Song: Welcome to the Jungle
Cover Artist: 2Cellos
Album (Year): 2Cellos (Sulic & Hauser) (2011)
Original Artist: Guns n Roses
My earlier ’2Cellos – Smooth Criminal’ post has been the most popular cover I’ve ever posted, so here’s another cover they’ve done for your listening pleasure, this time of the Guns n Roses classic ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. Enjoy.
I can’t wait for their full album to come out on July 19th, 2011.
2Cellos – Welcome to the Jungle
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1. Where The Streets Have No Name
2. Misirlou (Theme From Pulp Fiction)
3. Use Somebody
4. Smooth Criminal
6. The Resistance
8. Welcome To The Jungle
9. Human Nature
10. Viva La Vida
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit
12. With Or Without You
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Song: Happy Together
Cover Artist: Flobots
Album (Year): Rise (single) (2008)
Original Artist: The Turtles
Originally released by The Turtles in 1967 after several other artists had passed on it. ‘Happy Together’ shot to the top of the charts and became The Turtles only #1 hit. It’s been used in numerous movies and TV shows and is instantly recognizable from the very start.
The cover version presented here was released only on the UK Maxi-Single for the Flobots song ‘Rise’. This version starts out fairly true to the original before smoothly transitioning into the Flobots signature hip-hop alternative style.
Flobots – Happy Together
The Turtles – Happy Together
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
Led Zeppelin – No Quarter
Song: Whip My Hair
Cover Artist: Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) & Bruce Springsteen
Release (Year): live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2010)
Original Artist: Willow Smith
I won’t normally do songs that aren’t released on albums, but my brother turned me on to this and it was just too good to pass up. Jimmy Fallon does a dead on impression of Neil Young, and a mid-song addition of Bruce Springsteen turns this cover into pure gold. To quote my brother, “Fallon actually makes the most annoying song on the planet tolerable.”
Recorded 11/16/2010 live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) & Bruce Springsteen – Whip My Hair
Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
Song: Mony Mony
Cover Artist: Billy Idol
Album (Year): Don’t Stop ep (1981)
Original Artist: Tommy James & the Shondells
Here’s another of those that a lot of people don’t realize is a cover. Tommy James & the Shondells originally recorded this back in 1968 as the title track of their 5th album. Trivia Bit: The title comes from the big red MONY printed at the top of the Mutual of New York building, which Tommy James saw while struggling for a title for the song.
Billy Idol first covered this on his 1981 debut ep ‘Don’t Stop’, but it wasn’t until he released a live version of it in 1987 while promoting his remix album ‘Vital Idol’ that the track took off and became one of his signature songs.
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Tommy James & the Shondells – Mony Mony
Song: Wicked Game
Cover Artist: H.I.M.
Album (Year): This Is Only the Beginning(1995) – Razorblade Romance (1999)
Original Artist: Chris Isaak
Wicked Game was originally released on Chris Isaak’s third album ‘Heart Shaped World’ (1989), but didn’t take off until it was used in the soundtrack to ‘Wild At Heart’ in 1991 where it went on to become Isaak’s biggest US hit.
H.I.M. first covered this song on their 1995 ‘This Is Only the Beginning’ demo and their 1996 ’666 Ways to Love: Prologue’ ep. This version has quite a few mistakes due to the fact that they tried to learn the song from a taped copy of the ‘Wild at Heart’ soundtrack. The poor quality of the tape led to them messing up some of the instrument parts and misunderstanding several of the lyrics. They recorded a new version for their 1997 debut album ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666′ and finally the Amberican and British versions of their second album ‘Razorblade Romance’. The fixed version is included below.
H.I.M. – Wicked Game
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Song: Steppin’ Stone
Cover Artist: Minor Threat
Album (Year): In My Eyes EP (1981)
Original Artist: Paul Revere & The Raiders
If you’ve read my ‘Welcome’ post or ‘About Me’ page you know that Minor Threat holds a special place in my heart, so today you’re getting the first of the three covers Minor Threat did during their way too short career. This isn’t your mid-90′s pop-punk band. This is raw, distorted bliss.
Steppin’ Stone was originally recorded in 1966 by Paul Revere & The Raiders for their album ‘Midnight Ride’ and is a great Rock n’ Roll song. It became an even bigger hit later that same year for The Monkees after being released as the B-Side to their hit I’m A Believer. It’s theme of not being put down makes it the perfect song for the anti-establishment attitude of early 80′s punk, and Minor Threat gives it that perfect punk treatment.
Minor Threat – Steppin’ Stone
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Steppin’ Stone