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Setting the World on Fire

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Setting the World on Fire

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I love cover songs. I don't like when people call them "re-makes" because very rarely are any of the songs really "re-made." Usually some band that has run out of creative juice throws a cover on their album, just to establish that they have influences. That is usually pretty fucking annoying because that stupid cover will invariably force me to buy a shitty CD just to hear the cover. A perfect example was a CD by Wonderboy called Abbey Road to Ruin. I read a review that said their cover of "Build Me Up Buttercup" was really good, and the rest of the album was almost as good. Bullshit. The cover song, the CD, and that reviewer, wherever the fuck he may be, all blow rhino as far as I am concerned.

I have decided to do a few reviews, but they will only be of cover albums. Sometimes one band does a CD full of covers, and sometimes a bunch of bands all cover one other band. It doesn't matter. To me, a good cover song takes the great elements of a song I know and makes me see them in a new way. Sometimes a good cover can make me want to go and check out the original artist being covered, or, in other cases, you do a good cover on a tribute CD, I will probably pick up your next CD. I personally purchased every single one of these CDs at retail (or close to it, when I could find a promo copy), so don't get the idea that some record company guy traded coke & whores for a good review. The only one I didn't pay for was We Are Not Devo, and Michael Gentile at the NY Press gave it to me, not knowing that I like covers so much.


I hate the Grateful Dead. I hate deadheads. I hate hippies. I hate the smell of patchouli oil. I lived on Haight Street in San Francisco for two years, and quite frankly, if there was a disease that only killed hippies, I would help spread it any way I could. I bought this CD for one reason: it has the last original Jane's Addiction song ever recorded before the breakup. Their cover of "Ripple" is really good, though I have never heard the original. The liner notes mention Robyn Hitchcock, my favorite musician in the whole world, and that is very cool. Otherwise, the CD is just awful. Every song is done with such reverence that it is sickening. The only people that don't totally embarrass themselves are Midnight Oil and Warren Zevon. The only other decent track is by Dwight Yoakam. I hate country more than any other kind of music, but this guy knows what to do. He turns "Truckin'" into the relaxed country song it was always meant to be. Also, I loved Dwight in Sling Blade, so he is cool with me. The worst example of hippie shit is a band called The Harshed Mellows, a name so goddamn awful I would like to personally wish for all members to get eye cancer right now. Grade: D

Something About Joy Division

When I picked this up, I had read that it was "an Italian tribute to Joy Division," whatever that means. Wacky, uneven, bizarre, daring, freaky and disturbing might come close to describing this thing. You have never heard of anyone on this CD, but that doesn't matter, it just removes false expectations. The Difference does "Colony" as if it was four or five different songs, all of them discordant and very intense. I like that very much. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is done as a heart-wrenching piano ballad by The Carnival of Fools, and quite frankly, making this song more somber and serious makes it seem almost profound. My personal favorite is Comic Spoilers doing "Decades" like it was the soundtrack for some kind of hillbilly jamboree. It is mocking and serious at the same time, and is certainly the kind of new interpretation I was craving for the Joy Division catalog. The only serious misfires come when bands take a fast song and make it drag like T. and the Starburst do when they absolutely destroy the classic "Warsaw." Grade: B-

I Sometimes Wish I Was Famous: A Swedish Tribute to Depeche Mode

I split this import with my sister, since she was also a Depeche Mode fan in high school, thanks to my negative influence. The title comes from DM's very first single, "I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead," which was actually very upbeat, even for Depeche Mode. Most of this is awful, I mean, so awful that hardcore DM fans will find it offensive. Most of the covers are of early or rare DM (read: shit no one but me knows). Do you know "Ice Machine," "Puppets," or "Sun and the Rainfall"? Didn't think so. The songs you do know are done using this formula: follow the original synth programming exactly, replace vocal with Darth Vader impression, slow down song, press record. There is one band called S.P.O.C.K. that are pictured in the liner notes, and I just have to include it (sorry, it’s only in the print version), because not only are these dorks huge fans of DM, they also love Star Trek (coincidence? I think not). Grade: D

