Cover songs – better than the original?

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Twisted Mixtape Tuesday, and it’s all about covers this week. I kind of had a hard time remembering the cover songs I like, because for some reason all the cover songs I HATE kept popping up in my head (I’m looking at you, Britney, with your horrifying rendition of “I Love Rock & Roll”). But I want this to be a positive mixtape, so I’m ignoring my cranky tendencies and celebrating those songs that are still pretty awesome the second time around.

1. Me First & the Gimme Gimmes – Tomorrow

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes is a band that pretty much does all covers, so it’s hard to pick just one of their songs. I think I have to go with “Tomorrow,” though “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a superclose second.

2. Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

So I won’t say it’s better than the MJ original, but it just has such a different sound. Alien Ant Farm kind of made it into their own song, so it’s hard to compare it to the original. That’s about as technical as I’m going to get – I just love the song.

3. The White Stripes – Jolene

I’ve never really heard Dolly Parton do this song. I’ve never been a big Dolly fan so I’m ok with that. Jack White could sing a song about a turd and make it sound breathtaking. I’m not saying this song is a turd – he’s just that damn talented.

4. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

Will I be lambasted if I admit that the first time I ever heard this song was when Nirvana played it? In this very video? I didn’t even know it was a cover for the longest time (no offense, David Bowie, I just wasn’t that into you back when I was going to marry Kurt Cobain). I worshiped Nirvana back in the day. I hated Courtney Love just because she married my Kurt. And when he killed himself, my (12-year-old) world shattered. This is my favorite Nirvana album, and while this isn’t my favorite song off there, I still dig it.

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground

Soooo…there’s this movie called Center Stage that for some reason, I absolutely adore. Love it. It’s mostly about ballet, but at one point they do an awesome some-other-kind-of-dance to this song. Ever since then, it’s been rotating in and out of my workout playlist. Plus I like to pretend I can do the moves from the movie (I can’t). Sorry, Stevie, your original doesn’t get me moving the way this one does!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the mixtapes at http://jenkehl.com/music/twisted-mix-tape-cover-songs-playlist/. You may find a few you like (or hate, depending on your mood). Mad props, as always, to Jen for hosting!!

Soundtrack to my school life

It’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday Time, Y’all!

www.jenkehl.comThe theme for this week was “If My Life Had a Soundtrack.” You know, if someone decided my life was sweet enough to turn into a movie, theoretically these are the songs someone would pick. The thing about me is music has been huge in my life. And specific eras in my life demanded specific types of music and artists. So what I’m saying is this would be a very random soundtrack with little cohesiveness. Which I guess is a good way to describe my life, really.

I didn’t pick any bands that have really gone the distance. Nirvana, No Doubt, The Killers, Garth Brooks, The White Stripes and Tim McGraw would all be on the soundtrack as well because they are my homies for life. The songs listed here are the ones that come to mind first when I think about the different phases of my life and aren’t necessarily still on my go-to playlist.

To keep this from getting super long and unwieldy, I’ve limited myself to the first 18 years of my life. So if someone made a movie on my life from birth to the year 2000, this is what would have to be there:

Preschool

Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off

According to my mom, this was my favorite song when I was like 4 years old. She said I’d sing it loud and proud. This and Papa Don’t Preach were my jams. Guess I was a cool little kid? Really wish I’d kept this philosophy once I was old enough for sexy times…

Elementary school

Celine Dion – Water from the Moon

I loved Celine Dion. There, I said it. Her music perfectly sums up the ridiculous, hopeless romantic I was in elementary school. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PEOPLE. I was reading Danielle Steele novels and assuming I’d marry every guy I “dated.” And listening to copious amounts of Celine Dion. I practically wore this song out on the first CD I ever owned.

Junior high

Blackstreet – No Diggity

Of course I went through a stage when I thought I was a badass. Ok, so Blackstreet doesn’t exactly make me “hard” but this album was sweet.

High school

NOFX – Please Play This Song on the Radio

In high school, I was into No Doubt and Blink-182. Later, I was taken a little deeper into punk/ska music, thanks to a dude who moved to our tiny coastal town from southern California. I dated him, but I really don’t like to think about that anymore. At least I was able to discover some sweet new bands like Goldfinger, Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies, Less Than Jake and NOFX.
***Note: song has profanity. You see what they did there? With the title? Nice.

