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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.

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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.

Videos of the Week: Scarlet, Bohemian Rhapsody (Puscifer Version), and Secular Haze

blinking-ketchup-and-mustard-bottlesI guess you can call this the week of what the actual fuck did I just watch videos.  Less for Ghost’s, err, sorry, Ghost B.C., new video for “Secular Haze” which I just find hella neat, but the other 2, there had to be some kind of drug consumption when planning those out and putting them together.

First up is Periphery’s new video for “Scarlet” off of Periphery II (which I am kind of warming up to after giving it another spin after watching this video).  At first I thought it was going to be a neat, high production sci-fi stuff, with a slightly tongue-in-cheek style (how they opened the spaceship door cracked me up).  As soon as I saw that the spaceship the band was traveling on was in the shape of one of those mustard bottles you find at your local burger shop (not McDonalds, but the good Mom and Pop ones) or diner, slightly tongue-in-cheek was thrown out the window for ludicrous speed, this video is going plaid.  So, without spoiling too much before you watch it cause the WTF factor is half the fun, I just need to ask, mustard or ketchup?  Also, best waste of a record labels advance for a music video since Red Fang and current early leader for #1 video of the year.

Next up is Maynard James Keenan and the band he’s putting too much time into instead of getting that Tool record fans have been clamoring about, for what, more than a decade now.  Puscifer’s rendition of quite possibly the most famous song ever recorded is a very straight take on “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  Maynard’s voice sounds great and fit’s the song well, and the harmonies are done excellently.  But how bout that video.  Using a classic film I can’t name or recognize (but I probably should) Maynard and some chubby dude’s, John Wayne Gacy?, heads are superimposed on the actors.  It’s pretty creepy, and it’s all down hill from there.  If people staring into your soul with a rapist’s gaze while eating eggs disquiets you, you’ve been warned.  Anywho, great and very creative video, just the way I like ’em.

Lastly we have the new video from Ghost for you.  Much less on the WTF factor and has performance footage of the band.  But unlike most performance videos, this one fits the band quite well as they choose for a kind of 70s American Bandstand backdrop that matches that retro sound of the band.  I also got a chuckle that this was released at the same time as the pope’s resignation.  And I don’t know about you, but I am totally hyped for when the new Ghost album lands in March, and this tune just reaffirms my hype.