TV Terror

I got this as a promo somewhere because it was two full CDs of covers of TV theme songs for $6. That's about what it is worth, so do not pay more. Some of it is very funny, like the Nine Inch Nails influenced "Addams Family" and the funky rockabilly version of "Spiderman." The rest of it is pretty generic, it almost sounds like it could be like three bands pretending to be thirty-six different ones. Most of them sound like weak Skinny Puppy-type industrial or worse, 80's style Depeche Mode goth fests. Even their names are jokes so inside that they aren't funny. Unless you have heard of My Glass Beside Yours, Sweat Engine, Oneiroid Psychosis or Liquid Sex Decay, you won't know many bands here, except maybe Hate Dept. and Alien Sex Fiend (yeah, that make-up thing is STILL pretty cool, dude). Grade: C-


I love Blade Runner, and it is, without a doubt, my favorite movie of all time. These dickheads have sullied that good name with this CD, and they should be ashamed. So should a band called The Tyrell Corporation, but that's getting off topic. The only decent song here is "Just What I Needed" (Cars), and that one is just a modern, more machinery-laden interpretation that doesn't add anything. Then, they do a slow dirge version of "Silly Love Songs" (Wings), on the same CD that they cover the most virulent anti-Paul song from John Lennon's catalog, "How Do You Sleep?" I guess they have no sense of irony, but I do. Everything else here blows, though "Destination Unknown" (Missing Persons) blows slightly less than the rest. Grade: D

Alvin Lives (in Leeds) [Anti-Poll Tax Trax]

I got this one because it contains the very rare version of "Kung Fu Fighting" (Carl Douglas) done a cappella by Robyn Hitchcock and Andy Metcalfe. That song is just amazing. Otherwise this CD suffers from a common ailment, bad bands doing songs that sucked originally. There are a few really cool things, more interesting than good if you ask me. I love 5:30, and their cover of "My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) is very sweet. Cud really fucks around with "Bohemian Rhapsody," (Queen) a song that doesn't often get covered at all, and somehow it works. The 14 Iced Bears (where do they come up with these names?) do an incredibly funny version of "Summer Nights," that cheeseball love song from Grease. I really do like this CD, and all benefits went to fight the short-lived Poll Tax in the UK. Good luck finding it, though! Grade: B

Mozart TV

This CD is an odd duck, and that's obvious as soon as I tell you what it is: a CD of covers of TV theme songs, done in a classical style that intentionally apes specific composers. For example, they do the "Mr. Ed Theme" in the style of Rodrigo (which means classical guitar) and the music they play during the last part of Jeopardy! in the style of Handel (read: on a harpsichord). Want to hear the Friends theme if Vivaldi had done it? Jump on in, kiddies! I don't get much of the classical references, and many of these themes are difficult to recognize until you get to the chorus. Still, a classical read of the Cheers theme is pretty cool, but The X-Files theme is totally mutilated. Some ideas are only funny in the conceptual stages but fall apart when you actually try and do them. By the way, I won this CD from Time Out NY, so don't think for a second that I would pay for this thing. Grade: C

Random (A Tribute To Gary Numan)

This has got to be one of the coolest looking CDs that I own. It is solid black, with a black case, black letters and silver highlights. I am sure they are going for some kind of technological look, and it works. The odd thing is, Gary Numan is not someone that anyone thinks about as a "good songwriter." Yet, in my own collection I have covers of him by Foo Fighters (from the X-Files CD), Smashing Pumpkins and Replicants. None of those covers made it onto this collection, which is two full CDs. And, according to Ice, the super cool CD newsletter, there is a third one coming that is all by techno bands. I didn't bother to scan the cover because there isn't much to see, but there is plenty to hear. Some bands you know, others are probably one-shot deals. Surprisingly, I have seen reviews of this ranging from F to A-, from CMJ to Spin to Entertainment Weekly. So what do I think? Most of it is really good, though I wish there were more covers of songs I know. A couple of songs get covered twice ("We Are So Fragile" and of course, "Are Friends 'Electric'?") Damon Albarn is fantastic, as is Jesus Jones (I thought they died!), Pop Will Eat Itself (I love them for reasons I could never articulate), Sukia and even those jackoffs in Gravity Kills. There are a couple of clunkers, but I figure for $15 for two full CDs, you definitely get your money's worth. Grade: B

