The top 50 classic alternative cover songs (#1-10)

Written by on October 21, 2011

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Our Revenge of the 80s Radio show is counting down the Top 50 Classic Alternative Cover Songs. The explanation and criteria can be found here in part one of our series. Here are the top 10:

10. “Sweet Jane” – Cowboy Junkies

In 1987, the Cowboy Junkies recorded The Trinity Session in Toronto’s historic Church of the Holy Trinity. The country/jazz/folk quartet included in the album this cover of the Velvet Underground’s 1969 version of “Sweet Jane,” which was a bit slower than the one that was released in 1970 and heard on several classic rock radio stations. The Cowboy Junkies changed some of the words around to offer a look at Jane from singer Margo Timmins’ point of view. Lou Reed praised their recording, calling it “the best and most authentic version I have ever heard.” “Sweet Jane” is among the over 200 songs the Cowboy Junkies play while on tour, as they like to perform different playlists each time they are on stage. The Trinity Session also includes the foursome’s twists on the classic hits “Blue Moon,” “Walking After Midnight” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” on the Trinity Session.

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9. “Kiss” – Art of Noise with Tom Jones

This one came out a short time after Prince’s original. The Art of Noise produced this cutting-edge version of the pop hit and decided there was only one more way to make it stand out: bring in a prominent voice from an entirely different musical genre to sing lead…

Read the rest of our list on our Examiner page.

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