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18 Great Rock & Metal Cover Songs (part 1)

Cover Songs Part 1

Somebody stole my honey! I’ll get to cover songs, just bear with me. I was checking my stock the other day and I’m sure it was supposed be bigger than it actually is? This is making me hangry! Hungry and angry! I must admit I gained few pounds but this is just some winter fat. I am fluffier than ever, and I give great cuddles. Beat that! Well, I had needed to calm myself down, so I put on some music, which always helps.

My iPod shuffle selected Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson. Nice one! Perfect for my anger; let’s focus it on someone imaginary. I’m sorry I don’t pray that waaay! I like this cover better than the original. That got me thinking about all the great rock and metal covers I have found so far, so I compiled a list. I like to pile up things; I admit I’m a hoarder. Maybe I will need this cheap pink fuzzy keychain from 2004 somewhere in the near future. Well, here is the first part of my top picks. I think they all did originals a justice or even outperformed them. I hope you enjoy my very beary selection!


1) Johnny Cash – Hurt

“Hurt” is a song performed by Nine Inch Nails and written by its leader Trent Reznor. It was released on their second studio album, The Downward Spiral in 1994. In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song for his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. This one made Johnny his own. Accompanied by the video portraying a 71 year old frail man looking back on his life, it really touches your heart. He died just seven months after the filming. The video was named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME in July 2011. Although, not really appropriate for the honey-lacking situation. I would cry my eyes out.


2) Nightwish – Walking in the Air

Howard Blake wrote “Walking in the Air” for the 1982 animated film The Snowman. The cover song was released by the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish on their second album Oceanborn in 1998. I’ve loved this film and the theme song since I was a kid, therefore this one is one of my favourites’ favourites. Yes, I just wrote that and I’m sticking to it. This one is definitely better than original.


3) Dropkick Murphys – Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya

Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” (also known as “Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye” or “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya”) is a popular traditional song. It is also a powerful anti-war song. It was written by Joseph B. Geoghegan in 1867. The song was recorded by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem on their self-titled album in 1961. In 2007, Dropkick Murphys included a cover version on their 2007 album, The Meanest of Times. Hairy ears love Dropkick Murphys and this is one of my favourite songs. When on the road to sweet Athy, hurroo, hurroo!


4) Faith No More – Easy

“Easy” was written by Lionel Richie and performed by Commodores. It was released in March 1977 on their album, Commodores. Faith No More recorded their cover version for their forth studio album called Angel Dust. It was released as a single in 1992. What can I say; I like the sound of Mike Patton’s voice. He’s weird and mysterious just like me, although I hope not that hairy.


5) Guns N’ Roses – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was written and recorded by Bob Dylan, for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. In 1987, Guns N’ Roses released a live version on the maxi-single of “Welcome to the Jungle”. They recorded a studio version in 1990 for the soundtrack of the film Days of Thunder, which was later slightly modified for the 1991 album Use Your Illusion II. This is one hell of an album, I have a copy myself. Sorry Bob but hairy ears like the cover version better and I’m sure their live performance holds the crowd more engaged.


6) Jimi Hendrix Experience – All over the Watchtower

Here is another one from our friend Bob. Although he is undoubtedly a skilled songwriter, other bands seem to perform his songs better. Just kidding, or am I? Bob Dylan wrote and recorded “All Along the Watchtower” in 1967 and released it on his album John Wesley Harding. Even though it was covered by numerous artists, “All Along the Watchtower” is strongly identified with the version Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded for Electric Ladyland, which was released just six months after Dylan’s original recording. It was ranked 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


7) Joe Cocker – With A Little Help from My Friends

“With a Little Help from My Friends was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was released on The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. A recording of the track by Joe Cocker became a hit single in 1968. Cocker performed it at Woodstock in 1969 and that performance was included in the documentary film about the festival. In 2001, Cocker’s version, which featured Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Procol Harum’s B.J. Wilson on drums, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. I’ve always thought this was Cocker’s song…


8) Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love

“Tainted Love” was composed by Ed Cobb and originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. Marilyn Manson’s arrangement was based on 1981 Soft Cell’s version. They released the cover song in 2001 as a single from the Not another Teen Movie soundtrack. Once I ran to you, now I ran from you has never felt so vivid. Although, I’m sure he wouldn’t have to be the one running, screaming it like that.


9) Disturbed – Sound of silence

I have been a fan of this particular song for such a long time that I didn’t really believe that someone was able to cover it and not ruining it in the process. “The Sound of Silence” is a song performed by Simon & Garfunkel. It was written by Paul Simon and released in 1964 on their debut album Wednesday Morning 3 AM. In 2015, a cover version was released by heavy metal band Disturbed and left me speechless.

To be continued…

If you are interested in part 2, come back on Monday!


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