We Are Not Devo

Devo's main songwriter Mark Mothersbaugh is nothing if not prolific. Almost every time I see a show on TV, especially if it is a cartoon, I see his name in the credits as the author of one song or another [As an aside, the day I wrote this, I was telling my wife about my observation. As I finished explaining, the credits for some crappy new show rolled by, and I swear, he was there]. If you only know "Whip It," that's fine, because Devo is one of those bands that I think it's okay if you like them, I just don't care for them myself. This CD is actually good because not only are the versions modern, many of them add something new. SNHU's "Uncontrollable Urge" is pretty fucking urgent, Lagwagon's "Freedom of Choice" is pretty rockin' cool, and the name Don Knotts Overdrive is pretty damn funny, if you ask me. Even if you don't know the originals, almost every band here at least makes a sincere attempt to do something different with the songs, and that's what they ought to be doing. Grade: B+

A Means To An End

I have been a huge fan of Joy Division for longer than I can remember, so I was really torqued up when a second CD of covers came out, this time by people I have (sort of) heard of. This one is kind of a disappointment, because again, they don't get the point. It isn't cool to do a literal reading of a song. It is even worse when you take something as serious as Joy Division and make it sound even MORE serious. Codeine absolutely fuck up the beauty of "Atmosphere" with awful vocals and a sparse arrangement. Some awful band called Stanton-Miranda let a FUCKING GIRL sing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in a voice higher and more annoying than Tiffany's. The only song I can still listen to from this CD is Desert Storm doing "Warsaw" because they are almost goofing on the heaviness of the record by including the "3-5-0-1-2-5-GO!" that introduces the original version. Grade: D

Smashing Pumpkins - The Aeroplane Flies High

I used to really hate them, now I only sort of like them. The problem is that their last album was really good, in spite of what assholes they are. The reason I got this was that it has a whole bunch of b-sides (and the ones for "Zero" are, bar none, some of the best b-sides EVER, and "Tribute to Johnny" is one of the best and most hard-rockin' instrumentals EVER) and a whole bunch of covers. So, even though this set isn't all covers, that's all I will review. On CD1 ("Bullet with Butterfly Wings") they do amazingly cool versions of "Clones (We're All)" (Gary Numan), "You're All I've Got Tonight" (Cars) and "Destination Unknown" (Missing Persons). They also let James Iha sing the most godawful cover of "A Night Like This" (The Cure) and then finish with "Dreaming" (Blondie) which is okay. On another CD they do a very sweet cover of "My Blue Heaven" (Chubby Checker? Fuck if I know!) that I like very much. I can't recommend buying this (and they said it was limited edition, but I still see them all over the place), I got mine as a birthday present from the junkie, eight weeks after my birthday, because he was that kind of asshole sometimes. Covers Grade: B

The Duran Duran Tribute Album

Taking the catalog of a bunch of prettyboys like the Durannies and making it unfuckingbelievably cool is no small feat. I will be the first to admit that I was a big Duran Duran fan, not because I wanted to fuck them, but because they were pale, skinny and English, like everyone else I liked in junior high school. They also got tons of tail, so say what you will. As much as you don't want to be them, they sure as shit never wanted to be you, either. This one starts with Goldfinger doing "Rio" as a fast ska number, and they tear the roof off the sucker. I love covers within covers, and these guys do not one, but two covers in the middle. At one point they do the refrain from "Stepping Stone," then later, they go all metal and the song turns into Ronnie James Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark." Then, when they return to "Rio"'s chorus, they sing, "His name is Dio, Ronnie James Dio." Goddamn that is fucking cool. The rest of the songs are ska and punk inflected versions of mostly older Duran Duran, which is fine by me. This CD also features the Wesley Willis Fiasco doing "Girls on Film" and call me crazy, but that hulking schizophrenic lunatic nails that song to the wall then skull fucks it. There are a few clunkers, but the Goldfinger song is more than worth the price of admission. Grade: B+

Super Fantastic Mega Smash Hits

This CD is very hit or miss, and if you hate the originals, then these covers won't help a bit. The Slugs' version of "Hooked on a Feeling" (Blue Swede) is just fine with me and the Smashing Pumpkins version of "Jackie Blue" (Ozark Mountain Daredevils) is a huge improvement over the original. At the same time The Poster Children are incapable of originality, and the cover of the 70's smash "Convoy" is totally unnecessary. Rex Daisy doing "Welcome Back, Kotter" is a bad joke that is completely lost on me. Let's just say the CD's title refers to the originals, not the covers. Grade: C-

