I love a good cover song. In fact, I’d argue that many of my favorites are better than the originals. This month’s playlist features several of those.

A few points of interest in this compilation… “Black Betty” was originally a folk song recorded in the 1930s, long before Ram Jam made it a rock ‘n’ roll hit in 1977. (The 2004 cover by Spiderbait I included is really fun.) The iconic “Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go” by Soft Cell is a sort of double cover of “Tainted Love” by Gloria Jones and “Where Did Our Love Go?” by The Supremes, both originally recorded in 1964. And Madonna’s “Ray of Light” is basically a cover with add-ons and omissions of Curtiss Maldoon’s 1971 song “Sepheryn.”

As always, enjoy these in any order you like.

The playlist…

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  1. If you haven’t already discovered it, you must listen to Annie Lennox’s gorgeous Medusa album. Nothing but covers. Love your blog!

  2. Con Bon

    Other groovy covers you migh want to vet for future:
    Psycholdelic Furs cover of How Soon is Now
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Born to Run
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Ferry Cross the Mersey
    Feargal Sharkey – It’s All Over Now (used to love her)
    Boy George – Everything I Own

    Cheers Jorge

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