Take It Back, Jack: Artists Rediscover Their Roots, Cover Their Musical Icons

When one rock music icon covers another rock icon’s music, it’s considered a tribute. But what happens when the tribute is better than the original?

It’s a great debate that has gone on for decades. Who did it better? Why’d they butcher our favorite song? Did she really write that?

Check out some of our favorite Jack artists along with their protègès, and vice versa. Hey, you might just learn somethin’!

Cover:[lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Pearl Jam[/lastfm] – “Dock of the Bay”

Featured on the album Unplugged and Undrugged as well as No Fuckin’ Messiah. The song was performed live as a part of the encore at Murphy Center show in Murfreesboro, TN in March 26,1994.


Original:[lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Otis Redding[/lastfm] – “Dock of the Bay”

Primus & Pink Floyd

Cover: [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Primus[/lastfm] - “Have A Cigar”

Primus covered Pink Floyd’s song “Have a Cigar” from the 1975 album Wish You Were Here. This song was featured on Primus’s 1992 EP Miscellaneous Debris


Original:[lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Pink Floyd[/lastfm] – “Have A Cigar”

Sublime & Toots

Cover: [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Sublime[/lastfm] - “54-46 Was My Number”

Sublime featured this song titled “5446 That’s My Number/Ball and Chain” on their 1991 album 40 oz to Freedom. Originally released as a single in 1968. Toots and the Maytals have also been covered by The Clash in their song “Jail Guitar Doors”.


Original: [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Toots & The Maytals[/lastfm] - “54-46 Was My Number”

Cream & Muddy Waters

Cover: [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Cream[/lastfm] - “Rollin and Tumblin”

This song makes ya wanna be rollin and tumblin! With intensely grimey guitar riffs straight from the South, Eric Clapton and the crew replicated it in an exceptional manner.


Original:[lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Muddy Waters[/lastfm] – “Rollin and Tumblin”

The Doors & Kurt Weill

Cover:[lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]The Doors[/lastfm] – “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)”

Kurt Weill, a German-Jewish composer featured “Alabama Song”, wrote the German opera song “Alabama song (Whiskey Bar)”  written in 1929 by Kurt Weill and Burtolt Brecht. As Jim Morrison was a known poet and theatre/film major at UCLA, The Doors transformed this unknown gem into a rock and roll favorite for many. The Doors featured this song on their self-titled album The Doors January 4th, 1967


Original:[lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Kurt Weill[/lastfm] – “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)”

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