Cover vs. Original

Days


The Kinks has always been hard to cover. The songs by Ray Davies, and The Kinks performances are very personal, not to say odd. Artists who have tried have seldom been successful. However Kirsty MacColl did a magnificent and charming cover of "Days" back in 1989. Though I am a hardcore Kinks-follower since 64, my vote this time goes to Kirsty!

- Jonas Lindblad, Stockholm, Sweden, 09.10.2005


Kirsty MacColl
1989

vs.

The Kinks
1968

CD-Cover: Kirsty MacColl - Galore: Best Of Kirsty 48.5 % 51.5 % CD-Cover: The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Socie
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Kirsty MacColl 600 Votes The Kinks

Further information about song and bands:

Gusworld: Kirsty MacColl Galore A tribute page to Kirsty MacColl. Album reviews, biography and some articles about Kristy. More information you can find at the official site.
Kinks
Fansite
Interesting report of a Kinks fan, how The Kinks accompanied him during his life. In addition photos of Kinks related places in London are presented.

Comments about Days:

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MacColl's got a beautiful voice, no question, but her cover doesn't capture the melancholy of the original. Elvis Costello's cover comes closer to equaling the original, and possibly surpassing it.
- Keith Ammann, Cambridge, MA, United States, 09.03.2008
Has to be possibly the best cover version ever...Kirsty blows the original away by some kit.
xxxx you forever Kirsty.xxxxx Badly, badly missed.
- delah, Dublinia, Ireland, 28.12.2007
Has to be possibly the best cover version ever...Kirsty blows the original away by some kit.
xxxx you forever Kirsty.xxxxx Badly, badly missed.
- delah, Dublinia, Ireland, 28.12.2007
Has to be possibly the best cover version ever...Kirsty blows the original away by some kit.
xxxx you forever Kirsty.xxxxx Badly, badly missed.
- delah, Dublinia, Ireland, 28.12.2007
You cannot be serious!!!!!! NO ONE is ever going to top The KINKS song "DAYS". The Kinks did it perfectly...why tamper with perfection?
- Suzie Shields, Plainfield, United States, 12.03.2007
Ray Davies' was sublime Kirsty's divine. Kirsty wins by a margin that should be impossible given how good the original was
- George, Washington, United States, 11.03.2007
Have to agree with my namesake. The Kinks version is great, any band, any singer would be rightly proud of it, and Kirsty MacColl makes them sound like a goose farting accompanied by a foghorn
- Terry, Dublin, Ireland, 02.12.2006
Its hard for me to seperate the two versions as both mean so much to me, My father died on the 9th December 2000 just a few days before Kirsty and i was listening to both the Kinks and Kirsty versions of "Days" to get me through, The day of my Dads funeral we got home and i wanted some peace and time to be alone i went upstairs and put the teletext on at that time i found out Kirsty had been killed a very empty day, Kirsty was born in the same hospital that my dad passed away in and her obituary appeared on the same page in the local paper as my dads. Later on the year later i went with a friend to see Ray Davies play at the fairfield Halls in croydon, When Ray played Days he dedicated it to Kirsty and was looking almost straight at me, I had tears in my eyes thinking of my Dad, Kirsty and how the song has become part of my life.
- Martin Stitchener, Croydon, England, 13.11.2006
Its hard for me to seperate the two versions as both mean so much to me, My father died on the 9th December 2000 just a few days before Kirsty and i was listening to both the Kinks and Kirsty versions of "Days" to get me through, The day of my Dads funeral we got home and i wanted some peace and time to be alone i went upstairs and put the teletext on at that time i found out Kirsty had been killed a very empty day, Kirsty was born in the same hospital that my dad passed away in and her obituary appeared on the same page in the local paper as my dads. Later on the year later i went with a friend to see Ray Davies play at the fairfield Halls in croydon, When Ray played Days he dedicated it to Kirsty and was looking almost straight at me, I had tears in my eyes thinking of my Dad, Kirsty and how the song has become part of my life.
- Martin Stitchener, Croydon, England, 13.11.2006
Days was a brilliant song when The Kinks recorded it and I always thought Ray's was the unmatchable version. I was right Kirsty didn't match it, she blew it away
- George, Washington, United States, 27.02.2006
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