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dTunes originally started as a blog in which I would showcase a new band every week. Soon, I moved on to themes. Every video was meant to be suggested by the community, the themes too. Unfortunately, my own personal tastes kept getting in the way. This time I intend to pick a community member from the Google Group that I made (send me your email if you want in) and let them post their favorite music for a week. By getting rid of the middle man (me) I intend on bringing to life my initial image of dTunes, a place where the community can enrich itself and create a better understanding on the individual members of the community by exploring their personal tastes.
For day three, I feel like nerding out a little, and sharing some of the Japanese music I'm into. My yellow fever's definitely receeded over the years, and I can't remember the last time I actively bothered to read any manga or follow an anime, but most of the music I ran into in my more Japanophilic days has stayed around.
And no, it's not going to be a bunch of anime and game theme songs. For the most part. So much for sticking to less than ten songs a post.
TWO-MIX - White Reflection
TWO-MIX has to be the first J-group I really got into, after some internet cohorts introduced me to them in high school. They're fairly poppy, but not quite as sugar-coated and annoying as a lot of other j-pop out there. That, and they just do not stop; I think the last album of theirs I got was BPM Cube, at least five years ago, and there's a lot of unfamiliar material I noticed when finding this vid.
The vid itself was produced in direct conjunction with the duo, and included as a bonus on one of their early "best of" albums, of which they have a gajillion. If they sound familiar to you, they've done themes for Gundam Wing and Detective Conan/Case Closed, among other things, and the vocalist, Minami Takayama, does Conan's voice in the original show.
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant - GT400
If you ever forget how to rock, put on some TMGE. Immune to the corrosive influences of visual kei, ballady power-pop, or any other sort of crap that turns into more spectacle than songwriting, these guys are a much more comfortable alternative to sticking a guitar straight into your ear.
Shaka Labbits - Flapper
I'll admit this band was introduced to me via a video game opening, but the guy who brought the game back with him from Japan to show us made the effort of finding their first album (and is, oddly enough, the person who posted this video in the first place). Rolling with a mid-heavy, ska-punkish sound, with things getting more straight-rock in flavor as they aged, with the occasional hilarious Engrish thrown in to most of their tracks, I can't help but be in a better mood whenever they come on. Also, their version of That Thing You Do is easily one of my favorite covers of anything, ever. Yeah, the song from the movie.
Peelander-Z - MAD TIGER
Technically, these guys are Japanese-American, but that means it's much easier to see them live, especially on the east coast. Of the three times I've seen them, I've been pulled onstage twice as a percussionist for this song (you'll see, around 2:20), and had a pair of glasses demolished in the mosh pit that formed at the most recent instance (yeah, bad idea, but I needed new ones anyway). Noisy garage punk and nonsensical, sometimes satirical lyrics make for a great time, every time. I'm pretty sure I'm somewhere in the crowd from the footage they start off with and return to a couple times.
Guitar Wolf - Gakulan Rider
My favorite story about Guitar Wolf was from a friend of mine I never knew was into them, until I mentioned them in passing, and he elaborated about this time he saw them live. Guitar Wolf (the lead guy) spent a good twenty minutes just combing his hair at the front of the stage. The crowd kept getting louder and demanding something happen, but he was unfazed. Suddenly, he just wails into the opening chords of the set, and refuses stop for the rest of the night, save for replacing several guitar strings between every two or three songs.
If you like your rock noisy, not to mention LOUD, these guys are for you. If you enjoy goofy sci-fi or zombie flicks, they are also right up your alley; they were the driving force behind and starred in such a film that goes by the name of Wild Zero. Watch it, and you shall not be disappointed.
Love Psychedelico - Lady Madonna
Another band introduced to me by the same guy as Shaka Labbits, falling in love with Love Psychedelico was almost instantaneous. Their interesting folk-rock sound, combined with the vocalist's effortless shifts from Japanese to (pretty good) English, and back again, make for a listening experience relatively uncommon amongst Japanese rockers.
Round Table f/ Nino - Groovin' Magic
Okay, I confess, it's another anime theme; this song was the opener to the (amazing) show Diebuster/Gunbuster 2. Which you should watch right now, or as soon as you're done with this article, because it is over-the-top Gainax at its best. Anyway, between this and recalling the OP they did for the show Chobits (which blows, don't waste your time watching that one), I decided to investigate them a bit further. Round Table consistently inspires dancing, pairing poppy, upbeat tunes with funky basslines and sensibility.
