Avocado Think Tank with Guacamole: The Artistic Reins

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Not long ago, our esteemed Ex-Prez-In-Rez and I had a discussion regarding Linkin Park’s second album, Reanimation. For those who aren’t familiar with Reanimation, the concept is brilliant in its simplicity: give existing songs to different producers and guests, and see what they’d do with them. In its essence it is a covers album — with the small caveat of being solely comprised of Linkin Park’s own material. I’m hard pressed to think of another album that’s done the same before or after.

Taking a wildly successful album, handing it off to a bunch of producers/artists to reimagine? A risky endeavour, yet Reanimation is the highlight of Linkin Park’s discography. It is, in its conception and execution, an artistic endeavour that completely eclipses its template, Hybrid Theory. There’s a bravery in allowing creative vision to be manipulated by others, yet in this instance it turned out better than the original. Some artists benefit from having absolute creative control, yet, for Linkin Park, the opposite was true. As a more generic band, they profited artistically from allowing external visions to alter their already highly successful product.

This isn’t to say all the songs on Reanimation are quality; quite the opposite. Some songs, particularly the songs where the rap aspect is dominant, are poor at best. However, the songs where the rap takes a backseat to a nu-metal/electronic element truly excel far beyond the originals, making Reanimation a highly successful endeavour, musically and artistically.

This conversation sparked between W. and myself a discussion of the merits of allowing a personal artistic vision to be altered by an outside force, from something as simple as covers to the experiments of Trent Reznor uploading songs online for fans to remix or Carcass’ cover of Bjork’s “Isobel”.

However, not all art, left to the interpretation of external artists, is done well. For an example, compare the versions of “Land of Confusion” below:

Clearly the Disturbed version, regardless of how you feel about Disturbed as a band, is a better interpretation of the original song. In Flames, in a complete appropriation of the original, ruined the feel, vibe, mood — and, as a direct consequence, the message of the original. Sure, it sounds like an In Flames song. But is that what the song should feel like? Or, rather, should the song not sound like a Genesis song but escalated? How well did the bouncy feel of the original track translate into Disturbed’s nu-metal aesthetic? I am inclined to argue that Mike Rutherford’s tune feels better as a nu-metal track than it did as an 80s synth tune. Reanimation took greater risks with the source material than Disturbed did with “Land of Confusion,” but while its songs may have altered the source material as much or more than In Flames did in their above cover, the crucial difference is In Flames appropriated the song, hijacked it, while Reanimation escalated the original material. Linkin Park’s sound was never far away from the electronics-heavy Reanimation, but it feels like a concentrated version of the same material.

Sometimes an artist needs an external influence on their work to escalate it to what it could be, and sometimes the artist needs full creative control to truly realize the pinnacle of their artistic vision. This dichotomy can fluctuate within genres, artists, albums, or even songs. So now it’s your turn: which albums, songs, artists, have benefited from having external influence on their work? (whether that be a new producer or simply a cover) And, conversely, which artists have completely missed the mark in their reinterpretation of another piece of art? Link your examples in the comments below.


(Header image from the album Reanimation by Linkin Park)

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  • COAL ROLL

    today(and life) can’t end fast enough

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      God damn, you are on a roll today. I’m really proud of the voidgazing you’re displaying.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” is a dope ass song.

    • COAL ROLL

      I got that record. regular rotation at parties

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Their remastered self-titled album? fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

        • COAL ROLL

          it’s on Invisible Touch. Atlantic ‎– 81641-1, Embossed cover

    • Guacamole Jim

      Genesis is always a good listen, Gabriel or Collins era.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I think even Phil Collins’ solo work can at times be tolerable as a guilty pleasure.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I wouldn’t even have to feel guilty about jamming “Against All Odds” or “In The Air Tonight”, “… Air Tonight” has got some pretty serious subject matter besides.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Yeah, I like that song. I wouldn’t listen to a whole Phil Collins album, but some of his songs aren’t all that bad.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            GRIND it, amirite?

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            That’s correct.

        • Maik Beninton™

          Also ‘Another Day in Paradise’.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I love Collins era Genesis!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Disturbed and Phil Collins can die in a fucking inferno.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Genesis was a pretty dope band KSOFM.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Maybe the Peter Gabriel era, but I hate Phil Collins in every aspect.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          hahaha

        • Agreed.

    • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

      On behalf of all of Southside Chicago, I apologize for the raging turdstorm that is Disturbed, Chief Keef and Kanye West.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Apology accepted.

      • Vault Dweller

        Yeah, but y’all did right by the Industrial scene with Wax Trax in the 90’s. KMFDM still does shit. That’s worth something, at least, right?!

        Also, I dig like 2 Chief Keef songs #ToiletOvConfessions

        • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

          Indeed! Wax Trax is back in business, btw. It’s owned by Metropolis Records nowadays.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Chief Keef’s funny as hell.

        • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

          Hilariously bad, perhaps. He’s one of the most embarrassing things to ever come out of the Southside (well, besides the rampant murders and shootings).

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            That being said, I still think Disturbed’s The Sickness is more embarrassing than anything Chief Keef ever did.

            OOH-WAH-AH-AH

          • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

            Gah, both are equally as bad!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Man, NOTHING on planet earth could beat that bridge in Down With the Sickness in a cringe contest. One of the worst crimes against music I ever heard. Album gets a 0/10 from me just because of that.

          • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

            I dunno, I forget forget the name of that one black metal band with the out of tune guitar that was on This Toilet Tuesday a couple of weeks ago. That was awful beyond awful.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Terrible as it may be, listen to this part again. There are few things that would make me want to rip my own eyes out because of the unbearable cringe, but holy fucking shit…

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ervrm-bsCVw

          • Maik Beninton™

            Yeah this song would be better off without that part.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            It would still be pretty bad, but that part made it downright catastrophic.

          • Maik Beninton™

            I remember the first time I listened to it, it didn’t have the bridge and I thought it was pretty badass.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Personally I always found The Sickness incredibly stupid. They did a very few semi-tolerable songs on Ten Thousand Fists. Wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to them though.

          • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

            GAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

            http://replygif.net/i/1028.gif

      • Rob M

        I think Im going to need some kind of blood sacrifice to make up for Kanye

        • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

          I listened to a couple of tracks from his new one, and it’s as awful as you’d imagine. Lol, I remember the article on here a while back about Steel Panther being bigger assholes than Kanye. About that……………

      • ME GORAK B.C.™
    • i can overlook A LOT of differences between your and my tastes… but hands off Mr. Collins.

    • Maik Beninton™
  • Dubs

    I mentioned to Jim when discussing this idea that having someone else work on your stuff can be a double-edged sword. I was mainly thinking about Bob Rock and how his influence, like it or not, had a big influence on Metallica capturing a more mainstream sound with the Black album, allowing them to get HUGE. That said, Bob Rock’s influence also had a big impact on St. Anger, so…

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Basically Bob Rock is poopy.

      • Dubs

        Did you ever watch Some Kind of Monster? I kinda got the feeling watching that that he really considered himself a member of Metallica.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, I did actually. Very hard to watch at times. The level of awkward is through the roof on that documentary.

          • Dubs

            Totally. Like when Dave Mustaine was super upset. It’s pretty interesting that the band would put something that vulnerable out there.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, they are turds. This was icing on the cake.

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            I hate the way he talks to them. It’s like he’s speaking to a bunch of children.

            Well…he kind was.

        • RustyShackleford

          Watching him play bass made me feel super awkward. He always looked confused haha

        • Boss the Ross

          Especially when he was playing bass, he looked like the thought he belonged in the band.

        • I wish they would have let the cosby-sweater therapist in the band.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You know that dude had a ton of sick riffs lying around.

          • Dubs

            He listens to celebrities complain all day. You just know he’s translating all that ennui into some potent riffage.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Just buckets and buckets of riffs and hate.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I suppose it depends on what you want. Metallica got HUGE off the Black album, which, in many people’s eyes, was a good move. St. Anger, not so much, but at that point they had FUCK YOU cash lying about, so who cares?

      • FUCK YOU cash >>>>>>>>>

        • Guacamole Jim

          I’m pretty sure I saw you say that first. Shameless ripoffs FTW

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Always enjoyed this cover, but I don’t think it revitalized the original or anything:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HudD7CIxFm0

  • Rob M

    My views on Linkin Park anything can be summed up as such

    https://media.giphy.com/media/h3BNzCAJoYJdC/giphy.gif

    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      NO

      -wait for it-

      ANIME.

      • Rob M

        Megus XLR isnt anime…its concentrated awesome

        • Maik Beninton™

          I remember watching that cartoon, it was awesome, i don’t know what happened to it though.

