It is a very rare instance when I don’t have my mp3 player with me. Even for a three block stroll to the local CVS, I need my own personal soundtrack. Sometimes, for whatever bizarre reason, I might find myself on the metro sans iPod/iRiver and think to myself, “Oh my god…no music…I might actually have to just sit here and think.” Thankfully, that doesn’t happen very often. So, taking a cue from another recent post by Cincy (dude, you just blog and I’ll follow) here are my top five remakes of great songs:
5. “Smooth Criminal” – Alien Ant Farm (originally by Michael Jackson, before he was effin’ insane). “Annie, are you OK? Are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?”
4. “99 Red Ballons” – Goldfinger (originally by Nena). “99 Luftballons” has been covered by several bands, but IMO, Goldfinger’s cover is the best. It also helps that I absolutely adore Goldfinger. And yes, their cover of “Just Like Heaven” is great as well.
3. “Hotel California” – Gipsy Kings (originally by the Eagles). Lindsay, surely you must be joking? A cover of Hotel California? The song is already perfect as it is! Yeah, yeah, I know…I love the original as well. I first heard this song while watching “The Big Lebowski” (RENT IT NOW if you haven’t seen it) and downloaded the mp3 ASAP. The Gipsy Kings speed up the tempo and throw in a nice little Spanish twist (because any song that seamlessly transitions between English and another language is pretty sweet in my mind). This song just works…trust me.
2. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Marilyn Manson (originally by Eurythmics). I’m not a big Marilyn Manson fan at all. Like a few of his songs, but never got into him. I looooove his remake of Sweet Dreams, though. He covers the Eurythmics’s 80s song with a much darker and heavier tone (as to be expected, this is Marilyn Manson after all). I actually think that if you read the lyrics to the song, his cover makes a lot more sense mood wise.
1. “Renegades of Funk” – Rage Against the Machine (originally by Afrika Bambaataa). This was a really hard one, as I could have filled this entire list with songs from Renegades, Rage Against the Machine’s album composed entirely of covers. I’m a big fan of their covers “The Ghost of Tom Joad” (Bruce Springsteen), “Street Fighting Man” (Rolling Stones), and “Maggie’s Farm” (Bob Dylan), but if I had to pick one, it would be “Renegades of Funk.” Goddamn, this song wakes me up in the morning. I don’t need that overpriced Starbucks brew (ok, lie…caramel macchiato, please), I just need me some good ol’ RATM. Whenever “Renegades of Funk” starts playing on my iPod in the morning, I want to start jumping around the metro car I am riding in while shouting “NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY, YA CAN’T STOP US NOW!” I restrain myself from doing this, however, as I am often packed in there like a sardine and do not want to be the subject of a craigslist rant (“MC with idiot who bumped into me while dancing around metro car and singing along to RATM”)
Any suggestions on other covers I might enjoy, let me know. I will admit to having a ridiculous amount of punk covers. Who ever thought that “Build Me Up Buttercup” could actually sound good?