Guitar Vader - She's So Heavy
A fixture from the Jet Set/Grind Radio games, Guitar Vader has come a long way, and polished its sound quite a bit since then. Fortunately, they did so without diminishing their garage sound roots, even with the occasional experimentation with synthesizers alongside more traditional instrumentation. The best way to get a handle on them is to try and track down their first full album, entitled Die Happy!
Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Kaneda
Okay, this is the last direct-from-anime one, I promise. Geinoh Yamashirogumi did the entire soundtrack for Akira, but that's nothing compared to the rest of their repertoire. This crew experiments with instruments and musical traditions from all across the globe, with albums that have explored Africa, regions of Europe, and so many other places. I picked this video in particular so you could see it wasn't just one or two dudes messing around in a studio; Geinoh Yamashirogumi is serious business.
Here's a fun challenge for you to try: next time makeouts are imminent, put on the Akira soundtrack, and see how far you and your partner can go before it gets too awkward or ridiculous. Escalation of activities is permitted, but you have to keep the album on. No one I know has finished the entire LP. No one.
Cibo Matto - Know Your Chicken
Another Japanese-American group, Yuka and Miho of Cibo Matto managed to get some brief publicity back in the 90s, with videos for Sugar Water and Know Your Chicken (which embedding was disabled on) seeing at least a bit of airtime on MTV, before sliding quietly back into obscurity. An odd blend of
styles that jumps all over the place, these girls had a little bit of something for everyone, with laughable lyrics to go along with. I'm not sure if Yuka went on to much else afterward, but Miho Hattori landed a gig as Noodle's voice in Gorillaz.
Tommy February6 - Everyday At The Bus Stop
Sometimes, you just need some cheesy, 80s-inspired synthpop. This isn't just throwaway bubblegum, though; Tomoko Kawase, formerly (and once again) of The Brilliant Green is a damn genius, and knew exactly what she was doing with this persona. As a contrast to all this sugar, she later went on to release material as a flipside persona of sorts, Tommy Heavenly6, which was darker and more punk-inspired. Both personae have recently dropped new material, too, which was not entirely expected after her rejoining her old band and putting out a new album with them.
FUN FACT: Despite the fact that most of her songs are primarily in English, Tomoko barely knows any English herself.
Boom Boom Satellites - Push Eject
Harder listening and more experimental than a lot of the other stuff in this article, Boom Boom Satellites was a lucky find during a channel-flip back in high school, where they were featured on some international music snippet on CNN. Unlike a lot of the other groups mentioned, they've actually seen some albums released in the US. Their style, to me, seems like what would happen if distortiony rock and trip hop had a slightly malformed but savant child. If nothing else, they get points for song titles such as Scatterin' Monkey and Shut Up And Explode.
Towa Tei - Technova
While he is of Korean descent, Towa Tei's spent most of his life in Japan. You should definitely recognize him; under the name Towa Towa, he was on the tables for Deee-lite, and is pretty easy to spot in the video for Groove Is In The Heart (hints: he's not Bootsy Collins and he's not the guy on slide whistle). Even before his stint with them, Towa was an established DJ, and went right back to the scene once Deee-lite's day in the sun ended. He's played around with all sorts of genres and languages, so chances are, he's done something, somewhere, that you would enjoy.
Now that I've sufficiently inundated you with music from the land of the rising sun, feel free to indulge in an orgy of bagpipe music, black metal, or what-have-you to purge yourself. Hopefully, I've shown you that music doesn't have to be in a language you understand to be enjoyable.
For my second day, I figured I'd try and get into the holiday spirit with some alt-Crimbo jams. Stuff like this is what helps me survive the barrage of the same old Christmas shlock unleashed upon the masses every year. This one's a bit heftier than yesterday's, with thirteen tracks; one for each Day of Christmas.
Cosmicity - This Is Your Crappy Christmas Present
Forgive the video, it was the only one I could find with this song. Despite being a fan of Cosmicity, and having the album it's hidden on (Escape Pod For Two), I didn't even know this song existed until Last.fm dropped it on me at random last week. Consider this post my crappy Christmas present to all of you.
Oscar The Grouch - I Hate Christmas
This is how I feel at an earlier and earlier point every year, with Christmas decor and displays going up even more and more ahead of time. Before Thanksgiving was bad enough, but now it's around Hallowe'en that they start? Come on.
