“We are the Champions” Green Day (Queen)

Hopefully I’ll be posting this again on January 8th, 2010. RTR.

Green Day is one of those bands that I was intrigued by immediately. But I thought they’d be a 15-minute of fame band. More than a one hit wonder, but not a band that we would get to watch grow artistically. Was I ever wrong.

How many punk bands can pull off a cover of Queen? I know, I know….somehow since they are commercially successful, the aren’t punk anymore. To that I say “BOLLOCKS!”

Billie Joe has always struggled with a pitchy voice. But I think Freddie Mercury would approve of this tribute.

“Wild Horses” Flying Burrito Brothers (Rolling Stones)

And we’re back! Sorry for the lapse in posts. We moved into a new home and unpacking boxes isn’t the only thing I’ve been putting off. Now back to the show…

Maybe it is the cold, dreary weather over the last two days. But for whatever reason, I’ve been digging on Gram Parsons, Flying Burrito Brothers and other such “Cosmic American” music as Gram called it. Now we seem to have decided on Alt Country or Americana. Whatever it is, I like it.

Gram is responsible for evangelizing country music to his rock and folk music friends when country wasn’t cool. What they created is incredible. Probably the most important early rock convert was Keith Richards. The Stones responded with this tune. I think Gram’s melancholy voice brings something that I’ve never heard from Mick Jagger.

“Fortunate Son” Todd Snider (Creedance Clearwater Revival)

Todd Snider is a great songwriter. Period. Up there with Tom T Hall, Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman. It all starts with being a great story teller. That’s evident on all of his albums. His sense of humor is great too as you’ll find out when he introduces his set or tunes his strings. of But he can also do a great cover. This is just what a great cover is all about. Here’s Todd with “Fortunate Son” from Creedence Clearwater Revival.

“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” Lemar (The Darkness)

Be careful if you go check out the original version of this song by The Darkness. Because it will become stuck in your head for 5-7 days if you do. It’s just that catchy. I dig this slow R&B treatment even if it still leaves something to be desired. Not bad, Lemar.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” Northern Kings (Journey)

Here’s Finnish metal super group Northern Kings with a cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. They’ve released two albums of cover songs so far, entitled Reborn and Rethroned. I can’t wait for their third album!

Published in: on September 20, 2009 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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“Under Pressure” Keane (Queen w/ David Bowie)


Kudos to any frontman who tries to tackle a tune made famous by Freddie Mercury. Here’s Tom Chaplin putting in his best effort for Keane with “Under Pressure.” Queen and David Bowie composed the song as a group in a studio in Switzerland, frustrated with the lack of progress being made on another track.  That’s called musical genius, which I don’t possess.

Published in: on September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Working Class Hero” Green Day (John Lennon)

For all the laborers, union members, Marxists, socialists, and liberation theologians who view the site today, here’s Green Day with the John Lennon homage to the blue collared common men and women.

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Sweet Home Alabama” Leningrad Cowboys (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Football season is here! In the Yellowhammer State, that means we’ll hear this song at least 5 times before, during and after each Alabama game. What’s interesting is how beloved this song is around the US and around the world. So here is Finnish group the Leningrad Cowboys with the Alexandrov Ensemble having some fun with the Lynyrd Skynyrd southern rock anthem. Roll Tide Roll!

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