We asked NME readers for their suggestions for songs that should never, ever be covered. We wanted to know which songs are so special and sacred to you that you couldn’t stand to ever hear them covered by another artist; the tracks which are so important and integral to your life that to hear them even ever-so slightly tweaked would send the earth spinning off its axis. We published 25 of your best replies.
Some songs are far too precious to ever be tampered with: their DNA is so perfect that to twist them in new directions is tantamount to gross indecency. We asked you for suggestions of sacred songs and here’s 25 of the best responses. You got pretty fired up. Ryan Johnson went for Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven, writing “it’s impossible to come close to recreating the magic in that song.”
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“No one should touch ‘Killing In The Name’ from Rage Against The Machine, just like those scumbags from Limp Bizkit did at Sonisphere, this song is a monument that can only sounds good with the voice and power of Zack and the talent of Tom Morello,” spits Théo Lafave.
“Another song, Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’. Man, I mean, that was THE song from Joy Division, no one can put so much frustration and sorrow as Ian Curtis did into that song, Ian Curtis experienced what he talked about in this song, no one can do the same and put feelings as much as Ian Curtis did,” adds Théo Lafave. He’s not wrong.