Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #12- War Pigs covered by Cake

war Grooms CakeOutside of the all the metal and hard rock I listen to, one band that I completely love is Cake.  Between their funky grooves and vocalist John McCrea’s charisma laden monotone singing style they come off to me as one of the most original and fun bands from that quirky period of the mid-90s who are still kicking some ass today (saw them live last year for the 3rd time and damn do they still kick some ass).  Cake is also tasty and not a lie.  You may have also noticed I have a some love for Black Sabbath who rest in the top 1% of my all time favorite bands.  So the idea of mixing some Sabbath with a hefty serving of Cake would be sure to intrigue me, and lo and behold, their cover of the classic tune “War Pigs” is nothing but awesome.

Basically its the song done Cake style, but I’ll be damned if it don’t sound great with those big fat bass lines and trumpeter Vince DiFiore adding a well of spice to the song.  The addition of the Hammond and the occasional group “huah”s give this version a really great bite too.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Cake Version:

Original Black Sabbath Version:

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And because I just happen to be talking about Cake covers I really dig and I have the B-Sides and Rarities album “War Pigs” is on spinning, I’d thought I’d post a totally un-metal song/cover I completely love.  And yes, I’m a big Muppets fan and good luck getting “Mahna Mahna” unstuck from your head.


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Posted on February 25, 2013, in Matt's Top 25 Cover Songs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. You sir, are a very smart man! Just did a Cake write up myself. A truly unique and wonderfully silly band. That being said, the best War Pigs cover for me shall always remain the Dresden Dolls cover. Specifically this cover. Which also contains one of my favorite live moments where they completely fuck up and admit it before starting over proclaiming “Lets try this again! Twice as much hatred.”

  2. That is an excellent cover and that drummer is certainly enthusiastic 🙂 I’ve never listened to much of the Dresden Dolls, will have to change that 🙂

    • Thanks! Amanda Palmer is a truly amazing artist but her best work was definitely with Brian Vigglione as the Dresden Dolls. I like to say that rather than a piano player and a drummer, The Dresden Dolls is actually just two percussionists playing different instruments. Definitely check out their live work, especially from their 2005 live DVD Paradise (which is where that War Pigs cover comes from). I think seeing them live is what really shows off their talents and perfect musical chemistry. Their debut album actually sits at #3 on my all time favorite albums of all time amongst a ton of progressive metal. Also, about my Cake post. I realize I wrote a review for their album that has appeared on my Top 100 albums list but I havnt actually posted it on the blog yet. I think its scheduled for release next tuesday so be sure to check it out! And keep up the awesome posts. Excellent blog.

  3. Why is it that a band like Cake is widely accepted by metalheads including myself? This is a great cover. I never heard of it and it would have made my list if I did hear it. My list is done though i changed it so many times already. After seeing Cake in London last year I am going to make an effort to see them whenever they come by. What do you guys think of Weezer? Same ballpark, it think. I would like to see them too.

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