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Happy Music Monday, everyone. Scott is enjoying a little nap in the soundproof prison that I have constructed for him, which means I get to take over for a week. Pretty cool for me, huh, Scott? What's that? I can't hear you. Hahahahahahaha. That joke gets me every time. Anyway, I've decided to devote this post to one of my favorite things in music: gender bending covers! Guys redoing a girls' songs and girls redoing guys' songs. (DISCLAIMER: this isn't about gender roles or about making a statement. I just like fun covers.)

Cake covering Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (one NSFW lyric)

 

What we have here is the greatest woman-done-wrong-but-she-ain't-gonna-take-it song ever written, re-rendered in monotone semi-singing and laid over a funky, trumpety beat. Say what you will about Cake, they always know what they're trying to do, and goshnamit, they do it darn well. A word of warning: one swear word has been inserted into this version, so if the quick utterance of an f-bomb is enough to put you on the s-bomb list, move along.

See you after the jump for some more!

Love is All covering Flock of Seagulls - I Ran

 

If you're not a big fan of manic shrieky female vocals, jangly disjointed guitar and sax riffs, and low production quality, then this one's not for you. After all, the image does say, "Recorded Live in Practice," so it's not likely that they spent a lot of time getting everything just right. Personally, though, I love it. They take an incredibly smooth even song and absolutely drive it into the ground. If you like what you hear, I highly recommend Love is All's first album, Nine Times That Same Song. It's one of my faves.

Stereo Total covering KC and the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight

 

Stereo Total sings songs in English, French, and sometimes German, which makes me feel pretty dumb because I can't even spell "definitely" right without typing it really slow. Also impressive is that they have just two members yet manage to fill out this big big song very nicely. I want this playing while I walk down street in slow motion.

Starf'er covering Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (NSFW band name)

 

It takes GUTS to be a MAN and sing about how GIRLS want to have FUN! Okay, that's not true. But it is fun to hear. Almost as fun as, say, naming your band something that bloggers for a PG-13 ecommerce site can't type onto their blog without getting in trouble. So, another word of warning: we've got another f-bomb in here, although it's text only. Man, how does Scott do this week after week avoiding all these f-bombs?

Coves covering Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

 

I figured we'd finish things on a peppy upbeat note! Jk, this one's pretty slow, but don't worry: you'll know if you're in or out as soon as you hear the first long, clangy guitar riff. If you don't like it, that's cool. If you do, let it soak over you!

Well, that's all I got for the week. Now it's your turn. Post your favorite gender bending covers in the comments. Also let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you next week.

CatCK


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Have to think about this one, but a couple that come to mind (with no change of lyrics) are:

Joan Jett's cover of "Crimson & Clover", by Tommy James & the Shondells



The White Stripes's cover of "Joline", by Dolly Parton



wilsonmt


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KMFDM - Material Girl

DanIrving


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Dido covering Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat

Also:

The Fire

chicken0102


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Do covering Bryan Adams - Heaven
Counting Crows covering Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz covering The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
Bananarama covering Frankie Avalon - Venus

tjamil


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Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell was covered by Counting Crows

mossygreen


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CatCK wrote:
Joan Jett's cover of "Crimson & Clover", by Tommy James & the Shondells


Ha, the very first song I thought of!

timepiece


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I just want to point out - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was originally recorded by a man. Cyndi Lauper was the one who gender-bent it.

Also, my vote for this theme would be for Cam Clarke's version of Son of a Preacher Man:

mossygreen


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I give you:

Bryan Ferry, Falling in Love Again


Lydia Lunch's horrible cover of Spooky


Lydia Lunch's wonderful cover of Black Juju, just to be fair


Also, Hound Dog wasn't written for Elvis:


Big Mama Thornton

dougall


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My thoughts first went to Erasure...

River deep, Mountain High


Stand by your Man


Gimme Gimme Gimme




I have no idea why..

mossygreen


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dougall wrote:My thoughts first went to Erasure...

River deep, Mountain High


Stand by your Man


Gimme Gimme Gimme




I have no idea why..


I always thinks of this first, probably the video:
Take a Chance on Me


How embarrassing that my first choice of all wasn't Tainted Love

dougall


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Call me Maybe?


Hit me Baby


How soon is Now?


Sweet Dreams

dougall


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And some commentary on this very subject, before a girl is kissed.

vigilante1987


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The first song that came to mind for me was Aretha Franklin covering Otis Redding's "Respect"



Then I thought of Phil Collins doing The Supreme's "You Can't Hurry Love"



And I'll top it off with a real British Biscuit: The Who covering Martha and the Vandellas "Heat Wave"



Guess I'm in a Motown kind of mood today.

strawhousepig


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So many excellent submissions! Great idea, Scott lite™. :p

First thought: [NSFW]Alice Donut - My Boyfriend's Back - YouTube Not a 100% faithful rendition. This is Alice Donut after all.

The Hanson Brothers - Get It Right Back - YouTube

PAUL GILBERT - Dancing Queen (Abba) @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg - YouTube

Megadeth These Boots Original - YouTube

The Beatles - Please Mr Postman - YouTube

They Don't Know [cover] by StrawHousePig Manic shrieky female vocals got nuthin on this.

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Surprised this hasn't been posted -- The Sundays cover The Stones:


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