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30 Heinous Crimes Against Music - Chosen By You

  • What constitutes a crime against music? Inspired by this recent blog by Matthew Horton, we asked NME readers on Facebook and Twitter what they'd nominate. Among the first responses, James Anslow said: Mike Flowers Pops covering Oasis' 'Wonderwall'.

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    Added: 13 Nov 2013

  • Gard Askeland was straight in with: "Pitbull sampling A-ha's 'Take On Me' synth-riff on 'Feel This Moment'. It's simply painful."

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    Added: 05 Jun 2011

  • On Twitter, Ruth Cottell ‏‪said: "Has to be Wyclef Jean's cover of 'Wish You Were Here'! Still makes me shudder!!!!"

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Picking up on the Pink Floyd covers theme, ‏‪Jayo Tvaof added: "But The Scissor Sisters mutilation of 'Comfortably Numb' was worse."

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    Added: 13 Mar 2012

  • Nickelback-apologist Whitehouse had his own suggestion: "What Does The Fox Say is more of a crime..."

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    Added: 13 Nov 2013

  • Over on Facebook, Sarah Jayne Higgins was among several people to nominate, simply: "Nickelback
". They had their defenders though, with 


Craig Whitehouse replying: "Ah...I see its still cool to hate nickelback then? Yawn..."

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On a more serious note, Chris Morley rightly pointed out that Education minister Michael Gove has a lot to answer for: "Music could and should be used more in education, and where's the love for music teachers/lecturers at all levels?
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Dave Townsend spoke for many when he said: "Any of the TV singing talent shows, they are all horrible and are responsible for promoting people with no talent and boring sanitized pop music."

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    Added: 20 Aug 2012

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Luke Davison narrowed it down to: "Cowell's bastardisation of 'Hallelujah' and 'Many Of Horrors' [as covered by Matt Cardle] must be pretty high up there."

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    Added: 08 Apr 2011

  • "Will.I.Am
". Say no more, 



Carl Rourke.

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Phil Allwright nominated: "Anything that takes a hook from a song you love to make a cheesy dance track or generic r and b track", while on a similar note NME's Lucy Jones singled out 'Blurred Lines' bastardisation of Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up'.

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Stuart Conway plumped for: "That fucking awful Bastille version of Rhythm Is A Dancer. Or just Bastille in general. Or Radio 1."

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

  • Green Day wouldn't usually be anywhere near a list like this, but Matt Peaty nominates them "for their awful cover of The Clash."

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

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Jacobo Zea nominates "Justin 'Mfck' Bieber singing 'Fade To Black' AND Metallica saying it is OK".

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    Added: 07 Nov 2013

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Farah Barry pointed out: "The fact that Miley Cyrus released a song called 'Wrecking Ball'... it's a crime against The Boss." We're pretty sure Springsteen never licked a hammer either.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2013

  • While some would call this 1985 collaboration between the Dame and the Rolling Stone legend quite marvellous, Gary Quaver Davis isn't so sure. "The video for dancing in the streets with Bowie and Jagger dancing about like a couple of fannys was a crime," he writes.

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  • Heading for a top five spot this weekend is Lily Allen's cover of Keane's mega-hit 'Somewhere Only We Know'. Quite what John Lewis think of Allen's NSFW video for 'Hard Out Here' we'll never know.

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    Added: 13 Nov 2013

  • Kristi Gallagher makes the case that everything Coldplay made after 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' has been a crime against music. Seems a touch harsh.

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    Added: 09 Nov 2012

  • Veryan Leaper picks Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, for "taking the Nirvana name for everything it's worth". "Cheap move," he writes. Ouch.

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    Added: 14 Mar 2011

  • "That whole Dubstep thing. What even is that?" asks Cherry Amber Wiles. Certainly the stuff that came later – brostep – had nothing on Loefah, Mala, Scuba and the FWD crew.

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    Added: 05 Aug 2013

  • Celine Dion might have a goddamn amazing set of pipes but she shouldn't be let anywhere near AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long'. "Just plain wrong," shudders Charlie McCormick.

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    Added: 23 Feb 2012

  • Mickey Bubbles. He's just got a punchable face, hasn't he? Quite aside from the elevator jazz he peddles. That's another suggestion from Charlie.

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    Added: 13 Nov 2013

  • Stephen Johnson suggested Queen, along with a couple of others. "I just can't see why people like them", he writes.

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    Added: 24 Oct 2011

  • Beady Eye covering Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' is an unforgivable sin. As brought to our attention by NME writer Matt Horton and reader Tom McAndrew.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2013

  • "Kaiser Chiefs' lyric 'What do you want for tea? I want crisps' is an unsurpassed crime," claims Kurt Garner. Possibly not Ricky's finest moment.

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    Added: 27 Jun 2011

  • "One Direction plagiarising The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go was unforgivable," says Jackie Helena Gay.

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    Added: 13 Apr 2012

  • The quality of the iPod's ubiquitous white buds have long been questioned by music-lovers, including NME reader Tom Burris.

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    Added: 10 Jul 2013

  • How about Devlin and Ed Sheeran teaming up to desecrate both Bob Dylan's and Jimi Hendrix's versions of 'All Along The Watchtower' last year? Awful.

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    Added: 19 Aug 2012

  • Superheavy: One of the worst musical transgressions of recent memory was the idea that Mick Jagger plus Joss Stone plus Dave Stewart of Eurythmics equals great supergroup.

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    Added: 11 Aug 2011

  • "Fall Out Boy's horrible cover of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. Whiney singing, lack of melody and the overall removal and meaning of what I think is one of the most moving and powerful sings ever written," said Tom Jewitt. There you have it.

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    Added: 06 Nov 2013