Cover vs. Original

Dead Souls


This is a tough one.
I personally adore the original for its very innovative guitar and Ian Curtis' inimicable voice. Plus. NIN couldn't exist without Joy Division's seminal influence.
On the other hand, this song's alternating rhythmic and crashing guitar parts seems made to be covered by NIN's frenetic sound.

- John Swayze, Webster, MA, United States, 22.02.2006


Nine Inch Nails
1994

vs.

Joy Division
1979

CD-Cover: Nine Inch Nails - The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 50 % 50 % CD-Cover: Joy Division - Substance
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Nine Inch Nails 1599 Votes Joy Division

Comments about Dead Souls:

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This one is tough, I voted Joy Division for a specific reason, and I'm really not much of a JD fan per se.
I love love LOVE Nine Inch Nails and their version ,hands down. BUT...I truly appreciate the rawness of Joy Division's version, and the true sound of suffering that goes with the song. Being a 1979 release, this song was WAY ahead of its time, so for artistry I have to hand it to Joy.
- Lisa, Grand Prairie, TX, United States, 06.12.2010
I have to admit that I like NIN's version more then Joy Division's. I mean don't get me wrong without Curtis this song may have never been written and you have to give credit where credit is due. However, after seeing The Crow and hearing NIN's playing in the background as Eric ran across the rooftops was just perfect. The song seems to have a harder edge to it and over all Trent is just amazing with the vocals. But again without Curtis this wonderful song wouldn't be debated like it is in here. So I give them both a thumb's up for one of the greatest tunes to ever grace my collection.
- Gabe, Latchford, Canada, 07.02.2009
Being severals into the audio-technic future NIN, of course, sounds a bit better from a production-values point-of-view. However, Joy Div's original much better captures the emotional nilhistic essence of the song. It's almost chilling the way Ian Curtis's vocals (e.g. "They keep calling me") with an almost insane edge forshadow his real-life demise before the song was even released.
- Dave, Houston, United States, 11.11.2008
Being severals into the audio-technic future NIN, of course, sounds a bit better from a production-values point-of-view. However, Joy Div's original much better captures the emotional nilhistic essence of the song. It's almost chilling the way Ian Curtis's vocals (e.g. "They keep calling me") with an almost insane edge forshadow his real-life demise before the song was even released.
- Dave, Houston, United States, 11.11.2008
Hardest Question I've ever come across. Both are equally good and judging by the results, (NIN 49.7% vs. Joy Division 50.2%) I am voting NIN purely because I think the two are equal in greatness so they should be 50% each. =)
- Russ, Bellingen, Australia, 08.09.2008
I think this is the best argument I have ever seen. I had to see what the results are, but I couldn't vote on it. I love the NIN cover, but Joy Division weren't about making the most appeasing sound. The original just had so much real rock and roll to it compared to the cover, but I honestly prefer to hear Trent's version. It has sincere power to it.
- Mat, Salt Lake, United States, 05.08.2008
You cannot possibly make any argument over this. NIN did a fantastic version of the song which sounds like one of their own and fits perfectly on The Crow soundtrack. Ian Curtis wrote the song and Joy Division played it with raw emotion with Ian Curtis' unimmitable vocals singing his own lyrics. It is a crackin' tune and both versions are equally valid.
- Matt Britton, Salisbury, England, 30.07.2008
Both versions are great and a resemblance of the times when they were released, but joy division has to win simply because of its more raw sound.
- susan, york, England, 16.06.2008
Joy Division's version, particularly the live, is the best, in my opinion. Though NIN's version sounds technically better and has more rage and punch, nothing compares to Curtis' delivery in both its sound and authenticity. Seek out a live version (the one on Les Bains Douches December 18th, 1979 is really great) and listen to the raw emotion of Curtis and the power of the band backing him...it's unable to top.
- Greg, Somwhere in Ohio, United States, 28.05.2008
Joy Division's version, particularly the live, is the best, in my opinion. Though NIN's version sounds technically better and has more rage and punch, nothing compares to Curtis' delivery in both its sound and authenticity. Seek out a live version (the one on Les Bains Douches December 18th, 1979 is really great) and listen to the raw emotion of Curtis and the power of the band backing him...it's unable to top.
- Greg, Somwhere in Ohio, United States, 28.05.2008
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