Goldfinger is a band that has been around since the early 1990s. Their third LP, Stomping Ground was released in 2000 and enjoyed some European success on the back of their cover of Nena’s 99 Red Balloons which — rather impressively — is sung partly in German.
And now they have a quarantine version, which is even better.
I know I’ve already mentioned Skameleon a couple of times in the past, but their lockdown edition of Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting is remarkably cheerful, and well worth seeing.
I have to admit that I have long thought of The Toy Dolls as a novelty band. This, I think, is primarily down to their, frankly brilliant, version of Nellie the Elephant.
The band is still going and, while they still have a superb sense of humour, they also are a lot more talented than I remembered. This they very effectively demonstrate when they take on Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) was one of the many memorable songs released by Eurhythmics back when I was young. But what would happen if you threw in the riff from The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army?
German Ska band Skameleon decided to find out.
In This Moment is an alternative metal band formed in Los Angeles by singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth.
They are still going today and rheir most recent album, Mother, was released last month.
Their cover of Blondie’s Call Me comes from an earlier album. Visually, Brink’s look makes for quite a contrast when compared to the more generic nu-metal stylings of the rest of the band.
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.