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Established A.D. 2000, March 19.  Now in our third calendar year!
   Number 117 (Vol. 3, No. 25). This edition is for the week of June 17--23, 2002.
Slipped thru again!
Party in Ybor...
The Top Ten Cover Songs of All Time...

Even though my "under construction" blurb said "Slipped Thru The Cracks, Part 3", I've had such a nutty week, that when it came down to the wire and I sat in front of the computer, I couldn't for the life of me remember what it was I wanted to bitch about so bad this week! I guess that's a good sign---except the whole "cracks" series was to write about stuff I forgot before. Well, I'll probably remember it all by next week. My memory's not what it used to be....I need to start bringing a pad of paper with me everywhere I go to jot down "cracks" ideas when they strike me!

"Web" Party in Ybor--good times
Christian Dumais of Legion Studios honored me recently with an invitation to attend a special party in Ybor City Tuesday night (18th) at The New World Brewery, where many of the cool insiders of Tampa's web fandom could finally meet face-to-face. It was a daring notion, there were many invites sent out, and although most expressed interest, only about 5 Tampa sites actually showed up or were represented, but they were really cool: Suzi M. of smilinggoth.com, Noeland Collins and his friend Joe from Present Day Productions (filmmakers, currently finishing a horror thriller called "Afterlife"). Two really nice guys, Paul and his friend from crashtestmag.com, Legion Studios themselves, of course, (Christian Dumais, Derrek Carriveau, and Scott Pero--even Christian's parents were there) and last, but not the least, Nolan's Pop Culture Review, represented by Terence Nuzum, Drew Reiber, William Moriaty, and yours truly (natch).
   Whaddya need to know? I got shit-faced and we left. Ha ha ha, no seriously, we had a really wonderful time and got to know some folks we have something in common with, that odds are we'd never have met otherwise. Now we can put faces on the URLs, you know? Christian is to be commended on this undertaking. (That would make him the undertaker.)
   We had group pictures taken which should probably be up on the Legion website by the week's end. I hope I don't look as f&!%d up as I actually was. Those two tankards of ale I guzzled are probably why I can't remember what I wanted to bitch about this week....to say nothing of why it still took me thru Wednesday morning to get this front page up!

Somebody up there likes me. I've just discovered, via several emails from brand new readers, that the Art Bell website contains a link to Nolan's Pop Culture Review! Specifically, having to do with the Kreskin story I ran last week. But, check out our link on Art's site here: Kreskin Post Mortem. And I'd like to say to whoever's responsible for this: THANK YOU!
UPDATE: 6-21-02. The "culprit" turned out to be old friend Steve Beasley, currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. Seems he was moved enough by my Kreskin article to send it to Art a few days ago. I'm glad Art thought enough about it to post it, too--Thank you, Art!

Mike Smith's newest challenge: The Top 10 Cover Song Recordings of All Time To recap Mike's Rant from last week: "The other day I was listening to a James Taylor album and was reminded how much I enjoyed his cover of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." I enjoyed it so much that I started thinking about other songs that have been covered by others. From Los Lobos' hit remake of "La Bamba" to Barry Manilow beating David Cassidy to the punch by releasing "I Write The Songs" first, there have been many great interpretations of earlier hits. I'm sure you have some favorites. Take the time and send in your 10 faves next week!"    We did. And you all are invited to send in yours, too!


La Floridiana This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
Where To Find Florida Indies Personalities on the WWW As you have no doubt deduced by my previous "La Floridiana" columns, I am a strong proponent of the independent Florida filmmaker and actor. To further broaden your awareness of their good works, I am going to take you further into that global communications domain known as the World Wide Web ("WWW").... ..................Click here for more.

The Enlightenment This week's issue
The Enlightenment by Terence Nuzum
Horror Movies from the '70s!
Part 3: "Heaven Help Us..." or The Occult Films of the 1970s
In the late 1960s there was a growing interest in pagan religions, Satanism, and occult studies. The public's fascination with the Anton LaVey/Jane Mansfield incident, the Manson family, and the false notion, initiated by Christian groups that devil worshippers could be living next door all gave the film industry an untapped trend to follow. By the 1970s, horror films dealing with the devil, demons, and the occult were in full swing.... ...............................................Click here for more.

