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    Cover Songs

    Before the reboot, we had pretty good cover song discussions. Well, this thread is to discuss cover songs.

    The other day I heard Close My Eyes Forever again by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne, and it got me thinking, that this song would be great for a modern cover. I gave it a few days and I thought that Maria Brink from In This Moment and Brent Smith from Shinedown would do the song justice. My immediate thought was always Brink, but I was debating between Ivan Moody from 5 Finger Death Punch, David Draiman from Disturbed and Smith, and I came to choose Smith b/c the guy can flat out sing. Moody is great but too bass and I can't see him hitting the high notes, and after Sound of Silence, Draiman was a huge consideration, but again the high notes gave me reservations. But Brent Smith is just fantastic, he can wail, scream, and just sing amazingly. He has one of the best voices around in modern Rock music.

    Thoughts and other suggestions?
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    Glad you started this up, love a good cover. I'd actually never heard that song before, very cool discovery. I'd say someone who could nail the vocals would be Justin Hawkins from The Darkness. Can't really think of any ladies but I honestly don't know many female rock singers so that probably doesn't help.

    My recent obsession Greta Van Fleet do a pretty awesome cover of the gospel song A Change Is Gona Come, funnily enough the singer for them could probably hit the vocals in that song pretty well too (although he is more Robert Plant than Ozzy).


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    All 8 songs released by Greta Van Fleet are awesome, and you are right. There are continually compared to Zeppelin. a change is gonna come is really, really good.

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    Was just earlier listening to the Johnny Cash version of "Father and Son", which I dig almost as much as the original:


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    Speaking of Cash, you can’t leave out Hurt. He’s actually got several good ones from the American recordings. Personal Jesus springs to mind.

    The Civil Wars were really good with covers, as well. Disarm is haunting. Billie Jean was always good live.

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    I do love Cash covers! He does a "Break My Rusty Cage" cover too that I love. "Hurt" is king, for sure, if I listen to that one too closely I get a tear in my eye every time.

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    The Man Comes Around and God's Gona Cut You Down are my personal favourites but it is hard to go past hurt.

    Would you say he is the greatest cover artist out there?

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    You know, I never thought about it that way, but he's certainly my personal favorite now that I think of it. I love how he makes every cover his own, you always feel he has his own take on the song and he makes it real. When you count in the fact that a chunk of his stuff is covering existing folk songs, he really might be the best ever.

    I adore When The Man Comes Around. Is that a cover though? Either way, amazing song.

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    Yep you're right, not a cover. Funny I always thought it was.

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    Easy mistake to make!

    And funny enough, Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" just came on my Spotify.

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    No way, Leo Moracchioli, who is a YouTube cover artist. He takes songs and does metal covers of them. He plays every instrument and involves his family and make funny videos to go along with the songs. Check him out....he is awesome.

    His version of Hello was all over Octane about a year to A year and a half ago.


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    One of my favorite covers ever. Such an amazing voice, and a great take on a pretty good song.

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    Over memorial Day weekend, Octane on XM had a "Cover Your Ass" weekend, which was all about paying cover songs. It was outstanding music to listen to as I was driving my daughter from Long Island to York PA for a soccer tourney and I had some great music to listen to. They also had their weekly Big Uns countdown, but the twist was the "best cover songs" Here is the lost:

    #15 – “Blank Space” – I PREVAIL

    #14 – “Faith” – LIMP BIZKIT

    #13 – “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

    #12 – “Gimme Shelter” – STONE SOUR (f. LZZY HALE)

    #11 – “Another Brick In The Wall” – KORN

    #10 – “Holy Diver” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

    # 9 – “Black Honey” – SEETHER

    # 8 – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” – MARILYN MANSON

    # 7 – “The Sound Of Silence” – DISTURBED

    # 6 – “Bad Company” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

    # 5 – “Zombie” – BAD WOLVES

    # 4 – “Gone Away” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

    # 3 – “Simple Man”- SHINEDOWN

    # 2 – “In The Air Tonight” – NONPOINT

    # 1 – “Land Of Confusion” – DISTURBED

    I do not agree that Zombie, Gone Away, and In The Air Tonight were at the correct positions as they are way to new in their releases. The fans voted on the positions from a list of songs, which is why the new "flavor of the month" was so high. The Sound of Silence and Faith should have been in the top 5.

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    That is an interesting list, I'm guessing they are a heavy alternate rock station, thst is a very metal and Nu-Metal centric list. I will have a listen to some of them but for me any best of list with Limp Bizkit on it immediately raises my eye brow.

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    Octane is THE Hard Rock/Metal station in the country. Most Hard Rock/Metal is played and debuted on Octane. The station Lithium is the alternative from the 90s, and Liquid Metal is the thrash/death metal station.

    To this day I still do not understand the hate for Lip Bizkit. I have liked them for 20+ years and they are good. Faith is also an awesome cover.

    Also IMO, #1 should have been Simple Man, 2 Sound of Silence

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    The Deftones version of Simple Man is leaps and bounds better than Shinedown’s version. Like... it’s not even close.

    Also, Rise Against has a live version of The Ghost of Tom Joad that includes a few guests, including Tom Morello. As much as I love RATM, Rise Against’s version is a lot better, too.
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    I do actually love Disturbed's Land of Confusion, so that's a great shout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizfan View Post
    I do actually love Disturbed's Land of Confusion, so that's a great shout.
    It's really good, but Sound of Silence is much better.

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    It's a little overwrought for me, to be honest. I like it but I don't love it like you do. I also think the original is still superior.

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    Herd a great cover of God Only Knows by Biffy Clyro in their latest Mtv Unplugged.

    Very simple but well and truly did justice to an amazing song.

