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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #4 Message in a Bottle covered by Machine Head


stingIf there is one band I really can’t stand, it’s The Police (though I will say Stewart Copeland is a sick drummer).  Sting’s vocals I find beyond annoying and the amount that they rip-off Bob Marley riffs is staggering, but all to many popular bands with bad vocals and c/p-ed riffs to verbatim exist and they don’t annoy me as much as The Police.  What really irks me about the band is underneath all of the crap I can’t stand, exist some wonderfully well written songs that have massive potential if only the obscuring rust were to be scraped away.  So in turn, when a band does a cover of a Police song, I usually end up enjoying it immensely, cause ya know, good songwriting and all.  Which brings me to my #4 favorite cover song, “Message in a Bottle”.

Robb Flynn and Co. simply just rock this song hard.  Doing away with all the fluff, Machine Head bring “Message in a Bottle” to its core and the impact the song has is infinitely more powerful and meaningful.  A song about desperation and need of help just doesn’t work with an upbeat light rock feel, but when you metal it up some the whole of the tune hits like a well-directed punch to the gut.  I particularly enjoy that dreamy echo on the low-key guitars in the intro and how well the song just explodes into an outburst of emotion when the pre-chorus hits.  Some damn fine cover work.  Check it out!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Machine Head Version:

Original Police Version:

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