April 11, 2017

Tribute... Parody... Whatever, Sometimes It's Just Right

Long have I been of the belief that the flat-out filthiest instrumental line in the history of rock music is found in Rage Against The Machine's track entitled Killing In The Name Of.  I can take or leave Zach de la Rocha's vocals, but Tim Commerford's punching bass,  Tom Morello's hot guitar lick and Brad Wilk's metronomic drum performance is, in my mind, about as close as you can come to perfection in a post-punk / alt-funk-rap-metal thing.  Listening to live performances of the song, you have no doubt that band came either to play or kick your butt, and they still haven't figured out which they want to do more... so what the hell, let's do both!

Which is why this made do an honest-to-god spit-take when it popped up on my screen.

Actually pretty funky... makes me wonder what the apparently joyless de la Rocha would think of it.  Or any of the cover versions that are out there.  See, there's actually quite the cottage industry around covering the song...


How about an acapella version?


Perhaps your tastes run more towards brass?


Not good enough?  Let's kick it up a notch to a full orchestra!


Or this kickass House version by Deadmau5?


This is probably as close as we're gonna get to a full-out klezmer cover...


Jazz?  Heck, why not?


Lounge?  Surely not?  But indeed!


...I have no idea what this is.


A sign of a good song is if it can be covered multiple ways and still sound good.  Nailed it.

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1 "Long have I been of the belief that the flat-out filthiest instrumental line in the history of rock music is found in Rage Against The Machine's track entitled Killing In The Name Of."

Preach.

Posted by: Ben at April 12, 2017 01:01 AM (S4UJw)

2 You know... most of these renditions have their merits (the one at the top is a hoot, gotta hand it to 'em) but I think the George Mason U clip is my favorite. The teacher and students just getting INTO IT. Good for what ails ya, that is.

Posted by: GreyDuck at April 14, 2017 01:42 PM (3m7pZ)

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