Cover vs. Original

Let's Dance


Granted this was the start of the slippery slope that was David Bowie's output of the 80's until the 90's (and even most of that decade was spotty with moments of pure Bowie, and bad mistep's. I am choosing the cover merely for the fact that I have listened to the other version a thousand times. It is one of the stand out tracks on an otherwise average DB album. I guess if you like Stevie Ray Vaughn, than the Bowie version is better. I'm choosing the cover because it exhibits the one of the two rules cover versions should follow; Sound just like the original, or re-work song into your own version (a'la Hendrix's "Watchtower").

- Tyler, Atlanta, United States, 02.04.2006


M. Ward
2003

vs.

David Bowie
1983

CD-Cover: M. Ward - Transfiguration of Vincent 25.8 % 74.2 % CD-Cover: David Bowie - Let's Dance
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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M. Ward 1061 Votes David Bowie

Comments about Let's Dance:

The original is far superior. The soaring instrumentals alone are sufficient, but Bowie's vocals are also much more powerful. M. Ward's version is beautiful, and sublime, but it can't beat the drive behind the original.
- David, Holland, United States, 26.01.2011
As much as I love Bowie I definitley say the M. Ward cover is the best. He puts more meaning into the song, and he didn't even write it.
I also agree with Salvar, a cover just isn't a cover if you don't change it a bit. If he had made it sound exactly like the original it would've been boring.
- P., Edmonton, Canada, 20.10.2008
Bowie all the way.
Sorry, but the cover (like most covers) just doesn't do it for me.
The original is upbeat and more fitting of the lyrics and title 'Let's Dance'; I'd never be persuaded to dance or care very much about some melancholy singer with laryngitis-toned vocals.
Sorry; go Bowie.
- Nanao-chan, Denver, United States, 20.08.2008
if you voted for the original it is likely a knee-jerk reaction in support of Bowie. M. Ward take a throw-away song and makes it into a work of art.
- Mr T, Samoa, United States, 11.06.2008
I don't know the cover version, but by the looks of his album cover it appears as though the man at least had an idea of what he wanted to do, while the original is basically pointless (beyond adding some $$$ to Dame Bowie's bank account). I'm afraid it's one of the nadir's of the otherwise rather brilliant career of The Man Who Sold The World.

Let's Dance is sort of the aural equivalent of parachute pants... It was a bad idea back in the 80's and it's still a bad idea today.

In fact, this is sort of an opportunity for Bowie and if he knows what's good for him he'll just let this M Ward guy have the song. Just call him up and say: "It's yours now, mate. Take it and do as thou wilt! I wash my hands of that silly mess".
- Mucho Moss, San Narcisco, United States, 14.05.2008
The most annoying David Bowie song ever (and I like Bowie) - M. Ward owns this song
- Shrinertim, Omaha, United States, 09.03.2008
M. Ward owns the cover. It's unique and personable. Bowie's original could sound like a million other songs, and be dismissed as such. M. Ward brings the song to a new level.
- Lisa, New York, New York, United States, 09.01.2008
Covers that sound just like the original are pointless. You've got to do your own thing with it to show that you actually have talent.
- Salvar, Arcata, United States, 02.04.2007
i won't disagree with the previous comment altogether, but that fact, in itself, doesn't really speak to the question posed. that aside, m. ward's version is spectacular while bowie's is simply a good song representative of a crappy musical era.
- thumphreys, chicago, United States, 25.03.2007
Because the original introduced the world to the greatest blues guitarist ever, it wins hands down.
- Marc, Philadelphia, United States, 22.11.2006
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