William Shatner - The Transformed Man + Leonard Nimoy - Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy

This is one of my most prized possessions, if only because it is so funny, rare and entertaining. This limited edition CD contains all of Shatner's album and both of Nimoy's albums, one he recorded as Spock, the other as himself (like there's a difference?). As a bonus, it includes Shatner's appearance at an old MTV movie awards, where, along with a xylophone and some candles, he did perfect versions of "You Could Be Mine" (Guns N' Roses), "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Color Me Badd) and "Everything I Do" (Bryan Adams). My personal faves include "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (Beatles) and "It Was A Very Good Year" (Juli guesses Sinatra). Each song is grouped with a reading of some serious drama, so you have a speech from Cyrano as the intro to "Mr. Tambourine Man," (Bob Dylan) and others. Nimoy covers some odd shit too, but it's his originals that kill me, including the brilliant "Highly Illogical" where he analyzes odd human behavior, like how we build so many cars and highways, but never make enough parking spaces. It's as if he is channeling the (not-dead-yet?) cranky spirit of Andy Rooney through his pointy ears. Grade: A

The Smiths Is Dead

It's rare to see a bunch of bands cover a single album, but here is a cover of the Smiths entire The Queen is Dead LP. I split it with my wife because 1) it was an expensive import and 2) she is also a huge fan of the Smiths (though we still debate it, I think they rocked because of Johnny Marr's guitar and music, she loves Mozzer for his whining) and because it has the Boo Radleys on it. They are probably my second favorite band, and surprisingly, they perform my least favorite track on the CD. They do great covers of "Alone Again Or" (Love) and "True Faith" (New Order) {renamed "Boo! Faith," to be cute} on their first CD, so I know they're capable, but not this time. This isn't my fave Smiths album, (that would be the singles collection, Louder Than Bombs) but I know some people think it's their finest work. I am one of those people who thinks that everyone's first CD is great, and they go downhill from there. Placebo do a great cover of "Bigmouth" and Bis puts a great spin on "The Boy With A [sic] Thorn In His Side." Billy Bragg does a straight cover, and Therapy? make "Vicar in a Tutu" really rock, but the overall mood is kinda downbeat and serious, like the original. I guess they all try, but they definitely picked the wrong album to cover. Grade: C

Duran Duran - Thank You

I saw the video for "White Lines" and I thought to myself, "Wow! These guys still look pretty good." They were all decked out in vinyl, they got Grandmaster Flash to join them, they used some cool effects, it was great. Back then my wife and I got the Box, that pay-per-video cable channel, so I ordered it and taped it, since MTV sucks and should fucking die!! Whoa. Sorry. I got the CD a few days later, because I really wanted to hear what they would do to "911 Is A Joke" (Public Enemy). Let's just say that "White Lines" is great and everything else is a total embarrassment. I haven't tried to trade it in because I am sure I can get $1 for it, or less. So, if I keep it, maybe some day when I finally do that stupid zine I have been meaning to do for years will do a review section all about covers and this will immediately justify itself. Nah, it'll never happen. Not if something good is on TV. Oh, the review. The only interesting thing on here is their cover of "Thank You" (Led Zeppelin) because Simon Le Bon (who I used to call Semen Le Bonereater) sounds just like Robert Plant, and that is pretty fucking lame, no matter how you slice it. Grade: D

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Have A Ball

I don't think I can ever say enough good things about this. First of all, I love when someone does a cover and then curses in it. Cake does it in "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor) by singing, "I should've changed my fuckin' locks, I should've made you leave your key." Some of the Duran covers have new curses in 'em, and these punks go to fucking town cursing while covering the AM classics of my youth. I think if I heard the originals I would lunge to turn them off. But just drop this puppy in the CD player and groove to kickass covers of "Rocket Man," (Elton John) "I Am A Rock," (Simon & Garfunkel) and I swear to fucking god, the best version I have ever heard of "Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard." (Simon & Garfunkel) The liner notes are scant, but include some funny jokes and almost no useful bowling tips. If I was going to start up a new band, I would pray every night that we could be as cool as Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. A bargain at twice the price. Go get it now. Grade A+++

