Alternate Versions

End Of Album Songs: Failure- Daylight

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One of my all time favorite bands is Failure. Ever since I was a kid and heard them (pretty sure it was Magnified that I heard), I was sold. Then comes 1996 and they release one of my all time favorite albums in Fantastic Planet. For over 20 years, this album has yet to leave my rotation. It’s a perfect album and one that has gone on to influence and inspire countless other bands and artists. In a way, Fantastic Planet is the new equivalent to the first album by The Velvet Underground. Anyways, I could go on and on about the awesomeness of this record. Instead let’s focus on how great of a song “Daylight” is to end the album. Clocking in at 6 minutes long, this song is epic and one of those songs that makes you want to start the album all over again. The way the music starts and builds creates this amazing tension that finally explodes at the end. “Daylight” is an absolute essential song to listen to on how to close out an album properly. Everything about this song is stunnging from the way Ken, Greg and Kellii all play off each other, the production, the lyrics and melody and to top it off the tones, oh the tones! Bottle those tones and sell them!

Failure- Daylight:

Failure- Daylight (Live at The El Rey- Reunion Show, 2014):

New Release: Centershift- My Own World (Live)

If you aren’t familiar with Centershift yet, you should really get on that! They’ve already released their first song “9” a couple months ago and now they have sort of leaked another song. This new track “My Own World” is one of my favorite Centershift songs. Having been to the first couple Centershift shows, this song is fast becoming a fan favorite. Every time I hear this song, I feel compelled to want to hear it again. It’s a rocking song with soaring melodies and a chorus that is sure to ignite many sing alongs.

Centershift- My Own World (LIVE):


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Alternate Versions: Mrs. Piss- Self Surgery (LIVE)

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This is one of my favorite side projects I’ve heard in quite a while. If you aren’t familiar with Mrs. Piss you have been missing out. Comprised of Chelsea Wolfe (vocals/guitar) and Jess Gowrie (drums), Mrs. Piss is a departure from what they do in Chelsea’s solo stuff. The project began while the two were touring around together during Wolfe’s Hiss Spun album in 2017. This music is heavier and channels some of the gnarliest, noisiest grunge-sludge sounds of the Nineties, plus plenty of the era’s riot grrrl attitude. This session was recorded in December of 2020 in Northern California and it offers a different take from the studio recordings.


Mrs. Piss- Self Surgery (LIVE):

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Alternate Versions: The Doors- Riders On The Storm (Demo)

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L.A. Woman, the final album by The Doors, turns 50 this year. In celebration of that, there is a new reissue of the album featuring all sorts of new goodies. This 50th Anniversary Deluxe Version is a 1LP/3-CD collection featuring the original album remastered by the bands longtime engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as two-hours of studio sessions and demos. This is the earliest known recording of “Riders on The Storm,” recorded at Sunset Sound Studios and it’s quite awesome!


The Doors- Riders On The Storm (Sunset Sound Demo):

Alternate Versions: Anthrax- The Greater Of Two Evils

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I’ve always found it interesting when bands get a new singer and they try to do the older material with the previous singer. Sometimes it turns out great and others well, let’s just say not so good. Anthrax though is a band that has been able to capture almost the same energy on their re-records of old songs that was there when they first recorded the songs. I will gladly admit that my favorite singer in Anthrax was John Bush. He brought so much more to the table and was such a great piece to the band. Even when John would sing the old Belladonna/Turbin era songs, he did it with such a genuine and ferocious approach, it’s like these song became a part of him. Back in 2004, Anthrax did something interesting and went into the studio with John and re-recorded 14 songs from the band’s early era that were first released between 1983 and 1990. The final track listing was decided by a vote on the band’s website. The track list was then recorded by the band “live” in the studio over two days. The album was originally going to be named “Metallum Maximum Aeturnum”, with possible plans to change it to “Old School, New School, Our School: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum” or “Metal Thrashing Mad: Metallum Maximum Aeturnum”. John was such a dynamic frontman for Anthrax. His voice and writing ability led to so many great songs for the band. Even though John has said many times that Joey is the right voice for the band, I still think John was the perfect person for the job and he made those songs his own.

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Deep Cuts: Metallica- Dyers Eve

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The first Metallica album I ever heard was And Justice For All and from that point I was hooked. I was only 4 at the time but, it all made so much sense to me. Throughout the years of me listening to the album, I’ve come to love certain songs a ton. One of which is “Dyers Eve.” The songs lyrics is a rant from Hetfield to his parents and it’s such a poignant rant too. Musically, this song rips. It’s a “thrashterpiece” of epic proportions. Interestingly too, this song was debuted live in 2004, sixteen years after it was recorded, at a show in Los Angeles during the bands 2004 Madly In Anger With The World Tour. Also, as an album closer, what a way to end it on.


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Metallica- Dyers Eve (Live At The Forum, 2004):

Alternate Versions: Metallica- Sad But True

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Metallica’s “Sad But True” is one of the best tracks on their “Black Album.” It’s one of those songs that when they play it live, it’s even bigger than the studio version. A few days ago, Metallica announced a huge deluxe version of their now legendary “Black Album.” In this edition, there will be tons of bonus tracks including demos and alternate versions of songs. To get things going, the first one the band released is this badass version of “Sad But True.” According to the notes, this was take number 36 of the song and features a bunch of different things.


Metallica- Sad But True (Take 36- February 5th, 1991):

Alternate Versions: Korn- Beg For Me & Falling Away From Me

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Woodstock 1999 has a very interesting history. Despite the riots, fires, rapes, price gouging and the other atrocities that happened, there were quite a few outstanding performances. One of those that I remember being a stand out was Korn’s set. This was before they were finished with their fourth album (and my second favorite album of their’s) Issues. Their set that night included 2 songs from Issues, “Falling Away From Me” and “Beg For Me” both with different lyrics than what is on the final versions. Both of these versions are quite different and give a bit of a different vibe than you’ve heard. I’d personally love for this set to be released officially. If you haven’t heard these before you are in for a treat and if you have, well now you can enjoy them again!


Korn- Beg For Me (Live at Woodstock 99):

Korn- Falling Away From Me (Live at Woodstock 99):

Alternate Versions: The Tea Party- Psychopomp (Live)

A while back I wrote about a band you might have missed along your musical journey called, The Tea Party. This astonishing three piece band from Canada, is seriously one of the best bands in the last 25 years. They are one of those bands that has the ability to add elements to their sound without losing sight of the overall sound objective. Their 1997 album, Transmission, is a wonderful mix of heavy rock, blues, world music and on this one they added an electronic/industrial tinge to it. One of the best songs on the album (and my favorite song of theirs), “Psychopomp” is stunningly epic. The studio version is one thing but, the live version of this song is on a whole other level.

The Tea Party- Psychopomp (LIVE):

Psychopomp (Album Version):

Alternate Versions: Emma Ruth Rundle- Darkhorse (LIVE)

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Since the whole pandemic began, I’ve been going back to albums I haven’t really delved deep into. One of those albums is Emma Ruth Rundle’s fantastic 2018 album, On Dark Horses. While listening and getting more and more engrained into the album. I developed a keen fascination with the song “Darkhorse.” This song is hauntingly beautiful and poetic. Every time I go back to this album, I’m compelled to listen to this song at least 5 times. It’s a very powerful and hypnotic song. One of those that will have you coming back more and more. The entire album, On Dark Horses is one of those albums that needs to heard and talked about. I could go on and on about it but it’s much better if you just listen for yourself.


Emma Ruth Rundle- Darkhorse (Live On KEXP 2018)


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