It’s rare to come across new music or new genres, and it’s pretty common to find people doing all sorts of covers. I wonder if your choice of versions is dependent on which version you hear first?
For example, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Marc Bolan’s Telegram Sam are both cracking tunes, but I prefer the versions Bauhaus did – I heard theirs first. Much as I like The Bangles’ Hazy Shade of Winter and The Lemonheads’ version of Mrs Robinson, I don’t think either hold a candle to Simon and Garfunkel’s originals. Likewise, Dr & The Medics’ version of Spirit in the Sky was good but not quite up there with Norman Greenbaum’s original.
I think I’ve convinced myself: my favourite versions seem to always be the ones I hear first, whether they are the originals or not. What about you?
Just as a side note (pardon the pun), I’ve talked in the past about how music can affect your mood and thought I’d share this item from a fellow blogger: Music Makes Me Happy. I do like the version of the song played, but probably prefer the original!