Is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Cover of ‘Higher Ground’ Better Than the Original?
One of the most popular debating points among rock fans is whether someone's song is superior to another artist's interpretation. A new video, which you can watch above, looks at 10 cover versions that are better than the originals -- including songs by the Clash, the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Over at our sister site Diffuser, they've started the debate with the Chili Pepper's hit take on Stevie Wonder's 1973 classic soul track 'Higher Ground.' From there they move on to well-known covers by the White Stripes (Dolly Parton's 'Jolene'), the Clash (Bobby Fuller Four's 'I Fought the Law') and the Ramones (Joe Jones' 'California Sun') and seven others. It should be noted that none of their choices have been included in our own dissection of Terrible Classic Rock Covers.
Chances are you're not going to agree with every decision that they make. We, for example, take exception to the idea of Jane's Addiction's recording of 'Rock and Roll' being preferable to the Velvet Underground's. But their point -- that a great song can stand up to multiple renditions that find something different within -- is nonetheless made, and they definitely get the last one in the list right.