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    It's not a great song but Biffy Clyro got way more out of Fight for this love than Cheryl Cole did with the original, and I'm pretty sure they were just messing around.

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    Hahaha yeah I really liked that. Can't say it is Clyro or Sheryl's best piece of music but fun none the less.

    On Triple J Like A Version there was a pretty good cover by one of my favourite songs Magnolia by Gang of Youths. It is a pretty intensely personal song that the lead singer wrote about his own suicide attempt but I guess that is the beauty of music, anyone can take a song and put their own spin on it. Odette did and I think the results were pretty spectacular, I had never heard of her before but will be looking up more by her.

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    It won't be for everyone but I enjoy silly metal covers of old pop songs. Like this...


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    There's a metal cover of Wicked Game doing the rounds that's not bad.

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    An acoustic version of one of the main songs from Marvel's "Black Panther"






    Fucking haunting...





    Didn't even know this was a cover for the longest
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    That Pray For Me song was pretty cool especially given the source material is a very electronic song with a rap verse which makes it a pretty difficult beast to flip over.

    It is a few weeks old but on Like a Version US Rapper Denzel Curry did a pretty much perfect cover of Bulls On Parade. This is really worth a look if you are a Rage fan.

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    That Pray For Me song was pretty cool especially given the source material is a very electronic song with a rap verse which makes it a pretty difficult beast to flip over.

    It is a few weeks old but on Like a Version US Rapper Denzel Curry did a pretty much perfect cover of Bulls On Parade. This is really worth a look if you are a Rage fan.


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    That was pretty freaking awesome... especially the freestyle over the guitar solo. He caught the essence of Zack De La Rocha’s voice which I really liked. Only gripe, and I’m nitpicking here... every RATM album always made it clear in the liner notes that “no synthesizers, turntables, etc were used in these recordings”. So the guy on keyboards made me a little sad.

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    I didn't know that about Rage, Tom Morello site made some funky sounds with his guitar. With thr cover I just love how deep in the groove they all get towards the end every single person is just bobbing to it.

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    Rage Against the Machine was the pioneer in rap rock, and one of the very few bands that did it justice. Limp Bizkit was juvenile in comparison. Denzel Curry is an amazing rapper and his LP last year proved that he has a good sense of storytelling. He had a song on Kurt Cobain that is pretty darn dark and good.

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    I really do not get the hate for Limp Bizkit. I was in my early 20s when they debuted and during the height of their popularity, and to this day I like them. They make good music that is well in the NuMetal genre. Are they as good as Rage or later bands like Linkin Park? No, but that does not make them bad or the butt of jokes.

    I discovered them when they opened for Faith No More in 1997 at the Roseland Ballroom. They rocked and blew everyone away, especially with their cover of Faith. I for one bought their album Three Dollar Bill Y'All at the show and have never looked back.

    I really have no idea why they get so much hate. They are a really good band who make really good music. I cannot understand all the hate.

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    I loved them as a teenager, and I'll happily spin Significant Other to this day.

    But we've got a word here in the UK, that's kinda hard to put into other words and convey the same meaning, and that's 'naff'. And as much as I like them, they are just plain naff, and a textbook case at that. And kind of like an inverse of cool, some people can tell naff instantly, and others can't see it at all.

    That's the best way I can describe it, to be honest. As I say, it's hard to put the concept into other words.

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    I was a few years younger than you, Powder, when they came out... 15 or 16, maybe? So Three Dollar Bill, Y’all was all the rage in my group of friends. I think where they went downhill was the albums after that, Fred Durst was almost seen as a frat boy trying to relive his good ol’ days, and compared to other bands in that genre, they were mostly a joke. RATM, Deftones, Korn... they were all putting out “serious” music. Fred Durst was singing about nookie and chainsaws. It also didn’t help when Eminem completely destroyed him and the pop stars of that time.

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    It's all subjective, mate. I like a fair number of Nickelback songs but wouldn't bother admitting in public. I don't hate Limp Bizkit either but I do think they represent, at least in many people's minds, a certain kind immaturity. Wrestling fans were also probably overexposed to them during a certain era (you know the one!).

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    I didn’t say Limp Bizkit was bad. I just find them juvenile, when comparing to the incredibly talented and politically charged lyrical content that Rage against the machine put out. Even Limp Bizkit themselves knew to be childish and vulgar in their songs for the sake of it - at that time, it was a clear part of their gimmick. Nu-metal, during its heyday In the mainstream, had POD and Linkin Park who are serious bands, so Limp Bizkit took the piss out of it by being childish, funny and it worked very well.
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    Limp Bizkit was bad after their first album. They would randomly put out decent songs sometimes... “Behind Blue Eyes” is one that comes to mind. Again (which is fitting for this thread), it was a cover.

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    Yeah I think Limb Bizkit were very much a product of their time, that rap metal blend has not aged terribly well and they are possibly one of the more abrasive and least redeeming voices form that era. Juvenile is probably a good word for it.

    That said I still love my memory as a year 7 kid getting in the middle of a mosh pit of year 10-12 kids when Nookie came on, was fucking scary and fun at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meandi View Post
    Limp Bizkit was bad after their first album. They would randomly put out decent songs sometimes... “Behind Blue Eyes” is one that comes to mind. Again (which is fitting for this thread), it was a cover.
    I implore you to check out Results May Vary, that album is really good, with a lot of Album Cuts that are better than Eat You Alive (which is good) and Behind Blue Eyes, the two songs released from that Album.

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    I just checked out the first few songs at your request... it's bad. I'm going to take this to a different thread in order to not clog up this one, though.

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    As there's now a Limp Bizkit thread I'm going to steer us back to covers.

    Just found out that Glen Campbell did a cover of the Foo Fighters 'Times Like These'. Hadn't heard that one before.

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