          • Rob M

            Apparently no one watched it..Shit was funny though, completely pisstake on anime

  • Salvador Dalí Lama

    This is my favorite cover I’ve ever heard. This band terraformed into their own thing so well, I never knew it was a cover song until I googled the guest
    singer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5u_tIld2yE

  • Vault Dweller

    I’m rather fond of A Perfect Circle’s cover of Imagine. I don’t really like Lennon or the original song, but the really dark take by APC is a great reinterpretation that makes an optimistic song pessimistic instead.

    Hail void. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rakape74oNY

    • RustyShackleford

      That’s tight. For some reason I’ve never been able to get into Tool/APC, but maybe now is finally the time!

      • Vault Dweller

        They’re worth at least a little of your time. Howerdel is a pretty solid songwriter… and Josh Freese handled the drums, so you know they’re legit.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          My dad’s friend is friends with Josh Freese.

        • freese kicks ass

      • Salvador Dalí Lama

        All of Tool’s albums have their own feel, you just gotta find the one (or two) that clicks.

        As far as APC goes, this is album is fantastic. It’s like simple, catchy post-rock if I had to call it something. Check out “The Package” and “Blue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=856IA8Bp8es

        • Vault Dweller

          THE PACKAGE is goddamn amazing. One of my favorite tracks from any band in any style.

          Also got soft spots for Pet (track 10), A Stranger (6) and Gravity (12). Looooooove this album a lot. Great one for dealing with those overwhelming feels 😉

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            I love Pet and Outsider too

        • RustyShackleford

          Sweet! I’m gonna put this on in just a bit then.

      • Eliza

        In my opinion, both are great bands, with very distinct styles, that put out interesting and beautiful music. I enjoy Tool more that APC, but nevertheless I love both bands. Give them a shot, I guarantee you’ll find something to make everything worthwhile.

  • RustyShackleford

    Sorry in advance if i’m a poser/people hate this whatever BUT I STILL think Travis Barker does tight remixes. I think he used to do more before he started just doing his own solo stuff, which I haven’t listened to all that much. But stuff like this used to be all the rage for me and my friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOA-6P1IMY0

    • Guacamole Jim

      I don’t care much for Blink or Travis Barker, but I do appreciate that he’s breaking out of his mold and trying to fuse genres together, even if it’s not always my thing. There are a few tracks on his album I really dig.

      • RustyShackleford

        Word. I think his drumming works well for the hip hop remixes cause the dude just hits SO hard. It’s the kinda stuff that made me love Chad Smith/Early RHCP. Just slam the snare as hard as you can! haha

        • Guacamole Jim

          I do enjoy this album. Yelawolf can kick some serious ass when he wants to (read: not his bullshit with Kid Rock).

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2IA7gpnNJI

          • RustyShackleford

            Tight! Interestingly, it’s all thanks to the Toilet I started getting hip hop stuff again.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I’m pretty stoked the Toilet is so hip-hop friendly. It’s given me a lot of good recommendations.

          • Boss the Ross

            WU-TANG!

          • Guacamole Jim

            Ain’t nothing ta fuck wit

          • Boss the Ross

            And is also for the children

          • I have a Wu-Tang tattoo but I’m pretty sure you like the Wu even more than me.

          • Boss the Ross

            Wu- Tang tattoo?!?!
            BAD ASS! I’ve thought about doing that at some point.
            They are one of my favorite music groups ever, across all genres. I just really enjoy the whole idea and how many albums they collectively put out. It’s quite impressive. That and the music is banging.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Wu Tang is for everyone.

          • Boss the Ross

            You’re not wrong.

          • I really, really dug Trunk Muzik when it came out but I feel like he hasn’t done anything nearly as impressive since then.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I agree.. except for this song, which I think is the best thing he’s ever done.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndpryp2OlUQ

          • Dubs

            I sing this to the wife a lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGu_gjMzOW8

          • Guacamole Jim

            GOOD

            TO GO

            GOOD

            TO GO

          • This and that track he did with Gucci Mane were my favs.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCSxE5vkF2Y

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I really dig this tune actually.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Maynard’s Puscifer basically did the remix thing back at the very beginning of the project. Lots of remixes of the same songs by different people. I liked…some of them.

    • Eliza

      You mean those covers like the Bohemian Rhapsody one?

