Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #17 – Am I Evil?
Posted by Reggie
I have always liked the cover of Diamond Head’s Am I Evil? Metallica did a great job with it; I first heard it as the B-side of Metallica’s Creeping Death single released by Music For Nations in 1984. I can’t remember how I came across that cassette (might have been in the used section of my favorite record store), but if I had it today it might be a bit of a collector’s item. Blitzkrieg was also on that single and I am pretty sure I wore it out.
I was one of a fortunate few 60K+ fans who got to see the Big Four for their first UK performance at Knebworth in 2011. It was a great experience and of course a super bonus to see the mega-collaboration of Am I Evil? The biggest upset of the day was that I never got to see Diamond Head open the set. The line to get in was quite long and I only got to hear them as we were trying to get in. At any rate, you can tell from the versions below, Metallica stayed true to the original and after thinking about it, probably deserves to be higher on the list than where it sits today.
Here is the live version from the Big Four at Knebworth. You will notice not only the Big Four members, but also a member of Exodus, Sepultura, and Diamond Head for a total of seven different bands.
Here is the original recorded by Diamond Head on their debut 1980 album Lightning to the Nations.