Covering Your Tracks – 35

I remember when I was a young boy taking long trips on weekends from our house to my grandparent’s house some 2 hours away. During the drive, mostly in the dark, I would crawl under covers in the back seat and zone out to my Dad’s choice of AM radio Top 40. I learned to love “Afternoon Delight” and other 70s greats. One song I waited patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) to hear was Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band on the Run.” It is just a brilliant song, and served to separate Paul McCartney from his Beatle persona and establish him as an artist in his own right.

The song hasn’t been covered a lot (at least as far as my limited research (which is to say hardly any) has informed me). Probably because its so unique. It would take an equally unique band to do it. Enter, then, Foo Fighters, and their 2011 release of a cover songs album, Medium Rare.

Medium Rare covers a variety of artists including Pink Floyd, Joe Walsh, Prince and more. The Foos also tried their hand at “Band on the Run.” The result is… interesting. Foo Fighters have a pretty discerning sound. When you hear a Foo song, you know who it is. So taking a band that recognizable sound-wise, and combining it with a song that defined a band results in what you’d expect. The Foo Fighters covering “Band on the Run.” Not great, but not too bad, and a little more modern.

Here’s the cover. What do you think?

The original:

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