Covers that are better than the original song?

SA

If you like Ksenia, she is in one of the Chicago songs wearing a tight (I believe) yellow tee-shirt. In my estimation she is exquisite eye candy. Even hotter than Knova's wife!

Now at my age, if I remember correctly, Eye Candy is the correct description, is it not?

Aloha
Actually, Ksenia (Ксения Бузина) appears in quite a few of the Leonid & Friends CTA videos. Of the ones I posted, she's in at least 2 of them (Beginings & Feeling' Stronger... ). But, yeah, she is hard to miss and quite easy on the eyes in that yellow T in 1 or 2 of their videos. Not sure that "eye candy" fits tho. It denotes that she is attractive... which is certainly the case. But "eye candy" also strongly implies a superficial attractiveness, lacking in any real substance.

Don't believe she is lacking substance at all -- even tho' she primarily does backing vocals with Leo & friends. Have seen her in quite a few other things (besides the 2 solo videos I previously posted)... like, on the Russian version of The Voice (and also singing in a bar/club). In addition to vocals, she plays piano (seen on 1 or more vids). Sadly, she is not always easy to find online since there seems to be quite a variety of different ways that her name is spelled with English characters (Ksenona, Kseniya, ...). She also appears to have been posted under different stage names (thought I saw Xenon in one case).

Here is one video of Ksenia with Leo & the guys
where she takes the lead at 0:48

Here she is in another CTA cover:

What really blows me away about Leonid & Friends is that CTA (Chicago) has never played in Russia or the Soviet Union. And according to their website, Leo & friends have never seen CTA live in concert.
 
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Actually, Ksenia (Ксения Бузина) appears in quite a few of the Leonid & Friends CTA videos. Of the ones I posted, she's in at least 2 of them (Beginings & Feeling' Stronger... ). But, yeah, she is hard to miss and quite easy on the eyes in that yellow T in 1 or 2 of their videos. Not sure that "eye candy" fits tho. It denotes that she is attractive... which is certainly the case. But "eye candy" also strongly implies a superficial attractiveness, lacking in any real substance.

Don't believe she is lacking substance at all -- even tho' she primarily does backing vocals with Leo & friends. Have seen her in quite a few other things (besides the 2 solo videos I previously posted)... like, on the Russian version of The Voice (and also singing in a bar/club). In addition to vocals, she plays piano (seen on 1 or more vids). Sadly, she is not always easy to find online since there seems to be quite a variety of different ways that her name is spelled with English characters (Ksenona, Kseniya, ...). She also appears to have been posted under different stage names (thought I saw Xenon in one case).

Here is one video of Ksenia with Leo & the guys
where she takes the lead at 0:48

Here she is in another CTA cover:

What really blows me away about Leonid & Friends is that CTA (Chicago) has never played in Russia or the Soviet Union. And according to their website, Leo & friends have never seen CTA live in concert.
SA

Eye candy denotes attractiveness. It is a kind of exclamation of WOW. Has nothing to do with substance or the lack of substance. It is an example
of aesthetics which is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. To
put another way an example of the song, standing on the corner watching the girls go by. I can also appreciate Jimmy Souls, marry an ugly woman,
however my tastes do not run too ugly.

Now as to the woman in question, it is my hope that she does not end up looking like Roseanne Barr. FAT! As for the way Ksenia now looks, I hope
her DNA and individual desire and effort will continue to be attractive. However, that being said, I wonder what she looks like when waking in the
morning without the makeup, lipstick, and also without the fake peroxide blond highlights. Could there have been any plastic surgery to enhance
her appearance? I don't know or care.

I would be happy to stand on a corner as she walked by and appreciate her beauty. I, also, hope to never become a narrow minded adult, who reads more into a statement than an appreciation of beauty. You know, wow look at that woman, hot.

As for the group, Leonid and Friends, what is so appealing about them, is the energy and FUN they have performing CTA. It comes through the video screen as you watch them.

Aloha
 
Eye candy denotes attractiveness. It is a kind of exclamation of WOW. Has nothing to do with substance or the lack of substance. It is an example of aesthetics which is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. To put another way an example of the song, standing on the corner watching the girls go by...
KW

I've actually seen & heard the phrase "eye-candy" used both ways. Early in it's use, it appears that it definitely had a negative or derogatory connotation. Over the past few decades, it's meaning has evolved. It is now often used in the manner that you describe -- merely as a compliment (w/o any negative implications). However, in some usages today, it can still have its original negative connotations.

