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 version. Well, we're going to be having a face off here everyday for the next week - 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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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)
This song doesn't need any introduction. It's one of the greatest, and has been covered by the multitudes. This year, the entire Pink Floyd catalog was remastered and reissued - scroll down to the bottom of this post for a link to the new Experience Edition of the Wish You Were Here album (lots of bonus content).
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Sparklehorse - Wish You Were Here (1998)
Released as a b-side to 1998's split single, Painbird / Maria's Little Elbows, Sparklehorse's fantastic cover of the Pink Floyd classic features Radiohead's Thom Yorke on some distant backing vocals - allegedly sung and recorded over a hotel phone. If you saw the film Lords Of Dogtown, you may recall hearing this cover on the soundtrack as well. Sadly, the man behind Sparklehorse - Mark Linkous - took his own life in March of 2010.
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Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here - 2011 Experience Edition