i’ve got friends who had their own bands, heard like zillions of them during my school years (mostly bad), even jammed a little (really long ago though), so i have a very rough idea of what i’m talking about.
i think that in general, unless you’re really damn zai, avoid doing a cover of someone else’s song. especially a recent one. even if you’re halfway decent, it’d probably end up being compared against the original, and usually the original wins.
case in point – Je Suis Rock Band’s cover of You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)
it’s not bad actually, especially the first guy’s voice, but when i’ve been listening to james blunt’s version (which, by the way, i really like) recently, it just doesn’t appeal. you dig?
consider this original piece, halitosister. with nothing to compare it to, it just comes across as… pretty funny, pretty good, yeah. overall it’s a more positive feel, don’t you think?