032815;The Urban Tracker (In Manila) :Top 10 Remakes by Rock Groups in 1990’s

90's remake rock artists
 atalie Imbruglia's Torn (orig by Ednaswap) and Whitney Houston's Step By Step (orig by Annie Lennox) were in fact covers. 

The 90's climax of alternative and rock invasion were not far behind and here are the 10 revivals (better yet rock version) of that decade with thumbs-up approvals.

Note: Selection based on worldwide appeal via musicvfcom, chart performance in the Philippine soil and lasting impact and recall of the song from release to current listenership.

10. The Man Who Sold The World – Nirvana, 1995
 Original:  David Bowie, 1970

When this song was dished out as part of repertoire for MTV Unplugged featuring Nirvana in 1995 posthomous Kurt Cobains death the song sounded like his parting words who should have been 48 this year and showed Cobain’s vulnerabilities with same propensity as All Apologies. Many remembered exactly the moment how Cobain delivered it in a subtle and poignant manner that didn't matter that it's actually a cover of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World from the album of the same title.



9. I Will Survive Cake, 1997
      Original: Gloria Gaynor, 1978

This song really did survive late 1990's and filtered thru the airwaves amid the dominance of boybands and girl groups. It blew us up with the unique voice popping attack of Cake’s frontman John McCrea, that it was a welcome shift for listenership to tag it  a hot pick. And in the end, it came out as a surprise hit for the band with a queer name Cake.



8. Jealous Guy – Collective Soul, 1996
      Original: John Lennon, 1971

Who would have least thought that Collective Soul's  Ed Roland chose this  John Lennon for a revival piece and clinched pop impression? This song came out just few months after Beatles released a retro album in 1995 just in time but it was a success effort of Collective Soul’s equally heart-rending and exacting interpretation that validated it as another rock-friendly piece.



7. Top Of The World – Shonen Knife, 1994
       Original:  The Carpenters, 1973

This song is a case of redundancy of melody so hypnotic that when this song came out in radio lifted from the tribute album “If I Were The Carpenter” in 1994. It gained request, following, more airplay for its feel-good effect. This is by far the best rock rendition in contrast to The Carpenters’ dreamy and sappy version covered  by a Japanese rock group who also also gave us Banana Chips known with that signature repetition.



6. Because The Night – 10,000 Maniacs, 1993
       Original: Patti Smith, 1978

A tribute to one of forerunners of 70’s rock feminism Patti Smith became 10,000 Maniacs ticket to score a hit in 1994 before the band disbanded and Natalie Merchant reemerged solo in an album the following year. Natalie’s distinctive vocals infused the song with more drama and that piano counterpart imbued the song with a stirring but suave result.



5. Easy  – Faith No More, 1993
      Original: The Commodores, 1977

Faith No More didn’t lose faith in banging out loud, they just made things a little tempered, toned down  and tamed. Easy was an original 70’s The Commodores R & B Classic, a feel-good masterpiece. What Faith No More accomplished in that hit was restraint that after all rock bands does not have to amplify a tempo to produce a flavorful remake.



4. Cats In the Cradle - Ugly Kid Joe, 1992
      Original: Harry Chapin, 1974

Sometimes, it takes storytelling and lyric imaging to convey the song's sublime message at its best and this is what happened when California-based Ugly Kid Joe rerecorded a version of 1974 #1 song by Harry Chapin. The song is a narrative of a father's constant refusal of his son's plea and fired back when his son grew up to become like him. Ugly Kid Joe incredibly nailed those metaphor lines and symbollisms as effective as original as it sailed in the Billboard top 10.



3. Since I Don't Have You – Guns N' Roses, 1994
       Original: The Skyliners, 1958

Since Guns N' Roses have the bouncy Axl Rose and that ear-popping guitarist Slash, even a classic can turn into a frenzy of a song. The attempt to glamorize the original by The Skyliners became one of Guns N; Roses heady song with Axl Rose just-can’t-get-out-of-our-banded-head. voice lingering.



2. There She Goes – Sixpence None The Richer, 1999
       Original:  The Las, 1990

After a big summer success with Kiss MeSixpence None The Richer followed it up with another surefire hit with There She Goes, an original by The Las  that became a UK chart hit by 1990 two years after its first release. The song contains a repeated chorus and a bridge with few lyrics. Unfortunately. the song tackles the use of heroin but yet it finished off with an endearing vibe thanks to the childlike voice of Leigh Nash that blended too well with its rock rhythm.



1. Bizarre Love Triangle Frente!, 1994
      Original; New Order, 1988

Angie Hart’s very subdued, innocent and angelic rendition with only a guitar accompaniment became the shortest song to be charted in history and the raw simplicity of the song weaved a sort of magic and irresistible charm a far cry from a disco electronic original dance version by fellow Australian New Order in 1988. Thus that redress by Frente! was deserving the decades bow as the most awesome top remake of the 90s.

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