With the big announcement earlier this week that Tool will be coming through Denver on tour in Rocktober I decided to get even more amped up for the show with a live cover from 1998 of the tune Demon Cleaner from the band Kyuss. If you’re not familiar with Kyuss it is the group that eventually turned into Queens of the Stone Age. With the inital QotSA lineup being the all of the members of Kyuss when they stopped making music in ’97. This live version of Demon Cleaner also features the former bassist for Kyuss, Scott Reeder. It’s unlikely that you’ve heard this track, if you want to listen to the original you can find it on the Kyuss album Welcome to Sky Valley from 1994. In the meantime krank this and we’ll see you at the Tool show in Rocktober!
For this week’s Hump The Covers Off we travel back nine years to 2007 when Mudvayne released the album By The People, For The People. The album was mostly live versions of their songs, all of which were voted for inclusion on the album by fans after their 2007 tour. Of all the tunes included on the album only one was a cover, King Of Pain by The Police. Interestingly before each song on the album Chad Gray recorded a short intro explaining the song, which I have included below as well. Check it out.
Over the weekend one of the biggest rock festivals of the year, Rock on the Range, took over Columbus Ohio. Unless you were like our lucky Rock on the Range Flyaway winner Thomas you probably missed it. With so many bands in one place it was only natural that some musicians would come out and join other bands on stage. That happened when Friday night headliners Disturbed were joined by the lead singer of Papa Roach, Jacoby Shaddix. Disturbed are no strangers to the cover scene and lit it up with Rage’s Killing In The Name Of. Check out the live footage below.
An Australian YouTuber who goes by ANGRYDAD, decided to put a sign on the back his dad’s car that said “honk if you’re horny” without his dad knowing, and Australians are horny! Watch this dad lose his sh*t! NSFW for language.
If you missed the announcement early today a long list of bands playing at this years Riot Fest was announced. Among those attending will be Jane’s Addiction, who we haven’t seen in Colorado in a few years. So let’s Hump The Covers Off with their rendition of Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Yes, it’s just as weird as you expect it would be. You’ll find this live version, recorded in 1987, from the box set A Cabinet of Curiosities released in 2009. Check it out.
If you missed the announcement yesterday Ozzfest and Knotfest are teaming up for a giant two day ‘make you rock until you’ve lost all feeling in your extremities’ fest out in California in September. At the press conference many of the members of the bands which will be playing at Knozztfest (not the official name) were in attendance. So if you’ve got a ton of talent in one room together what do you do? F*cking rock! Zakk Wylde and his Zakk Sabbath tribute band brought out Corey Taylor for vocals on Fairies Wear Boots and then had David Draiman onstage for an epic 13 minute jam of N.I.B. Check out these killer performances!
Prepare yourself for something totally different and unexpected. If you’re familiar with the original track, arguably their most famous song, from the Turtles out of 1967 then you’re in for a shock as Filter take on Happy Together. The tale of this tune is a a twisted one, as it was originally recorded for a 2009 movie called The Stepfather, a movie that only made about $30 million, which means not many people saw it. The song sat around until 2013 when it was used in the trailer for the movie The Great Gatsby, and then sat around for two more years before the band decided to make a video for it! So six years after it’s initial release we get this gut-punching video for a totally dark take on a very cheery original. Check it out below and listen for yourself!
As we Hump The Covers Off tonight we get Flyleaf covering Nine Inch Nails, a pairing that I never thought I would hear. Found on the score to the movie Underworld: Evolution, original lead singer Lacey Strum and company belt out Something I Can Never Have in her signature fragile tone. Now all I can think about is Lacey Strum as a teenager listening to Pretty Hate Machine and then feeling guilty and freaking out but keeping the album anyway because she liked what she heard. Let’s stop there before I start talking about my other Lacey Strum fantasies, so hit play, and enjoy this unique take on a Reznor original.
We kick off this hump day evening with my favorite Rage Against The Machine cover, The Ghost of Tom Joad, originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. Released as a stand alone single in conjunection with the self-titled 1997 video, this tune kicks ass. The version below was recorded at the ill-fated Woodstock ’99, but as you’ll see this was before the riots and it carries a lot of emotion.