Re: Rock covers. When the cover was better.
IMO Frankie Goes To Hollywood recorded the definitive version of "War."
And the band Laibach recorded an entire album's worth of covers of Sympathy For The Devil that deconstructed the song with seven different versions. None of them were better than the original, but it is nonetheless a fascinating listen.
On the other hand, their version of Queen's "One Vision," and their German-language version of Opus's "Life is Life," are classics.
Leben heisst Leben!
An illusion--with intelligence! A malignant vision, with a will of pure evil!