A few years back, Kerrang magazine put out a Metallica tribute compilation. On that comp a ton of bands like Machine Head, Mastodon, Chimaira, Trivium and a few others. The Mastodon cover of “Orion” is top notch. Machine Head’s version of “Battery” is pretty damn solid.
I love when bands just do covers for fun. Recently, Spirit In The Room (one of the best bands around today), did a fun cover of The Q. Lazzarus song “Goodbye Horses.” You might remember the song from The Silence Of The Lambs. This cover is quite good and fun. You can hear it in their version that they are just having a good time.
Spirit In The Room- Goodbye Horses:
You can see Spirit In The Room Live August 18 at Bar Sinister
It’s really fun to listen to different cover songs and find the one that you really dig. Most of the time the original is the best version but, every now and then, a cover comes along and takes the song in a different direction. One song in particular is Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Over the years many bands have covered it. One group that actually did a great version of it was the Dixie Chicks. Natalie Mains voice is the perfect compliment to Stevie Nicks. Then in the rock world bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and Bush have put out versions. Personally I really like The Smashing Pumpkins version. Billy Corgan brings a vulnerability to the song that was there in the original.
What cover do you like best?
The Smashing Pumpkins- Landslide:
I remember back in 1996 when Marilyn Manson released his version of the Eurythmics song “Sweet Dreams” that it would be really cool if one day he did a version of Gerard McMann’s “Cry Little Sister” from The Lost Boys. Well now over 20 years later, my wish has been granted. Marilyn Manson finally did a cover of the song and it’s just what I expected it to be.
So as you can tell I’m still really digging on The Atlas Moth. Since I saw them live a couple weeks back, I’ve been searching for all things related to the band. I recently stumbled upon this cover they did of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” and I have to say it’s pretty damn good. Check it out and enjoy what The Atlas Moth brings to this Pink Floyd gem.
Ever since I heard the album Seismic by Spotlights, I just can’t get enough of them. They are one of the bright spots in today’s music scene. They have an EP called Hanging By Faith which is out in a couple weeks (June 15 to be exact) which features a really great cover of The Cure’s song “Faith.” Spotlights really knocked it out of the park with their version. It harks back to that era of The Cure but also shows the dynamic range of what Spotlights are more than capable of.
I’m still hoping that one day White Zombie will get back together for at least one show. But at least there is still the music. One of my favorite Kiss songs “God Of Thunder was covered by White Zombie way back when. It’s definitely an interesting cover. Enjoy it!
White Zombie- God Of Thunder:
Kiss- God Of Thunder:
Rob Zombie, Slash, Scott Ian, Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley, Gilby Clarke (from VH1 Rock Honors)- God of Thunder: