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GWAR covers Billy Ocean at The Onion A/V Club

It’s impossible to quantify just how much better this cover is than the original song.

I regret not taking an opportunity to see GWAR at any of their many stops in Rochester. Sadly, now I’ll never get a chance. Farewell Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus. Hopefully the return trip to your home planet won’t take too long.

Track:
I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
I Believe In A Thing Called Love

I Believe In A Thing Called Love - steelopus (The Darkness cover)

When a friend needs your help, you have to step up and deliver. Ask and ye shall receive.  Good luck with the wife, James.

(I still can’t believe I once recorded 40 covers in 40 days. That was kind of insane.)

Track:
The Last Supper / Gethsemane

Artist:
Jesus Christ Superstar (steelopus)

Album:
Jesus Christ Superstar

40in40:

Jesus Christ Superstar - The Last Supper & Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)

Go big or go home?

I originally planned on doing only The Last Supper, but it felt completely empty without Gethsemane, so I did them both. Doing both those songs would’ve been tough enough with my original plans - in which I thought I’d be able to spend a full 7 days working on them. Then my family came to visit for 5 days and so I actually only had 2 days to complete all of this. So much for seeing how much better I could do at a leisurely pace!

Skipping all the piano and orchestra parts meant both songs ended up a bit more “rock and roll” than their various original versions, as I replaced that stuff with some crunchy guitars. I would never pretend to have even 10% as much vocal talent as the great Ian Gillian, or Ted Neeley, or Murray Head, or Carl Anderson. Their performances are legendary and I tried not to imitate them wherever possible, though some of the crazy-high melodies are essential to the production, so I did the best I could do. Go big or go home. With these two, more than any of the previous 40, I surely can’t be accused of not putting myself out there.

So, after two solid days of recording and mixing, I thought I was done. I exported a version and while listening I heard a few things that I wanted to tweak, so I reopened the session and as I got to the end of Gethsemane I noticed that the drums, bass, and guitar tracks had vanished. I have no idea what happened. It may well have been my mistake, though it feels like a technical error. Regardless, the session is mostly lost and we’re left with this original export. It has everything in there and it’s good enough to get my point across - though it’s mixed a little rougher than I’m happy with, but as it’s nearly 3:30am, I’m going to chalk it up as a loss. Jesus might have resurrected, but these lost tracks certainly won’t.

This is the end. Thanks to all of you for joining me on this insane journey. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Happy Easter.

Originally recorded: April 21-23, 2011

1 year later and I’m still happy with how this turned out, warts and all.

(The rest of 40 in 40 can be found here.)

weselec:

Radiohead - Paranoid Android: YouTube Artists Mix by OHADI22

I’m completely in love with this.

Steve: I kept seeing this show up on my dashboard and so I finally watched it and, OK fine, it wasn’t bad. I almost didn’t make it past the girl that sings the first verse, but I persevered and was rewarded with some decent guitar efforts, besides - there’s never been a Radiohead cover in which the vocals didn’t completely suck ass.

However, more impressive than all the pieces themselves is the editing work by this OHADI22 person. He somehow managed to take 36 clips of questionable audio quality and mix them into something more listenable than one would expect and that alone is worth recognition.

Finally, let us all remember that Paranoid Android is one of the greatest compositions of all time. The fact that the music translates so well into so many different genres and styles is a credit to the great writing and arranging on the original track.

Track:
The Last Supper / Gethsemane

Artist:
Jesus Christ Superstar

Album:
40 in 40

Jesus Christ Superstar - The Last Supper & Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) (steelopus cover)

Go big or go home?

I originally planned on doing only The Last Supper, but it felt completely empty without Gethsemane, so I did them both. Doing both those songs would’ve been tough enough with my original plans - in which I thought I’d be able to spend a full 7 days working on them. Then my family came to visit for 5 days and so I actually only had 2 days to complete all of this. So much for seeing how much better I could do at a leisurely pace!

Skipping all the piano and orchestra parts meant both songs ended up a bit more “rock and roll” than their various original versions, as I replaced that stuff with some crunchy guitars. I would never pretend to have even 10% as much vocal talent as the great Ian Gillian, or Ted Neeley, or Murray Head, or Carl Anderson. Their performances are legendary and I tried not to imitate them wherever possible, though some of the crazy-high melodies are essential to the production, so I did the best I could do. Go big or go home. With these two, more than any of the previous 40, I surely can’t be accused of not putting myself out there.

