• Great cover songs

    22 Nov 2006, 23:41 by Bloopy

    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, Budgie, 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.