“Last Christmas” Manic Street Preachers (Wham!)

Posted on December 23, 2009

Sweet acoustic version by James Dean Bradfield in a pub. Interesting tidbit about the band: one of their members vanished some years ago and is presumed dead.
Err…Merry Christmas!

“We are the Champions” Green Day (Queen)

Posted on December 08, 2009

Hopefully I’ll be posting this again on January 8th, 2010. RTR.

Green Day is one of those bands that I was intrigued by immediately. But I thought they’d be a 15-minute of fame band. More than a one hit wonder, but not a band that we would get to watch grow artistically. Was I ever wrong.

How many punk bands can pull off a cover of Queen? I know, I know….somehow since they are commercially successful, the aren’t punk anymore. To that I say “BOLLOCKS!”

Billie Joe has always struggled with a pitchy voice. But I think Freddie Mercury would approve of this tribute.

“Rock the Casbah” Rachid Taha (The Clash)

Posted on September 14, 2009

When I think of Algerian rock, one name comes to mind: Rachid Taha. Some say that Rachid Taha IS Algerian rock. I wouldn’t go that far because there is just so much great music coming out of Tangiers these days. But here’s Rach bringin’ it on his cover of “Rock the Casbah” by the Clash.

“Working Class Hero” Green Day (John Lennon)

Posted on September 07, 2009

For all the laborers, union members, Marxists, socialists, and liberation theologians who view the site today, here’s Green Day with the John Lennon homage to the blue collared common men and women.

“Train in Vain” Annie Lennox (The Clash)

Posted on September 01, 2009

Maybe it’s my Ameri-centric world view that keeps me baffled at how many Brits make good soul singers. I mean, Annie Lennox is from Aberdeen, Scotland. That’s a long way from Tupelo, for those who don’t know. So while I definitely love her voice, which is soulful, I do not like this cover personally. But maybe you will, so here you go. Annie covers The Clash in “Train in Vain.”