Five on Friday Set 123

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 by Travis Cody in

Y'all know what a cover tune is, right?  Some covers go disastrously wrong.  Some are every bit as good as the original.  A few even surpass the original.

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite cover tunes for Set 123.  You up for it?


I Can Hear Music is one of my all time favorite songs.  It was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector.  It was originally released to little fanfare in 1966 by The Ronettes.  I much prefer the 1969 cover by The Beach Boys, with the late Carl Wilson's pure lead vocal and the excellent a cappella harmony toward the end.  The performance is from 1996, and Carl died of cancer just two years later.

Somebody That I Used to Know has been all over the place this year.  The song was written by Wally deBecker and Luiz Bonfa, released in 2011 by Gotye and featuring Kimbra.  The song made no impression on me the first time I heard it performed by Gotye.  Since then, I've heard it performed by so many different artists, that I've decided I like it.  This cover is by Pentatonix, and is my favorite version of the tune.

Mad World is a song written by Roland Orzabal, originally released by Tears for Fears in 1982.  I thought it was a great pop song at the time.  Then I heard the cover by Gary Jules, and I thought it was a haunting commentary on society.  Then I heard Adam Lambert cover the Gary Jules cover, and that became my favorite version of the tune.

With a Little Help from My Friends is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, originally released by The Beatles in 1967.  Of course it's a fantastic song featuring Ringo on vocals.  Equally fantastic is Joe Cocker's soulful cover.

I think it's safe to say that Over the Rainbow, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by EY Harburg, has been covered about a bazillion times.  There have been very few covers that I haven't liked.  It all started in 1939 with Judy Garland's signature rendition in Wizard of Oz.  The cover I have for you today is from the late Eva Cassidy, recorded in 1992.

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  1. How about when an artist does his own cover... for instance I never much cared for Eric Clapton, the early years. Totally LOVE him now... Unplugged is probably one of my most often played CDs.

    Happy Friday, Trav!

  1. Linda says:

    None of these went drastically wrong at all! I have always loved Somebody That I Used to Know and still do after this version too - great job!

  1. Beautiful version of Mad World plus Beach Boys and Beatles once removed. Great set this week.

  1. "Trav's Thoughts" has been included in the Sites To See for this week. I hope this helps to attract many new visitors to here.


    I am back in this week, but mine has moved to - trying to post there more and build more traffic...

    Have a safe, happy Memorial Day Weekend...Thank you to those who serve

  1. Joe Cocker, Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

  1. if I had to pick just on it would be Joe Cocker,thanks for sharing this great set. Happy memorial Day weekend,MY THANKS TO THOSE THAT GAVE THEIR ALL(DIED for those that are not sure of the term gave their all.) FOR OUR COUNTRY.

  1. Joe Cocker, definitely my favorite this week.

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    Joe Cocker rocks! My fave is You Can Leave your Hat on :)
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend, Trav!

  1. TopChamp says:

    I'm enjoying the music. Some lovely covers.

    I too like Somebody that I Used to Know, which is fortunate as it is played all over the place and has been in our top 10 for a long time!

  1. Mags says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this-I really love the original Somebody That I Used to Know but this version is amazing. I'm going to download it now!