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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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