Siouxsie and the Banshees – Dear Prudence

Well, we’ve been talking about covers for a while on and off – perhaps coming to a future podcast episode near you – and I was staggered to come across this incredible version of a favourite Beatles track by a band I never would’ve expected to see do it.

Needless to say, it’s not nearly as raucous and rough as you’d expect it to be, but perhaps that’s what a great cover is: one that confounds your expectations. Which could lead down a rabbit hole all of its own. What else stands up to this? A few come to mind:

Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’?

Nirvana’s Bowie Cover ‘The Man Who Sold The World’?

(shameless love of mine) Hot Chip’s brilliant version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’?

Sinead O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’?

or perhaps Hendrix’s seminal Dylan cover ‘All Along The Watchtower’?

What would you pick?

3 comments

  1. misterstory

    I was really surprised that David likes this, it makes me a bit itchy. But i don’t like the original so it was always going to be a struggle. I don’t think you need to like the original to like the cover but it helps a bit?

    • whyohwhyohwhy

      I was too, but it just shows you never really know where the Venn diagrams cross…. Some covers I love both, and I’m not a huge Dear Prudence fan either so I’d go as far as these being about equal, even the latter is an improvement. So shoot me.

  2. whyohwhyohwhy

    We also went in on Twitter and it got into a bit of a Beatles fest. Which is obviously a shock with David and I involved.

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