It's a fact: pop songs sound awesome when covered by rock/metal bands. On the one hand, it's hilarious to imagine huge bearded Scandinavian dudes screaming "VOGUE" at you. On the other hand, it's neat to see that a solid, catchy pop song is still a solid song, no matter who's singing it. I stumbled upon a pile of these wacky covers while looking for Blue Oyster Cult's version of "Tainted Love" (recorded before
the famous Soft Cell cover, btw).
" - Waltari. I have no idea who Waltari is/are, but they make Madonna
sound fantastic. Wikipedia tells me they're from Finland. ♥ Finland.
- "I Turn To You
" - Wig Wam. The Melanie C
single gets the metal power-ballad treatment.
- "Heart of Gold
" - Black Label Society on the Neil Young
- "Working Class Hero
" - Ozzy Osbourne is no John Lennon
, but he gives it a good try.
- "Elanor Rigby
" - Godhead's metal/industrial take on The Beatles
. What I like about this is that they own
the song. It's different enough to justify being recorded, and it doesn't sound like gothies trying to sing The Beatles.
- "U Can't Touch This
" - Stahlhammer doing their best MC Hammer
. You will thank yourself for downloading this one. :D
- "Two Become One
" - Paul Gilbert (guitarist of Racer X), doing an endearingly adult-contemporary version of the Spice Girls
classic. Yes, classic. I said it. ...The most disturbing part of this one is that it sounds like a Guns N' Roses song.
There's also this one band, Ten Masked Men, who specialize in metal-ized pop songs. From them:
" (DAH BAH DEE BAH DAH DIE
- "Message in a Bottle
" (imagine Sting growling...)
- "Cry Me A River
" (works quite well!)
- "Livin' La Vida Loca
" (far more frightening than the original)
And in the Truly Lunatic category, here's Van Halen giving their all on the old Roy Rogers
classic, "Happy Trails
Also: Viva Laughlin
- Hugh Jackman's American remake of Blackpool
- premieres tonight on that E! channel. God help us all.