This installment of classic hits will take a look at rock covers. I am always intrigued by how a favorite hit from yesteryear can be re-arranged to sound just as good with crazy guitar riffs and screaming vocals thrown in. Let’s look at a few.
One of Deborah Harry’s (a.k.a. Blondie) biggest hits came in 1980 — entitled “Call Me.” It was number 1 on the Billboard charts for 6 consecutive weeks. It was also the main theme song from the movie American Gigolo the same year. My favorite rock filled rendition of this song comes from Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes. No strangers to the music scene, they’ve been around the block since 1989.
February 22nd, 1966 was a pretty cool day. The then Soviet Union launched two dogs into space by the names of Veterok and Ugolyok (Breezy and Blackie) into orbit on the satellite Kosmos 110. They would remain in orbit for 22 days and get back safely on March 16th. February 22nd also saw the release of one of the most iconic songs that have empowered women almost as much as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. I speak of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.” One of my favorite rockin’ renditions is by power metal band Megadeth.
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s you rarely went a day without hearing an ABBA song on the radio. They pretty much dominated the airwaves for two decades bringing Sweden to America on a daily basis. One of their biggest hits was “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and this is a cover by Sinergy.
The lead single for Depeche Mode’s 1990 album Violator was the 1989 hit “Personal Jesus” which has been used, sampled and looped on almost every media available between then and now. Another hit from the same album was “Enjoy The Silence” and here are the best covers for each.
Glam rock was huge in the 80s, and one of the biggest stars that put on (and still puts on) a great show is Alice Cooper. His stage shows coupled with his biggest hits like “School’s Out” and “Poison” made him a household name, even on the golf course. In 1989 he put out another big hit that may not have done too well on the local charts but seemed to do well internationally. Taken from the same album as “Poison,” and all released in 1989, this is Children of Bodom’s version of Alice Cooper’s “Bed of Nails.”
Noteworthy mention for all you gamers in the house: Megadeth’s cover of the “Duke Nukem Theme.”
Do you have any other rock favorites that people may not know are covers of classic hits? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.