Best Cover SongsSteps to making a good cover song: 1) Start with a song that is already good or has potential to be good 2) Improve on the original version or make the song live up to potential and 3) do something special to make the song your own. Whether through better musicianship, vocals, emotion, etc. a great cover version takes the original song and gives it a new life.
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Jerry and Dennis Edmonton were brothers who were in Steppenwolf. Dennis was Mars Bonfire not John Kay. Mars appeared on Kim Fowley's Outrageous which is one of the all time best lost classics!
Steppenwolf made this song famous! Much better than the original in my opinion.
Mars Bonfire was a fictitious name John Kay made up to try to weasel out of a bad contract with their record company at that time. It didn't work, John Kay wrote Born To Be Wild.. Under the pen name "Mars Bonfire"
this is the version everyone is probably most familiar with
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Great reggae version, but I'm sorry, Nick Hexum is no deuche.
For as much of a douche as Nick Hexum is... this song has an amazing groove.
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Updated Tuesday, September 02, 2014