My vote today goes to the Antipodean contingent for the Doug Anthony All-Stars’ covers of “Heard It Through The Grapevine” and their version of Hunters and Collectors’ “Throw Your Arms Around Me”.
I keep forgetting that Marvin Gaye wasn’t the original singer of “Heard It Through The Grapevine” either. I think it was a Smokey Robinson song originally. Marvin made it into a classic MoTown hit that’s still a somewhat upbeat “My woman done me wrong” tune - but the DAAS version turns around and makes it so hauntingly bitter that it puts a new spin on the tune. One of my all-time favorite covers.
It definitely belongs in “Best”. It’s always amazes me how much the tone of the song completely changes with the same lyrics just by putting William Shatner on vocals. He does a really great job of delivering the lines. “watching ROACHES climb the wall!!!”.
Everyone knows the best cover is the Who’s version of Young Man Blues, then The Beatles Twist and shout followed by the first two Led Zeppelin albums.
I really dig the “Mad World” cover, very haunting and incredible.
I have a weird liking for Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb. The original is one of my favorite songs ever, but this one’s so over the top and silly it’s like… It’s the wrong album, but imagine the Dark Side of the Moon cover, but painted on black velvet and for sale at a flea market.