Wake Up and Smell the Comics This week's issue
Wake Up and Smell the Comics #19 by Drew Reiber
Finally! We’re at the end of our dive into the world of Spider-Man. One last look and we can move on to bigger and better things… Despite the tiring and misguided efforts of editorial and the current creative team to “fix” the title character, not to mention the culmination of all their efforts forming the needless Ultimate universe (moving right along…), things weren’t completely in the toilet. A third monthly series was introduced during their last-ditch marketing scheme (a.k.a. relaunch)... ..........................................Click here for more.

Matt's Rail This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
Scooby-Doo, which opened this past Friday in 3,447 theaters raked in a whopping 54.2 million in cold hard cash, despite the critical dismay that the movie was stupid and ridiculous.... Congrats to Mick Jagger, who this past Saturday was Knighted by the British Empire for his contribution to popular music.... After a prolonged illness in which he spent several months in intensive care and almost died, Forry Ackerman (creator and last decent editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland) is finally back home at the Ackermansion. (YEAH!!!!!).... .............................Click here for more.

Mike's Rant This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith NOW BATTING FOR THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES...........YOU ARE NOW FREE TO MOVE AROUND THE COUNTRY -- FAT ASS!.......... TRAILER ALERT........PASSING ON........WHAT MATT SAID........TOP 10 CHALLENGE.... .............................Click here for more.

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Michael A. Smith
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE - James Taylor. JT has done many fine covers, including "Handy Man" and "Up On The Roof," but this is one of my favorites.
IMMORTALITY - Adam Garcia. Originally written by the Brothers Gibb for "Saturday Night Fever" and later recorded by Celine Dion. The Bee Gees version is on their newest Greatest Hits collection. Garcia had the lead role in the Broadway production of "Fever," and this song is definitely the show stopper. Why they didn't use it in the film is beyond me. The song sums up everything you need to know about Tony Manero!
MY MARIA - Brooks and Dunn. A great song to sing along to. I enjoy it when you can tell the band is having fun with a song, and Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks are DEFINITELY having fun on this one.
WALKING IN MEMPHIS - Cher. Yes, I said Cher. Already a favorite song of mine, Cher took it head on and really nailed it.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - Cheap Trick. The boys from Peoria, Illinois rock their butts off on this obviously heartfelt tribute. Robin Zander is in fine form vocally, while Rick Nielsen carries the song with his guitar.
La BAMBA - Los Lobos. Asked to provide the music for the film of the same name, the group managed to capture the style of the late Ritchie Valens while giving the song their own special sound. Extra credit to lead singer David Hidalgo who also covered "Donna" and "Come On, Let's Go" for the film.
TWIST AND SHOUT - The Beatles. That's right. The Beatles cover of an Isley Brothers song. One of the best "captures" of the groups early sound, the story is it was the last recorded song on the album because Lennon new it would blow out his voice singing it.
SURRENDER - The HATS. When the lead singer in your band is a microphone hog, you take what you can get. Actually the very first song played by the band as a whole. Was pleased that Mark Drinnenberg commented "not too bad" on my vocals, which helped me get over his "Poor, disillusioned kid" comment when Matt and I did our Bee Gees impression! A remark, by the way, which still haunts me!
REAL LOVE/FREE AS A BIRD - The Beatles. Not sure if these would count as covers or not. A solo version of "Real Love" appears on the soundtrack of the film, "Imagine: John Lennon," while "Free As A Bird" was an old solo recording that Lennon had done. Through the magic of modern technology, Paul, George and Ringo were able to add vocals and music to the recordings, technically making them the first "Beatle" songs to be released in over 25 years. May not count as covers, but it was great to hear them. Now that George has joined John in rock and roll heaven, there significance may be even greater.
SHAMELESS - Garth Brooks. Brooks adds his stamp of country/rock to a great Billy Joel song. Though I enjoy Joel's version, it is the distinctive voice of Brooks that lends the song it's heart.

