How do you feel about live/alternate recording session versions of the song. The kind that are *mostly* the same but have, like, a couple chords changed or bits sung differently.
Unless it’s the only recording of a given song, I tend to dislike recorded live music. It’s… off. For example, I would kill a man to hear And One do a studio recording of “Timekiller” or “It’s a Sin” (both covers actually) but since the only existing recordings of them performing those songs are live, I like them fine.
There is exactly one instance of a live recording that I prefer to the studio version, and that’s Oingo Boingo’s “No One Lives Forever” because the live version is extra manic and that resonates with my crazy ass.
Alternate studio takes are usually “Meh, I see why you went with the album arrangement and don’t need to see the sausage made like this.” Remixes that are also irritating, unless they’re so different as to be a practically different song. Nine Inch Nails remix albums are generally pretty good.
Cover versions range from “ugh, why’d you cover this?” to “THIS IS THE WAY THE SONG WAS MEANT TO BE.” And it doesn’t even have to be my preferred band that does the ‘correct’ version- I like David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails more than Nirvana and Johnny Cash respectively, but “Man Who Sold the World” and “Hurt” are Nirvana and Johnny Cash songs now, sorry.
I’m not quite to Patrick Bateman levels of ‘I hate live music’ thankfully because I actually quite enjoy bands that are GOOD in concert (Lacuna Coil, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold actually, and Nine Inch Nails all put on great shows back in like 1996-2010 when i was going to concerts occasionally) but when a band is just plain bad live (Rob Zombie) or you can tell that the vocalist or guitarist or someone critical like that really needs those multiple studio takes to nail something… it’s irksome. The rest of the crowd can be going apeshit and I’m just sitting there shaking my head like “I trusted you, Rob Zombie.”