Cover vs. Original

Hurt


One of the best cover versions i know

- ScottyTM, Bonn, Deutschland, 30.10.2005


Johnny Cash
2002

vs.

Nine Inch Nails
1995

CD-Cover: Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around 62.8 % 37.2 % CD-Cover: Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Johnny Cash 9943 Votes Nine Inch Nails

Comments about Hurt:

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there is absolutely no contest. i came to johnny late in life and cannot believe how much i missed. he was and will remain the best. i have seen everyone from dylan to weird al. a sadness will remain that i never got to see the great j r cash.
- linda, daytona beach, United States, 19.11.2009
Cash's version is better, in my opinion. While Reznor did write it, and I am sure that it meant a lot to him, I didn't hear nearly the same amount of emotion as what Cash put in. Cash saw a reflection of his life in that song, not just about his drug addiction. I haven't seen the video yet, but his voice makes me realize how human he was, while the NIN version seems to be missing something and has an annoying "buzz" sound in the background. And I heard the NIN version before I even knew about Cash's!
- Amanda, OKC, United States, 04.11.2009
I like Cash' version much better. You can tell he really feels it when he sings the lyrics and the video was very moving too. Of course, I never liked NIN.
- Wes, Greensboro, United States, 28.10.2009
Anyone who says that Johnny Cash was just singing the song and gave it no meaning knows NOTHING about Cash. He was an alcoholic and drug addict for years, before Reznor was born. Cash's addictions destroyed his first marriage, and nearly destroyed his career. Trent Reznor himself has said that he loves Johnny's version. It's aching and painful, like someone who OD'd speaking from the grave. Not to mention, Cash's career spanned 50 years- he was a groundbreaking artist. Reznor's not quite there yet.
- Miranda, San Francisco, United States, 03.07.2009
NIN version is obviously better. the real talent dosent come from performing a song like this, its in the writing of the music itself, Cash wasn't feeling the emotion trent razor was when he wrote and sang these lyrics. razors almost whispering voice in the verse with the off notes in the melody is extremely haunting, therefore he was obviously in a dark place in life when he wrote this, and the build up of anger in his voice and the pounding percusion during the chorus is epic. i love johnny cash, but in this instance, he was just an old guy singing someone elses song.
- mark, Newcastle, England, 19.06.2009
they are both very powerful songs. NIN's version live portrays this very well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjwgYvzQWS4. yes, the album version isn't great though.
- _, _, United States, 17.05.2009
I can't even really call the original NIN song, music. cause it sounds like nothing pretty much I definently think that the Cash version is better and when played side by side it's no contest NIN may have made the song but Cash gave it meaning.
- Nick, Boswell , United States, 16.05.2009
I can't even really call the original NIN song, music. cause it sounds like nothing pretty much I definently think that the Cash version is better and when played side by side it's no contest NIN may have made the song but Cash gave it meaning.
- Nick, Boswell , United States, 16.05.2009
dylan if you can do better that do it until then keep those lips closed as Im sure you have never written a song much less sung in front of anyone.
- Butch, Austin Tx, United States, 29.04.2009
Cash put meaning into the song. Cash wins.
- Melissa, Auburn, United States, 01.04.2009
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