Worst Cover Songs: Gone Is Gone (Portishead)- Roads

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There is a new “collective group” (I’ve stopped using the term Supergroup) out called Gone Is Gone. It’s made up of Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age, Tony Hajjar of At The Drive In and Mike Zarin. On paper this sounds like it could sound really cool, but it just doesn’t do it sadly. So much talent, but the execution is lackluster. Speaking of lackluster, on their full length debut album Echolocation, Gone Is Gone did a cover of Portishead’s “Roads.” Their version really misses the mark and is quite possibly one of the worst covers I’ve ever heard. Hear it for yourself.

Gone Is Gone- Roads:

 

Portishead- Roads (Studio Version from Dummy):

 

 

Portishead- Roads (Live Version from Roseland Ballroom 1998):

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9 comments

  1. Quite possibly one of the worst write ups on an amazing gathering of musicians and a most amazing, one of a kind tribute to a down tempo group by a rock group. Rarely does anyone ever capture the original essence of a classic, like Roads, but that is rarely the point. The point is to pay homage and have fun covering a mutually adored song by the group performing it.

    1. Hi Chris,

      I’m sorry you felt that way about my take on that cover. As a HUGE Portishead fan, I really thought it didn’t do it justice. I get what you are saying about paying homage and having fun but, in all honesty it really fell flat. I do thank you for checking out the site and messaging me. I hope you found some other bands and articles that you dug as well. Since you are a Portishead fan, check out this cover of Silence done by the band O’Brother. I think you’ll really enjoy this one! https://audioeclectica.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/cover-song-obrother-portishead-silence/

      Thanks for taking the time to check out the site.

      Brian

      1. If your opinion is subjective and biased, if your arguments have no reasons and if you can´t defend your point beyond a childish “you hater!” “you troll!” response, then you´re wrong!

        Taking everything too personal will kill you, just grow a pair and learn to have valid opinions or to describe better than “i really hate this” or ” i really like this”.

        Your opinions are basic, simple, and dull, you talk about the cover of Portishead being lackluster, well, your “review” is below that. You should do something you’re good for, writing and thinking are not your superpowers.

        Don’t judge more than you have sold!

      2. First. You don’t know me so who are you to judge.

        Second. It wasn’t even a “review.” It was a quick statement about something I didn’t dig. Thankfully in this world there are more than one flavor of something. You are more than welcome to think I’m wrong but don’t attack me. If you didn’t have anything nice to say in the first place then you shouldn’t have said anything at all.

        My opinions are my own whether or not you agree. I created an outlet for people to discover things musically that they might enjoy and might not. Obviously you liked that cover of the Portishead song. I know plenty of people that didn’t. So are they wrong too?

    1. It’s all a matter of opinion and people have different tastes. Being a huge Portishead fan and Roads being one of those untouchable songs. It doesn’t work. Also there is no need to be rude and call people names.

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