Today, its usage in the UK might be somewhat different from usage in the US. I have seen definitions in Webster's and other sources that show both variations -- positive only (as one definition) and positive with negative connotations (sometimes as a 1st definition). I've only looked at a couple of British dictionaries and they both had only the (more) negative definitions listed. Similar phrases that have been used primarily in the UK include "candyfloss" and "cotton candy".

From the Collins English Dictionary (2012):
eye candy (noun)
1. a person who is or people considered highly attractive to look at, often implying that they are but lacking in intelligence or depth
2. something intended to be attractive to the eye without being demanding or contributing anything essential



The earliest use of the phrase, from the research I've recently done, appears to be from 1978. "Nose candy" was a term that has been around since the early 1930s. In 1977, Helen Reddy released an album entitled, Ear Candy. Not too much later, the phrase, "eye-candy" came into use. The earliest recorded usage (in a printed publication) came in 1978 in reference to the TV show, Three's Company. In this case, the negative implication was fully intended. This was the common usage for quite a while before the positive-only usage arose.

As for the group, Leonid and Friends, what is so appealing about them, is the energy and FUN they have performing CTA. It comes through the video screen as you watch them.

Aloha
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KW

I've actually seen & heard the phrase "eye-candy" used both ways. Early in it's use, it appears that it definitely had a negative or derogatory connotation. Over the past few decades, it's meaning has evolved. It is now often used in the manner that you describe -- merely as a compliment (w/o any negative implications). However, in some usages today, it can still have its original negative connotations.

Today, its usage in the UK might be somewhat different from usage in the US. I have seen definitions in Webster's and other sources that show both variations -- positive only (as one definition) and positive with negative connotations (sometimes as a 1st definition). I've only looked at a couple of British dictionaries and they both had only the (more) negative definitions listed. Similar phrases that have been used primarily in the UK include "candyfloss" and "cotton candy".

From the Collins English Dictionary (2012):
eye candy (noun)
1. a person who is or people considered highly attractive to look at, often implying that they are but lacking in intelligence or depth
2. something intended to be attractive to the eye without being demanding or contributing anything essential



The earliest use of the phrase, from the research I've recently done, appears to be from 1978. "Nose candy" was a term that has been around since the early 1930s. In 1977, Helen Reddy released an album entitled, Ear Candy. Not too much later, the phrase, "eye-candy" came into use. The earliest recorded usage (in a printed publication) came in 1978 in reference to the TV show, Three's Company. In this case, the negative implication was fully intended. This was the common usage for quite a while before the positive-only usage arose.



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@J011yroger's tennis game is Aye Candy.
 
A lot of country songs.

A fave of mine though is Metallica Whisky in the Jar, based off the Thin Lizzy version, based on the Irish jig.

As a huge Thin Lizzy fan since a kid I was worried it wouldn't stand up, but Metallica did it proud.

Aye...


RIP Phil Lynott


F!@# yeah!
 
Better is highly subjective. More popular is more empiric.

I always love the original especially if the writer actually perform the song as it's more depth.
But a lot of original song that I love got covered by someone and it became more popular based on youtube views etc.

Bon Iver: Skinny Love. Cover by Birdie
Robyn: Dancing On My Own. Covered by Callum Blue.
 

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Not really a cover but a skit on SNL about the classic rock band Blue Oyster Cult singing (Don't Fear) The Reaper. One of my favorite skits but the only flaw was Jimmy Fallon breaking character. I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!!
 
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Not really a cover but a skit on SNL about the classic rock band Blue Oyster Cult singing (Don't Fear) The Reaper. One of my favorite skits but the only flaw was Jimmy Fallon breaking character. I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!!
Don't Fear the Cowbell !!!

This afternoon I heard a recording on Sirius radio of BOC doing Don't Fear The Reaper. After hearing the SNL version, was rather surprised at how subdued the cowbell was on this BOC recording. Was there actually a (More Cowbell) version ever released by BOC? I though that I recall hearing it long b4 SNL did their skit. But maybe me gray matter is playin trix on me.

In looking for the elusive (More Cowbell) version, I came across Sina Doering (of sina-drums), young German YT drum hero, performing a drum cover of the BOC classic. Some 16 seconds in, she shouts "Nien, Nein, Nein! Nien.". She needs More Cowbell. So sister, Milena, with a half-bored, Mona Lisa smile sits in & provides the requested cowbell.

Love this drum cover from Sina & sis...
but it still could use MORE COWBELL!
 
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Looking at some of Sina's other covers (& originals), came across these...

Sina D & her young friends covering some Zep:

Short "Stairway" cover from Chloe:

Zeppelin guitar cover by 15 yo Ayla:

And whatever become of the extraordinary Tina S from France?
Gone after 2016? Great cover of Beethoven and others
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For me a few come to mine.

Marilyn Manson cover of Sweet Dreams


The Red Temple Spirits covering Pink Floyd's Set the Controls for the Heart of the sun:


Concrete Blond covering Leonard Cohen's Everybody knows


Nerdist covering Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass:
Saw them live roughly a lifetime ago... love Johnette forever, amen!!!
 
Just a break in the flow here (I'm sure it's a cover of something, it sound a bit familiar after the drum solo). I got to know about the Youtube videos of people playing along with the music from my son (the one who was an almost concert-level pianist in two years). He actually learned to play drums from the game Rock Band and then bought an electronic drum set. He would play with similar youtube videos and could play most rock songs with a little practice. While we were looking for some songs for him to play I showed him this from a guy who even pre-dates me and he just shook his head and said, "that's crazy."
 

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@Tshooter @stringertom @Hmgraphite1


Don't Fear the Cowbell !!!

This afternoon I heard a recording on Sirius radio of BOC doing Don't Fear The Reaper. After hearing the SNL version, was rather surprised at how subdued the cowbell was on this BOC recording. Was there actually a (More Cowbell) version ever released by BOC? I though that I recall hearing it long b4 SNL did their skit. But maybe me gray matter is playin trix on me.

In looking for the elusive (More Cowbell) version, I came across Sina Doering (of sina-drums), young German YT drum hero, performing a drum cover of the BOC classic. Some 16 seconds in, she shouts "Nien, Nein, Nein! Nien.". She needs More Cowbell. So sister, Milena, with a half-bored, Mona Lisa smile sits in & provides the requested cowbell.

Love this drum cover from Sina & sis...
but it still could use MORE COWBELL!
BOC member Albert Bouchard explains the cowbell on the SNL skit.
 
Now, I realize that some of the recent videos I've posted are only partial (one-instrument) covers and not full song covers. But I'll post one more drum cover from Sina D because she is paying homage to an outstanding drummer, Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, UK... ). In studying & learning this piece, Sina also developed a fuller appreciation for the genius and expertise of the late Yes bassist (& founder), Chris Squire. Sina posted, "I realised how important the incredible bass playing of Chris Squire has been for the band. R.I.P. Chris."

 
I'd describe this as a creative cover rather than a "better than the original". J&D put a jazz spin on an ELP classic prog tune.

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Outstanding, stellar and not bad. I had to give it 4 more (y)s cuz 1 Like was just not enough. Great tribute to Keith & ELP. Keyboard guy is amazing. (Their percussionist looks a little bit like Carl Palmer). Seems that the French J&D Quintet has also done covers of Yes and Queen. Here is a very different cover of an Eagles classic.

 
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I'd describe this as a creative cover rather than a "better than the original". J&D put a jazz spin on an ELP classic prog tune...
Had to do a bit of digging to discover the outstanding pianist for the "French" group, the Jad & Den Quartet/Quintent is Jad Salameh, who is actually Lebanese. For those who've not done so already, be sure to check out J&D's covers of Yes and Queen. A couple of other interesting covers:

J&D cover of Tori Amos' Crucify:

The original from Tori:

J&D covering a well-known song from Grease


In looking for other J&D videos, I came across a tribute to Keith Emerson that I'd not seen previously. It starts out with an excellent rendition of Tarkus by Thierry Eliez. Not yet watched the whole (1:21:50) thing. It appears to feature some members of J&D later in this video (cello & voice).


Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Dixies Dregs, Liquid Tension... ) also does an outstanding rendition of Tarkus. Must hear.
 
