Cover vs. Original

You really got me


This time I have to admit that until quite recently I myself haven't known that 'You really got me' was not published by Van Halen as an original. Already in the sixties The Kinks produced this song. And also at that time it was anything else than a bad song and topped the UK-Charts.
Neverthelless I like Van Halens cover version better. They brought even more dynamic into this great song. So my vote goes to Van Halen.

Van Halen
1978

vs.

The Kinks
1964

CD-Cover: Van Halen - Van Halen 32.4 % 67.6 % CD-Cover: The Kinks - Ultimate Collection
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Van Halen 3128 Votes The Kinks

Further information about the bands:

Kinks Fan-Page Most comprehensive Fan-Page I could find.
Included is also a huge list of all Kinks Covers. Quite amazing, that so many artists covered songs by The Kinks.
Van Halen News News about Van Halen. So many Van Halen sites exist, but so many are not up-to-date. This one is updated regularly.

Comments about You really got me:

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Dave made it possible for Van Halen to excists along with everyone else who uses guitar distortion. I've never even caught a listen to the cover Van Halen did and I don't really need to... "God Save The KinKs".
- James, PERTH, Australia, 7-.-0.2005
Everybody knows that Jimmy Page played the solo on this. It's no secret. It's good, hell, why do you think it was covered by Van Halen?

VH's version smokes it though!
- i1sum2!, Cheyenne, United States, 7-.-0.2005
The Kinks version was revolutionary - there was nothing like it at the time. Dave Davies guitar solo and tone was brilliant, even if guitar purists call it sloppy and matuerish. Van Halen had to start someplace, so the Kinks were a good place. David Lee Roth is a buffoon and the Van Halen version has always been kinda stupid (like most of their music). Gotta hand it to them for making Ray Davies a lot money, though. God Save the Kinks!
- Bill, Austin, United States, 7-.-0.2005
THE KINKS EASILY...THERES NO COMPARING THE TWO VERSIONS OR THE TWO BANDS.THERES SO MUCH GREAT MUSIC COMPOSED BY RAY DAVIES THAT PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD.SADLY,HE'LL BE APPRECIATED MORE AFTER HES GONE. GOD SAVE THE KINKS AND DONALD DUCK!

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- Billy D, Ancaster, Canada, 7-.-0.2005
Eddie's a truly great flash-and-dazzle guitar player, but the Kinks' version of You Really Got Me was truly groundbreaking.

The Van Halen "swagger and leer" version just doesn't have the heart that the "kids from North London" version has. And Dave Davies cutting up the speaker cone on his amp was real innovation.

- Edgar Plymouth, Toledo, Ohio, United States, 7-.-0.2005
Before the Kinks recorded YRGM, NOTHING - including 'Louie Louie' - like it had ever been created before it. It really was just an artistic form of expressing themselves: four tough, social misfits coming out of an age; a country; a time when circumstances just happened to allow them to do so. And despite any pretentious garbage/"criticism" etc spewed forth by so-called critics, all you gotta do is just pop open a beer, sit back and turn up the volume baby! And that's THAT!


- John Q. Anonymous III, New York City, United States, 7-.-0.2005
No one will ever match the Kinks. The most original and independent band of all time, Ray's piano riff (basically fggfg), distorted on Dave's mutilated cone amp remains the most importat guitar sound or advancement or invention or whatever u want to call it since the invention of the solidbody electric guitar. They need to be recognized as the greatest band that ever lived, and they definitely kick Van Halen's ass, mush as i love eddy and david. but hell i play it alot, and sometimes i change it up. i think it's awesome that they covered it cuz it probably means they love the kinks too.

GOD SAVE THE KINKS (MY FUTURE TATTOO!)
- Becca Evans, Cambridge, MA, United States, 7-.-0.2005
The KINKS version is a CLASSIC, without that song as Ray has stated their would be no KINKS. Brother Dave engineered that vibrant feedback riff on his guitar that will alway's standout. The song is 41 years old and sounds better and better every time i hear it.
Joe Jordan U.S.A. Philadelphia, PA 7-28-05
- Joe Jordan, Philadelphia, United States, 7-.-0.2005
Written by the greatest songwriter in rock history.Riff played by the inventor of heavy metal.God save Ray & Dave Davies
- TerryHillier, hengoed, Wales, 7-.-0.2005
As much as I think Eddie Van Halen's a fine guitar player, you have to take this into account: the kind of recording technology that VH had,didn't exsist back in 1964. Besides, I like the slighty quirky, more individualist sound of the original. Love the simple piano tapping (you notice it more on the CD) in the background. Also unlike VH, Ray davies writes memorable songs that aren't solely built around a guitar solo. As much as I love exceptional guitar playing, it falls short when you can't write a solid, memorable song
that stands the test of time and doesn't embarrass you years later. Davies would , of course, go on to write even grander songs.The Kinks version is the best. VH also covered "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" (I prefer the Kinks version of that one too). I believe Brain Eno also perfromed "You Really Got Me"in one of his post Roxy Music ensembles as well. But the original by the Kinks has that unique stamp on it that just can't be equaled.
- Mark Bignell, Vancouver, Canada, 7-.-0.2005
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