Cover vs. Original

Give a Little Bit


The Goo Goo Dolls haven't really managed to convince me with their cover version of "Give a Little Bit". First this song was only published on their live album "Live in Buffalo", but now they also released a single version. The song remains a nice and easy song - but nothing more. The Goo Goo Dolls should better keep on writing their own songs. With their former album "Dizzy up the Girl" they prooved that they can create really good music.
For Supertramp "Give a Little Bit" was in 1977 the first Top 20 - Hit in the US. However Supertramp bass player Roger Hodgson wrote this song much earlier as a teenager "when writing simple songs was very easy because I didn't over-think them", he once said. And that's true: "Give a Little Bit" is a simple and easy song - a perfect combination to have success in pop business.
My vote goes to Supertramp for this timeless original.

- Michael Müller, Hamburg, Deutschland, 02.11.2005


Goo Goo Dolls
2004

vs.

Supertramp
1977

CD-Cover: Goo Goo Dolls - Give a Little Bit 32.8 % 67.2 % CD-Cover: Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moments
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Goo Goo Dolls 1062 Votes Supertramp

Comments about Give a Little Bit:

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The Supertramp original of this song is so brilliant you just can't beat it, though The Goo Goo Dolls do a great version.

Goo Goo Dolls actually have some great cover songs on their early albums (pre-Superstar Car Wash). Their cover of "Down On The Corner" on the album JED is absolutely BRILLIANT! They also have a cover of the Stones' "Bitch" on some 80s compilation that I have but can't remember the title of right now.
- ScottytheMenace, Austin, TX, United States, 04.10.2006
The Supertramp original of this song is so brilliant you just can't beat it, though The Goo Goo Dolls do a great version.

Goo Goo Dolls actually have some great cover songs on their early albums (pre-Superstar Car Wash). Their cover of "Down On The Corner" on the album JED is absolutely BRILLIANT! They also have a cover of the Stones' "Bitch" on some 80s compilation that I have but can't remember the title of right now.
- ScottytheMenace, Austin, TX, United States, 04.10.2006
Hamburg Michael makes some good points, but the energy and inflection in the Goo Goo Dolls version gets my vote!
- Anu Sood, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States, 21.09.2006
Great tune. Anyone heard Scooter's ("hardcore techno") version of The Logical Song?
- D-Man, Here, England, 20.03.2006
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