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10 May 2014
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MrMoonlight said
Johnny Cash's Hurt was originally a Nine Inch Nails song. A lot of people think it's his, although NIN said themselves it's his now since he mastered it so much.

Oh yes.  If you really want to have fun, tell a hardcore Nine Inch Nails fan that Johnny Cash's was the original.  Some of them get really touchy about it for some dumb reason.

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MrMoonlight said
Johnny Cash's Hurt was originally a Nine Inch Nails song. A lot of people think it's his, although NIN said themselves it's his now since he mastered it so much.

I think that goes the same for Twist And Shout. It might not be an original, but it more or less IS the Beatles' now. It's the most popular version and they completely destroy it in a good way (just like John's vocal cords!)

I always used to think it was originally by Cash as well. I guess that's what happens when a cover version becomes more well known than the original. Guess you can't blame people for thinking that. I do hate it when you tell someone it's originally by someone else and they just keep on saying it's not and that the cover version is the original.

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11 May 2014
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Having never heard it, I can fully say that Nine Inch Nails is about the least likely band I can think of for Johnny Cash to have covered.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Having never heard it, I can fully say that Nine Inch Nails is about the least likely band I can think of for Johnny Cash to have covered.

Johnny Cash did a lot of covers that you wouldn't expect him to do later in his life.  You can see this if you go to Wikipedia and look up the albums American RecordingsUnchainedAmerican III: Solitary ManAmerican IV: The Man Comes AroundAmerican V: A Hundred Highways, and/or American VI: Ain't No Grave.

Personally, I like both versions and both artists.  I'm a bigger Nine Inch Nails fan than I am a Johnny Cash fan, but I think that Johnny Cash did it better.

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Looking at those albums, the Beck, U2, Sting, NIN, and OOOO HE DID IN MY LIFE MUST YOUTUBE covers really stick out.

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Digging up an old thread because I had something qualify. Up until yesterday, I thought the Peggy Lee version of Fever was the original. Apparently Little Willie John did it first. 

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When I was a kid, I thought that Twist And Shout was a Beatles original.

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When I was a kid, I thought that Twist And Shout was a Beatles original.  

And, of course, when it is identified as a cover, the original is usually misattributed to The Isley Brothers, when theirs was a cover of 1961 original by The Top Notes (produced by Phil Spector).

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"Twist And Shout" was co-written by Bert Berns an interesting guy who wrote under different names including Bert Russell.

He also wrote Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company's "Piece of My Heart"

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There is this fake cover of Tambourine man on YouTube that didn't table itself as a cover and I thought it was Bob Dylan but it lied to me.

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@Into the Sky with Diamonds said
"Twist And Shout" was co-written by Bert Berns an interesting guy who wrote under different names including Bert Russell.

He also wrote Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company's "Piece of My Heart"  

My favourite story about Bert is how he ended up with Van Morrison on his label Bang Records in 1967 following the split of Them. Only thing was that they hated each other, and while a couple of classics date from the sessions (Brown Eyed Girl and Here Comes the Night), Van hated the direction Bert was trying to get him to go, and Bert hated the songs Van was writing (many of which went on to make up Astral Weeks).

Van wants to rip the contract up, and Bert won't let him. He demands Van provide the amount of titles he is obligated to. The sessions are hostile. The contract says how many songs Van will record for Bang, it doesn't say they have to be any good. Van spent most of the sessions recording thinly disguised attacks on Bert, including Dum Dum GeorgeThe Big Royalty Check and multiple songs using variations of the Twist And Shout title - Twist and ShakeShake and RollStomp and ScreamScream and HollerJump and Thump.

Van was off the label and we got one of the great revenge albums.

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I thought 'All Along The Watchtower' was originally done by Jimi Hendrix, even though I heard the U2 version first. Only recently did I learn it was a Dylan song. 

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Also, I thought Black Sabbath's Warning and Evil Woman were originals as well.

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I actually thought that "I Really Love You" was an original George Harrison song until I heard it a few days ago in this icecream shop that was playing old 50's/60's songs.

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William Shears Campbell said
I actually thought that "I Really Love You" was an original George Harrison song until I heard it a few days ago in this icecream shop that was playing old 50's songs.  

I actually thought that 'I Really Love You' was an original George song until I read this post twenty seconds ago. 

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The original's by a group called The Stereos, @William Shears Campbell @Silly Girl, and was released in 1961:

https://youtu.be/klxzUZxKYII

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Thinking about Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" reminds me that Sturgill Simpson's newest album (A Sailor's Guide to Earth) contains a cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom."  So I'm imagining country music fans thinking that it's a Simpson original and being surprised that he's covering Nirvana.

Oddly enough, the album doesn't sound much like a "country" album at all for the most part, but the song on it that sounds most "country" to me is..."In Bloom."

This from a guy whose previous album was titled "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," a title that pays homage to another "non-traditional" country album, Ray Charles' "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" (Vol 1 and 2)...

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@Ron Nasty Interesting name for 1961, "The Stereos" considering that "stereo" music didn't hit the mass market until about 5 years later.

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I thought George originally sang If Not For You until today when I found out his version is a cover of a Bob Dylan song.

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