Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Cash’

IMG_7714The first time I ever heard the track God’s Gonna Cut You Down, the traditional folk song was by the man in black Johnny Cash who recorded the track for his album American V: A Hundred Highways. It was a different take then the usual versions that were recorded because his was a stripped down version as opposed to the gospel versions that came before it. Apparently during his Heaven Upside Down Tour, Marilyn Manson was performing the Johnny Cash version of the song live, but in fact he recorded a version of the track for the soundtrack to the 2017 film 24 Hours To Live. He talks about the song telling Loudwire, “I enjoyed doing it. I did it in one take and everyone thinks that Johnny Cash wrote it and I looked up the people that covered it and it was great because it’s Elvis, Tom Jones… It’s originally just some soul singer back in I don’t even know what era. The chords that Tyler [Bates] played, it was slightly similar to the version that we’re most familiar with, the one that Tom Jones and Johnny Cash did, most notably.” Check out the track below because Manson does an amazing job morphing his style into the track:

 

downloadOne of the brash and most unapologetic musicians in the world in Adam Darski a.k.a. Nergal of Polish Blackened Death Metal act Behemoth has some thing a little different that he is releasing to the world. While being in a folk/alternative/indie band may not be what fans of his imagined would be next, his newest project Me and That Man is something you just cannot pass up on. I have always been a big fan of the American Recordings of Johnny Cash, the mellower Danzig tracks, and I just discovered a love for Leonard Cohen and that is exactly what you get with Me and That Man and their new music video for the track Ain’t Much Loving. The video is mostly a performance based video whose visuals match the tone of the audio where it’s very mellow and dark. Nergal talked about the project to Noisey saying, “With Me and That Man, the songs just come out in a very organic way. One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad, but put together they all made sense. I need Me and That Man to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless. It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated… and darker …and blacker, but Me and That Man is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking. With all the best art, once you have it in you, you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system. This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it’s liberating.” I think this is an album that everyone should check out on March 24TH when Songs Of Love And Death is released via Cooking Vinyl.

For today’s Cover Of The Week, we are honoring the Eagles late guitarist Glenn Frey who passed away yesterday so I decided to choose a cover of an Eagles track for today. In 2002, legendary country singer and guitarist Johnny Cash, the original man in black, released the album American IV: The Man Comes Around which was mostly an album of covers. One of the covers that Johnny performs on the album is the Eagles track Desperado which was written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley. The track was originally an all piano track, but for the cover, it was done mostly with acoustic guitars and it’s a beautiful cover. The track is amazing to begin with and Johnny Cash makes it even more beautiful by adding his touch to it. The American IV album is great as it features covers of Nine Inch Nails, Paul Simon, Sting, Roberta Flack, as well as some Johnny Cash originals. Enjoy the song and remember these two legends. R.I.P. Glenn Frey and Johnny Cash.

badmotorfingerWhen you think of the early 90’s and the scene from Seattle one of the first bands that I think of that I actually enjoyed from Seattle was Soundgarden. I’ll never forget the first time I saw them on Headbanger’s Ball and it was the video for the song Outshined and I was blown away by the band’s sound which was heavier in my opinion than Pearl Jam or Nirvana. That video made me want to explore the very album I am reviewing for the album of the week in 1991’s Badmotorfinger which was released on October 8, 1991 via A&M Records. The band which was made of Chris Cornell (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Matt Cameron (Drums), Ben Sheppard (Bass), and Kim Thayil (Guitars) released this power packed album that even features a song that Johnny Cash would cover later on. The album has been certifed platinum twice, was one of the top 100 selling albums of 1992, and it peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Top 200 chart even though it was overshadowed by the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. The band also gained some notoriety after the release of the music video for the song Jesus Christ Pose which many viewers of MTV deemed anti-christian so the music video was banned from airplay on MTV.

1. Rusty Cage– It is something special to have written a track like this one that is eventually covered by the man in back Johnny Cash. The track featres soem amazing playing from the band and the change in tempo is just craz going from a fast paced tempo to the sluggish doom like Sabbath riffs. 5/5

2. Outshined– This is one of my favorite tracks on the record that just grooves and it keeps on giving all the way through and Cornell’s vocals are just as amazing. The song could be about a priest who has lost his faith, but nevertheless it kicks ass. 5/5

badmotorfinger back cover3. Slaves & Bulldozers– The track begins with a very sluggish bass riff before Thayil comes in with a real doomish bluesy riff in a track that where Soundgarden talks about getting ripped off on their first record deal. 5/5

4. Jesus Christ Pose– a track in drop d tuning and 4/4 time as Thayil has said about the composition, “The song’s groove reminds me of helicopter blades. I bent the strings at the beginning and end of the song.” A track that talks about the exploitation of religion for profit. 4.5/5

5. Face Pollution– The track is laced with punk rock riffs as the band shows off a little of their influences in a track that could be about dealing with fake people . 4/5

6. Somewhere– A track in 6/4 timing in a track that they could be talking mourning over a love they lost. The song has all the elements that the band was known for in it and it’s actually a pretty good track written by Ben Sheppard. 4/5

7. Searching with My Good Eye Closed– A track where the bottom E string was tuned all the way low to a B in a track that is all about sticking up for what you believe in and never compromising on your beliefs. 4/5

8. Room a Thousand Years Wide– Thayil has said that this track is about experience in general and the track is pretty heavy with those chugging riffs. This is an amazing track on the record. 5/5

9. Mind Riot– a track where every instrument is tuned down to several E’s in a track about Andy Wood of Mother Love Bone who used to be Chris’s roommate. 4/5

Badmotorfinger cd10. Drawing Flies– What an amazing riff the track has that sounds like a sludge metal classic that rumbles along throughout the whole track in asong whose lyrics just like insanity written on paper. 4/5

11. Holy Water– This is a track that was written about people who try to force their religious beliefs onto others and it’s another track where the bottom E string is tuned down to a B. 4/5

12. New Damage– This is the final song in the album and it’s a track that heavily criticizes the right wing government of the US (you have to remember George H.W. Bush was president at the tie time) and the track is in both 9/8 and 4/4 timing. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This album certainly started the trend of classic records from Soundgarden as their follow ups were equally as good or even better than this one. Soundgarden heavily criticized the record themselves saying Terry Date kind of forced them to go with a more metal sound with this record, but I don’t see anything wrong with that. The band dubbed this album the heavy metal white album. I loved it and it’s definitely one of my favorite records. I am giving it 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

Tom Morello has worked with so many artists in his day spanning genres whether it be with his groups Rage Against The Machine, The Nightwatchmen, Street Sweeper Social Club, or Audioslave. He has also worked with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Primus, Johnny Cash, Cypress Hill, Device, Linkin Park, and now he can add GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan to that list. GZA along with Morello, Hanni El Khatib, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruban Nielson for a funky cover of Babe Ruth’s The Mexican and I chose the song for this week’s cover of the week. The song was covered in the 80’s by a band called Jellyfish, but this version is more like a re-imagining. What I love about the song is the flamenco guitars in the beginning before the song gets funky with GZA laying down some fresh lyrics with Morello’s guitar skills on the track as well. The song is a stand alone track so I believe it won’t be featured on GZA’s new album that he is working on called Dark Matter. This is an amazing cover of the song and if you’re into Morello’s playing then you’ll get his signature style on the track during the solo. You can download the track directly from Soundcloud if you like it, otherwise check out the track below.