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The worst cover version in the world…..ever

There is nothing which can ruin a perfect day more than a dog-awful cover version. And because one perfect morning on OTR’s recent holiday was ruined by such a travesty, I’m now going to inflict it on you. Don’t get …

Tue, Oct 20, 2009, 14:49

   

There is nothing which can ruin a perfect day more than a dog-awful cover version. And because one perfect morning on OTR’s recent holiday was ruined by such a travesty, I’m now going to inflict it on you.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some very, very fine covers out there. This blog post rounded up readers’ favourites a while ago and I’m really digging “SONOSings”, an album of very strange and spooked covers by Los Angeles-based choral group Sonos. You will never look at “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 in the same way again.

While the list of unpleasant cover versions is a lengthy and ever-growing one, there is just one song atop that list for me right now. Those of you who have not heard The Corrs (with the help of Bono) butchering Ryan Adams“When The Stars Go Blue” should count their lucky stars. It’s the sound of a bunch of gormless idiots without a care in the world making a complete and utter hash of someone else’s song. It really should be a crime.

Please feel free to add to the list.