I piled so many scripts into the first post that they were jamming, so I had to cut it in half. This is a continuation of the Top Five (and then some) Heavy Metal Covers of Classic Songs. Enjoy!
My brother writes in: “Now that we’re onto bad covers, how about the Limp Bizkit cover of ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ (The Who)? I’m guessing its the only classic rock cover that features a Speak and Spell in lieu of a guitar solo.”</p>
<p>True, The Who’s FM standard was given a completely uninspired (and purely unnecessary) rendition by a shirtless, pouting Fred Durst. The video features him kissing Halle Berry, just to make it even more unbearable. Sadly, this cover also became a staple of FM radio for several years.
It seems that Marilyn Manson covered “Tainted Love,” a song first recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964 and again in 1981 by Soft Cell. The Manson version is decidedly the weakest and most pretentious of the three.
Kyle: How about Opeth’s cover of Deep Purple’s “Soldier of Fortune?”
Eric writes in: KEEL’s cover of the Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together” . . . Ron Keel. please stop. But you can’t stop him.&
More: I submit to the court Flotsam and Jetsam doing Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fightin'” . . . ouch!
Ffej Philosophizes: “Are not all covers bad? Well, maybe not as bad as “Behind Blue Eyes” by Limp Bizkit, but aren’t they? If it is a truly classic song they are already crapping on a rose. Besides, music is about personal taste. Believe it or not, somebody out there loves that Limp Bizkit song. Probably Fred. Don’t get me wrong, it is fun and interesting to hear a bands take on a classic song and it is a very cool list. I feel like quite the tool for offering Dark Angel now that I bothered to check Ernie’s site. Tool? hmmmm… I stand corrected, I really enjoyed Kiss’s “Calling Dr. Love” by Tool. But that’s just me.”
“With the rebirth of Anvil (from the documentary) I was reminded of them doing “Paint it Black” (rather forgettable).”
WASP does it too (how many covers do they have?). Also, they do a cool cover of The Who’s “Real Me.” Check it out.
Motley Crue’s cover of The Beatles song “Helter Skelter.” The first song inspired the Manson family to commit atrocities. The Motley Crue cover proved rather tame by comparison. Some rock critics have pointed to “Helter Skelter” as the first heavy metal song, and if you check out the Fab Four banging it out you won’t disagree. It was fully appropriate for Motley Crue, then in their best years, to do their own chugging, though less dangerous, version of the song.
Nothing’s as bad as Motorhead’s cover of “Louie Louie.” Recent reissues of their early albums include numerous versions. Richard Berry’s 1955 standard (best known in The Kingsmen’s version of 1963) is painfully unimaginative to being with, but it takes Motorhead’s completely uninspired playing to make it truly tedious. Anyone who has had to listen to (or perform in) a high school marching band clomping its dopy way through this song will understand why no one, not even consumate rockers like Motorhead, could make it work. Even Iggy Pop couldn’t do it, and he’s a master of invigorating a brainlessly repetitive two or three chord signature. Even the Doors got in on the act, but let’s pass over that in silence.
Realm, ever ambitious, attempted a cover of nothing less than the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”! This is a song whose lyrics appear in high school literature textbooks, and it was Bill Clinton’s favorite song. I wonder if he ever heard the Realm version. Not as bad as you’d think. But that’s what a good song can do.
Did anyone mention Korn’s cover of “Another Brick in the Wall”? Again, surprisingly good version, as you’ll in this spirited live performance.
Finally, SOD’s song of outsider solidarity “United Forces” was covered by beloved South Jersey thrash band Judgement. Just click on the link below to watch the Judgement video, live at G. Wilikers rock club in 1990.