The Cover-Song Showcase Showdown: Mr. Aiken And Mr. Budden Meet Mr. Mister

Oct 16th, 2006 // 15 Comments

Welcome to the latest installment of the Cover-Song Showcase Showdown, in which we present you with several versions a well-known classic, and you decide which one you like best. Today’s victim candidate: Mr. Mister’s apparently-cooler-than-we-thought 1985 hit “Broken Wings,” which appears on Clay Aiken’s recent A Thousand Different Ways, and also serves as the background for freestyle rap track from Joe Budden (thanks to Nah Right for the Budden track).

So take a listen to both covers, and let us know which one makes you want to learn to fly again, and to learn to live so free:

Clay Aiken – Broken Wings [MP3, link expired]
Joe Budden – Broken Wings Freestyle [MP3, link expired]

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(Editor’s Note: Welcome, Claymates! Can we call you “Claymates”? Is that too informal? Anyway, If you’re interested in reading more about your favorite Tobey Maguire look-alike, click here.)

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  1. Nicolars

    Thanks for ruining the ultimate post-Red-Wings-losing-a-game anthem, guys.

  2. Cheap Shot

    I didn’t even listen to Joe Budden’s version I voted based on how much I hate Gay Aiken.

  3. King of Pants

    I didn’t know Bruce McCullough was in Mr. Mister.

  4. Anonymous

    Hey, didn’t the guy second from the left on the album cover play Speedle on “CSI: Miami?”

  5. AcilletaM

    Can’t you make this a fight to the death?

  6. MJ

    Clay Aiken: predictable, lifeless, boring.

    Joe Budden: he had the sense to keep the original song. He kinda wins.

  7. k8

    both have caused my ears to bleed. damn you, idolator, i had made it this far without ever having heard clay aiken bleat out a note before. *shudder*

  8. ens3000

    This won’t be a cool p.o.v. to admit to but Joe’s record is no doubt fiya but I ain’t gonna lie, for what it is (MOR pop for housewives), Clay Aiken’s joint is fine too. I give it to Joe in a vote but frankly it’s apples and oranges and I wouldn’t clown anyone who admitted they liked Clay’s cover better.

  9. Serolf Divad

    Was Aiken sleeping or just sleepy when he recorded this?

  10. mack2000

    come on guys, what a cheap way to get hits. you know that clay wins just about every poll out there, those claychiks are crazy, man. i should know, i’m married to one. At least BW has an irish sound,so thats cool since i’m irish.

  11. MUDDYDUCKFISH

    HOW COULD YOU COMPARE CLAY AIKEN’S VERSION TO THIS JUNK??
    WHAT A STUPID POLL. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A CLAYMATE TO SEE WHICH ONE IS SUPERIOR.

  12. urmahguy

    This message is for “cheapshot”

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