Posts Tagged ‘New Wave’

War Of The Covers Head Like A HoleWe apologize for the length of time that we’ve had between posts, but we’re back with another one and hopefully you’ll find this one an interesting one. The last War Of The Covers we had, we saw that Dope was ultimately the winner of that fatal four way match making their version of Rebel Yell by Billy Idol the better one according to you. This week we have a match up that is definitely an interesting match up because it features two bands from two completely different walks of life in the music business covering a band that is the halfway point in the timeline of pop music culture between the two of them. In one corner, you have 80’s new wave legends Devo going up against post hardcore/rock band AFI as both bands attempted to cover the Nine Inch Nails track Head Like A Hole from their legendary album Pretty Hate Machine. In 1996, Devo would take a crack at the track for the 1996 soundtrack to the film Supercop that starred Jackie Chan and also featured eclectic mix of music from bands like No Doubt, the late Dimebag Darrell, and the late 2Pac. In 2006, AFI would record a version of the track for an edition of Decemberunderground that was only released in Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now only one version of the track can survive and as usual it’s up to you the fans to decide. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

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When they’re not making hilarious and controversial episodes of Southpark, Trey Parker and Matt Stone were making films at one point. In 1998, the guys for the first time ever starred in a film that they didn’t write or direct in BASEketball. BASEketball is the story of a couple of losers who invent a sport that they know they could beat jocks in and the struggles they faced when that sport became popular. They also released a soundtrack for the film which featured a mix of Ska, Pop Punk, and various other forms of rock music i n bands like Nerf Herder, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Goldfinger, Smash Mouth, and our featured band today in Reel Big Fish. The Reel Big Fish contributed two tracks to the soundtrack, but I chose their cover of my favorite New Wave track in A-ha’s Take On Me. It’s basically a Ska cover of the song which is actually pretty cool to hear done. So, check it out below and check out BASEketball.

First of all I don’t know what the hell an Oingo Boingo is, but I really love these guys. The first time I ever heard anything from these guys was Weird Science followed by my favorite track No One Lives Forever from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Soundtrack. So for this week’s Single Of The Week, I decided to choose Dead Man’s Party which is the title track from the 1986 album of the same name. Almost anything  the band comes up with is good enough for a Halloween party and that is why I chose the track. The lyric the band uses in one part, I hear the chauffeur coming to my door/Says there’s room for maybe just one more  is a reference to a line from a short story The Bus-Conductor about a hearse driver that was published in The Pall Mall Magazine in 1906 which apparently spawned an Urban Legend that is still used to this day with the line “room for one more.” The song is kick ass and funky with Danny Elfman’s unique vocal style and music writing skills that will come into play big time later on in his life. To give it credibility towards Halloween the song has been featured on many TV shows for Halloween themed episodes like Malcolm In The Middle and Bones. Below the video below is some of the lyrics to the track, so enjoy and remember Happy Halloween. Welcome to The Dead Man’s Party!!!!

I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin’ with a dead man over my shoulder

Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin’ to a party where no one’s still alive

I was struck by lightning
Walkin’ down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep

It’s a dead man’s party
Who could ask for more?
Everybody’s comin’; leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door…

(Don’t run away; it’s only me)

All dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin’ with a dead man
Waitin’ for an invitation to arrive
Walkin’ with a dead man…Dead man…

Got my best suit and my tie
Shiny silver dollar on either eye
I hear the chauffer comin’ to the door
Says there’s room for maybe just one more…

I was struck by lightning
Walkin’ down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep

It’s a dead man’s party
Who could ask for more?
Everybody’s comin’; leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door…

Don’t run away; it’s only me
Don’t be afraid of what you can’t see
Don’t run away; it’s only me….

I love listening to bands that take songs that are amazing when played with the full shebang and they convert them flawlessly to acoustic. I have always said that you can tell what is a great song if it translates acoustically and it translates flawlessly. Another rock star stated that before and that is why I created the acoustic track of the week. You’ll also figure out eventually that I am a huge fan of Duran Duran and there are plenty of metal bands that have covered their music. Ordinary World is an amazing song in it’s own right, but I think the track sounds a lot better acoustically. The classical arrangements matched with the acoustic guitars is amazing  and Simon Le Bon’s vocals are on target in this track. I actually think that his voice sounds a lot better in this version as well. Check it out below: