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  • The Art of the Remake XV – Deconstructing Metal

    Posted by Dan from Madison on September 3rd, 2014 (All posts by )

    As I was growing up in the 80’s I listened to heavy metal music of all types and had a great time doing so. I went to a lot of shows as well and that is part of the reason that my hearing is fading at an early age, I assume. No regrets.

    Heavy metal in the late 80’s turned into some sort of strange, demented party gone wrong. The party had gone into the wee hours (big hair bands) and seemed as though it would make the mistake that most parties do at 2am, that mistake being to tap just one more keg – which would have sent the whole thing over the precipice and eventually, the cops would show up. Fortunately, Metallica came out with “And Justice For All” at this time and to me, that is the one album that saved heavy metal. The big, drunk, stoned, big hair party started to end, in a peaceful manner.

    One of the big hair bands of that age that was relatively successful was Skid Row. Here is “18 and Life”:

    Recently, I stumbled on a version of this by Nina Gordon – I really like it:

    Here is one more that I found recently. The above mentioned Metallica did Enter Sandman so many years ago:

    I found this gem of a remake by Iron Horse:

    I really enjoy hearing these (perhaps crappy) metal tunes get deconstructed.

     

    8 Responses to “The Art of the Remake XV – Deconstructing Metal”

    1. Robert Schwartz Says:

      Musically, growing up in the 60s had the 80s beat all hollow.

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      KILLER cover of Enter Sandman!

      Better than the original, even.

    3. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      Surfaris – Wipe Out: http://youtu.be/p13yZAjhU0M

      The Ventures Live – Wipe Out: http://youtu.be/T8__EwAT8VM

    4. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      Helen Forrest – Skylark: http://youtu.be/2EAIfdIM2TI

      k.d.lang – Skylark: http://youtu.be/m-o92_OI5OU

    5. Grurray Says:

      It’s hard to listen to the later 90s Metallica especially when stacked up against their far superior earlier work. That cover is most definitely the way it should be played.
      I have to say that, despite the fury and discord (or maybe in a strange way because of it), their music really lends itself well to re-interpretations.

      Scott D. Davis has some pretty good piano covers of rock songs, but his specialty is Metallica
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1GdmIQKaRA

    6. Joe Wooten Says:

      Blue Oyster Cult………

      I first saw them in Odessa TX in 1974.

    7. Gringo Says:

      More second chances:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkVqCS64joo Nino Tempo & April Stevens – Deep Purple 1963

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm0Ip_pIKT0 Artie Shaw with Helen Forrest — Deep Purple 1938

      In this case, first was better.

    8. Kirk Parker Says:

      “Wipe Out”.

      Ahhh, the twelve bar blues….. is there anything it can’t do?