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 60 % 40 % CD-Cover: Tears for Fears - The Hurting
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Michael Andrews 1644 Votes Tears for Fears

Comments about Mad World:

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Honestly, I prefer the Tears for Fears version (though I heard the cover first). I appreciate the ballad approach Jules takes, and it's a great cover, but the subject matter is more suitable for something manic.
- Paul, London, England, 15.02.2011
I had been a fan of the original Tears for Fears, for many years, before I heard the cover by Michael Andrews with Gary Jules. They both stand together and in somewas compliment each other. I do have to say, even though like both versions, i find the cover, full of emotion, and so this version, gets my knod.

Even Roland Orzabal, from Tears For fears, has said that he thought that the cover was better than their original version.
- Pete!!!!, Kyneton, Australia, 25.09.2010
Wow, there's some angry people here... Just to clear things up for anyone confused, Michael Andrews was the composer of the Donnie Darko soundtrack - the movie was the reason for the cover being written and performed. On the film soundtrack, Andrews played the piano, and recruited his friend Gary Jules to do the vocals. Gary Jules later released the song as a single, so now everyone is accustomed to hearing his name attached to it. If you don't believe me, look it up.

Anyway, both versions have merit, but the Donnie Darko version has the corner on emotional intensity, almost to the point of making your skin crawl. It wins. Sorry to all the angry people.
- Michael, Traverse City, United States, 14.03.2008
Hope, you're a fucking cunt and I hope you die.
- Lottie, Amen Corner, England, 07.03.2008
Hope, you're a fucking cunt and I hope you die.
- Lottie, Amen Corner, England, 07.03.2008
You're all wrong of course. Gary Jules, or whatever that cunt's name is, has tried to make it oh so poignant , so haunting , so sob sob sob, TfF managed to do it without any of this contrived pathos - the song is about alienation for fuck's sake. Who needs grand piano when you can have cold, dark, inhumane 80s Casio stabs?
- Eddy, Battersea, England, 07.03.2008
It's Gary Jules who does the cover, not Tears for Fears.
Honestly, I hate the Tears for Fears version. Gary Jules transforms it into this amazingly fragile, beautiful lament.

I have to say, though, the Red Paintings' version (they're an experimental art rock band from Australia) is incredible. Utter bliss.
- Hope, Chicago, United States, 24.01.2008
I don't know why that comment is posted twice.... o_0
- Drew, Aledo, United States, 02.12.2007
I don't know why that comment is posted twice.... o_0
- Drew, Aledo, United States, 02.12.2007
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
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