For music fans, cover songs are an unexpected gift: You get a double dose of everything that made you fall in love with the original in the first place. It’s no secret that Spirit Mountain Casino has a particular soft spot for these reworks. Whenever our free entertainment calendar includes a cover band, we know we’re in store for an evening that feels a lot like all of our favorite musicians have come together for one special concert. Here are the top 5 songs that always make our “best of” list:
“Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode, covered by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash’s calm, deep voice might stand in contrast with the style of iconic 80's band Depeche Mode - but their genres found common ground with “Personal Jesus.” Cash worked with guitarists from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Red Hot Chili Peppers to create a simplified, bluesy rendition of the British band’s synth-rock original.
“(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, covered by Cat Power cover
When “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” made its debut in 1965, it became an instant hit in the USA. With its heavy guitar riffs and Jagger’s high-powered vocals, it’s one of those tracks that epitomizes rock ‘n roll. Cat Power’s rendition couldn’t be more different - intense instrumentals are replaced with understated acoustics and Power’s quintessentially placid voice - but the effect is just as mesmerizing.
“Working Class Hero” by John Lennon, covered by Green Day
John Lennon let the lyrics take the forefront in this 1971 release, which delivers critical commentary on class divides. Thirty years later, the punk rockers behind Green Day shared their own version with the world. Their cover melds Lennon’s low-key approach with their own rocker style, and they close out the song with a clip from the original track.
“Jolene” by Dolly Parton, covered by The White Stripes
Dolly Parton’s heartbreaker of a hit is one of the most-covered songs in the world, but the White Stripes take the cake for their rendition. Recorded live for Under Blackpool Lights, the garage band’s version got a nod from Rolling Stone readers as one of the greatest live covers ever recorded. Whereas Parton’s original is acoustic and pure, the White Stripes bring electric guitar and some serious anger to the stage.
“Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty, covered by Foo Fighters
When Rafferty first released “Baker Street,” he was wading through a sea of legal battles while trying to extricate himself from his old band, Stealers Wheel. The track became an international #1 hit and an anthem about starting afresh. Foo Fighters released their cover on 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, and their grunge-tinted version blends with the soft rock sound that made the original famous.
If you’re a fan of country, blues, and rock ‘n roll, make Spirit Mountain your destination for great music and awesome covers. When you combine Oregon talent and classic hits, the effect is instantaneous fun (and it’s completely free!).