Life in the Slow Lane

October 1, 2008

Thin line between remake gold and having to take cover from cover

Filed under: Music — pauljlane @ 3:08 pm

My Night & Day column this week discussed what makes for a good cover song. As promised, here are some video examples.

Let’s get started by giving you some nightmares with this abhorrent Celine Dion cover of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” complete with the truly terrifying air guitar. Does she not realize how dumb she looks? My daughter has pooped stuff better than this.

Next, here’s Hilary Duff paying tribute to The Who with a song she can surely relate to: “My Generation.” That generation wasn’t my generation, but I still take offense on their behalf that she even attempted this tune. She hopes she DOESN’T die before she gets old?! How cute!!

Korn has done some decent covers, but frontman Jonathan Davis’ remake of Lil Wayne’s “Got Money” is not one of them. Notice the grills he sports for this video – how clever!

A much better cover from Korn came early in their career when they remade Ice Cube’s “Wicked” – complete with the diss to the Buffalo Bills. It rocks, so I’ll forgive them. They didn’t try to completely reinvent the wheel here unlike the previous sample, and playing it more straight worked.

Disturbed nearly pulled off the impossible, making Phil Collins sound credible with their version of his “Land of Confusion.” Getting Todd McFarlane to do the video didn’t hurt in the least, and taking the song in a different direction in terms of meaning was a good idea, much like Metallica did with Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” in the mid-1990s.

We’ll close with three Marilyn Manson covers from the 1980s, all of which are solid if not great because of the unique spin his musical style gives to the tunes. Here he does Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” Soft Cell’s “tainted Love” and the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” none of which on their own might warrant a cover if not for Manson’s talented hand. The “Tainted Love” is especially good in how it incoroprates the stars of “Not Another Teen Movie,” the movie for which the song served as a soundtrack piece.

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