For the last track on her recent album Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey covered the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”:
Because I came up through rock, I’ve always thought of the song as belonging to The Animals, who had a Top 20 hit with it in 1965:
However, I recently discovered that Nina Simone* released her own version a few months earlier on the 1964 album Broadway-Blues-Ballads:
This version was sampled by Lil Wayne and is featured in the new promo for J-Lo’s undercover cop series, Shades of Blue.
Santa Esmeralda released a disco version in 1977, which later ended up in Kill Bill:
Bonus track: Here’s a new live version of Natalie Prass‘s “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”:
* Del Rey also covered Simone’s “The Other Woman” on Ultraviolence.