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Covering Your Tracks – 46

In a previous CYT, I mentioned traveling to my grandparents house. We’d go every weekend, leaving for the 2 hour drive on Friday, just as the sun was setting. As a small kid I pretty much had what seemed like a huge backseat to myself. It probably seemed huge because it was huge. Have you seen 70s model cars?

As it turned full dark, I’d stretch out on the back seat and listen to tires running over ground, my parents mumbled conversations and the radio, usually WLS out of Chicago. I’m pretty sure you could pick up WLS on the moon. It was AM radio in the 70s, so I got to hear a lot of Top 40 shit like “Afternoon Delight,” “Blinded by the Light,” and the like. I also got to hear the first single I ever begged my parents to buy, Jackson Browne’s “Runnin’ On Empty” from the album of the same name. I loved that song. I still do.

I really love this cover of it by Bob Schneider (it’s from a live performance in Austin, TX. A studio version will be on a forthcoming Jackson Browne tribute album);

Speaking of Bob Schneider, go check out his stuff. The guy is a genius. Hip-hop, rock, blues; the guy genre-hops like a rabbit in a sunny meadow– with grace, agility and a natural instinct.

here’s the magic original version;

Covering Your Tracks – 45

RIP Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus. Here’s Gwar covering Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son.”

Covering Your Tracks – 44

I’m an 80’s teen, and back then liking the movie The Breakfast Club was the law. Luckily, I didn’t need jack-booted Hollywood thugs busting down my door forcing me to like the movie. I love The Breakfast Club, it’ll always be at least in my top 3. I also loved the soundtrack, which of course is best known for Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” which plays over the beginning and end of the movie.

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is a great song, and I’d probably love it no matter who covered it (except Hank Jr). The following is no exception; a cover from the band Life of Agony’s 1995 release Ugly. Its a slow-burn with a goth/industrial feel to it. A bit heavier than the original, but captures the feeling of the song nicely.

[ Don’t You (Forget About Me) | 6:08 | 5.7mb | mp3 ]

And here’s the original;

it was also a crime to NOT do this at the end of the movie

it was also a crime to NOT do this at the end of the movie


it seems like every other day i find another something/somebody covering a tool song on the youtubes. some are okay, some suck, but some are amazing. the following sits in the amazing category:

Break of Reality performs its cello cover of “Lateralus” by Tool, filmed on March 3rd 2012 in Victoria, TX.

you can get Break of Reality’s “Covers” album on iTunes.

Covering Your Tracks – 43

It seems Rob Zombie is everywhere these days. Probably because in the last week or so, he released a new movie, Lords of Salem, and a new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

It is the latter we’re here to talk about though, since on it is a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band,” (from GFR’s 1973 release of the same name).

The structure isn’t changed much, but it does have that Zombie industrial feel to it, a cute/creepy beginning, and a pseudo-live backing track. Even for an old classic, it fits right in with the rest of VRRV.

[ We’re An American Band | 03:29 | 8mb | mp3 ]

Covering your Tracks – 42

On 03.12.13 hard rockers Adrenaline Mob released an album of covers titled Coverta. As a covers album it’s fairly standard stuff. Seems the bulk of it is an homage to Ronnie James Dio, as there are three tracks covered that involved RJD (“Stand Up and Shout [Dio], “Kill the King” [Dio era Rainbow] and “Mob Rules” [Dio era Black Sabbath]). The band also covers Led Zeppelin, Badlands, Van Halen, The Doors, and Heart.

The band does a fine job of recreating the songs. Nothing that really changes the tracks or adds a personal stamp to ’em, tho. ‘Tis, however, a good listen, and worthy of cover collectors.

Coverta01 – High Wire (Badlands cover)
02 – Stand Up And Shout (Dio cover)
03 – Break On Through (The Doors cover)
04 – Romeo Delight (Van Halen cover)
05 – Barracuda (Heart cover)
06 – Kill The King (Rainbow cover)
07 – The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin cover)
08 – The Mob Rules (Black Sabbath cover)

My personal favorite, and the one that, because of the vocal difference, adds a bit of an Adrenaline Mob touch, is the band’s rendition of “Barracuda.”
[ Barracuda | 04:12 | 6mb | mp3 ]