Metal Covers of Popular Punk Tunes
There's the long-running argument that punk rock begat metal music and that's an argument mostly posited by knuckleheaded punks. The roots of metal can be traced back to groups like Blue Cheer the same way punk rock can be traced back to Question Mark & the Mysterians. In the end, it's a non-argument. It's more of a who gives a fuck argument. It's a total waste of time save for getting deep in suds and almost coming to fisticuffs with a friend.
That aside, both genres of music have pioneers, innovators, creators and a large bucket full of shitty squads. It's as lopsided as this year's Champions League. The punk and metal genres come up today in the first of a series of fluffy blogs examining the crossover success of bands in one covering songs of another. The link between metal and punk is undeniable, regardless of who is whose daddy.
6. Slayer - "Guilty of Being White"
Originally by D.C.'sMinor Threat
, this version comes fromSlayer's
1996 punk covers albumUndisputed Attitude
. You'll notice the lyrical change at the end there, which sparked some controversy for the band, but it should be widely understood that Slayer sometimes employs something called "tongue-in-cheek humor" for effect. The members of Slayer spend their downtime at their local homeless shelters serving food and sorting clothes. No lie.
5. Napalm Death - "Nazi Punks Fuck Off"
First you'll notice how friendly Barney is. He's got a lot of friends but Nazis ain't one of them! GreatNapalm
take on thisDead Kennedys
signature tune. It's worth of note that the song appeared on the Alternative Tentacles 1992 compilation albumVirus 100
, an enterprise overseen by Mr. Dead Kennedys himselfJello Biafra
4. Anthrax - "Protest and Survive"
One could think that the original blurring of the crossover lines was initially blurred byDischarge
with their militaristic tunes of depression and government abuses.Anthrax
takes that cue here and serves it in one loud platter to an appreciative Orlando crowd. See what we did there? We used the words "appreciative" and "Orlando" in the same sentence!
3. Sacred Reich - "Let's Have a War"
could ostensibly fall into the category of "heady" metal acts and it is no surprise that they would tackle aFEAR
track like this one; you know, one of those FEAR tracks that talks about actual issues and not how much beer could potentially be acquired by one person in a 24 hour time period?
2. S.O.D. - "Territorial Pissings"
While most people will considerNirvana
a "grunge" act, we beg to differ with the heavy influence of punkers like the Melvins and Poison Motherfucking Idea in their midst. Here is a very sweatyStormtroopers of Death
adding their salinity to the urine-soaked markers of this excellent track.
1. Pantera - "The Badge"
And we couldn't possibly invoke the mightyPoison Idea
and not offer something in collateral. Here's the always awesomePantera
covering "The Badge" for the 1994The Crow
film which effervesces emotions of Gothic connotations we simply cannot accept without muffling our laughter in reverence to the dearly departed: Dimebag Darrell, Pig Champion, and Brandon Lee.
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