22 Nov 2006, 23:41
I've always liked cover songs. Probably because it's a good song being done by a band I like even more. Or perhaps because it's been a great way for me to discover new bands. When I first heard Metallica
's Garage Inc.
, I'd only really been into alternative music for 2-3 years. Before that I'd tended to just listen to whatever was on the radio, so I hardly knew anything about all these great bands that Metallica was covering. Thanks to Garage Inc, I found new favourite bands Anti-Nowhere League
, Black Sabbath
, and Diamond Head
, and more great bands and songs. Thanks to Metallica's cover of Anti-Nowhere League's So What
, I even became a big fan of old school punk.
Anyway, here's some great songs worth mentioning:Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
- I Love Rock 'n' Roll
This is actually my favourite song, and it was quite a long time before I found out it was a cover. The original song is by The Arrows
, and it sounds a bit plain and lo-fi compared to the upbeat hard rock attitude in Joan Jett's cover.