This dude named Ryan Clements (who, nowadays, is the GM at the Skatepark of Tampa) introduced me to Metallica in our 9th grade biology lab back in 1987, right around the same time they released “Garage Days Revisited”. I had no idea what a “cover” even was at that time… but I quickly learned.
Often times, another band just plays the shit out of someone else’s song, and puts the original to shame.
Last month, in my review of Vital Remains: Icons of Evil, I wrote:
… the anthemic “Disciples of Hell” is a rare glimpse of Andrew W.K. style root-fifth-octave stadium rock burned over brimstone…
Little did I know, but that track is actually an Yngwie Malmsteen cover. So, curiosity piqued, I hit up iTMS and bought the original offa’ his “Marching Out” album. If you’re game, I strongly advise that you buy Yngwie’s version before you listen to Vital Remains. It’s your standard late-80s guitar wankery, but it’s not bad overall. It cannot, however, hold a candle to VR’s version, which will surely cave in your skull.
A couple of weekends ago, “Walk the Line” was on cable (again), and I watched it (again). Near the end, I wondered: “Are there any good hardcore metal covers of Johnny Cash tunes?” The answer? Yes, at least one. Go to iTMS and check out “Folsom Prison Blues” covered by Cronic Disorder. The song starts off as you’d expect a Cash cover to… then…
I did a quick review of my iTunes library, and compiled my list of best covers:
|Song Title||Original By||Covered By|
|20 Eyes||Misfits||Shades Apart|
|Astronomy||Blue Oyster Cult||Metallica|
|Bring Tha Noize||Public Enemy||Anthrax|
|Cars||Gary Neuman||Fear Factory|
|Easy (Like Sunday Morning)||The Commodores||Faith No More|
|Get Down Make Love||Queen||Nine Inch Nails|
|Jesus Christ Pose||Sound Garden||Dillinger Escape Plan|
|Last Caress/Green Hell||Misfits||Metallica|
|Lay Lady Lay||Bob Dylan||Ministry|
|The Prince||Diamond Head||Metallica|
|Stone Cold Crazy||Queen||Metallica|
|Sweet Dreams||Eurythmics||Marilyn Manson|
|Tainted Love||Gloria Jones||Soft Cell|
|War Pigs||Black Sabbath||Faith No More|
|Zombie Eaters||Faith No More||Ill Niño|
Also, it doesn’t qualify for the list, but someone finally had the good sense to cover Clutch. Watch Mastodon play “Big News I”.
Which covers did I forget? Know of any others that rock? Comments open!