Everclear - I Will Be Hating You For Christmas
A hidden track on So Much For The Afterglow, this is one of two Everclear songs I can still stand, besides the album's title track. Not sure why, but it's catchy. I'd bet money that it's about Art Alexakis' dad, because being pissed at his father is all the dude can write songs about. No wonder some friends and I out-partied them in Vegas last year.
Type O Negative - Red Water (Christmas Mourning)
A little more downbeat, even moreso now that it's had personal significance for me the past couple of years. I still enjoy it musically, however, and it's nice to hear Peter Steele singing about a holiday that isn't Hallowe'en. Definitely a contrast to the primarily over-cheery bollocks the season tends to engender.
Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let It Snow
The Ting Tings are one of the few bands I've bothered to really get into recently, and I highly recommend their debut album. If I remember correctly, they were discovered via their MySpace, so there's a twinkle of hope for all you aspiring musicians willing to brave that wasteland. The song itself is a parody of one of their album tracks, Shut Up And Let Me Go.
Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis
You can never go wrong with a little Run DMC. Ever.
Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas
I mentioned my love for Erasure, briefly, in yesterday's post; in all honesty, I have a soft spot for a whole lot of 80s-90s gay dance music. I'm really glad PSB finally decided to release this openly, as it's been little more than an exclusive single for their fan club members for over a decade. This ends up dominating my holiday playlists rather often, due to the fact that there were a whole pile of remixed versions of this on said single, but at least they're all pretty good.
MST3K - (Let's Have A) Patrick Swayze Christmas
There is nothing wrong with maintaining this tradition, even with Mr. Swayze's passing this year. If anything, he would want us to carry (and carol) on.
Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol
This, Charlie Brown, is what Christmas is all about.
Harry And The Potters - Wizard Chess
FUN FACT: I originally got into this Harry Potter tribute band because of a fine lady. That didn't pan out, but the music stuck, and I even went to a show and bought one of their shirts. Corny, yes, but cute in most cases if you're a fan of the books.
David Sedaris - Crumpet The Elf
Okay, it's not music, but one of the songs I wanted to include was embed-disabled, so I had to fill the gap to maintain my Twelve Days theme. David Sedaris is hilarious, and in '06, read a selection from his Santaland Diaries, which chronicle his time working as a department store Santa's elf henchman, on NPR. I'm not sure, but I think they replay it yearly, and I know there's a CD of the whole story somewhere.
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
James Brown's Funky Christmas is arguably the best Christmas album ever produced, and features one of the most terrifying images of James himself on the cover. The entire album is worth a listen, but I included this song since it was the first one I heard off it. The album pictured in the video is not the same one, though he looks pretty terrifying in that get-up, too.
Richard Cheese - Jingle Bells
And, to close, some more traditional fare from one of your favorite, parody lounge singers. Yet another terrible video used due to lack of alternatives, but skip ahead to 0:29 or so to avoid the inexplicable inclusion of this guy opening the CD and putting it in his laptop. I mean, really, guy.
Before I go, I'd also like to point out that both Billy Idol and Twisted Sister have put out Christmas albums in recent years, and they are both mind-blowing. I would've included stuff from them, but it would've ended up being the entire albums in both cases, and this post is already long enough. Idol actually takes a more tongue-in-cheek, vaguely loungey approach to a lot of traditional songs, but it works in every case, almost to the point that it leaves the listener confused. Twisted Sister, on the other hand, played around a bit more, with the riffs off their version of O Come All Ye Faithful being an almost exact clone of We're Not Gonna Take It. Check them out if you so desire.
Fresh week, and dTunes returns again, with me, nekobun, at the helm. Since I found out I was doing this week at the last minute, we'll just jump right in now and I'll get chatty later. I will acknowledge right up front that my tastes are fairly scattered, so I'm going more for thematic days rather than anything genre- or band-based.
For day one, I'll share some briefly-popular artists you might know, but tracks may not've heard, as they're not singles that've seen radio play or other widespread distribution.
Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy
A track off Rage's eponymous album, this was actually the first RAtM song I was exposed to while knowing it was theirs. Of all the ways I could've heard it, a friend of mine sent me a Sailor Moon AMV featuring it and asked for feedback. I obliged, and the AMV was... well, it was an anime music video, I mean, come on. The music, however, stuck with me, and led quickly to getting the album and developing a more solid Rage fandom.
