The Cover-Song Showcase Showdown: Picking The Freshest ‘Grapevine’

Oct 12th, 2006 // 10 Comments

grapevine.jpgWelcome to the latest installment of the Cover-Song Showcase Showdown, in which we present readers with a few covers of a well-known chestnut–and you let us know which version you like best.

Today’s candidate for coverage is “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” the 1967 soul stirrer that Marvin Gaye took to the top of the charts. We’ve got three different versions of “Grapevine” for you to choose from, courtesy of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Slits; be sure to give your computer some extra bandwidth when you download the CCR version, as it clocks in at around 11 minutes or so.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine [MP3, link expired]
Kaiser Chiefs – I Heard It Through The Grapevine [MP3, link expired]
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine [MP3, link expired]

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  1. Royfromage

    D) None of the Above.

    The correct answer is Roger Troutman (of Zapp), thankyouverymuch.

  2. Jon Solomon

    My vote is for The Crust Brothers.

  3. eric harvey

    The Slits version is not only the best here, but one of the best covers OF ALL TIMES. Also, where’s the Zapp and Roger version?

  4. Brian Raftery

    I really can’t believe the Slits didn’t win.

    Also: We’ve been keeping these to three nominees each–is that too few? We figured nobody would really want to listen to 16 versions of the same song back to back to back.

  5. SlimShadenfruede

    I love how Foggerty says ‘I hoyd it through the grapevine. As far as the Slits cover, it’s the best track they ever did so they don’t deserve shit.

  6. SlimShadenfruede

    I love how Foggerty says ‘I hoyd it through the grapevine’. As far as the Slits cover, it’s the best track they ever did so they don’t deserve shit.

  7. Paul D

    What?
    No Zapp & Roger?

    Philistines…

    link

  8. Paul D

    PS: The Slits version is awful. My ears…they bleed.

  9. Anonymous

    You know, Michael McDonald rocked his own version opening up for Steely Dan this summer, yet it does not make your list. Is there a reason for this besides the obvious?

  10. Bon Jour, Pee Wee

    I’m down with Kaiser’s version, although, yes, Gladys’ is the best.

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