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Music Monday: Cover Versions that are Better than the Originals (Arguably)

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Don’t you wish you could sometimes write cover versions of books, in the way that bands cover each other’s songs? I was listening to a bunch of cover versions on Youtube and all I could think was that it would be way easier to do that than to have to come up with anything original. And, yes, I am trying to write a new book. How did you guess?

Well, rather than get on and just do the new book, this seemed like an excellent excuse to write a blog post about cover versions of famous songs, and in my personal opinion, these cover versions are better than the originals. You can disagree of course. There’s nothing wrong with being wrong. 😉

Nights in White Satin, by The Moody Blues, covered by Rock Goddess

Rock Goddess were one of my favourite heavy metal bands from the 80s. They never hit it really big, but they are still going and they are still awesome. This is their live cover of Nights in White Satin, done originally by The Moody Blues:

How can you not love that rough, powerful vocal?

And, for comparison, here is the original:

I’m right, right?

Diamonds and Rust, by Joan Baez, covered by Judas Priest

Of course the original is absolutely brilliant, but I love how Judas Priest kept so close to that original while making their version entirely their own. (Priest were enormous fans of both Baez and Bob Dylan, of course.)

Here’s the cover version:

And the original:

Rasputin, by Boney M., covered by Turisas

Okay, this time I’m not going to claim the cover is actually better, because I have a big soft spot by Boney M., but Turisas are, well, they’re Turisas, and I love the idea of blood-soaked Vikings covering a Boney M. song.

Of course, Boney M. were a bit of a fraud in that the male ‘lead singer’ didn’t actually do the singing because he wasn’t a good enough singer, but.

Here are Turisas:

The original:

That’s it for now. I have proved myself entirely right, and I’m glad you admit it.

Now off to write that damned book.

Header photo from Dark Rider on Unsplash.

Music Monday: Demolition Boys and Hold Me Down

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Music Monday is a very occasional feature where I talk about music that is often forgotten these days and which deserves to be remembered.

Back when I was young, Heavy Metal was a pretty male genre of music. Most of the bands were male and most of the fans were too. It had grown up among the young, working class men of the industrial towns in the British Midlands. But even though it was sweaty and unfashionable, it was also pretty open and accepting, and it wasn’t entirely male.

Today I thought I’d highlight a couple of the female heavy metal bands who made a name for themselves back in the 1980s.

First up is a band who were every bit the match for more famous Motörhead (with whom they also collaborated with), Girlschool. This band was as uncompromising, heavy and in-your-face as anyone else out there. Girlschool were pretty big news in the early 1980s, and they’re still active now. Here they are with the first track from their 1980 album, Demolition. The track is “Demolition Boys”:

Another band who could give anyone a run for their money in terms of energy and sheer musical aggression were Rock Goddess, formed by sisters Jody and Julie Turner while they were still at school (Julie was only 9 at the time and was still at school when their first album was released). The band never really hit the major league, but they did support bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. This track is from their second album, Hell Hath No Fury. The track is “Hold Me Down”:

These weren’t the only female metal bands of the time, of course, and there were plenty of bands with individual female members (Doro Pesch in Warlock being probably the most prominent), but they were still a rarity and you probably won’t hear much about them when people talk about the history of heavy metal. You should.