Excellent and surprising. Conveys the spirit of the original but is completely different and takes the song to a new level. Wow.

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Cruskin is a band from France that I learned about through an unsolicited message on Last.fm. They’re interesting, but maybe not interesting enough? I’m not sure. They do a pretty straight cover of “Zombie” by the Cranberries, and Sabrina does a pretty impressive Dolores O’Riordan impression… in fact, much of their music sounds a bit like if Dolores were singing for, say, Kill Hannah.

The cover reminds me of the Ataris cover of “Boys of Summer” – pretty straight-ahead, increased tempo, a bit of an attitude, but not enough to alienate people who know the original.

I think their logo is in a bad font. I’m interested, and will keep an eye open for more of their stuff.


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“Gonna Get Close to You” by Dalbello

On March 20, 2013, in Music, song, by mugen

I always thought this tune stood out as a kind of weird departure on the Queensryche album Rage for Order. I never realized it was a cover!

Found the original tonight by accident. Check it out:

Take THAT, Geoff Tate! Wow. The Queensryche version is pretty good, honestly. But the original by Dalbello has a creepiness and weirdness that comes from the nearly industrial beat that keeps thumping along through the song and the New Wave trappings dressing everything up. I loved Rage for Order when I found it in the late 80s, and loved it even more when I realized that it was produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilve, who produced the first half of Skinny Puppy’s discography. Here’s the Queensryche version:

They amped up the creep quality (and I wonder if Rave had any influence on the choice to cover this tune).

The gender-bending elements of the video only amplify the “single white female”-esque aspects of the song as performed by Dalbello. Tate’s androgyny in the Queensryche video isn’t quite the same, but positioning him as the stalker has a sort of vampiric quality.

Now to find more Dalbello…

Fantastic Cyndi Lauper Cover – Emilie Autumn

On March 26, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen


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