We took a week off from Original vs The Cover, but we are back with a fury this week and a special edition. First I wanted to let you guys know about the results of our last Original Vs The Cover which featured Depeche Mode taking on Lacuna Coil in a battle of what version was better and of course Depeche Mode ended that one on top. As I said, we have a very special one for all of you because not only are there two bands competing, but we added a third band this week because why the hell not? So the song we have for you guys today is the classic rock track Carry On Wayward Son which was originally done by the band Kansas. Well, Kansas’s version of the song is going to take on two bands that happened to cover the track as well in GWAR and Stryper. Two drastically different bands who covered a track from a band you would never expect them to. Let’s check out the versions below:
Kansas– By time the album Leftoverture was released in 1976, the band had already released three albums and were still looking for that big hit. Well, the band’s prayers were answered when the track was released. The track entitled Carry On Wayward Son peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the band’s very first top 40 hit of their careers. The track with its classic guitar thunder and amazing vocal harmonies during the chorus took the world by storm with it’s amazing lyrics about a son who goes off and has to discover who he truly is (it’s up for interpretation).
GWAR– In 2012, everybody’s favorite alien Hardcore Metal band GWAR had covered the song as part of a series on Youtube called The AV Club. 25 different bands were asked to cover a song and GWAR’s was this one. The band at first doesn’t seem to take it serious or at least vocalist and fearless leader, the late Oderus Urungus doesn’t. When they finally get into it though, the band churns out a ruckus in your face version of the song which depending on your taste is a good or bad thing.
Stryper– Christian Heavy Metal giants who were one of the most unique bands during their time. After a ten year hiatus the band returned to reclaim their place on the scene and after two albums they decided to release an all covers album entitled The Covering. On the record the band covers everyone from the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, and the very track at question here in Carry On Wayward Son. Stryper’s version of the track may be the one closest and more faithful to the original, but just a little heavier and more of the twin guitar sonic attack. Not to mention that Michael Sweet has an amazing voice and the harmonies on the track are just as great as the original.
Now it’s time for you guys to vote on whose version you enjoy better, but you’re also going to vote on which cover was better as well. As always, you have until the next post to vote for whose version you enjoy the most.