I said I would do my Best Cover Songs list, so here we go.
This is another list where I went and checked what RetroCrush had. I agree with a lot of their choices, but there are a few on there that would definitely be on my WORST list.
While reading that list, I realized that this has been done a million times before. I’m sure I’ve done it at least twice in various incarnations of my blogs. So this time around, I’m going to pick some covers that don’t often appear on other people’s lists. There are a few familiar ones in here, but most of them are ones that I might not have talked about before.
QOTSA – Never Say Never (Romeo Void)
Well, we all know my obsession with QOTSA. They do a lot of fine covers (The Kinks Next in Line, Turbonegro’s Dungaree High) but this one is sublime. They take the 80′s cheese right out of the song and add a layer of decadence to it.
Hellacopters – Working For MCA (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
I do love the original, but the Hellacopters give this more of a raw edge.
Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hanging On (Supremes)
I talked about this one here.
Faith No More – This Guys’s In Love With You (Herb Alpert)
Most people who put a Faith No More song on their cover list pick Easy. While that’s a great cover, this is the one that blows me away. Mike Patton gets to live out his obvious dream of being a lounge singer here.
Goldfinger – Rio (Duran Duran)
Simply for the part at the end where he sings “His name is Dio….Ronnie James Dio….”
Anthrax – Got the Time (Joe Jackson)
Love the original, but Anthrax speeds this up enough so that you feel almost manic trying to sing it.
Richard Cheese – Down With The Sickness (Disturbed)
I’m a big fan of Mr. Cheese. Choosing a song by him for this list is kind of like choosing something by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (which I have a general rule against); all they do is covers. But I’ve let my rules go for this one. I do that sometimes. Of all the Richard Cheese covers I adore, this song is my favorite for the sincerity in which he lounge-sings the line you fucker get up, come on get down with the sickness. Also, the use of this tune in the remake of Dawn of the Dead was probably the best placement of a song in a movie, EVER.
Gypsy Kings – Hotel California (Eagles)
Two words: Big Lebowski
Dead Kennedys – Viva Las Vegas (Elvis)
Jello doing Elvis is delicious.
Lovage – Sex (I’m A…) (Berlin)
If you have never heard the Lovage album Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By, go buy it/download it NOW. I’m not one for having music on while gettin’ horizontal, but whenever someone asks that ubiquitous question “What’s the best music to fuck to?” I always answer with this album. Their rendition of “Sex” will leave you breathless.
Quicksand – How Soon is Now (The Smiths)
I think there are a million covers of this song. I used to collect them. This one is my favorite version. It’s got a metal feel to it, but they still keep the emo-drama of the original. Don’t even bring up that Snake River Conspiracy cover of this. I hate it.
Filter – One (Three Dog Night)
They manage to take a song that, as a kid, made me feel sad and lonely and make it even more morose and depressing. Good job.
Deftones – The Chauffeur (Duran Duran)
It’s sexy, it’s dark and I like it better than the original.
Rammstein – Stripped (Depeche Mode)
Talk about making a song your own. While they keep the music mostly intact, the German accent and deep voice gives this one a darkness and evilness that was not present in the DM version, yet at the same time, it comes out sounding almost absurd.. I love Rammstein.
Supersuckers – Get It On (Turbonegro)
Two great tastes together at last. If you don’t know either of these bands, try them out.
Slayer – Guilty of Being White/Filler/I Don’t Want to Hear It (Minor Threat)
Most Slayer fans hate the album Undisputed Attitude, in which they cover 80′s hardcore punk songs. I love Slayer and I love hardcore punk, so maybe that’s why I kind of enjoyed this album. And when one of your favorite bands covers another of you favorite bands, that makes it even better. Hearing Slayer do Minor Threat makes me smile.
And there you have it. All I have time for right now. Share your favorite cover songs and maybe I’ll come back later and give a list of more popular cover tunes that I like.