fair play. Great work!

Some crackers in there that I had completely forgotten about.

Come Back (Mighty Wah!) is another one James has covered. Think it was for a Hillsborough-related gig, probably around 2010ish when he did Clampdown as well with Mick Jones and The Farm.

Yes We Can Can was another and that was probably 2015ish. Fairytale of New York in 2009 or 2010 and I Shall Be Released at the same gig as when James played YTBT with Weller.

I think they did The Killing Moon during the PFAYM tour as well.

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Old 02-04-2022, 07:22
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Worst - working class hero. But i can't stand Lennon at the best of times so it's not really about the cover itself.
Best - suicide is painless
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Old 02-04-2022, 09:52
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Best definitely suicide is painless ...worst either wrote for luck - just don't like the song to start with .......or working class hero - just meh
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Old 02-04-2022, 10:04
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Best - Vision Blurred.

Worst - probably Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, its just so uneventful.
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Old 02-04-2022, 12:54
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It's not that some of their covers are bad - just completely unnecessary. Start Me Up must be the worst.

I suppose the best is easily Suicide is Painless. But I do like Red Sleeping Beauty.
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Old 02-04-2022, 13:48
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My favourite is probably We are all Bourgeois Now but Primitive Painters is one that doesn't get anywhere near enough love in my opinion.
Worst would either be The Drowners or This is the Day (I'm with Simon Price on that one) for me.

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