In today’s “The cover is better that the original”, we chose Johnny Cash’s Hurt. The original song is by Nine Inch Nails. Why it’s better: Nine Inch Nails original song is quite impressive with Trent Reznor’s classic distortions and his voice rising in the right moments. The original has an aggressive edge that the cover lacks. But Cash’s interpretation of the song and the video that goes along with it are incredibly poignant due to the fact that you are watching pieces of this man’s life and his inevitable decay. The appearance of his wife, June Carter Cash, watching over him is equally moving. The lyrics accompanied an incomparable life that is no more. Although Reznor’s original is entirely different his lyrics are to be admired because they could fit the despair of very different men.
In today’s “The cover is better that the original”, we chose Karen O and Trent Reznor’s Immigrant Song with Atticus Ross. It was made for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Before everyone starts writing outrageous comments, this choice is an honorable mention because it’s obviously not better than Led Zeppelin’s out-of-this-earth rendition. Why it’s almost better: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman is a rock star on her own right. It’s always a great feat to cover a Led Zeppelin song right, plus a female voice is always welcome. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are a great musical team, you can tell by their scores and this reinterpretation of a rock classic. Using that distorted and industrial sound Nine Inch Nails is famous for, but a little toned down. And how amazing is this opening sequence?