Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter From Mastodon

Gotta love their thoughtful seasonal planning... and all that adorable blasphemy! Order your limited edition shirt here, but be careful about wearing it to church.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Five Hard Rock Songs to Avoid Covering

A friend of mine recently put me on to Halestorm's new covers EP, ReAniMate, which features an eclectic (read: terrible) selection of tracks, including Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike." And though their ballsy take on Guns N Roses' "Out Ta Get Me" is rather enjoyable, the most dumbfounding inclusion is their version of Heart's "All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love To You)." [Listen to "Bad Romance" and Skid Row's "Slave to the Grind"]

Yes, Halestorm chose to avoid classics like "Crazy On You" and "Barracuda" in order to spotlight Heart's adult contemporary transition by way of 1990's Brigade. These kids today. But rather than cutting them down for it, I chose instead to put together a primer of five off-era hard rock songs to avoid in the future. Should they ever decide to churn out ReAniMate 2 (but also appropriate for your band).

1. Motley Crue's "Raise Your Hands to Rock" | It's still better to "Shout at the Devil."

2. Starship's "We Built This City" | This is not the same band that created "White Rabbit."

3. KISS - "Crazy Nights" | No, you so crazy.

4. Celtic Frost's "Cherry Orchards" | d00d, cred. Wink.

5.  Extreme's "Little Girls" | Creepy, yo. And that's coming from me.