Wheatus - A Little Respect
While what little renown Wheatus does have is mostly as a one hit wonder, for Teenage Dirtbag, this cover of an Erasure classic is incredibly solid. It's also been, often enough, the only form in which I can find it on karaoke playlists, since it's one of my staples. Between this and Teenage Dirtbag, you'd think their entire repertoire involved sappy, adolescent romance, but the rest of their album actually features moderately more angry, if not teen-angsty material.
Harvey Danger - Private Helicopter
I would have posted the actual music video, but UMG disabled embedding, so here's the next best live recording I could find. Harvey Danger might ring a bell to some of you, as the guys who gave us Flagpole Sitta; you know, "Paranoia paranoia everybody's comin' to get me..." et cetera. This was off the same album, and I believe it got a brief radio presence in some markets, but for the most part was overlooked. One of my all-time favorites by these guys, who've been active a lot more than most people think.
Simple Minds - Changeling
The guys who gave us Don't You Forget About Me, the theme song from The Breakfast Club, were actually rather interesting in their first five years as a band. Things sounded a lot meatier than the New Wave path they eventually settled upon, even in their poppier first LP. It's neat to see how some of your favorite bands have changed, and where they came from.
Sugar Ray - Tap, Twist, Snap
Oddly enough, the guys in Sugar Ray weren't always the musical equivalent of a massive, quivering vagina. Their old sound was a great deal harder than the stuff you hear in Fly and Someday, and a bit of that still clung to them when they released Floored, the album Fly came from. I still don't see the wisdom in completely alienating whatever fanbase they may have had up to that point, but I'm willing to bet it's made them piles of money they can swim through a la Scrooge McDuck.
Elastica - Stutter
Elastica got a bit of exposure in the 90s, mostly for their track Connection, which if nothing else, you might recall being in the TV ads for the film Hackers while being completely absent from the movie's soundtrack. Trying to find Connection and who played it was something of a holy grail when I was a kid, what without the internet being what it is now, and when I finally found a copy of their first, self-titled album, I dove in headfirst. This has always been one of my favorites, even though it got stacked behind a lot of their bigger hits in the album order and feels a bit tacked on at the end. Also of note, Elastica's frontwoman dated Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) for a while. You probably want to date Damon Albarn, too, if you know what's good for you, so this is kind of the next best thing.
And there you go, day one. Turned into a bit of a mid-90s to early-00s fest for the most part, but I hope you all enjoyed it well enough to come back for tomorrow's installment. Which should be up a lot earlier than this one, I might add.
I apologize in advance, as I am a retail employee in these United States of America, and today, I will find no such shelter or respite to finish this before about 9pm. However, here is a small sampling of what tunes you can expect, and I will have a header image and (mostly) full-effect story for each song ready to rock later on tonight. This much I promise you!
As this is a videogame-related site, most people here would agree with my sentiment that a great score in a game is like a great score in a film: music really does make a world of difference. Some things can only be communicated through music, and the wrong piece of music (or even the right music) in the wrong place (or even the right place!) can make or break a scene, sequence or an entire project singlehandedly. This piece, as my final act as your week-long host, is a downright massive entry highlighting my opinion of phenomenal videogame music you may or may not have heard of. These songs are all readily hummable at will from my memory banks, and now I get to share these tracks with you, and this fills me with a considerable sense of pride. Read on, and listen well, as these are tracks of Legend.
SOUL BLAZER - Dr. Leo's Basement
This video is taken from an actual playthrough, so wait until the player descends into the basement, and enjoy. This track is something I've always wanted to slow down and make a rap beat to. It would be f'n sicksauce. What's rad is the entire soundtrack is absolutely amazing, some of the best 16-bit action RPG tunes you can come across.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Chemical Plant Zone
This song has one of the greatest 16-bit basslines ever. As in, EVER ever. I would love a band like the Minibosses to cover this track more than any other VG tune. It would rule.
Chrono Trigger - Theme Of Magus
The greatest character leitmotif I've ever heard. Hands down. Right up there with The Imperial March. This entire song bleeds darkness, like an oncoming storm destined to wipe out an entire world. Magus is one of my favorite characters in all of videogames, and this song suits his brand of unstoppable rage. Black Rock, Omega Flare, this game's so wrapped up you can call him Senor Juego Burrito. Badass-squared. Proper.
