Last night the song “Sonic Reducer” by the Dead Boys popped in my head for some reason. And since I really enjoy sharing cover songs with you all, I thought I’d share Pearl Jam’s version of this seminal punk rock classic. Pearl Jam does one hell of a job with their take on “Sonic Reducer.” Eddie Vedder’s voice was made for this song.
Pearl Jam- Sonic Reducer:
Dead Boys- Sonic Reducer:
I absolutely love finding bad cover songs and sharing them with you all. This one isn’t necessarily horrible but, it leaves a lot to be desired. Ministry is a hard band to cover and if you don’t do it right or justice, it’s going to end up a disappointment. Here is Limp Bizkit covering “Thieves” by Ministry.
Limp Bizkit- Thieves:
I’ve got a really fun cover comparison for you all. Pantera and Machine Head have both covered Black Sabbath’s “Hole In The Sky.” I’m curious to know what version you all think is the best. Take a listen, and let me know what you think!
Pantera- Hole In The Sky:
Machine Head- Hole In The Sky:
The Original: Black Sabbath- Hole In The Sky:
Here is a fun cover song of Judas Priest’s “Painkiller,” by Darkest Hour. While the vocals don’t reach the highs of the legendary Rob Halford, Darkest Hour’s version adds a bit of heaviness and grit to the song in terms of the musical arrangement and tones.
Check it out:
Darkest Hour- Painkiller:
Judas Priest- Painkiller:
Portishead is one of my all time favorite bands. There is something so captivating about their music, that it almost hypnotizes you and takes you on a vision quest. Recently one of my favorite newer bands of the last few years, O’Brother, covered Portishead’s song “Silence” from their album entitled Third. The guys in O’Brother really nail the space and dynamics that the music presents, along with the vocal performance by Tanner Merritt.
Check it out and enjoy!
Metallica does a great job covering the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Tuesday’s Gone.” At Metallica’s 30th anniversary shows, they invited some friends up on stage to join in the cover of this song. Joining them was Pepper Keenan (Down/Corrosion of Conformity), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Jim Martin (Faith No More), and Gary Rossington (Lynryd Skynryd). Check it out!!
Metallica and Friends- Tuesday’s Gone:
Lynryd Skynyrd- Tuesday’s Gone:
This doesn’t need a big introduction. Within The Ruins are a pretty decent band and have some good songs, but this cover they did of the Kansas classic “Carry On Wayward Son” is one of the worst covers I’ve heard.
Within The Ruins- Carry On Wayward Son:
Kansas- Carry On Wayward Son: