Money's Too Tight To Mention - the original by the Valentine Brothers was good but I think Simply Red's version was better.
Everybody's Talkin' - I've never been a fan of either Van Morrison or The Beautiful South but do like the latter's version.
Whiskey In The Jar - originally by The Dubliners and also covered by Metallica but for me Thin Lizzy's version is the best.
I Fought The Law - the original 1959 version by The Crickets and the 1966 version the Bobby Fuller Four were both very weak. It was also covered by The Stray Cats but The Clash's version was infinitely better. And of course the intro was brilliantly used in Ashes To Ashes:
I certainly agree with you about Thin Lizzies version of 'Whiskey In The Jar' Sam I will have to dig out my Thin Lizzie greatest Hits for the car.
Earlier today I was listening to the chart from this week in 1982 on Pick of the Pops and thought that another cover version I prefer to the original song is You Can't Hurry Love by Phil Collins. It also did better in the UK then the original by The Supremes.
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Another cover version which is an improvement on the original is Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth criminal." It is not a particularly good song in my opinion but a vast improvement on the awful version that Jacko released!
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