Let's have some interactive fun--you know, just like the kind of fun my kids have when I suggest, nay, insist that they leave me alone and go play Gamecube so I can read The Well-Trained Mind or Mitten Strings for God and consider homeschooling my children this Fall, or maybe next year, or perhaps in a different life when they aren't seriously and rather thoroughly kicking my butt. (Which is probably why Heavenly Father sent a tiny helpless duckling into my yard for me to rescue, commit to raising, and then kill so it would be clear that I don't have what it takes to nurture younglings, i.e. have another baby. PS I didn't' kill the duck on purpose.) So on to the interactive fun!
I will ask you a question, and you answer it, 'k? It is about something I am super enthusiatic about so let's have at it. What is the best cover version of a song ever? Now before you answer please consider that it is rare for a re-make to be better than the original song, but not uncommon for a re-make to be as good as the original. (Killing Me Softly by the Fugees and Freddie's Dead by Fishbone come to mind.) And let's just all agree to spare ourselves any discussion of Vanilla Ice and Tiffany because that's just lame. And I'm not really counting Respect by Aretha Franklin because she may as well have sung it the first time.
I'm going to weigh in on this one, but don't let that influence your answer (unless you were going to say something about Tiffany or Vanilla Ice, in which case--don't bother). For me the runner up is I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. I'm not saying it's my favorite song--although in its day it was fun to memorize the downcast-eye/looking-up timing from the video and do it during slow dances--but it is one of those rare re-makes that I like better than the original, with all due respect to Dolly Parton or Tammy Wynette or Babyface or Kenny Rogers or Vince Gill or whatever. Remember, before she was a crazy coke fiend Whitney Houston had some wicked good pipes.
For me the number one better- than- the-original song, with my apologies to devout Guess Who fans keepin' it real across the nation is American Woman by Lenny Kravitz. It is so choice. I love it. And Christian loves Heather Graham, who stars in the video--so who can argue with that? PS I don't feel bad about the Christian/Heather Graham thing because many people tell me that I look just like her, but seem smarter.