Cover vs. Original

Mad World


All I know of Michael Andrews is this hauntingly minimal cover of a great Tears for Fears song that appeared in one of my favorite films, Donnie Darko. I still love the original, but the cover is dark and creepy like the movie so I prefer it these days.

- Deana, Boston, United States, 18.01.2006


Michael Andrews
2002

vs.

Tears for Fears
1983

CD-Cover: Michael Andrews - Donnie Darko - Original Soundtrack & Score 59.7 % 40.3 % CD-Cover: Tears for Fears - The Hurting
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Michael Andrews 1668 Votes Tears for Fears

Comments about Mad World:

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I don't really know... Both songs are good in their own ways. I heard the Gary Jules version before I heard the Tears for Fears original. The Tears for Fears version sounds really different but I like both of them. Two interesting variations... :)
- Drew, Aledo, United States, 02.12.2007
THE GOD DAMN SONG WAS SUNG BY GARY JULES NOT MICHAEL ANDREWS U STUPID FUCKS
- KEVIN, A T L, United States, 21.02.2007
THE GOD DAMN SONG WAS SUNG BY GARY JULES NOT MICHAEL ANDREWS U STUPID FUCKS
- KEVIN, A T L, United States, 21.02.2007
I prefer the Gary Jules cover myself. The song is just relaxing yet almost haunting, it also fits Donnie Darko perfectly :)
- Sara, Ottawa, Canada, 12.12.2006
Gary Jules
- Bulbous, TB, Canada, 08.09.2006
the new version sounds far better and fits the mood of donnie darko perfectly.
- sam, london, England, 06.09.2006
yeaaah Gary Jules
- Kika, Geneva, Switzerland, 22.08.2006
tears for fears does get its due credit in donnie darko: "with one foot stuck in the past, just how long will it last"
although I totally agree with the aforementioned tears for fears song in Donnie Darko, I find the new mad world remake by Andrews and Jules completely fitting for the dark homage portrayed in DD.. therefore the new gets the vote!
- DD_Fan, WPG, Canada, 16.07.2006
Michael Andrews cover of this classic song is as most covers are poor. Slowing down a song of this calibre makes it sound dreadfull, very poor cover indeed.
- Al, Merseyside, England, 08.06.2006
Michael Andrews plays the piano for this track and Gary Jules is the vocalist. Their version is the better one, by far!
- jamesy, Sydney, Australia, 08.06.2006
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