The Void Playlist – Cover Versions

Written by: Paul Horsman


Hurrah. It’s a four day weekend.

That’s as good a reason as any to put together a celebratory playlist.

Unable to find ten decent songs about stuffing your face with chocolate until you feel sick, we settled on the theme of resurrection.

Cue ten of the most interesting cover versions that dare to exist.

Now, before the haters start hating, we’re not suggesting these versions are better than the originals. Just different.

So it’s less about bringing these songs back from the dead… and more about giving them a new lease of life.

What’s on the playlist?

Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
Could this be the best cover of all time? It’s certainly one of the most moving. With death looming, a frail sounding Cash transformed this fragmented song about self-harm and heroin abuse into a beautiful swansong. Cue goosebumps.

The Futureheads – Hounds of Love (Kate Bush)
If you’re going to tackle a song by one of Britain’s most treasured artists, you need to do it cunningly. The Futureheads get away with it by rebranding Hounds Of Love as a spiky punk anthem, without losing any of its drama or catchiness.

Tricky – Black Steel (Public Enemy)
One of music’s biggest stoners has made a career out of creating hypnotic and tense atmospheres. But his best track is a pounding tech-rock reworking of an almost unrecognisable rap from Public Enemy’s Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos.

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
With such conviction in his delivery, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Hendrix original. Even Dylan has admitted that whenever he performed this song, he felt like he was somehow paying tribute to the late guitar god.

Alice Russell – Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Britain’s most underrated soulstress confidently takes on a monster rock tune and makes it even filthier with her raw bluesy vocal. It’s almost as if this version is a forgotten classic to which the White Stripes covered instead.

Muse – Feeling Good (Nina Simone)
Nothing will top Simone’s version. But Muse give it a good go by turning the jazz standard into a full rock workout. Frontman Bellamy plays to his vocal strength and makes it sound like he’s found something really worth fighting for.

Ryan Adams – Wonderwall (Oasis)
It’s hard putting your own stamp on something that’s forever associated with the swaggering voice of Liam Gallagher. But by stripping the song down to its core, Adams gives it sincerity and meaning. Even the lyrics make more sense. Sort of.

Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused (Jake Holmes)
Referring to the potential break-up of a relationship, Dazed and Confused was a typical blues number when first released in 1967. Zeppelin then gave it the air of desperation it needed to stand out, as well as an iconic instrumental breakdown.

Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Neil Young)
Well this is one way to do it. Take a highly praised folk song and turn it into a renaissance house classic. Not everyone took to it. Radio One’s Nicky Campbell was apparently so outraged he smashed it live on air during his show.

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
We know what you’re thinking. How could we shun Alexander Burke? But this song belongs to Buckley. The quiet intensity in his meandering voice is enough to leave you expressing rejoice. Hallelujah indeed.

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Author: Paul Horsman

Paul likes writing. And music. It’s unclear whether he likes sharing his suggestions with others or simply likes unleashing an ugly critic within… but we allow him to write about music on The Void.

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