Covers Which Might Have Just Been Better Than The Originals (Part 2)

1. “JUMP INTO THE FIRE” (LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, 2005).

Written by Harry Nilsson (commonly stylised as Nilsson) and featuring on his 1971 album entitled Nilsson Schmilsson, “Jump into the Fire” is a hard-rock song which departed considerably from his previous work. Laden with the early-1970s sound of aggressive drums and catchy guitar riffs, similar to that of The Rolling Stones, the song allowed Nilsson to demonstrate his full vocal range.

It was in 2005 that James Murphy’s brainchild LCD Soundsystem, having performed the song as an encore on many occasions, recorded their dance rendition while at a BBC Radio One Live Session.

2. “POLICE AND THIEVES” (THE CLASH, 1977).

“Police and Thieves” is a reggae song which was written by Jamaican artist Junior Murvin and Lee “Scratch” Perry and became the title track of Murvin’s 1977 album. The song was somewhat of an anthem when the Notting Hill Carnival descended into a riot in 1976, and featured notably in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film entitled Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

In the same year, 1977, British punk band The Clash recorded the song for their self-titled debut album, an album which is widely considered one of the greatest punk albums of all time. Though Perry believed that The Clash had “ruined” the song, he agreed to work with the band on future projects.

3. “TURN! TURN! TURN!” (THE BYRDS, 1965).

“Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” is a song which was written by American folk singer Pete Seeger in the 1950s and featured on his 1962 album The Bitter and the Sweet. Except for a mere two lines in the song, the lyrics derived verbatim from the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes.

It was in 1965 that The Byrds released “Turn! Turn! Turn!” on their album of the same name. Given that the Book of Ecclesiastes was written between the 3rd and 10th centuries BC, the song, which peaked at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, is considered the pop song with the oldest lyrics.

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