Tetris (NES) - Music #3
The most relaxing tune ever. I used to fall asleep to this tune as a child, watching my uncle wipe the floor with Pajitnov's classic godfather of the genre. Level 20, here we come.
Marble Madness - Stage 2
Out of all of the classic tracks in this classic game (a Rare original!), this one sticks out the most. This stage always got me amped.
The Guardian Legend - Forest Labyrinth
Jump to 4:29, sorry about the quality.
Another playthrough video, this time a tune from a game I previously wrote about for a Monthly Musing assignment back in September. This game has some of the best 8-bit music EVER, all-time, no-contest, don't-fuck-with-me-about-this EVER. If you never played it, with all due respect, slap the hell out of yourself and all of your friends. You're exempt if you're not from the 80's, but are no less guilty.
Gitaroo Man - The Legendary Theme
Electric version. And fucking amazing. From a fucking amazing game.
Zelda: ALTTP - Dark World Overworld Theme
This song is burned forever into the deepest recesses of my cerebral crevasses. Say that motherfucker 5 times fast.
Street Fighter II - Ken Masters, Bitch!
Dude owns a boat. Dude gets off of the boat, leaving the party on the boat to kick someone's ass. Dude, victorious, gets back onto the boat for drinks and hot chicks, leaving behind someone who just got their ass kicked staring at him leaving in all of his ass-kicking pimp glory. Who wouldn't want to be Ken?
[size=25]Radirgy - Ukiha Shopping Mall[/stage]
This track is what got me interested in playing the game, actually. I saw a friend playing it (and I'm already a sucker for a good shmup) and heard this tune. Had to play just because of the happy tunes.
Rez - Creation/State Of Art
This is my favorite stage in the game (stage 3). Play this game on a great TV with a great sound system, and you will actually feel the possible timelines of your life diverge, with the one where you never played this game becoming the life you never wanted to live.
ActRaiser - Fillmore, Act 1
This shit gets me hyped every goddamn time I play this game. Without. Fail.
Project Justice - Seijyun Girls' High School Courtyard
This song fucking rocks, if just for the break...wak a wak, awaaa wak a wak, awaaa...
Shit is serious, son. Project Justice fucking rules.
Street Fighter 4 - Sakura's Theme
This is how all of the music of SF4 should have been. The stage music itself is just slightly above forgettable, but the work they did on the preexisting themes trump most of the work they've ever done.
Street Fighter 4 - Cammy's Theme
ESPECIALLY this one. GODDAMN, this is soooo well done. Capcom needs to stick with this line of thought for SSF4. If they don't, I'm going to be quite cross indeed. Really, the only thing that is better than these efforts in Capcom's entire history is...
Mega Man 2 - Bubble Man Stage
Don't fuck around and say that MM2 isn't the best in the series.
You'd be a liar, and only kidding yourself. For real. Stop hating.
Thanks for listening, thanks for commenting (if you've done so), and thanks for dtuning in.
It's been a great privilege hosting this week. I'll catch you all on the flip.
Alright. I've been waiting to drop this one on you all for a while. These guys are one of my all time, undisputed, favorite guilty pleasures. There is no other band out there that sound quite like they do, some groups could be counted as inspirations, but no other group can say that they copy their style down to the finest of details in any way, shape or form. They are their own style, their own kind. They are awesome beyond measure, and prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that music is, in fact, the most universal language we as human beings possess.
They are Bomb Factory. And they're here to kick your ass with the power of raw sound.
- EVERYDAY LEGEND TOURS THE JAPANESE BOMB FACTORY -
In the beginning, I heard this song:
Bomb Factory - Exciter
This is the theme song for Tecmo's Dead Or Alive 2/DOA2 Hardcore. I remember picking this game up (not just for the boobs, but because I am a big Jeet Kune Do proponent, and Jann Lee is about the best representation of the style in a videogame) for the Sega Dreamcast and hearing this song tear my ears in half right on startup. That very day, I was out scouring the internet via whatever means I had at my disposal to find more music from this band named "Bomb Factory." I could only understand about half of what the lead singer was saying, but it didn't matter - the language of "rock your fucking face off" translated quite well enough.
