Cover vs. Original

Smooth Criminal


Thanks for this proposal, Tom. I have to admit, when I first read the name of the song, I didn't know which song it is. But then I started listening to it and I recognized it of course. But that the version by Alien Ant Farm is only a cover version and that Michael Jackson wrote the original, I haven't known so far. But you live and learn.
However, I like this song. But I'm not a big fan of Michael Jackson. So my vote goes to Alien Ant Farm.

Alien Ant Farm
2001

vs.

Michael Jackson
1987

CD-Cover: Alien Ant Farm - Anthology 50.1 % 49.9 % CD-Cover: Michael Jackson - Bad
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Alien Ant Farm 8639 Votes Michael Jackson

Comments about Smooth Criminal:

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dude michael jackson is tha bomb! stay narly and keep it up MJ!
- BILL, midlothian, Iceland, 3-.-0.2006
This is an excellent example of how a music video can be very important to the success fo a band or record. No one had heard of Alien Ant Farm until this video went into heavy rotation on MTV, and the entire video was based around parody of Michael Jackson and his own version of the song. The entire cover version is little more than satire; musically it is not innovative or interesting at all. That doesn't mean I don't like it, it just means that when it comes to sheer quality, Michael wins hands down for writing and performing the original track.
- James, Brooklyn, United States, 1-.-1.2005
As I have proposed this comparison, it's only right I comment on my vote :-)
I like both versions, but the Michael Jackson version is a little better in my opinion. I'm not a big Michael Jackson fan myself, but I must admit, he had some really good songs in the 80's.
"Smooth Criminal" has a typical Jackson touch which is hard to copy.
- Tom, Landshut, Germany, 7-.-0.2005
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