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        No, back in the first few albums, many moons ago, he made an album of original songs, then like the next three releases were all remixes of those songs by different producers.

        • Eliza

          I’ll check them out. I not the biggest fan of them, by ti enjoy them enough to care.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            It’s probably not worth it, the album he released a few years ago, “Conditions of my Parole” is top notch though.

          • Eliza

            I agree, it is a very strong album. Have you listened to Money Shot, because I haven’t yet.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            I have! It’s decent, quite a few great songs but a few snoozers as well.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Dubs

    Perhaps an interesting spin on this topic is whether a band is still the same band after losing all original members. Technically speaking, the newer incarnation would essentially be reinterpreting the material of the older incarnation.

    • COAL ROLL

      I think we all know someone who’s close to an expert on that subject

      • Dubs

        I must be tired today, because I’m not following.

        • COAL ROLL

          Janitor has talked a lot about bands carrying on with no, or only one original member, albeit they’re bands that have minimal followings here

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Technically speaking some bands can carry on with one or no original members. Skynyrd and a lot of the southern rock bands can. Quiet Riot and a lot of hair metal can’t. Three Dog Night certainly can’t and neither can Wishbone Ash.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I was kind of asking the same question on the Intervals article I wrote a while back – I don’t know if they can be called the same, even if they get better.

      • Dubs

        The ideas are certainly connected,

    • Boss the Ross

      Kinda like Napalm Death… at what point did they become a tribute/cover band? And then at what point did they redefine themselves into the Napalm Death we know today?

      • Dubs

        Ha, that’s actually one of the bands I was thinking of.

        • Boss the Ross

          Sepultura came to my mind as well.

          • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

            Andreas Kisser is still in Sepultura, so it has at least one original member. Lol, just because the Cavalera brothers moved on to much worse things doesn’t mean Sepultura broke up.

          • Boss the Ross

            I know, but the idea of just 1 person staying in the band kind of has the same vibe. Even though I’m not a fan, I think it is really cool that they carry on the Sepultura flag and the Cavalera rothers are completely okay with it

          • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

            You’re joking, right? Kisser and the Cavalera brothers bitch about it in pretty much every interview they ever do.

          • Boss the Ross

            Ah, shit. Guess i haven’t watched enough interviews. There hasn’t been legal action taken though, has there?

          • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

            Not sure on that one, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        See I was just going to comment about Napalm Death, and I think they are still Napalm Death even without any original members. It’s an institution.

        • Boss the Ross

          I like how you define them as an institution. And I think the lineup changes really add to the “mythos” of the band, it is an element that is crucial.

        • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

          Kinda like The Residents.

      • Napalm Death is an odd case, they almost redefine themselves with every album and at the same time, it’s still Napalm Death.

        • Boss the Ross

          Well put.

    • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

      Napalm Death and Stratovarius, anybody?

  • No shame, the Disturbed cover of “Land Of Confusion” is very good. I give it 5 OH WA AH AH AH’s.

  • COAL ROLL
    • Boss the Ross

      Richard Cheese is awesome.

  • Boss the Ross

    Nice write up Mr. Guacjim!

    • Guacamole Jim

      Thanks, Jefe the Ross!

  • Maik Beninton™

    You know, I never got interested in Reanimation, because I thought it would be underwhelming with it’s different mixes, now I’m intrigued. Will listen to it on Spotify.
    Btw they did that with their 2012 album Living Things which I also wasn’t interested, but seems to carry today’s electronic music, like dubstep. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIeBBFiCthc

    • Guacamole Jim

      I hadn’t realized they’d done the same thing with Living Things. I’m going to give this a listen today!

      • Maik Beninton™

        Their collaboration with Steve Aoki, the first and only original track on the album is pretty good, I think.

        • Guacamole Jim

          Yeah, it’s very electro house so far. I like the experimentation of Reanimation better, but I’m willing to give this a chance.

          Also, don’t expect Reanimation to be solid all the way through – some songs are bad. But the good ones are totally rocking.

  • RustyShackleford
  • Great cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”. Almost has an R&B feel to it and this girl can really sing.

    http://youtu.be/K9tBRzZhduI

    • Boss the Ross

      Haha! You put Kendra Morris too!

  • Boss the Ross

    I think this is a good example of how a cover can turn the original on its head, but at the same time be super bad ass in its own right.
    https://youtu.be/kBR4Db7u7s8

    • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

      As much as I love Angra, this cover blows the original out of the water.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYBMr6XMBvs

    • You and I are thinking alike today. I posted her version of “Black Hole Sun” above.