Bomb Factory - Awaited Time
I do a lot of things to Bomb Factory's music. Work, play, gym, mowing my lawn, games, driving (GOD, I LOVE DRIVING TO BOMB FACTORY), you name it, I'll do it to Bomb Factory's tunes, no complaints there. This one gets me particularly amped, and I have no real reason why. It's most likely something about the boundless energy in this song that gets me ready to do anything. This is one of my all-time favorite songs ever, regardless of band, genre or age.
Bomb Factory - Down
Again, a song I could wreck faces to, no prob.
Bomb Factory - How Do You Feel?
One of the few tracks I've heard by them that have primarily Japanese lyrics. If you haven't brushed up on any Nihongo lately, don't sweat it, as it's not like you need to understand what's actually being said. A lot of folks I've tried to introduce them to (100% of them American) complain that they couldn't figure out what Jun-Ya was saying. It's irrelevant at best, as you really can't figure out what's being said in American modern metal music anyway, at least these guys try to make a sound that isn't like amplified phlegm removal.
Bomb Factory - Viper
One of their newer songs, and one of my favorites.
Bomb Factory - Break Up
Live, in France. I wish they'd play the southeast coast of the US, I'd go see them without fail. I'd love to meet these guys, actually. From what I have heard, they're all pretty fluent in English, and I'd jump at the chance to ask them how they feel about what I've basically based this entry on - why these guys are as good as they are and yet can't seem to get a major foothold established in America, where they deserve to get some serious airplay, in my opinion. I know they've had a compilation released here in the States, but that sucker needs marketing push behind it to not get lost in the shuffle. Someone high up somewhere, anywhere, needs to start pimping this band out here. There's ears that deserve them.
Hopefully this has served three purposes: introduced the band to people who have never heard them (or heard of them), gotten folks who had heard of them to take a chance on them, and brought present fans of them on Dtoid out of the woodwork to start pushing them to people here. They're HUGE in Japan. They're pretty well-known in Europe. But here, the West Coast has about the only knowledge of their existence that I've noticed. Here on the East Coast there are precious few of us who pack our iPods full of Bomb Factory jams.
Maybe that'll change. A man can dream, right?
Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music
"Bad artists copy. Great artists steal."
- Pablo Picasso
That adage goes double for music.
In my eyes (ears?), any artist or band who seeks to remake a previous work of another artist/band should do two things:
1.) Take a preexisting tune and adhere strictly, nearly religiously strict to the feel and emotion of the original work, down to the most minute detail, and
2.) Do not merely copy, make it your own.
This is a very difficult line to straddle, as it means outright theft of a song and putting so much aftermarket stuff on it that it stands on its own as an original piece, or at least as strongly as an original piece would if it were an original recording. Many people cover great songs, and a majority of them fail in my eyes.
This entry is about those who didn't fail in the least.
- EVERYDAY LEGEND IS LOST UNDER THE COVERS -
Lazlo Bane - Overkill
This song was originally done by Men At Work, an Austrailian outfit most popular for their songs "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under." Lazlo Bane is best known for their song "Superman," the theme from Scrubs.
Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
This is one of the best covers I have ever heard. Hands down. David Byrne is called a genius for a fucking reason.
Van Halen - Pretty Woman
This is a live version, because finding the video on YouTube outright sucks. However, these guys were in their damn prime in this recording, and it shows.
Deadsy - Tom Sawyer
Not a big Deadsy fan. But this cover did it RIGHT.
Disturbed - Land Of Confusion
Not a big fan of Disturbed, either. Too many instances of "rah" and "ah." In fact, I know of two covers they've done, and this is the only one that I'd say they really succeeded with.
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Say what you will about this choice, but the fact remains: they did a damn good job of translating a Michael Jackson pop song to modern rock sensibilities. Any arguments are therefore rendered null and void. So there.
Ben Folds - Bitches Ain't Shit
It's a shame that the last time I saw him live, he wouldn't play this song. A lot of people asked for it. The live video here proves why.
The (English) Beat - Tears Of A Clown
Wow. Amazing cover of a soul classic by Smokey Robinson, done by a group highly regarded os one of the originators of ska as we know it today.
So, that's all for now. If I get a second shot at it, then I'll drop some other covers here for you all.
Smother all 'yall in them shits. Yeuh.
Th: Everyday Legend Tours the Japanese Bomb Factory
Fr: Everyday Legend Thinks Videogame Music Counts As Actual Music