Refried Music

A Selection of Cover Songs

Megadeth – Grabbag (Duke Nukem Theme)

Duke Nukem: Music to Score By

Song: Grabbag (Duke Nukem Theme)
Cover Artist: Megadeth
Album (Year): Duke Nukem: Music To Score By (1999)
Original Artist: Lee Jackson


Today’s post comes in honor of the upcoming Duke Nukem Forever. It’s been 14 years in the making and has been one of the biggest vaporware jokes in the video game industry. Finally, on June 14th in the US, it will see the light of day. Yes, I already have it on preorder.

Originally written by Lee Jackson for Duke Nukem 3D, it’s covered here by Megadeth, who recorded it for the 1999 compilation CD ‘Duke Nukem: Music to Score By”. It was later released on their box set “Warchest”. Play it over and over again while waiting for the game. We’ve waited 14 years, 12 more days won’t kill us…hopefully.

Megadeth – Grabbag (Duke Nukem Theme)

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Lee Jackson – Grabbag (Duke Nukem Theme)

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Warchest (mp3) on Amazon
Duke Nukem: Music to Score By (CD) on Amazon
Warchest (mp3) on iTunes


System of a Down – The Metro

Song: The Metro
Cover Artist: System of a Down
Album (Year): Dracula 2000 Soundtrack (2000)
Original Artist: Berlin


Today you get ‘The Metro’ by 80’s new wave band Berlin. This song epitomises the new wave, synth heavy sound and almost defines the genre all by itself.

While System of a Down has gained all sorts of popularity in the past ten years. This song on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack (and later on the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack) predated all their popularity and hinted at things to come from the band.

System of a Down – The Metro

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Berlin – The Metro

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Not Another Teen Movie (mp3) on Amazon
Dracula 2000 (CD) on Amazon
Dracula 2000 (mp3) on iTunes


Tool – No Quarter

Salival

Song: No Quarter
Cover Artist: Tool
Album (Year): Salival (2000)
Original Artist: Led Zeppelin


This post is guaranteed to offend a good friend of mine who seems to believe that Led Zeppelin is not allowed to ever be covered. Never mind the fact that Plant and company have covered their share of songs over their career. Since I believe that no band should be declared a cover-free zone, here is my all time favorite cover of a Zep classic.

Tool does such a great job with this song that if you didn’t know any better you might think they wrote it, and they still manage to maintain everything that is awesome about the Led Zeppelin original. Salival is no longer in print however, so good luck getting a legitimate copy of it without paying through the nose for it.

Tool – No Quarter

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Led Zeppelin – No Quarter

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Salival (CD) on Amazon


Anberlin – Mother

New Surrender

Song: Mother
Cover Artist: Anberlin
Album (Year): New Surrender – Deluxe Edition (2009)
Original Artist: Danzig


I love this song. It’s one of the few songs my band in college covered mostly because the deep bass vocals are just so much fun to sing. Danzig recorded this song on their 1988 eponymous debut as a response to Tipper Gore & the PMRC, who at the time were busily trying to vilify artists for corrupting America’s youth, and ultimately were the cause of the Parental Advisory stickers which allowed kids to have a much easier time identifying albums they wanted to buy.

Anberlin recorded a much tamer version of Mother for the deluxe edition of their album New Surrender. The bitterness and anger are gone from this version. Honestly, given a choice between Glenn Danzig or Stephen Christian dating my daughter (and ignoring the crazy age differences), I think I’d have to go with the Anberlin vocalist, he just doesn’t scare me enough. Sorry Glenn.

Anberlin – Mother

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Danzig – Mother

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New Surrender (Deluxe Edition) on iTunes


Happy St. Patrick’s Day – A Collection of Irish Covers

Shamrock

Song: Various Irish Traditional Songs
Cover Artist: Various Alternative, Metal & Punk Artists
Original Artist: Traditional


HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!

Every song today is a cover of a traditional Irish tune, therefore I can’t very well link to the originals. So we’ll make up for that in quantity. If you aren’t feeling a little more Irish after listening to these tracks, well then there’s not much I can do for you.

Cruachan – The Rocky Road To Dublin

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Folk-Lore (mp3) on Amazon


Dropkick Murphys – Finnegan’s Wake

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Do Or Die (mp3) on Amazon


Off Kilter – The Irish Rover

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Celtic Armadillo (CD) on Amazon


Metallica – Whiskey In The Jar

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Garage, Inc. (mp3) on Amazon


Carbon Leaf – Mary Mac

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Echo Echo (mp3) on Amazon


The Pogues – Whiskey, You’re The Devil

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Red Roses For Me (mp3) on Amazon


Arch Enemy – The Ides of March

Black Earth

Song: The Ides of March
Cover Artist: Arch Enemy
Album (Year): Black Earth (2007 reissue)
Original Artist: Iron Maiden


Beware the Ides of March!

Today, March 15th, is the Ides of March. So I present to you the only song I know that is titled The Ides of March. Released originally as the lead in track on Iron Maiden’s 1981 album Killers, it’s a nice little bit of metal instrumental that shows off new guitarist Adrian Smith’s skills.

The cover is by death metal band Arch Enemy released on the 2007 reissue of their debut album Black Earth. It’s a pretty faithful recreation of the original. It’s slightly heavier with a little more showing off on guitar, but nothing that ruins the song. The reissue album also includes a pretty good cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘Aces High’ that’s worth checking out.

Arch Enemy – The Ides of March

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Iron Maiden – The Ides of March

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Black Earth (CD) on Amazon
Black Earth (mp3) on iTunes


Skindred – Electric Avenue

Shark Bites and Dog Fights

Song: Electric Avenue
Cover Artist: Skindred
Album (Year): Shark Bites and Dog Fights (2009)
Original Artist: Eddy Grant


If you haven’t heard of Skindred before, imagine Bob Marley fronting a metal band. Even then you’d not quite have the right mental image. The band describes themselves as Ragga Metal. I prefer to call them awesome.

Electric Avenue was originally released on Eddy Grant’s 1983 album Killer On The Rampage, and is a great bit of 80’s era Electronic fused with Reggae. Skindred covers it on their third album Shark Bites and Dog Fights, replacing the electronic elements with heavy guitar riffs and Benji’s signature vocal delivery. It stays true to the nature of Eddy Grant’s version, yet also manages to sound as if it could be a Skindred original.

Skindred – Electric Avenue

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Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue

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Shark Bites and Dog Fights (mp3) on Amazon
Shark Bites and Dog Fights (CD) on Amazon
Shark Bites and Dog Fights (mp3) on iTunes


Anthrax – Got The Time

Persistence of Time

Song: Got The Time
Cover Artist: Anthrax
Album (Year): Persistence of Time (1990)
Original Artist: Joe Jackson


My wife is by no means a fan of Thrash Metal, but Anthrax’s version of this Joe Jackson tune has to be on her iPod, and she likes it even better than the original, which is pretty rockin’ in its own right.

‘Got the Time’ originally appeared on Joe Jackson’s 1979 debut album ‘Look Sharp!’ Anthrax covered the song for their fifth studio album ‘Persistence of Time’ and their breakneck pace to the song guarantees that it will drive itself securely into your brain. One listen and ‘Got the Time’ will be Tick Tick Ticking in your head too.

Anthrax – Got The Time

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Joe Jackson – Got The Time

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Persistence Of Time (mp3) on Amazon
Persistence of Time (CD) on Amazon
Persistence of Time (mp3) on iTunes