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: She’s In Parties
Cover Artist: Kerli
Album (Year): Kerli ep (2007)
Original Artist: Bauhaus
I’d never heard of this artist before listening to this track, but it immediately made me go look up more of her material. There’s just something intriguing about her pop-goth style that made me want to hear more.
‘She’s in Parties’ was originally recorded by seminal gothic rock group Bauhaus for their 1983 album Burning From the Inside. This was their final single, as the band broke up before the album was even released. Estonian artist Kerli recorded the song as the final track on her now out-of-print debut ep.
Kerli – She’s in Parties
Bauhaus – She’s in Parties
Song: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Cover Artist: Beseech
Album (Year): Souls Highway (2002)
Original Artist: ABBA
This is prime example of what I love about cover songs. When the two bands involved belong to genres that couldn’t possibly be further apart. In fact, about the only thing these two bands have in common is they’re both from Sweden.
Beseech was a gothic metal band that put out several albums in the early 2000′s. Hidden at the end of their 2002 album ‘Souls Highway’ was this plodding cover of one of ABBA’s biggest disco hits. You won’t have the urge to hit the dance floor for this track, but Beseech puts their own feel to the song and makes it their own.
Beseech – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!