The only way for you to understand what I am talking about is to listen to the original version of Hey Joe as recorded by The Leaves. Here it is. Good luck:
I had known for years that Hey Joe was a cover, but I never bothered to listen to the original until recently. This is garbage. How in the world Jimi Hendrix listened to this and heard a classic tune is beyond me. I can't even understand how Jimi Hendrix could have liked this tune, much less wanted to cover it.
This is how the master turns a train wreck into a masterpiece (I gave you a live version because it is Hendrix):
This is probably one of the easiest reviews I will ever write for the Original Versus Cover column. Jimi slowed this song down and then added a ton of color to it. This was the song that introduced Jimi Hendrix to the world and it pains me to think that someone else was getting paid songwriting royalties for what Hendrix did.
George N Root III is a music fiend who loves covers and originals. Follow him on Twitter @georgenroot3 or send him a message at email@example.com. #howierules