I’m a day behind with my weekly post on Duran Duran covers, and I apologize. I could lie and say that I was really busy yesterday afternoon, but the truth is that I didn’t realize it was Wednesday until far too late in the evening to even try putting something together. Yes, that really IS what happens when you’re at home with the kids all summer. I live and breathe by the texts asking me to take them/pick them up from somewhere, and that’s about it! After today, I’m going to take a two-week break from my blogs on DD covers, and so look for one again the week of July 28th!
When I first heard about the Making Patterns Rhyme tribute album, I’ll admit, I filed the information into the back of my head and went on my way. I didn’t know if I’d be that interested, because in the past, I hadn’t heard many covers that seemed worth my time. Like many, I felt that the only people qualified to do a Duran Duran song was, well, Duran Duran, so to hear someone else try – well, it almost always fell flat (for me). I’m really not sure when and where that really changed. It could have been when I first listened to Moby’s Rio. Now, don’t get me wrong – that song is about as far away from what I know to be Rio as possible, but I think when I started reading all of the negative and poison-filled comments, I recognized two things: 1. Fans can be very, very cruel. 2. I didn’t want to be negative. I challenged myself to find at least one positive from every single cover on the album. That doesn’t mean “Be fake and love it all”, it means “widen your effing ears and mind… and TRY.” So I did. That doesn’t mean I’ve loved everything I’ve heard, but I can say that there have been elements within each song that I’ve enjoyed.
What really shocks me, and by now it probably shouldn’t…is what people will say directly TO the band (You think they’re not reading or noticing, and maybe you’d be wrong.). No, of course you don’t have to like what you hear, and I’m sure that various members of the band would agree. There’s not really a lot of point in being flat-out mean, nor is there much point in listening to the first 10 seconds of a song, realizing that it’s not Simon singing and saying you hate it purely because it’s not Simon. We all get it: you’re loyal to this band. *I* am loyal to the band. Three decades as a fan would indicate that from all of us, yes! But it’s the band who is calling attention to these songs. It’s not hard to see this because they put the links up on their very own Facebook page, they tweet them out…and Patty Palazzo did the artwork for the album, for crying out loud. They’re proud of the fact that others are covering their music, and they should be! It’s OKAY.
So with that, let’s find some covers to listen and enjoy!
Let’s pick my favorite song this week…Hungry Like the Wolf. (Heather, this is for you!) I was challenged to find one I like….let’s see if I can! My challenge here is that there are about 50,000 covers of this song on YouTube. It pains me to see that many, actually. (they DO have other songs, people…) I trudge on…
I did hear that Dave Grohl did HLTW once. I haven’t found it on YouTube. If you have it, send it! Moving on…
Hungry Like the Wolf – Incubus
I smiled when I saw this on YouTube, because who would ever think – Incubus? Oh why the hell not?!? They stick very close to the original (surprisingly), and while the song has a harder guitar than the original and the intro to the song goes on until the 2:10 mark…it’s not all that different. Huh.
Hungry Like the Wolf – Reel Big Fish
This one has been around for a long time now. I’d come to the point where I could at least acknowledge it’s existence without needing therapy…a far cry from the days where I’d cover my ears and run screaming, but I pressed play with nervous trepidation. I have to say, it’s not bad. I kinda like it even. It’s very ska, and if you like ska – which I actually do – this might tickle your funny bone a bit. If nothing else, applaud the musicianship, because they can play your face off.
Hungry Like the Wolf – Hole
I don’t really know what to say about this one…other than she doesn’t know the words much, and I am pretty sure it’s not the entire song (or else I phased out halfway through). But hey, it’s acoustic.
Amaru – Hungry Like the Wolf
So this version is pretty true to the original, except for the mid-section. Then they go all out on their own here. I have to say that the sound of this band sounds very much like any other 90’s “hard rock” (not grunge) band I’ve heard. It’s not awful, it’s just not very original.
Gothic Nights – Hungry Like the Wolf
This cover is proof that there really doesn’t seem to be a way to un-pop this song. I was truly expecting some crazy-ass metal with this one, but even here – it’s pop…like “The Nelsons” brand of pop (if you haven’t heard of them, Google!) I’ve always wanted to hear the song without the “doo doo doo” and now I have. *blinks* Funny how I didn’t think I’d miss it. Until I did. Damn.
Act as If – Hungry Like the Wolf
Talk about a surprise. It’s pretty much all electronic with a male singer and a female backup. It’s a very different (yet similar) feel to the original…and after hearing Gothic Knights “nelson” this song to pieces…this isn’t half bad. They keep the spirit of the original but play it in their own style, and it’s original.
As I said, there are thousands of covers out there. If you’ve got one that is incredibly different that I’ve got to hear (seriously, if you have that one of Dave Grohl, please send it!), definitely post it in the comments. These are just a few that I found along the way. In my quest, I found a jazz version (I would have posted it if I knew who was performing it – but there was no credit given.), an angry metal version (just…no.), and a TON of acoustic versions. But one that I liked?!?
*sigh* this was a hard task, Heather…but Reel Big Fish might actually win that contest.
What say you? Send in your favorite, even if it’s not listed here!