The last poll made it clear that Queen is the Champion (ok and that will be my only bad joke this thread, I promise) taking 20 of the 26 votes! While I have a few ideas for songs to use, I've been itching to use this next one; in part because I really like one of the versions that I'm going to post and because that band is actually going to be doing a concert I'm going to in a couple of months.
I imagine that it will come as little to no surprise to many of you to learn that Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" has been covered by a lot of bands. I hadn't heard any of them until Disturbed did their recent cover. When looking for the YouTube videos, I stumbled upon a.. techno?... version and a decent sized list of others ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sound_of_Silence ).
I actually liked them all, but I have to go with the original, followed by Disturbed and then MHE. The fact that all were good really speaks to the quality of the original. While I enjoyed what MHE did with it, I can't stand the ridiculous hipster look of the guy in the video, and I have little respect for "artists" that take a well known and established song like this, make some computer music, change the tempo and call it their "work".
The original, bigtime. The Disturbed version wasn't horrible but I wouldn't add it to my collection and the MHE version..set to that weird tempo...was absolute butchery of a classic. I wanted to go all Van Gogh on myself after listening to that.
Considering I grew up listening to the original and that it's just such a hauntingly beautiful song to begin with I will always have to go with that. Disturbeds' version of the song kind of grows on you,but honestly the first time I herd it I hated it. So I'm not going to pass judgment on MHE version just yet until I actually really get to listen to it a few more times. I will have to agree with napoearth on his sentiments on how others try to take credit for something that's not their own. Of course I haven't heard of MHE (in particular) doing just that publicly either..