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Mammal’s Merry Memories: Ready For Love (two versions)

Mott The Hoople had already released four albums and weren’t going anywhere. That changed in 1972 when David Bowie gave them one of his songs, “All The Young Dudes”, and produced an album of the same title for the band. They shot to prominence as a glam rock band. The album is recognised as a classic.

My favourite song on the album is actually “Ready For Love”, a rock ballad. Like the other music on “Young Dudes” it reflects a strong R&B influence. The album features numerous guest performers, including Bowie.The stand-out artist, however, is Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople’s vocalist.

A year later the supergroup Bad Company formed and recorded their eponymous album. My favourite track on that album happens to be Bad Company’s cover of “Ready For Love”. It’s a lighter, more hard rock version. It is again the vocalist, this time Paul Rogers, who makes this song such a stand-out for me.




Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #12 – Bad Company

5FDP-sepiaI like Five Finger Death Punch.  I wish their latest album was as strong as War is the Answer, but I have no input into their inner circle of song creation.  For now, I fall back to my preferred album regularly and especially like their cover of Bad Company’s song Bad Company.  The band, Bad Company, was formed in the year of my birth and released their first album a year later in ’74.  The band, the album, and the song are all the same name.  Today, it’s probably one of the most recognizable of their songs; believe it or not it was their third single off that landmark debut album.

Five Finger Death Punch is a bit flashier, but sews together some cool headbanging rhythms.  When I saw their set at Download 2010 I was amazed at how much they could get the crowd moving.  It was a very neck bruising experience with (nearly) the entire crowd-crowd surfing.  Anyway, as a military man, I appreciate their video for Bad Company…recorded during their brief tour visiting troops overseas, in fact days before I saw them at Download.  There are more metalheads in the military than you might think.  It’s cool they did that, but more importantly their cover is well done.  It basically holds true to the original; they just injected it with “metal.”

Here is Five Finger Death Punch’s version found on the album War is the Answer.

And, of course, here is the classic in all of its 70s glory by Bad Company found on the album Bad Company.

Favorite Cover Song #13

Veteran’s Day Video of the Week – 11/11/11

Today is Veteran’s Day in America and Armistice Day in parts of Europe (AKA Remembrance Day).  For no other reason than to remeber the fallen, I bring you a great cover tune from a band some people have grown to either love or hate.  It’s Five Finger Death Punch covering Bad Company.  If you have a day off like me, enjoy it and also have a great weekend.  And remember…

And here is another one made by a fan.

Awesome Covertunes

It’s always nice when a band plays tribute to some of their influences.  So I’ve compiled a list of 10 covertunes that are really, really, really wicked good.  Personally, covertunes should be done one of two ways; either cover the song exactly for what how it was intended or completely remake it, but keep it at least recognizable as a tribute song.  Anywhere in the middle is usually blah…

So here is my list of 10 covertunes that bring an older song back to life.

Bullet For My Valentine – Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Original by Metallica

Faith No More – Easy – Original by The Commodore’s

Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company – Original by Bad Company

Killswitch Engage – Holy Diver – Original by Dio

Machine Head – Hallowed Be Thy Name – Original by Iron Maiden

Trivium – Master of Puppets – Original by Metallica

Chimaira – Disposable Heroes – Original by Metallica

Hatebreed – Ghost of War – Original by Slayer

The Bronx Casket Company – My Way – Original by Frank Sinatra

DevilDriver – Wasted Years – Original by Iron Maiden

It looks to me like a good pool of songs to cover were originally recorded by either Metallica or Iron Maiden.  There are many more covertunes that could have made this list, but these are the ones that stuck out for me the most.  I could probably easily redo this list with 10 other songs.  You know what, lets extend it out five more songs…here goes.

Susperia – Lack of Comprehension – Original by Death

Machine Head – Message in a Bottle – Original by The Police

Queensryche – Synchronicity II – Original by The Police

Children of Bodom – Hell is for Children – Original by Pat Benetar

Dream Theater – Comfortably Numb – Original by Pink Floyd

If you know more covertunes that deserve special attention please let us know.   I’m going to stop now before I go another five…