Cover vs. Original

Message in a Bottle


One of the best cover songs ever.

- Peter, Nürnberg, Deutschland, 20.04.2007


Machine Head
1999

vs.

The Police
1993

CD-Cover: Machine Head - The Burning Red 45.5 % 54.5 % CD-Cover: The Police - Greatest Hits
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Machine Head 650 Votes The Police

Comments about Message in a Bottle:

The Police did amazing on that song and a remake couldnt compare. Its a tough song to copy with the exact amount of feeling and pitchs without messing it up. Machine Head didnt do it for me.
- Richard, Texas, United States, 16.08.2010
great track, prefer the machine head version as Rob Flynn rules. but the police wrote it. i agree with ben in birmingham
- pezza, exeter, England, 18.05.2010
Machine Head are awesome but seriously, this is not a good cover.
I thought 'what are they doing?'. It doesn't really convey the sentiment or emotion of the original, and whilst I love Rob Flynn's hardcore voice, it doesn't fit the song.

Machine Head are metal, and Message isn't. It's a hard one to pull off and they haven't.

I'll go and listen to Davidian now to recover.
- Bensbury, Tokyo, Japan, 02.10.2009
Machine Head, sting & rob flynn,they're great musician, i love both of them
- Narcious Aditama, Makassar, Indonesia, 08.09.2008
Please, Machine Head's is average at best. The Police song is an enduring classic and will be for years to come. Besides, it's the original.
- Rob, Brighton, England, 30.03.2008
Please, Machine Head's is average at best. The Police song is an enduring classic and will be for years to come. Besides, it's the original.
- Rob, Brighton, England, 30.03.2008
The Machine Head version is brilliant, I like the Police but they can't compare.
- Wardy, Colchester, England, 31.01.2008
The original is better, but Machine Head does a nice job.
- rekounas, Saint John, Canada, 17.12.2007
machine head rob flynn's voice just owns plus i prefer metal to reggae
- ben, birmingham, England, 27.11.2007
Machine Head, i heard the police version to much, and rob flynnn has a great voice
- Jim, Naaldwijk, Netherlands, 06.06.2007
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