Classics & Covers / Battle 1 – Behind Blue Eyes

Introduction

The first battle will be between The who (original) and Limp Bizkit (cover) with the song Behind Blue Eyes.

Behind Blue Eyes came out in 1971 and was the second song on the fifth album by the Who. It’s orginally written by Pete Townshend for Lifehouse. Lifehouse was a science-fiction rock opera by The Who.
This song is one of the most populair songs from the Who. It has been covered by several bands and we have chosen it for our first battle.

The cover made by Limp Bizkit is one of the most well-known covers from this song. It was released as single of their fourth album Results May Vary.
The music video contains scences of the horror film Gothika. It shows the relationship similar to the storyline of the film.

Songs Information

The Who

Album: Who’s next

Year: 1971

 

Limp Bizkit

Album: Results May Vary

Year: 2003

 

The Classic

 

Lyrics

Although Limp Bizkit covered Behind Blue Eyes, the lyrics of The Who and Limp Bizkit are not completely the same. The lyrics below are the orignal lyrics. The underlined part is the lyrics which are used in the original version and the curved part has been used in the cover.


No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
No one knows what it’s like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies


But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings
Like I do
And I blame you

No one bites back as hard
On their anger
None of my pain and woe
Can show through

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool

If I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
If I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

Discover, l.i.m.p. say it [x4]
No one knows what its like
To be mistreated, to be defeated
Behind blue eyes
No one know’s how to say
That they’re sorry and don’t worry
I’m not telling lies

But my dreams they aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

 

The Cover

 

The Battle

We’ve spoken about the history of the song and the lyrics, but now we’ll have the real battle. What do we think about both songs? And which one will win, the classic or the cover?

Daniël

The Who
                     Opinion: The song sounds good, although I don’t really like the voice of the vocalist.
                     Grade: 8
                     Add to personal playlist: No
Limp Bizkit
                     Opinion: The song itself is already pretty good, but the vocalist makes it an even better song.
                     Grade: 9
                     Add to personal playlist: Yes

Daniël’s Conclusion
Normally I like the classic song more than the cover, but this is one of the few where I prefer the cover.

 

Timothy

The Who
                     Opinion: When I heard this song for the first time I immediately didn’t like the vocalist. I’ve listened it a few more times after that, but I still don’t really like it.
                     Grade: 7,3
                     Add to personal playlist: No
Limp Bizkit
                     Opinion: I really liked this song when I heard it for the first time. The vocalist is very good.  His voice gives the song a special sound. It has more power now.
                     Grade: 9
                     Add to personal playlist: Yes

Timothy’s Conclusion
In my opinion it’s Limp Bizkit who’ll win the first edition. I like the song by Limp Bizkit much more than the song by The Who. Maybe that’s because I heard Limp Bizkit’s version before I heard the original song of The Who. Nevertheless it’s clear for me that Limp Bizkit is the better one.

 

Justin

The Who
                     Opinion: The music of this song is awesome. Well, the acoustic part. I don’t really like the  part with the electric guitar. I don’t like the vocals very much as well. I think that                                             the reason for that is that we’re from an other generation. The song doesn’t sound  bad, but it’s not really my style.

                     Grade: 6,3
                     Add to personal playlist: No
Limp Bizkit
                     Opinion: This song is a bit boring in my opinion. Both music and vocals doesn’t sound bad,    but it’s missing some power. It’s a bit tedious, so I don’t really like this song.
                     Grade: 6,5
                     Add to personal playlist: No

Justin’s Conclusion
Without the part with the electric guitar The Who could have won, but I think my vote goes to Limp Bizkit. The Who doesn’t sound bad, but overall Limp Bizkit is a bit better, although I don’t really like both versions.

 

Overall conclusion

The first conclusion is maybe a bit surprising. Limp Bizkit (the cover) has won with 0-3 from The Who.

When we look to the opinions we see that they all are a bit the same. The version by The Who isn’t really our style. Then the version by Limp Bizkit. The opinions here are a bit different. Justin doesn’t really like this song because it lacks some power in his opinion. Timothy and Daniël have an opinion which are closer to each other. They both think that it’s a very good song and that it does have much.

Eventually they all voted for the version by Limp Bizkit, which means that the Covers have an 1-0 advantage against the Classics.

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