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Offbeat cover songs

Cover songs are a dime a dozen, and most of them can be thrown away pretty easily. Either they are so poorly performed, pale in comparison to the original, or are so faithful to the original to make them unnecessary. But when done well, cover songs can be thrilling. Think about Jimi Hendrix covering Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” Completely different arrangement and delivery, making it almost unrecognizable but still unforgettable.

A good recent example is this Krokus song from the new album, Dirty Dynamite. Listen to it carefully…do you recognize it at all?

So who did Krokus cover? Who was the original artist for this song?

That’s the Beatles, folks. They took that classic pop song and turned it into a sticky sweet 1980s ballad, complete with a crying guitar solo. I absolutely love Krokus’ version of this song.

How about Reggie Watts’ version of “Panama”…which is really nothing like the Van Halen song at all, but still pretty interesting.

Have you ever thought, “I wonder what ‘Stairway To Heaven’ would sound like if it had been performed by the Doors instead of Led Zeppelin?” Wonder no more, my friends…

Alex Skolnick, guitarist for metal band Testament, also has a jazz band that covers heavy metal songs. Check out “War Pigs” below:

If jazz isn’t your thing, how about flamenco guitar? Benjamin Woods did an album called Flametal of cover songs, like Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark At The Moon”…

One more for this post, and then we’ll turn it over to the comments section…The Byrds singing “Friday,” a song originally written and recorded but never released by Bob Dylan. The song was made popular a few years ago by Rebecca Black.

So now it’s up to you…tell me some of your favorite offbeat cover songs in the comments, with a YouTube link if you can find one!

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 13)

I didn’t plan it out this way…honest. Part 13 of our weekly “Friday” posts actually falls of Friday the 13th…


Of course, we have to commemorate with a fantastic parody of Rebecca Black’s timeless track, featuring the machete-wielding murderer himself, Jason Voorhees…

We will have three Friday the 13th’s this year, in case you were wondering: January, April, and July. How will you be celebrating? Jason marathons? Chopping teenagers up into tiny bits and pieces? Or maybe you bought a t-shirt for the occasion…

If you don’t have that shirt, you can buy it at Snorg Tees.

Have a bloody good one!

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 12)

Rock band The Wistful Snail did a masterful job of making Rebecca Black’s “Friday” somewhat listenable.

We have several more Fridays in our future…check back each week for a new one!

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 11)

I’m not sure exactly what “electro dubstep” is, but I kinda dig this version.

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 10)

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ would sound so good as a blues song”? Yeah, me neither. But someone did…

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 9)

“Friday” isn’t even a classic song, let alone classical. But don’t tell this string quartet that!

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 8)

Jim Morrison has long been one of my favorites, and I love hearing non-Doors songs sung by The Lizard King sound-alikes. There’s an awesome version of “Stairway To Heaven” by the Australian Doors Show which is better than “Friday” posted above because it’s more than just singing different lyrics over “Back Door Man.”

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 7)


I’m planning to see Guns N’ Roses tonight at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, but I couldn’t find a GNR cover band mocking Rebecca Black. So I figured Metallica is the next best thing! Not really. Hetfield and the boys haven’t done anything really good since 1986ish. GNR had the massively awesome Chinese Democracy. So there.

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 6)

Cheating a little bit this week, as this is more of a parody than a straight-up cover version. I guess even the covers are parodies to an extent, but this one actually changes the lyrics to fit the performer’s act.

If you’re not already familiar with Chad Vader, I highly recommend checking out the other videos featuring the most feared grocery store manager in the world galaxy!

IT’S FRIDAY!!! (part 5)

Even in another language, “Friday” is a difficult song to listen to.

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