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Metal Monday: Metal Covers Of Non-Metal Songs

Cover tunes have been a big part of pop music in the last few decades, and an even bigger part of music throughout history (though the idea of a cover tune is rather new, they’re historically known as standards). Some covers are well known to be remakes, other times people don’t even know songs they love are covers. For example, you might not know Jimi Hendrix wasn’t the original performer of “All Along The Watchtower” —that one’s a Bob Dylan song. But, cover songs aren’t only for rock and pop artists.  Metal artists do their fair share of covers as well, sometimes even full albums (See Overkill, Rage Against The Machine and Evergreen Terrace).

Personally, I think metal musicians covering songs that weren’t originally metal songs is rather brilliant. Here are some great renditions of songs that are decidedly more heavy than their originals:

  1. “Still Fly” by Big Tymers, as covered by The Devil Wears Prada for the compilation Punk Goes Crunk
  2. “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, as covered by August Burns Red for the Punk Goes Pop Vol. 2 compilation
  3. “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, as performed by Children of Bodom on their album Skeletons In The Closet
  4. “The Sound Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, as performed by Nevermore on their album Dead Heart In A Dead World
  5. “Everything Counts” by Depeche Mode, as covered by In Flames on their 1997 album Whoracle
  6. “White Room” by Cream, as performed by Demons & Wizards as a bonus track on their self-titled album
  7. “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” by Elton John, as performed by Flotsam & Jetsam on their album No Place For Disgrace
  8. “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen, as performed by Motörhead


Little Steven Van Zandt

Little Steven Van Zandt

Garage rock is one genre that refuses to die. From its humble beginnings in 1960′s American suburbia with groups like The Kingsmen to the release of Black Lips‘ most recent LP, 200 Million Thousand—the predecessor to punk has aged quite well. One of today’s  most popular outlets for garage rock is a nationally syndicated radio program called Little Steven’s Underground Garage, which is hosted by Steven Van Zandt—longtime guitarist for Bruce Springsteen‘s E-Street Band. Thanks to Little Steven, bands like The Raveonettes and The Mooney Suzuki were able to get air time on commercial radio stations throughout the US. The most fascinating part of the weekly program is how bands of old and new are presented with equal importance as each playlist intermingles garage classics with new releases. If you’re scouting for the next Von Bondies and can’t wait until show time then you should give these groovy Garage Rockin’ artists on OurStage a try. A bit of warning: you might just wind up buying a Farfisa.


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