Everybody Wants Some of Van Halen

As a brief aside, My wife feels the same way about David Lee Roth that I feel about Christine Baranski, he rubs her the wrong way. After I started the reviews section all about cover song albums, I realized that I had seen some new ones, so I bought them to review. Luckily this was only $7. The record company intentionally does not mention WHO is doing the covers on the outside, just that it is a covers album. The only band I have heard of from this CD is the Gigolo Aunts, and they do a cover of "Ask" (the Smiths) on one of their singles that kicks so much ass it is scary. Here they do "Why Can't This Be Love?" and it is really bizarre. If you switch the balance to the left, you just get the background music. On the right, you get some light guitar strumming and just the isolated vocals. It's like they did both parts separately, and rather than mix them properly, they dumped them into the different channels. This whole pathetic CD stinks of small minds, and here's why: it says that all tracks were recorded in the same studio; many tracks share the same crew; and for some reason, a person named Captain Rock mixed almost all the tracks. At the same time, Captain Rock sings "Panama" and I swear he sounds like a cross between Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap and Captain Caveman. There are also two different versions of the instrumental "Eruption," which was intended as a showcase for Eddie's fast playing. The first one, by "The Reverend Ed Broms" (I put it in quotes because the guy plays instruments on some other songs, which makes me think they are all aliases of some kind, but why? is it that bad? probably) is done on a pipe organ. Good plan. Please put down the PCP and step away from the keyboard. The second version is by Crick Deifendorf (whenever I see a name like that, I always think of that game show Card Sharks where you basically have to just guess if the hidden card is higher or lower than the one you can see. Your only choices in the whole game are "higher," "lower" or "CHANGE THAT CARD!" When I see Crick Deifendorf, I say, "CHANGE THAT CARD!") and is done on a banjo. Steve Martin is good at playing banjo, but he wisely avoids doing it in public Thanks, Steve. Oh, this CD. It isn't very good, or very funny. They also should've picked more hits. And better bands. And better packaging. Grade: D

Heavenly Presents...The Fred EP

It is not a coincidence that these reviews are in this order, because if someone said, "Hey, want a CD of covers of Right Said Fred?" I would probably hit them in the mouth before the word "Fred." At the same time, it is hard to quibble with buying this CD, one because it was less than $3, and two, all proceeds go to some AIDS charity. I happen to sort of like St. Etienne, though that may be because they are close friends with the Boo Radleys and because they have a hot singer. That, in and of itself, should not merit a decent grade, and it does not. But, St. Etienne do a fantastic, throbbing cover of "I'm Too Sexy" that makes it sexual rather than campy, like the original. They really are too sexy, and I believe that with every fiber of my being. St. Etienne is too damn sexy, and there is not a thing I can do about it. The other two entries are from Flowered Up (what an awful name) and The Rockingbirds (ditto). Flowered Up do a fine job with "Don't Talk, Just Kiss," but The Rockingbirds suck and seem to know it. So, I would say that one song merits an F, one merits a C and one merits an A, for an average grade of C, but I will give them a little because it was cheap and for charity. Grade: C+

Show & Tell (A Stormy Remembrance of TV Theme Songs)

That's fine. Punk rock guys make fun of TV. Okay. They got Todd Bridges to cover the "Theme from Diff'rent Strokes." His backup band is called The Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis Experience. There's a band called No Use For A Name. The Meatmen do a funny "Green Acres Theme" and the Pink Lincolns cover that annoying song from Friends. I really like H20's cover of "Bad Boys" from Cops and most of the rest of this CD. Maybe just not every day for five days. I couldn't seem to listen to it straight through, I kept leaving the room. Listening to it again right this second, I keep fighting the impulse to get up and skip to the next track, since most tracks are under two minutes, as they should be. If it's good, it leaves you wanting more, and if it blows, it's over in a minute. Just as it should be. Grade B