Alanis Morrissette – Thank U

Had to include two from high school because this song got me through my suicide attempt, my dad’s suicide attempt and my parents’ divorce (all happened within the span of 6 months). To say it was a rough time in my life would be a gross effing understatement.

What songs would be on your soundtrack? Make sure you head over to the lovely Jen Kehl’s place to check out other mixtapes. Who knows – you may find a new entry for your soundtrack!

 

Twisted MixTape: I Hate the World

The theme for this week’s MixTape is free-for-all. I decided to do a MixTape in honor of the chronic irritation that I’ve been living with. Seriously, some days I’m such an asshole I don’t even want to be in the same room as myself! I feel bad for my kiddo (the one on the outside); I try to hide my pissiness but with a very spirited and strong-minded 3 year old…it’s challenging.

So, here is an ode to my hormonal bitchiness. Go away.

Blue Monday by Orgy

I have to do the Orgy version because it’s so much angrier sounding than the New Order original. This is probably what my son is thinking whenever I’m around.

Du Haust by Rammstein

“You hate me.” ‘Nuff said.

Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit

Fred Durst is a douche canoe, but he makes good angry music.

Bodies by Drowning Pool

I actually played this song at my wedding. It was during the garter toss. I think I was the only one amused by it.

Bitches by Insane Clown Posse

This one is pretty bad. It kind of makes me laugh because it’s just so over-the-top sexist, misogynistic and generally just awful to women. So not only is it angry music, but it makes me laugh which then kind of puts me in a better mood.

There is one song missing from this list, and that is “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine. OF COURSE I’d listen to that one when angry. It’s just that I used it in my running MixTape so don’t want to overuse it. Oh what the hell, it’s a good song. Here it is:

Don’t forget to check out the host: Jen Kehl at My Skewed View. Also head over to the blog hop to find some other awesome MixTapes.

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Let’s Get Physical!

…but not with Olivia Newton-John. Not in this chick’s workout playlist, anyway.

Oh how I’ve missed Twisted Mix Tape! I love talking about music, and sharing music, and discovering music, so my hiatus from this blog hop has been sad times. But no more!

Twisted Mix Tape www.jenkehl.comThe topic this week is motivating music. Since I’m kind of a gym rat who needs music to fuel my workouts, this is near and dear to my heart. So here goes: the top 5 songs that get me pumped the eff up.

1. Lose Yourself by Eminem

Oh My Lawd, this gets me pumped up. This song got me so many months of marathon and half marathon training. At the end of my last leg in one of the relays I did, I just replayed this song over and over and over because I. Was. Just. Done. I needed Eminem to tell me that “Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not.” This especially gets me to that point of, I’m so pumped up I might cry: “So here I go it’s my shot, feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”

Funny enough, I’ve never seen 8 Mile.

2. Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine

Another badass running song. The pace of my run syncs up well with the beat. This one also gets my blood pumping when I’m lifting heavy things.

“Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

3. Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC

I’m not gonna lie, my love affair with AC/DC is a direct effect of my near-obsessive love of The Avengers. Iron Man makes two kick-ass entrances to this song: one in Iron Man 2 and the other in The Avengers. The Iron Man 2 soundtrack is a staple in my workout playlist rotation. It kind of makes me feel like Iron Man.

4. Pretty much anything by The Lonely Island

So, one thing I like to look for in fitness music is humor. If I’m dying during a long run, I want to hear something funny to take my mind off the fact that I hate life so much right now. The Lonely Island pretty much delivers on that, every time. It’s a close one between I’m On A Boat and Jizz In My Pants, but I think Boat wins because it also has such a driving beat. Jizz is a little mellower. Anyway, here is both. You be the judge!

5. Professional Griefers by deadmau5 featuring Gerard Way

I added this one while living in England. The driving beat, the yelling lyrics, just the overall energy. I freaking love this song.

My workout playlist has definitely evolved. It used to be dominated by pop – Black Eyed Peas, Britney, etc. It still has a bit of that (Britney puts out some damn good dance music) and actually has a lot of British pop from my time in England (Wiley, Far East Movement, David Guetta, JLS, Example).

What music gets you off your rump and moving?