reggae songs covered by non-reggae bands

PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
edited January 2009 in Strut Central
There's gotta be a bunch. Off the top of my head...Clash - pressure dropClash - armagideon TimeBilly Idol - to be a loverClapton - I shot the sheriffBlondie - Tide is highSublime - rivers of babylon
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  • Eric Clapton - I shot the sheriff

  • Not originally a reggae tune, but Paul Young covered Nicky Thomas's version of 'Love of the Common People'...

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    depends how nit-picky/purist one is, but if you don't consider New Age Steppers to be a reggae group - they did a lot of reggae songs in their own wacky way.

    The Clash - Wrong Em Boyo

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    - Brownsville Station - "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah"
    - Canned Heat - "The Harder They Come"
    - Chambers Brothers - "Stop The Train"
    - Now Generation - "Israelites" (this was a bunch of Nashville studio musicians who cranked out lame cover versions of late sixties hits)

  • The Clash - "Police and Thieves"

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
    Heavy D - Now that we found love

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
    taj mahal - johnny too bad

  • The English Beat - "Rough Rider"

    The Specials - "A Message to you Rudy"

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
    fugees - no woman no cry

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    Heavy D - Now that we found love

    Not really a cover though, no?

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    Robyn - Cobrastyle

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    I heard an acoustic version of "Uptown top ranking" just yesterday, but didn't like it enough to download and forgot the blog that I heard it on.

  • dukeofdelridgedukeofdelridge urgent.monkey.mice 2,439 Posts
    when axl goes "gimme some reggae" during the breakdown of g'n'r live "knocking on heavens door," and they chikka brank--brank inna shufflestyle for a few bars.

    strangest thing ever.

    although he came with those poetic justice braids later on, so maybe it was there all along and I just missed it...

  • Rolling Stones - "Cherry Oh Baby"

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    when axl goes "gimme some reggae" during the breakdown of g'n'r live "knocking on heavens door," and they chikka brank--brank inna shufflestyle for a few bars.

    Man sings I Don't Like Reggae I Love It to drive me nuts. It works.

  • johmbolayajohmbolaya 4,472 Posts
    Not a band, but Amy Winehouse did The Maytals' "Monkey Man" on her recent live DVD. This is a different performance:


  • Gilberto Gil - "No Woman, No Cry"

  • DrWuDrWu 4,021 Posts
    In a related note. Supposedly, the Stones' 'Start Me Up' was a reggae tune for the first 38 takes until they tried they version they released. Anyone ever heard reggae start me up?

    edit: found this.

    Start Me Up

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
    Heavy D - Now that we found love

    Not really a cover though, no?

    kinda close no? never heard the stones do cherry oh baby.

  • Is Malcolm Locks a reggae artist?
    That version of "get up, stand up" is dope.

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    Heavy D - Now that we found love

    Not really a cover though, no?

    kinda close no?

    Well, the song itself originated with the O'Jays, so we can't really say it's a "reggae" tune as such.

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
    damn it! I had a feeling that wasn't third world's song.

  • new order did a cover of keith hudson's "turn the heater on" that i still ride for.

  • dukeofdelridgedukeofdelridge urgent.monkey.mice 2,439 Posts


    Man sings I Don't Like Reggae I Love It to drive me nuts. It works.

    can you defend the braids?



  • does Massive Attack doing "Man Next Door" count if Horace Andy is singing?

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,631 Posts
    you'd think there'd be more

  • The English Beat - "Rough Rider"

    The Specials - "A Message to you Rudy"

    Reggae songs covered by Ska bands is splitting hairs a bit, no?

    I got one, but in reverse: UB40 covering Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine"

  • p_gunnp_gunn 2,284 Posts


    does Massive Attack doing "Man Next Door" count if Horace Andy is singing?

    or the Slits doing "Man Next Door"... i know there are more punk ones, i just can't think of em...

    there are tons and tons of drum n bass and dubstep remixes of classic reggae, but i don't think that's what yr looking for...

  • johnny cash-redemption song

  • The English Beat - "Rough Rider"

    The Specials - "A Message to you Rudy"

    Reggae songs covered by Ska bands is splitting hairs a bit, no?



    depends how nit-picky/purist one is
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