Regatta Mondatta: A Reggae Tribute to the Police

My wife and I were watching the MTV awards and Sean Combs (call him "puffy" if you must, but I will NOT buy into that "here's my cool new rap name" bullshit) came out to do that awful tribute to the dead fat crack dealer. The whole song is a total ripoff of "Every Breath You Take" with new, worse lyrics. So they were whooping it up, and my wife said, "Do you think Sting likes that these jerkoffs have totally stolen his song?" and without thinking I said, "I bet he is so happy that he could wet himself. I bet this helps his catalog sales, I bet it gives him credibility and..." Before I could drone on for another minute, Sting was onstage in a surprise appearance, singing the part where they sampled his voice. It was totally fucking bizarre. The point is, I think the Police were a band that was very influenced by reggae and ska, and it is only appropriate that some of those bands now cover the Police. I don't think I actually own any reggae albums, but I don't dislike it. I just associate it with so many stoned philosophers that I met in college (myself among them). I noticed something else after I read the liner notes: Pato Banton and Sting do a cover of "Spirits in the Material World" on this CD, and the only other song I have by Pato Banton is from this CD called Ozone which has one song by him, a cover of the Police's "One World (Not Three)." All the usual reggae people you might expect: Maxi Priest does "Message in a Bottle" pretty well, Steel Pulse do, "Can't Stand Losing You," which is a Police song I actually like. They also do something that I love, mainly make a song more timely with a slight change in the lyrics. Instead of "And my LP records and they're all scratched," it's changed to "And my CD collection and they're all scratched." The other covers are all at least competent and at best, they sound a little better than the originals. Grade: B

Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks

If it weren't for Schoolhouse Rock! I may have learned about grammar, math, science and government somewhere boring like school. I am not being facetious. When they started to teach me about the Constitution in school, I swear, I knew the whole thing, "We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union...etc." I bought these things on video five years ago, and at that time, they hired Cloris Leachman and some annoying kids to make filler between the songs. Since then they have been rereleased a few times, each time with some new packaging. Then, a few years ago they had a live production of the songs, and it was amazing. I swear, I hate the theater more than anything, and I loved this thing. If it ever plays near you, and you loved these songs as a kid, GO! I guess it had to happen that eventually some geniuses got together to record covers of these songs, and it's great. Blind Melon's last performance (covering "Three is A Magic Number") is really touching, and trust me when I tell you I was no fan of them. Moby takes "Verb: That's What Happening" someplace dark and metallic and Biz Markie, the goofball rapper, really brings "The Energy Blues" to a new level. Even though most people agree that the Lemonheads used to be good, but now suck hard, here they do a perfect explanation of "My Hero, Zero." I even saw a great special on MTV where they showed some "Making Of" crap along with some rough videos for the songs. I didn't actually buy this CD, someone made me a tape, and I am glad because I still listen it. Grade: B+

Saturday Morning Cartoons Greatest Hits

This was another CD that someone taped for me, though I was less excited about this than the Schoolhouse Rock thing. Then I rented this tape that featured some of the videos. This tape had to be the stupidest, most obnoxious thing I have seen in a while. It was done in a style reminiscent of that MTV hosejob The Real World and was hosted by Drew Barrymore, a complete twit. It was a house full of clichéd slackers, eating cereal and watching cartoons on TV, like us Gen-Xers are wont to do. Then some shitty old cartoon would come on and Slacker #1 would say, "Oh, man, that show was like, so groovy!" Then they would cut to a band doing their cover of the show's theme. It may sound okay, but try watching them do this twenty times in a row, and say glowing things about really awful shit like Hong Kong Phooey, Gigantor and The Bugaloos. The only things that slightly redeem this tape are, in order: Wax doing "Happy Happy Joy Joy" from Ren & Stimpy, Matthew Sweet (who I find annoying, if only because he's from Nebraska, I mean, how cool is that?) doing Scooby Doo (a show I despise) and the Ramones doing "Theme from Spiderman." The freakiest moment is provided by Frenté, who cover "Let the Sun Shine In" from The Flintstones. I don't know if you remember this song, but Pebbles & Bam Bam sang it, and the lyrics are all about how to kick Satan's ass. I never realized how religious this song was until I heard the cover. Grades: Video: F; Drew Barrymore & Slackers: Brain Cancer; CD: B-
Here are some of my all time favorite cover songs, in no particular order.

