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10 Terrible Covers That Made Brilliant Songs Boring

There must be something in the air this week, because on the same morning that Glee‘s flaccid attempt at Radiohead’s “Creep” did the rounds on various music blogs, World of Wonder reposted Barbra Streisand’s bewildering cover of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” This double dose of ghastliness got us thinking about the singular hubris of so many covers that purport to “improve” a song by removing exactly what made it special in the first place. The history of music is littered with these boring renditions of great songs, so for a laugh on a Friday afternoon, here’s a roundup of the most egregious. Try not to throw your computer out the window before you get to the end.

The Cast of Glee — “Creep”

You could argue that “Creep” has been dead for years, but honestly, we’re still partial to it — the fact that it’s been overexposed for two decades and even the band has disowned it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a pretty great portrait of the self-loathing and alienation that come with unrequited love. But still, this may well have been the shotgun salvo that finally blasted the shambling zombie into a shower of quivering lurid giblets.