So, after two solid days of recording and mixing, I thought I was done. I exported a version and while listening I heard a few things that I wanted to tweak, so I reopened the session and as I got to the end of Gethsemane I noticed that the drums, bass, and guitar tracks had vanished. I have no idea what happened. It may well have been my mistake, though it feels like a technical error. Regardless, the session is mostly lost and we’re left with this original export. It has everything in there and it’s good enough to get my point across - though it’s mixed a little rougher than I’m happy with, but as it’s nearly 3:30am, I’m going to chalk it up as a loss. Jesus might have resurrected, but these lost tracks certainly won’t.

This is the end. Thanks to all of you for joining me on this insane journey. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Happy Easter.

(41 done. 0 to go.)

Track:
Keep It Close To Me

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
40 in 40

Superdrag - Keep It Close To Me (steelopus cover)

I’m surprised that no one correctly guessed Superdrag as my 40th band*. They’ve been one of my favorite bands since 1995. I’ve traveled to see them play in both NYC and LA (and others for a total of 8 shows). I’ve posted a lot of their music and I wrote a long review of their last release.

When I decided what 40 in 40 would become, I had a very short list of bands to include and Superdrag was at the top of it. The only reason they ended up as the last band is that I just couldn’t settle on a single song. There are literally dozens of tracks that are worthy of my attention (I would’ve had the same problems with both weezer and Pedro The Lion, but I recorded each of those two tracks before I committed to my rule of only one song per band). John Davis is one of my generation’s best rock n roll writers and anyone that didn’t write-off Superdrag as a one-hit wonder has been rewarded with consistently great music.

I slowly narrowed down my choices to five songs that I really loved and felt I could do justice, and ultimately settled on this track because I’ve always felt a really strong connection to how hard it rocks and to it’s lyrics. It felt like a very appropriate way to end this project.

I want rock and roll
but I don’t want to deal with the hassle.
I know what I know
but I don’t want to feel like an asshole.

It’s direct. Suspect. Insects have launched an invasion.
Chosen. Frozen. Poison in my vaccination.
I’m going to figure out what’s mine
and keep it close to me.
It’s supposed to be.

I’ve got rock and roll
and it used to deliver me sweetly
I’m not gullible
but I feel like I’ve lost it completely.

Let’s make the most of it right now.
Let’s make the most of what we’ve got -
God only knows where it came from.
Let’s make the most of it right now.
Why is it hard to imagine
making life worth the distraction from now on? 

I’m going to figure out what’s mine
and keep it close to me.
It’s supposed to be.
 

Thank you to everyone that listened, liked, and reblogged over the past 40 days. Your support, both public and private, kept me motivated on the bad days and pushed me to be better on the good days. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m drafting up a post with my reflections on the project; look for it sometime this week.

*Nicky guessed it correctly via chat because she gets me.

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Track:
Young Lust

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
40 in 40

Pink Floyd - Young Lust (steelopus cover)

There’s not much to this song, especially when you take out the piano/synth textures, which is why I managed to go from start to finish in under 90 minutes.

This might be my best drum performance of the entire project. The tempo was just right and I like the heavy rock/funk beat because it’s really easy to find the pocket and groove with it.

Dave Gilmour is a truly immortal guitar hero, but throughout his career he’s consistently played solos that are very accessible for mere mortals. I’d say that makes his body of work even more impressive, as he’s never relied upon flash or gimmick to earn his place in rock history.

Just one more song to go, folks.
Just. One. More.

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Track:
Susie Q

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
40 in 40

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Susie Q (steelopus cover)

So, despite some positive feedback (thank you!), I wasn’t all that pleased with yesterday’s song; it was honestly my worst performance of the entire project. I spent a large portion of the day doubting myself and stressing out because I knew I’d be at work until after 8pm, leaving me very little time for recording (and obviously no dinner, duh!). Adding to the stress was the fact that I had basically run out of songs on my to-do list so I truly had nothing prepared.

On the drive home I reminded myself of something I learned early in the project: know your strengths and your weaknesses. Adapting Eastern-influenced female voiced electronic music is clearly not my strength. What is? Blues-based rock and roll. That is what I do best. I effortlessly learned this and banged out all the parts in just 2 hours, and almost 1 hour of that was spent mixing.

Needless to say, I feel much better today.

(36 down. 4 to go.)