Just in case you didn't know - a cover song is a remake. Every once in a while, I come across a song that is just brilliant, and then later realize that it's in fact a cover. Well, we're going to be having a face off here everyday for the next couple of weeks - The Original vs. The Cover. I'll be featuring songs that aren't as obvious as say... William Hung's version of I Believe I Can Fly. :) It's my hope that you'll discover some really cool, new songs - and maybe some that you never even knew were covers.
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The Velvet Underground - Femme Fatale (1967)
From one of the greatest albums of all time, Femme Fatale is one of the three songs that featured Nico on lead vocals. Written about Edie Sedgwick, Femme Fatale was released at the tail end of 1966, as a b-side to the Sunday Morning single. This song is amazing.
Big Star - Femme Fatale (1978)
Although Big Star's third album was recorded in 1974, shortly after the release of Radio City, it wasn't actually released until 1978. Third - also called Sister/Lovers - contains a beautiful cover of Femme Fatale. If you'd like to check out the demo version that Alex Chilton recorded, click here - it's just vocals and 12-string guitar. Both versions are more than worthy of your attention. :)
Big Star Box Set