Refried Music

A Selection of Cover Songs

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


Moby – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

Animal Rights

Song: That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
Cover Artist: Moby
Album (Year): Animal Rights (1996)
Original Artist: Mission of Burma


I was never a huge Moby fan, having only heard his electronic work, and I’d never listened to Mission of Burma. The first time I heard this cover however, I loved it, and was quite shocked when I discovered that it was Moby and covering a punk/noise rock artist no less. This is a perfect example of a cover song that actually managed to turn me on to two separate artists at the same time. I love both versions of this song by the way.

Mission of Burma recorded this track for their 1981 debut EP ‘Signals, Calls and Marches’, and it has remained one of their most popular songs ever since. Moby, disillusioned with the Electronic music scene decided to release a punk album, 1996’s ‘Animal Rights’. While the album completely failed both critically and commercially and almost killed his music career, it spawned the almost perfect cover heard below. I bought the CD immediately, even if none of his fans did.

Moby – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

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Mission of Burma – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

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Animal Rights (mp3) on Amazon
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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
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Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) & Bruce Springsteen – Whip My Hair

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


Billy Idol – Mony Mony

Don't Stop ep

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

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Tommy James & the Shondells – Mony Mony

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Don’t Stop ep (mp3) on Amazon
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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
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Shark Bites and Dog Fights (mp3) on iTunes


Johnny Cash – Rusty Cage

Unchained

Song: Rusty Cage
Cover Artist: Johnny Cash
Album (Year): Unchained (1996)
Original Artist: Soundgarden


This song comes to you courtesy of an argument I had with a completely brain-dead ex-boss I used to have. He insisted that Rusty Cage was a Johnny Cash original. Nevermind that Soundgarden recorded it for their 1991 album Badmotorfinger and Cash’s version didn’t come out until 1996 (on Unchained, an album almost entirely filled with various cover songs, no less). When I subsequently played the Soundgarden original for him, he claimed that Soundgarden had ruined Cash’s song. Seriously, some people shouldn’t be allowed to breathe.

Stupid ex-bosses aside, here we have two of the greatest vocalists in music history performing the same song in their signature styles. Chris Cornell and Johnny Cash both rank in my top ten vocalists of all time, and both of these versions are awesome interpretations of this song.

Johnny Cash – Rusty Cage

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Soundgarden – Rusty Cage

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The Legend Of Johnny Cash (mp3) on Amazon
Unchained (CD) on Amazon
Unchained (mp3) on iTunes


H.I.M. – Wicked Game

RazorbladeRomance

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

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Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

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Razorblade Romance (mp3) on Amazon
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Minor Threat – Steppin’ Stone

In My Eyes EP

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

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Paul Revere & The Raiders – Steppin’ Stone

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Complete Discography (CD) on Amazon


Too Much Joy – That’s a Lie

Son of Sam I Am

Song: That’s a Lie
Cover Artist: Too Much Joy
Album (Year): Son Of Sam I Am (1988)
Original Artist: LL Cool J


This song is responsible for introducing me to one of the most underrated bands of all time. I got to see Too Much Joy twice in concert back in the early 90’s while they were still together and both shows still rank in the top 5 shows I’ve ever seen in my life (which is currently clocking in at over 200). Too Much Joy plays songs that are quirky, make you feel good, are immanently singable, and are a staple of every road trip I’ve ever taken since 1989.

“That’s a Lie” was an album cut on rapper LL Cool J’s platinum selling debut ‘Radio’. It’s a somewhat funny little bit of 80’s rap, but Too Much Joy’s rendition on 1988’s ‘Son Of Sam I Am’ really brought the song to its true potential. Adding a few guitars and a much more playful delivery they not only breathed new life into the song, they amped up the humor in it as well.

Too Much Joy – That’s a Lie

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LL Cool J – That’s a Lie

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Son Of Sam I Am (mp3) on Amazon
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