We’ve all seen some pretty terrible cover bands before, but these stick out:
5. By The Way
his clip, which features a high school band rushing through a sloppy version of the Chili Peppers’ ‘By the Way,’ is a sight to behold. The drummer can hold the beat down, the bassist actually has a little bit of a funk thing going on, the guitarist is tuned up and capable, and the frontman — well, he certainly is energetic. Perhaps he has a little too much energy as sings off key and hops around the stage, doing his best Anthony Kiedis dance moves and generally looking silly. In fairness to him, he’s singing in a foreign language, and Kiedis himself isn’t known for his pitch-perfect vocals. That still doesn’t make things right.
4. Enter Sandman
Why does it always have to be ‘Enter Sandman?’ Couldn’t some band massacre ‘Creeping Death,’ ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls?’ or ‘Master of Puppets’ — ‘Master’ would be so easy to mess up. The guitarist isn’t half bad on the intro, but when the synths (synths on a Metallica song?!) come in totally off key, it’s already beyond saving. By the time he starts singing, it’s off to never-never land, indeed.
3. Holy Diver
It takes a while for this Dio cover band to get going, but once they do … actually, they never really do get going. It takes forever for this Swedish two-piece to actually get on the stage and another eternity to tune up … and for what? To stand around, fumble uncomfortably with their instruments and attempt to play the song a handful of times, all for naught. At least the crowd seems to be laughing with them, not at them.
Let’s rank what we see on stage in terms of effectiveness, from most to least, shall we? 1. The drummer 2. The bassist. 3. The guitarist 4. The American flag 5. The singer. It’s certainly not easy playing the challenging music of this SOAD song, and this band does a halfway decent job –- until the singer comes in. On second thought, maybe the flag should rank higher.
1. We’re Not Even Sure (Run To The Hills/Walk?)
Well this is a train wreck. Where is the guitar?! At least there’s a pit. Plus for the group vocals. Big negative for forcing a bunch of innocent kids to watch it.
Bonus: Comfortably Numb