      • Boss the Ross

        It’s hard to disagree with a BOSS HM-2. Hell, we share a word in our names.

    • A.P.

      These lyrics take on a really creepy vibe in this version. It’s awesome, thanks for sharing it.

      • Boss the Ross

        Super creepy indeed! No problem

      • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

        Yep! Has a kinda kinky but creepy vibe to it.

    • Dubs
      • Boss the Ross

        That is far more haunting than the original. Thank you for sharing.

    • Dubs
    • Guacamole Jim

      This is awesome!

      • Boss the Ross

        She does an excellent “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” cover as well, gives me goosebumps like the original

        • Guacamole Jim

          Time to listen to a lot more Kendra Morris, methinks.

          • Boss the Ross

            Methinks your methinks is right.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I like the way youthinks, methinks.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    One of my favorite albums is Astral Weeks by Van Morrison which was literally just Van writing all the songs. That’s a good example of when one person dominating an album leads to good results. When it comes to collaborating with an outside source I’ve always liked the remixes that Fear Factory did with other producers. Also, Illud Divinum Insanus: The Remixes was one of the worst examples of reinterpreting someone’s work.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Also speaking of a song being better when covered by another artist here’s an example: The Band wrote the song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Jerry Garcia slows it down and makes it into what they should have made it into. It’s better as a long funeral dirge than what The Band did with it which is shorter and doesn’t really reach the potential of what it could be.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3JaosE-gZE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVFXZDxMzPc

  • Boss the Ross

    Another excellent example for this discussion would be “All along The Watchtower”. Your average person thinks that it is a Hendrix song and at some point, even Dylan was playing Jimi’s version live.

    • Guacamole Jim

      In the same vein, what about “After Midnight” and “Cocaine”? Both tunes were popularized by Clapton, but they were covers. Who now even knows the original JJ Cale tunes?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Technically the Grateful dead popularized After Midnight as it was a live staple of theirs.

        • Guacamole Jim

          I don’t think that’s accurate. While the Dead may have played it live, it was most certainly Clapton who popularized the song.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I was wrong. Clapton did it before the Dead apparently

          • Boss the Ross

            Getting out Dadrocked by Guacjim? Are you feeling okay buddy?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I am. There’s a lot of good examples of songs being improved by certain covers. Jerry Garcia’s solo band did a ton of covers which in my opinion knew how to deconstruct the song and reassemble it in a way that makes it sound different yet also have the same impact on the listener. I gave The Night They Drove Old Dixie down as an example. Another example is And It Stoned Me by Van Morrison. His version was short and to the point. Jerry Garcia’s version was much longer and filled to the brim with difference. There was no sax used but they used an organ to make up for that.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Fk1AM5TfA
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3zAj93dwMA

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, it was on his first solo album from 1970.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I should have known that.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Hendrix did the definitive version. War did the definitive version of Tobacco Road which was a cover of John D Loudermilk. In my opinion the band who did the best job of covering Dylan songs was the Grateful Dead. Dylan has been quoted as saying they knew his music better than he did.

      • Boss the Ross

        I like The Byrds covers as well

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          They did awesome Dylan covers.

          • Boss the Ross

            The 12 strings helped a lot

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It did. Their cover of Mr. Tambourine Man was revolutionary.

  • Dubs

    This isn’t a case of an artist handing over the reins, but Reznor has said that he felt Cash’s cover of “Hurt” was so good that he basically took ownership of it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt1Pwfnh5pc

    • Boss the Ross

      Johnny motherfucking Cash!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It’s his birthday today. He would have been 84.

        • Boss the Ross

          I did not know that, thank you

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I saw it on Facebook.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      That cover is amazing.

      • Boss the Ross

        FACT

      • Dubs

        You aren’t wrong.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I know, doc. I know.

      • OMG YOU AREN’T SHITPOSTING! YAY!

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Nope.

    • Vault Dweller

      This one’s hard to beat… although I DO admittedly prefer NIN’s original… it was totally cool and unexpected to see a dude like Cash cover Nails at all.

      • Dubs

        I prefer the NIN one, but I like both.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Johnny Cash made ‘One’ by U2 great.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGrR-7_OBpA

    • Warheart

      ownership of covers, that’s something Cash did amazingly well.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyvFhrDzLfY

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtbuUlSGXzc

      • Boss the Ross

        That Rusty Cage cover is phenomenal

        • Warheart

          It is indeed, I actually prefer the way Cash did the second half of the song.

