Hey, I’m back. I’m sure you can’t wait for the second part of The Great Rock & Metal Cover Songs (here you can find part 1). I am not going to write a long introduction, because I am going to die. My tummy is filled with Easter goodies. Tomorrow I will just roll myself down to the river. I am never going to lose weight like this. My buddy Rob (he’s a rabbit, who loves to rap and goes by the name RabRob <- he just made me wrote that) brought so many eggs that I’ve been eating them for three days and I still got some left for tomorrow. I really don’t know where he gets them. And he’s being so mysterious about it.
Also, he makes these little chocolate bunnies, little statues of himself and everyone in the woods gets one. He’s a good guy, but he sure does go crazy around Easter. And me too, how can a bear eat 30 chocolate bunnies in one day? I don’t know if I can bear with myself… Anyways, my selection is still very beary and in my opinion, my comments are quite entertaining, so I would not miss this if I were you.
10) Guns N’ Roses – Live and Let Die
“Live and Let Die” is the main theme song of the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Paul’s band Wings. Guns N’ Roses released their version as the second single from Use Your Illusion I in 1991. The cover was nominated for “Best Hard Rock Performance” during the 1993 Grammy Awards. GNR made some good cover songs, didn’t they?
11) Faith No More – War Pigs
“War Pigs” is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It was written by their bassist Geezer Butler and released in 1970 on their album Paranoid. Faith No More made a cover version in 1989, which was included on their ground-breaking album The Real Thing. This is one of my favourite albums from one of my favourite bands! If you haven’t heard it yet, I recommend it! You’ll be beary grateful.
12) Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle
“Cat’s in the Cradle” (spelled “Cats in the Cradle” in Ugly Kid Joe’s version) is a 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin from the album Verities & Balderdash. Chapin’s recording of the song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1992, the hard rock band Ugly Kid Joe included a cover of the song, renamed “Cats in the Cradle”, on their debut album America’s Least Wanted. The original isn’t always best!
13) Nirvana – The Man Who Sold the World
“The Man Who Sold the World” is a song written and performed by David Bowie. It is the title track of his third album, which was released in the US in November 1970 and in the UK in April 1971. The song has been covered by numerous artists. Nirvana performed the song live for MTV’s show Unplugged in 1993. It was released on their MTV Unplugged in New York album the following year. Fun fact about Nirvana’s cover version was written by Nicholas Pegg in his book The Complete David Bowie: “In the wake of Nirvana’s release, Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter “kids that come up afterwards and say, ‘It’s cool you’re doing a Nirvana song.’ And I think, ‘Fuck you, you little tosser! ‘” xD
14) Korn – Word Up!
“Word Up!” is a funk and R&B song recorded by American band Cameo in 1986. It was written by Larry Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins. It is also well-known by its MTV music video. When I think about it, I get the image of Larry Blackmon wearing his red groin protector over his tights in my head. It reminds me of Superman. I can’t help it! It’s fucking red; it draws attention. xD Korn remade its musical arrangements similar to the version by Gun (I prefer Korn’s obviously), except it is played in a lower sounding 7 string guitar tuning. They released it as the first track featured on their 2004 retrospective album, Greatest Hits, Volume 1.
This song is a classic. Now all you sucker DJs who think you’re fly there’s got to be a reason and we know the reason why you try to put on those airs and act real cool but you’ve got to realize that you’re acting like fools – this part reminds me of every EDM DJ (or whatever are they calling themselves these days) today.
15) HIM – Wicked Game
“Wicked Game” is a song by American rock musician Chris Isaak, released from his third studio album Heart Shaped World in 1989. The Finish band HIM remade it and released it as a single from the album Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666. They made it less whiny, bears always approve that.
16) Rage against the Machine – Renegades of Funk
I discovered this song as well as few others, while playing Need for Speed Underground. It has a killer soundtrack. If I am truly honest, I never knew it was a cover version until recently. “Renegades of Funk” is a song written by Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller & John Robie and recorded by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force. In 2000, Rage against the Machine recorded the song on its cover album Renegades, which also features a percussion interpolation of the Incredible Bongo Band’s piece “Apache.” Their version sure fits NFS perfectly. Still one of my favourite games! Yes, bears play video games, too. It’s a bit harder with the paws and all, but we manage it.
17) Marilyn Manson – Personal Jesus
“Personal Jesus” is a song by the English band Depeche Mode, released in 1989 as the lead single from their seventh album, Violator. Marilyn Manson covered the song in 2004. The cover appears on the band’s best-of compilation Lest We Forget: The Best Of. Reach out and touch faith! I am reaching out but I think I’ve just grabbed a bunny’s ass. He’s already angry with me from the last time when I have mistaken him for a toilet paper. It happens. Overall, this song rocks in both arrangements.
18) Metallica – Whiskey in the Jar
“Whiskey in the Jar” is a well-known Irish traditional song. Metallica covered it in 1998. They released it as the lead single from the album Garage Inc., which is a compilation of cover songs. Their version is very similar to that of Thin Lizzy’s, although with a heavier sound. They won a Grammy for the song in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Yes, I put them last. Not that this list is in any kind of special order. Or there is? Well, I used to be a huge Metallica fan (they were my masters and I was their puppet) but The Garage Inc. was already in the era of me not being a fan at all. Although I bought the album, I wasn’t impressed. I like the cover versions of Tuesday’s Gone and Die Die My Darling but that’s pretty much it. This one is OK, I guess. But knowing what Metallica was capable of… meh.
Did I forget some of your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!