As I wrote in a previous post, this 'comparing originals and their covers,' might be a recurring theme on my blog. Here's post two!
In the autumn of '91, Nirvana released Nevermind. I listened to it nonstop for weeks. That likely forged the association I have between that album and the changing colour of trees. Every autumn, I seem to go on a Nevermind bender and this year I got to thinking about cover versions of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
But first, the original:
Fucking brilliant. Can't really say much else.
Now, on to the covers.
I was aware of a few before starting this post. Some I couldn't find videos for so they're being ignored. Just as well, as there are many I could find.
First up, one by Tori Amos:
How far did you make it through that? I got to 1.14. I am not a Tori Amos fan; in fact I find her music irritating. This included.
Next, one by Patti Smith:
I like Patti Smith and I like this version... but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
Another one, by the Scala & Kolacny Brothers and a Belgian girls' choir:
Nice and haunting, epecially if you just listen and don't watch the video. Is it just me or is the conductor dude on the pretentious side?
And the nifty Paul Anka version:
Call me weird, but I think this is great. It's my favourite cover and I actually really like it but then... I actually like Paul Anka and have the album it's on... and there goes any credibility I might have had, lol.
When I plunked 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' into YouTube searchy thing, I found other cover versions that I'd never come across before!
This 'Turkish Britney Spears' version by someone called Safiye:
And only Britney herself could have butchered it worse.
Next, a cover by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain:
A fun clip! Imagine that band in a drunken pub?! I like it; fun stuff!
And finally, the 'talented little shit' version:
Fucking hell! An excellent talent, fer shure. I hate talented little shits, lol.
My verdict: I love the original. Nothing else even comes close... ok, well maybe Paul Anka's version when I'm feeling cheesie (and that happens).
How about you?