Cover vs. Original

Because the Night


When paying tribute to woman (no, a punk goddess) who spent much of her career fighting censorship and especially radio censorship, what kind of an idiot changes the lyrics of her most popular tune in an attempt to "de-sexify" them and get more commercial exposure? Natalie Merchant and the boys made a noble attempt at this song during their unplugged but by changing or muttering certain lines to make the highly sexual song more friendly for the top 40's chart, I think the whole band deserves to lie in a gutter and rot for the rest of their careers. Plus, Lenny Kaye's guitat solo in the original just makes your spine tingle with angst. Long live Patti the Punk Priestess!

- Kevkov, Moscow, Russia, 22.10.2005


10,000 Maniacs
1993

vs.

Patti Smith
1978

CD-Cover: 10,000 Maniacs - Mtv Unplugged [LIVE] 31.1 % 68.9 % CD-Cover: Patti Smith - Easter [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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10,000 Maniacs 1512 Votes Patti Smith

Comments about Because the Night:

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Well its 2010 now and Bruce has just released a bunch of previously un-released material from his Darkness sessions. As it turns out he DID record Because the Night. All 3 versions are actually pretty darn good in their own right and I HATE remakes.
- Fred, Cleveland, United States, 10.11.2010
All I know is when this song first came out in 78, I was addicted to it. I remember Patti Smith being the singer and loved her style and passion in singing this song. I don't care who wrote it or sang it after or before her, all I can say is she owns it; in my ears anyway!
- Gina, West Kingston, United States, 02.05.2009
Sorry, you're wrong - Springsteen wrote ALL the music and MOST of the lyrics, Patti added a few lines in the lyrics to suit her style but her input was minimal. Springsteen's live version on his Live 75-85 album set is really untouchable by any artist.
- Carl, New York, United States, 19.08.2008
Sorry, you're wrong - Springsteen wrote ALL the music and MOST of the lyrics, Patti added a few lines in the lyrics to suit her style but her input was minimal. Springsteen's live version on his Live 75-85 album set is really untouchable by any artist.
- Carl, New York, United States, 19.08.2008
Just some facts. As quite a few here have noted, Patti Smith co-wrote "Because The Night" and recorded it first. It was in fact a minor hit for Patti and her mainstream radio breakthrough. ¿Sabe ustedes? Patti està primero, not the Boss

Springsteen did not, I repeat: NOT write the song by himself. He did not record it first. He did not have a hit with it. And so forth.

As for Natalie Merchant; she moves me not in the slightest except mild annoyance. Sorry, I just don't get her appeal.

I bet she's a nice person though, and she probably makes a really tasty toll house cookie or something like that.

I will say this for Ms Merchant: her version of Sympathy For The Devil ought to be on this site because it is quite probably (though certainly unintentionally) the funniest frickin cover song ever recorded. By anyone. Ever.

Just thinking about Natalie Merchant using that earnest, monochromatic, eternal college sophomore voice of hers to sell herself as Beelzebub, Lord of the Damned gets me chucklin' every time.
- Mucho Moss, San Narcisco, United States, 15.05.2008
Come on, Patti is the Queen of Rock 'n Roll. She wins.
- Jacob, Mobile, United States, 30.04.2008
I remember first hearing this sing in 93' and I was moved as a rule, I like all many types of music but I am passionate about only classical and artistic stuff. This song has excellent musical and vocal. Patti Smith is fair, but refraining from comparison as far as this song goes its worlds ' advanced ' over hers. The wonderful; Cello's, fiddles, and viola's ( as music lovers know this stuff, I don't too well ), you don't have in Patti's version and Merchant's voice is more suited to the song.



- Peter, Sharon, United States, 09.03.2008
Sorry Rob, But Springsteen wrote a skeleton of a song and couldn't get it to fit his album, so he had his producer offer it to Patti, who was recording in the studio next to his. His was originally a latin feel with a mascaline touch. Patti rewrote it more femanine ("under your command" for instance). Bruce nevr did a studio version. His first recording of it was on the live album released in the 80's. I do love his many varied live versions...but Patti is the shit. That chicks imaginary balls are bigger than most guys have......C'mon, she even sings Gloria!
- Jody, Norwich, United States, 15.12.2007
Sorry Rob, But Springsteen wrote a skeleton of a song and couldn't get it to fit his album, so he had his producer offer it to Patti, who was recording in the studio next to his. His was originally a latin feel with a mascaline touch. Patti rewrote it more femanine ("under your command" for instance). Bruce nevr did a studio version. His first recording of it was on the live album released in the 80's. I do love his many varied live versions...but Patti is the shit. That chicks imaginary balls are bigger than most guys have......C'mon, she even sings Gloria!
- Jody, Norwich, United States, 15.12.2007
Brice Springsteen is the original. NOT Patti Smith. Don't even go there w/ 10K Maniacs. Patti Smith is good, but no one does it like Springsteen.
- Rob, Urbana, United States, 11.09.2007
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