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Just a break in the flow here (I'm sure it's a cover of something, it sound a bit familiar after the drum solo). I got to know about the Youtube videos of people playing along with the music from my son (the one who was an almost concert-level pianist in two years). He actually learned to play drums from the game Rock Band and then bought an electronic drum set. He would play with similar youtube videos and could play most rock songs with a little practice. While we were looking for some songs for him to play I showed him this from a guy who even pre-dates me and he just shook his head and said, "that's crazy."
Led Zepplin's extraordinary drummer, John Bonham, had a number of influences. Motown rhythms was part of it. A number of sources also indicate that he was strongly influenced by Buddy Rich and other jazz drummers.

 
This one is actually a reverse cover. It was made famous by Harry Nilsson in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Stephen Stills (1974/5) and others. But it was written and performed by Fred Neil in the mid-60s (recorded 1966, I believe). Listened to Neil quite a bit in the late 60s and the 1970s. Great voice & songwriting but not really ever well-known. Kinda disappeared from the limelight. Seems he was busy in his efforts to save the dolphins. Passed in 2001 (cancer).


Here's the '74/'75 Stills' cover (not quite as well-known as Nilsson's cover from '68/'69)

 
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@Tshooter @stringertom @Hmgraphite1


Don't Fear the Cowbell !!!

This afternoon I heard a recording on Sirius radio of BOC doing Don't Fear The Reaper. After hearing the SNL version, was rather surprised at how subdued the cowbell was on this BOC recording. Was there actually a (More Cowbell) version ever released by BOC? I though that I recall hearing it long b4 SNL did their skit. But maybe me gray matter is playin trix on me.

In looking for the elusive (More Cowbell) version, I came across Sina Doering (of sina-drums), young German YT drum hero, performing a drum cover of the BOC classic. Some 16 seconds in, she shouts "Nien, Nein, Nein! Nien.". She needs More Cowbell. So sister, Milena, with a half-bored, Mona Lisa smile sits in & provides the requested cowbell.

Love this drum cover from Sina & sis...
but it still could use MORE COWBELL!
check this little girl rock out on Good Times Bad Times

Communication Breakdown
 
check this little girl rock out on Good Times Bad Times

Communication Breakdown
What a kick watching this young Japanese girl playing Zep/Bonham with such joy. Watching her, Sina-Drums (Doering) and others taking on Zeppelin drum riffs really makes you enjoy the genius & artistry of John Bonham. Here's a pretty good demo & explanation of some of Bonham's signature patterns:

 
When I started listening to Yes, in earnest, about 1970, I was wowed by the conspicuous & outstanding bass playing of Chris Squire. After hearing Squire, I started listening to music differently. I would focus on and follow just the bass line. I would hear the voice and other instruments playing as it related to the bass line I was following. It was like hearing the music in a new light -- as I had never heard it before. I realized what a melodic bass player, Sir Paul McCartney really was. Really developed an appreciation for jazz bass players and outstanding rock bass player like Squire, John Paul Jones, Jack Bruce,John Entwistle and Geddy Lee (heavily influenced by Chris Squire).

Now in listing to these drum covers by Yoyoka Soma (post #343) and Sina Doering, I'm hearing music in a new light again as I'm now focusing on the drumming rather than the bass, voice or lead instruments. Here is a new one from Sina-Drums that provides that drum-centric experience for a classic Byrds' tune:

 
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Great Elton John cover by Campbell Walker Fields and Avonlea Martin


Could not find other music by Campbell other than some stuff he did at America's Got Talent. It was at AGT that Avonlea and Campbell had met and decided to collaborate on some music after the competition. Avonlea (Martin) OTOH has quite a bit of content on YT and elsewhere (her own site as well as on Sina-drums). Here she is with a Beatles cover -- with Sina D, Sina's dad = Mike Wilbury (Doering) on guitar & bass and Rick Benbow (keyboards & orchestral arrangements).


Avonlea channeling Elvis:


Avonlea's tribute to Freddy Mercury. On piano here rather than ukelele.

 
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Another Anvonlea-Sina collaboration. Not a cover tho...
This one is an original from Avonlea and it appears on Sina's 1st CD (Chi Might).



Back to the covers... here's an interesting Linkin Park cover from Janet Devlin


Janet back in 2011 on the X Factor covering Elton John


Love the voice. Here's Janet covering Tears for Fears:



Janet also does a subdued, yet beautiful cover of The Who's Behind Blue Eyes.
 
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