Led by Dolores O’Riordan’s unique voice, The Cranberries were one of the more successful alternative rock bands to emerge in the 1990s.
In her cover of Zombie, possibly The Cranberries’ most powerful song, The Snake Charmer effectively demonstrates just how powerful an emotional range can be achieved… with bagpipes.
Watch it, it’s superb
If, like me, you have spent way too much time watching terrible low-budget action films, Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will appeal to you for their name alone.
The band specialises in playing bluegrass versions of well known rock and metal songs, including Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.
This song has banjos!
Dragostea Din Tei (also known as The Numa Numa Song) was the massively successful single from Moldovan one-hit wonders, O-Zone. It was an admittedly catchy song and, in 2003, became inescapable. There is such a thing as too much catchiness.
Robyn Adele Anderson is a singer with a mission take your (least) favorite pop, rock, and hip-hop songs and give them a vintage makeover.
Her cover of Dragostea Din Tei as a traditional folk tune is not only very good indeed, but also completely changes the song completely.
If you ever wanted evidence that Guns n’ Roses should have been a German polka band, I give you The Heimatdamisch, a band that demonstrates just how many classic rock and pop songs from the 80s and 90s can be improved with the addition of lederhosen.
David Byrne described Road to Nowhere as “a resigned, even joyful look at doom, at our deaths and at the apocalypse… (always looming, folks).”
The Invisibles are “a Postmodern Offbeat (Ska) Band” founded in The Netherlands in 2013, when the singer, composer and arranger Enrico Cioccolini Gotink put together a 14 international musicians’ line-up.
Their version of Road to Nowhere is really rather good.
Like probably everyone else with an internet connection, we have seen the trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 and one thing that really leapt out at me was the sound track.
If you are going to set a film in 1984, you can’t go wrong with a bit of New Order.
I thought I had a version of this song somewhere, but it turns out that I don’t and this discovery led to my wandering the dusty highways of Last.fm and YouTube and the discovery that there is a cover of Blue Monday recorded by Health for Atomic Blonde. This is one of the many films on my “must get around to watching” list.
But that’s not the point of this post. The point of this post is to mention Orkestra Obsolete, a group of masked musicians who have rather stunningly managed to perform the song using only instruments available in the 1930s. It really is incredible.
Mustard Plug. Or so says Last.fm, which has counted up all the tracks I scrobbled over the course of the past year in order to tell me what I like.
It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that I have been mainly listening to Ska, Rock and Ska Punk and that the band I have listened to more than any other was the aforementioned Mustard Plug.
The album I have listened to most was Life Sucks… Let’s Dance! from Reel Big Fish but the track I have spent most time listening to was Box from the incomparably awesome album, Evildoers Beware.
And here it is
I was going to start this post by claiming that a Rockabilly band with a name like The Hillbilly Moon Explosion must be Italian. It’s a good thing I checked, because it turns out that while the singer, Emanuela Hutter, is half Italian (the other half being Swiss), the rest of the band comes from elsewhere in Europe.
Their song, Call Me is a cover of the Blondie song of the same name, and is really rather good.
I pulled out my Tank Girl DVD last night and, among other things, was reminded of just how much love the film has for Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) by Cole Porter.
Not only does the song feature in the film’s big song and dance scene, but it was also covered by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg.
The film is a lot of fun, and the song is great.
Oi to the World! is the title track to a Christmas album released by The Vandals in 1996. The song was covered in 1997 by No Doubt for the album A Very Special Christmas 3, which was produced to benefit the Special Olympics.
And the video makes for the sunniest Christmas song I’ve seen… possibly ever.