Posts Tagged ‘Perfect Strangers’

war of the covers sabbath bloody sabbathLast week we had Symphonic Death Metal legends Dimmu Borgir battle it out with Prog metal giants Dream Theater to see who covered Deep Purple’s classic 1984 title track Perfect Strangers. You voted and Dimmu Borgir were the winners of that battle and now we have another one for all of you. This week instead of just two bands battling for supremacy, we have a triple threat match for all of you out there with some serious contenders. Black Sabbath has often been credited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal and there have been a lot of metal bands since them that have covered their music. So, this week, we are going to decide who covered the title track to their seminal fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In one corner, we have the most underrated member of Thrash Metal’s Big Four in New York Thrash legends Anthrax who covered the track for their 1987 EP I’m The Man. In another corner, we have American metal band Godspeed who teamed up with legendary NWOBHM vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black. Lastly in 2006, Finnish Metal band Tarot covered the track for their fifth album For The Glory Of Nothing.

war of the covers  perfect strangers.jpgLast week, we went on the lighter side of the spectrum of music with a hard rock classic in Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones and between Motley Crue and Tesla, you voted and chose Motley Crue as the winner by half the votes. This week we have another hard rock classic for you guys to vote on, but this is a unique one because it’s a battle of metal subgenres. This week we are checking out the classic 1984 track Perfect Strangers which was the title track to Deep Purple’s 11TH studio album (check out the review here). The album was iconic because it featured the return of Deep Purple’s famous Mark II lineup consisting of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. Now you are probably wondering what two bands did I find that covered the track that pin certain metal sub-genres against each other? In one corner, we have progressive metal legends Dream Theater who covered the track for their 1995 EP A Change Of Seasons. In the other corner, we have legendary symphonic black metal legends Dimmu Borgir who covered the song on their 2010 album Abrahadabra. Now only one version can prevail and it’s up to you to make the choice. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

 

We are doing something a little different this week as we are taking the Unsigned Band Of The Week post overseas to Europe. We decided to hope on a plane from Manchester, New Hampshire and we traveled all the way to Norway to check out Wasteland Rocks, a female fronted metal band out of Ålesund, Norway. You are probably asking how did I hear about Wasteland Rocks and it’s quite simple. I posted one of my articles about Deep Purple on Twitter and the band reached out to me with their cover version of the track Perfect Strangers which is also the track I chose to share with all of you. The band recorded the track back in 2004, but it’s pretty bad ass and heavy. Lead singer Linda Eidset has some incredible pipes as she shows it off making Ian Gillan proud I’m sure. The band does an incredible job with the track as well considering they are doing it without the organs and credit goes to the guitarists on the track.This is definitely a band to pay attention to and you can do so by giving them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter. Otherwise check out the track below:

deep purpleFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to choose an album from a band that I respected and was in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. So, the band i chose for today is none other than this years inductee Deep Purple and I chose their album Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers  was the band’s first album since 1975’s Come Taste The Band and it was the first album since 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are with the mark II lineup. The mark II lineup consisted of Ritchie Blackmore (Guitar), Roger Glover (Bass), Ian Gillan (Vocals), Jon Lord (Keys and Organ), and Ian Paice (Drums). It is the most successful album the band had ever recorded in their careers and cemented them as legends as their tour out-grossed every artist except Bruce Springsteen. The album peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it went number one in Switzerland. The album also peaked at number two in Norway and Germany, three in Sweden, and five in the UK and Austria. The album went Platinum both in the US and Canada (even though the measurements are different) and Gold in the UK and Germany. Kerrang! Magazine also voted it the number 7TH ranked album in their end of the year lists for top albums of 1984.

deep purple 21. Knocking At Your Back Door– This is definitely one of the funniest stories because just from the title you can imagine what the song is about. Ian Gillan tells the story, “There’s this guy named Redbeard, from a radio station down in Texas. He phoned me up after it had been played on every radio station in America and said, ‘Is this what I think it’s about?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘It’s amazing, every radio station in America is playing a song written about anal sex and they don’t even realize what’s going on.’ And I was like, well it’s not in-your-face anal sex, it’s just a joke. It just came about with the lyrics. It’s no big deal. But it’s a humorous thing and not meant to be offensive. And I think it was just an afterthought. It certainly wasn’t what inspired the song.” 5/5

2. Under the Gun– a very cool track with some cool organ playing over the sonic assault of Blackmore in a track that was conscious of the issues facing the world. 4.5/5

3. Nobody’s Home– The track starts off with a cool intro before the guitars kick in this cool track about a relationship gone wrong. 4/5

4. Mean Streak– rock and roll madness about a girl that is a complete bad ass mamba that no one wants to mess with. 4/5

deep purple 35. Perfect Strangers– The title track to the album is one of my all time favorite Deep Purple tracks and one of my favorite riffs from them. The song deals with reincarnation in means of one talking to their former self. The only problem is that present and past must remain perfect strangers. Ritchie Blackmore has also gone on to say that it’s his favorite song ever even with the fact that it doesn’t contain a guitar solo.  5/5

6. A Gypsy’s Kiss– a pretty cool track that starts off bluesy with a charging riff before the band kicks in and raises the octane in this track where he describes various people from various areas of the world. 4/5

7. Wasted Sunsets– A slower tempo than most of the track on the album with a real bluesy feel to it about a guy who realizes that way too many days have passed him by. 4.5/5

8. Hungry Daze– A cool rock track with some of that excellent playing from Jon Lord in a track that is retrospective of the band’s career. 4/5

9. Not Responsible– On some formats this was a bonus track and it has a monstrous riff to it that rocks in this track that deals with a guy who does what he wants on this journey called life and says he is not responsible for what occurs. It was the first track the band did that featured profanity in the lyrics. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– As I said, this was definitely one of my favorite Deep Purple records and it showcased what the band was capable of and they were more mature by that time. There are some real classics on this album that should not be ignored. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.