          • Boss the Ross

            That lone acoustic riff followed by complete jammage gets me every time

      • RJA
  • Boss the Ross

    Here’s a cover that will blow your mind…
    https://youtu.be/cKo4FMzt_hM

    • Eliza

      … I at least know what I’ll see in my dreams tonight.

      • Boss the Ross

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

        • Eliza

          -_-

          • Boss the Ross

            I meant no disrespect, but that legitimately made me laugh.

          • Eliza

            It’s not like I’d really get mad over something like this and I’m glad I managed to make somebody laugh, so don’t worry.

          • Boss the Ross

            Solid

          • Eliza

            On another note, I never thought Shatner could be this creepy.

          • Boss the Ross

            Haha, right? He’s one of my favorites, but damn!

    • you should check out his cover of Pulp’s “Common People”. if you’ve never heard of Pulp before, just pay attention to the lyrics: you’ll still get a laugh or two out of it

  • On the subject of missing the mark, this is buttz
    http://youtu.be/ENfhEpoNQw8

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Agreed.

    • Vault Dweller

      You know it’s bad when it’s not even lolbuttz, but merely buttz.

      • d00d i’m kind of feeling a buttz paradox here. can we tag @Dagon in?

      • If you can’t lol then its just buttz.

  • BobLoblaw

    That Carcass version is awesome (its Bjork so that stands to reason).
    UNRELATED: https://arntobsidian.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/can-this-be-a-solution-to-small-and-medium-sized-bands-struggling-to-make-ends-meet/
    Pretty interesting.

  • Warheart

    I haven’t seen that cover before, that’s a Zaku.

    YES, ANIME

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  • Boss the Ross

    I enjoy Melvins sludgey renditions of these classics, totally creates a new vibe
    https://youtu.be/DB19kSIrFNc
    https://youtu.be/5lZx4B1w6Wo

    • Eliza

      The “My Generation” cover is a vastly different interpretation from the original, but that’s what makes it work.

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  • Meshuggah – Attacked by a Shark (#dubspoints)
    Strapping Young Lad – Room 429 (#gorakpoints)
    and finally Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love (#ksofmpoints, huehue)

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  • DVRKBEVRD

    im now convinced, more than ever, that most of the sheeple who work at Chik fil A are closet homosexuals

  • Rob M
    • Haha, they were sick live.

      • Rob M

        Yeah..that set completely slayed

    • Pooptown Funky Booger Riot

      The song or the fact that they put Billy The Big Mouth Bass on the cover?

      http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/1348837/big-mouth-billy-bass-o.gif

      • Rob M

        Hahaha…The song…always thought it was terrible

        Im kinda partial to the album cover, after I realized its a musky the size of a school bus

    • I like that album, but that cover is a flushable piece, jajaja.

      • Rob M

        ..it really is

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I do love Joy Division, and on paper this shouldn’t work. But for me it’s soul chilling in the best possible way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aAU9xDWDwM

  • Count_Breznak

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDUsVmIMSMc Just better than the original in every aspect.

  • Waynecro

    Great article, Mr. Jim; however, this shit is far too thought provoking for the Friday I’m having. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkqCrpiOKEM

    • Boss the Ross

      Haha, what the hell?

      • Waynecro

        Milking the Goatmachine also does a serviceable cover of “Last Caress” by the Misfits.

        • Boss the Ross

          I’ll be looking that up in a little while.

  • Óðinn

    Re-Animation is one of the greatest songs of all time.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SMO26g9jCpE

  • Óðinn

    Canada’s Thrash Metal masters.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vNIdzhI4ZIQ

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  • Guppusmaximus

    I guess I don’t agree that what Linkin Park did was brilliant. Sure it might be risky but it doesn’t require the band to do any work. Basically, a free pass. And, it’s not like they invented the idea. Remixes stemmed from the whole Electronic / Industrial movement where artists either covered another’s work or were involved in the creation process. Personally, I liked what Orbital did with the theme from The Saint. By today’s standards it doesn’t sound like much but back then it was pretty innovative especially if you listen to the original (Oh and I absolutely love Opeth’s cover of ‘Would’ – second video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCVuIsw78yA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp3HD7JGTBw