Frazier Chorus - "Anarchy in the UK" (Sex Pistols), Cake - "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor), The Soft Boys - "Caroline Says" (Lou Reed), Joe Jackson - "Oh Well" (Fleetwood Mac), Jody Grind - "Peter Gunn" (Henry Mancini + their own original lyrics!), Nine Inch Nails - "Get Down Make Love" (Queen), Sugar Ray - "Stand and Deliver" (Adam and the Ants), Aztec Camera - "Jump" (Van Halen), Bauhaus - "Ziggy Stardust" (David Bowie), Belly - "Happiness is a Warm Gun" (Beatles), Blur - "Oliver's Army" (Elvis Costello), Julian Cope - "Five O'Clock World" (The Vogues), John Wesley Harding - "Crystal Blue Persuasion" (Tommy James), Too Much Joy - "That's a Lie!" (LL Cool J), Pop Will Eat Itself - "Love Missile F1-11" (Sigue Sigue Sputnik), Age of Chance* - "Kiss" (Prince), Rugburns - "Sesame Street" (Oscar the Grouch) + "Waterfalls" (TLC) + "Wishing Well" (Terence Trent D'Arby) + "Stairway to Gilligan's Isle" (Sherwood Schwartz & Led Zeppelin), Mr. Ed Jumps the Gun or Sonic Youth - "Ça Plane Pour Moi" (Plastic Bertrand), Barenaked Ladies - "Fight The Power" (Public Enemy), Overwhelming Colorfast - "She Said, She Said" (Beatles), Psychedelic Furs - "Mack the Knife" (Bobby Darin), Kablamachunk - "Cats in the Cradle" (Harry Chapin), Pixies - "Head On" (Jesus & Mary Chain), Henry Rollins & Bad Brains - "Kick Out the Jams" (MC5), Terry Hall - "Sense" (the Lightning Seeds), the Newlydeads - "Cities in Dust" (Siouxsie & the Banshees), 7 Seconds* - "99 Luft Balloons" (Nena), The Breeders - "Blackbird" (Beatles), Fatima Mansions - "Stigmata" (Ministry), Birdland - "Rock n' Roll Nigger" (Patti Smith), the Wonderstuff - "That's Entertainment" (the Jam), 1,000 Homo DJs - "Supernaut" (Black Sabbath), Robyn Hitchcock - "8 Miles High" (the Byrds), Primus - "Making Plans for Nigel" (XTC), Uncle Tupelo - "I Wanna Destroy You" (Soft Boys), Sugarcubes - "Top of the World" (Carpenters), Faith No More - "War Pigs" (Black Sabbath) + "Easy" (the Commodores), Government Issue - "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'" (Nancy Sinatra), Devo - "Are You Experienced?" (Jimi Hendrix), Dead Kennedys - "I Fought the Law" (Tommy James), Lords of the New Church - "Like A Virgin" (Madonna), Jane's Addiction - "Sympathy for the Devil" (Rolling Stones), Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Fire" (Jimi Hendrix), Fishbone - "Freddie's Dead" (Curtis Mayfield), Vic Chestnutt - "She Doesn't Exist" (Robyn Hitchcock), the Tom Tom Club* - "You Sexy Thing" (Hot Chocolate), School of Fish - "Save It For Later" (General Public), Ben Folds Five - "She Don't Use Jelly" (Flaming Lips), Steve & Eydie - "Black Hole Sun" (Soundgarden), Pizzicato Five - "The Girl from Ipanema (Astrud Gilberto), Terry, Blair & Anouchka* - "Love Will Keep Us Together" (Captain & Tenille), Vegas - "She" (the Monkees), The Simpsons - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (Iron Butterfly), The Mighty Lemon Drops - "Another Girl, Another Planet" (the Only Ones), Perry Farrell & Body Count - "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" (Sly Stone), Sheppard's Pie (my band at camp) - "Lust For Life" (Iggy Pop), Terence Trent D'Arby - "What A Wonderful World" (Sam Cooke), Catherine Wheel - "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely" (Hüsker Dü), The Lilac Time - "Raspberry Beret/Kiss Me Medley" (Prince/Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy), Frank Black* - "Hang On To Your Ego" (Brian Wilson), the Boo Radleys - "There She Goes" (The La's), Ned's Atomic Dustbin - "Saturday Night" (Bay City Rollers) the original version was, for those of you interested, the first 45RPM record that I ever bought and the perfect song to end this "getting way too long" list.

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