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What's your most heretical music opinion?


What's your most heretical music opinion?

I follow the journalist Stevie Chick (MOJO/ The Guardian) and he asked a great question on Facebook: What's your most heretical music opinion? 


Stevie said "it seems to wind people up that I genuinely prefer Iggy's 1997 remix of Raw Power over the original Bowie production."


Okay here's mine: I prefer the Dixie Chick's cover of "landslide" to the Fleetwood Mac original. 



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Hmm I think of 2 or 3 now, but I'll star with this, maybe also mentioned in similar discussions somewhere, as the remix is more popular by the original


I prefer Limp Bizkit's remix of Behind Blue Eyes, instead of the "The Who" original 




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As personally I will always prefer an original to a cover and as I hate almost any remix,


I would say I prefer Big Mama Thornton, 1953 original version of Hound Dog to the best-known version of 1956 by Elvis Presley.






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@meahtenoha ha great thread idea XD


that drake is overrated? that current popular music is the worst it's ever been?



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The Beatles weren't as good at performing as they were at song-writing. Various other musicians have made their music sound better than they did on their own.


Nice one, I prefer the You Keep Me Hangin' On version from Vanilla Fudge much over the version by the The Supremes, who brought the song the first attention.




Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of little wing is much better than the Hendrix original.

This is a great discussion topic for those who are really into music meta - that is, the knowledge and preference towards music you're interested in. In my group of friends, music is a topic that often sparks debate since we all have different preferences.


I too prefer quite a few covers over the originals, including Dixie Chicks cover of Landslide. For me, Ellie Goulding's cover of Your Song (Elton John), Janet Devlin's cover of Friday I'm in Love (The Cure), and Misterwive's cover of Same Drugs (Chance the Rapper) are all beautiful renditions of the original tracks.



What really gets my musical goat though is auto-tune. This topic comes up a lot when I discuss music with friends, and I think it's what labels me as a heretic the most. I could write an angsty article on the subject, but basically I'm of the mindset that auto-tune should be used to enhance music, and not as an excuse for those who can't sing. For some reason my friends don't like discussing this topic...


For example, Cher's track Believe relies entirely on auto-tune for its' effect. Owl City's album Ocean Eyes and Lights album The Listening are another couple of albums that utilize auto-tune to create a glowing sound and warm atmosphere. Daft Punk wouldn't be the same if their albums weren't using it. But these are all good examples of tastfully used auto-tune, in my opinion.


Today's modern-day "rap" and hip-hop is lacking a lot of... depth, creativity, and authenticity? Real stuff that I'm used to being a 90's kid. I miss old-school Biggie Smalls, Eminem, and even The Blackeyed Peas before they splitup. While I can certainly appreciate everyone's musical preferences, I just know that poorly used auto-tune makes me cringe, especially when you can tell the artist can't sing at all. That being said, a lot of friends know and love rap like this, and can rap along with every word on their favorite tracks. If you're into this kind of music and can do the same, then keep being awesome and enjoy the music you love! 🙂


If you're interested in further reading, a 2006 interview with Canadian singer-songwriter Neko Case sheds some light on auto-tune in the studio.


Pitchfork: Anyway, I take it you're not a fan of auto tune.

[Neko] Case: I'm not a perfect note hitter either but I'm not going to cover it up with auto tune. Everybody uses it, too. I once asked a studio guy in Toronto, "How many people don't use auto tune?" and he said, "You and Nelly Furtado are the only two people who've never used it in here." Even though I'm not into Nelly Furtado, it kind of made me respect her. It's cool that she has some integrity.

There's a lot more in that article, and in an article from The Verge too, but I'd better stop before I commit actual heresy. If you don't hear from me in the next while, assume the recording industry has sent some men in black suits to collect me for spreading "insider information" about their secrets. 😛


Keep on rockin' everyone!

Not really a fan of Taylor Swift but Imagine Dragons did a great job covering her song.

I prefer the cover version to original version.



Interesting choice @wingshq !


Would it be too heretic to say I prefer the Kim Wilde version? 🙂


Marilyn Manson's cover of Soft Cell's cover of Gloria Jones' Tainted Love is great:

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haha, no it's not too heretic, I prefer Kim's version over The Supremes too, but Vanilla Fudge gave me a version that gave me such a positive surprise when i heard it the first time. I have to admit I heard it first last year, despite it being such an old song.

Great thread.


I prefer Changes by 2pac to The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The sample was used brilliantly and in a way that makes the song more dynamic. Stylistically the two songs are worlds apart but that's the beauty of it.

Wow! This is a can of worms, Meredith. It is all down to personal taste, so this maybe seen as sacrilege rather than heretical. I much prefer Metallica' version of 'Turn the Page' than Bob Segers. For me it has more raw energy, more venom, dare I say it, it's more heart felt.




As far as I know there's no original version by Bob Seger on Spotify. Shame.

A song very close to my heart and has a lot of meaning for me personally, so sorry MartinStoichkov, I can't agree with you. Much prefer 'The Who' version. 🙂


And kirashi, don't get me started on 'auto-tune'. Yes, there's a time and a place for it, but 'vocal enhancement'. No! If you can't at least carry a tune, don't sing at all. Justin Bieber take note.

My most heretical opinion: That "Punk" failed in it's attempt to do away with the old and bring in the new and was, in most ways, Teenage Kicks by the Undertones is an exception, worse that what came before.

@Red_Neck That's why the thread is for heretical opinions hehe! 

Basically, I don't like artists who makes remixes, but this one especially I like more, and because of the fact I grew up with Limp Bizkit in my teenage years

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Even though I do not mind remakes, artists have been doing remakes of originals since the beginning days of Rock 'n' Roll. But it does have to be done well, keeping the heart of the original but adding just that little bit of spark to the original so the artist can make it their own.


I always go back to this cover release project by A Perfect Circle, they take old classic political songs and do something wonderful with them and re-imagine them somehow.



A wiki page to have some information behind the song choices:


Also The Who's - Behind Blue Eyes, an artist has to turn up the notch to attempt to do something brazen that stands out from The Who. I do not have much of a complaint of Limp Bizkit, but well the lead singer in my view sure knows how to kill a moment from a duo he did with Staind's lead singer long ago, not sure I want to chance it with such a classic song from The Who.


As far as Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, I might have to venture down and see if the Dixie Chicks version can actually break the spell of Stevie Nicks original, hard to beat that awesome vocal talent there on the Fleetwood Mac version.


Going to have a hard think on this, sometimes I like originals better than remakes, but the 60's-70's era of rock saw rather good remakes of classic Blues songs as well, so sometimes new playing techniques pushed new remakes of these songs to new heights. Slayer did an almost complete cover album of classic Hardcore punk songs for those interested in what influenced speed, thrash metal during the early 80's.



A wiki page for information of what bands and songs were covered on this Slayer release:


Metallica's Garage, Inc. which is the complete collection of cover work from the Garage Days Revisited era and afterwards. The release is worth a few spins, the band takes classic Rock and Hard rock, punk songs, and the new emerging NWOBHM coming out about the time the band was playing music, the band takes these cover songs to new heights in some respects, and what influenced the band members, and their music direction.


Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is kinda boring and flat but the cover version by Midge Ure is so much better than the original.



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