And one original that blows the cover away:
THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR - Rod Stewart. Back in 1986, this song was recorded by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight as an anthem for the fight against aids. It went on to win the Grammy for "Best New Song of the Year." However, the song certainly wasn't new. Back in 1982, the song served as the theme for the Ron Howard directed comedy, "Nightshift." Stewart's version, available on the soundtrack, is a very simple song about friendship and love. Stewart's smoky vocals only make the words more sincere, something the overblown remake failed to do.

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Mike "Deadguy" Scott
#1 Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida - Originally by Iron Butterfly, redone by Slayer. It's nice to hear what a solid wall of guitar crunches mixed with Araya's screaming vocals can do to just about any classic. Not to overlook the quality of the original, the reason this cover works so well is that it's extremely faithful to the original. This track can be found on the "Less than Zero" movie soundtrack. (They also did an admirable version of Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" but although dramatically improved from the original, I've always been irritated by that song.)
#2 Am I Evil? - Originally by Steppenwolf *, redone by Metallica. I love the intro which is a direct rip from Peter Stoltz's classic symphony: "The Planets", specifically the beginning of the piece: "Mars, Bringer of War", with an ending dash of "Venus". Everytime I hear it, I remember the sheer awe I felt when I saw the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing it at a concert I went to. Distorted guitar crunches are a remarkable match to the violin section on that piece, and the bass pulls-off a very convincing cello. Metallica really makes you feel it. The rest of the song follows suit. Originally found as one of two bonus tracks, on the re-release of "Kill 'em all", but also on both "Garage Day re-revisited" albums.
   (*Oopsy-dept. Errata--Thanks to Count Poffula and Derrek Carriveau for pointing out that "Am I Evil" was not originally recorded by Steppenwolf, but by Diamondhead. I myself was uncertain of the history and am grateful for the input.---N)
#3 Angel of Death - Originally by Slayer (not to be confused with the one that Ozzy sings, presumably with Black Sabbath?). Redone by Cradle of Filth. Cradle of Filth has a style that's very different from Slayer, and guitars that just sound.. well.. MEANER (for lack of a better term). This song sounds great, again, because of it's faithfulness to the original. Even with a decidedly different approach to vocals, it just works. It's basically speed metal turned into grindcore metal. I really like the original though, and I'd be hard-pressed to determine which one I liked more. This was on a Slayer tribute album, the name escapes me.
#4 Raining Blood - Another tune originally done by Slayer, this one get's played by most of the speed/death/grindcore metal bands as part of their live shows SOMEWHERE on their tour. If you like to trade in MP3's, just type the name into the search form, and see how many different bands show up. Although, some folks get the name mixed-up and call it "Reign in Blood" which is the name of the album it's from. I've yet to find a cover of this song I don't like. Hell even the Swedish Death Metal Band: Vader does a good job of it, even though it's quite apparent that the singer doesn't speak enough english to truly know what he's saying. It's kind of funny, he's supposed to say: "the lacerated skies" but you can clearly here him say something like: "from masticated guys". The music however, is always faithful. Most of these bands treat Slayer as though they all worshipped them growing up, which is probably true in most cases.
#5 Burn in Hell - Originally by Twisted Sister, and appearing briefly in a Pee Wee Herman film, the original song didn't stand a chance, but somehow Dimmu Borgir managed to take this song and turn it into a very solid piece. Very impressive job on this one. That's not unexpected though, these guys are great at setting a mood, and creating a sound that just feels palpable. Oh, in case anyone's interested, the lyrics are about pointing out to the listener that they'd better look at their past choices and mend their ways or they'll burn in hell. Twisted Sister is notorius for messages like that.
#6 Stone Cold Crazy - Orignally a Queen song, redone faithfully by Metallica, but three times as fast, which makes for a very short song. I heard Metallica's version before I heard Queen's and went back to check out the original... I just about died when I heard how slow it was originally. I also loved playing this song on the guitar, and used to play it twice as fast as Metallica, but good luck getting anyone to sing it that fast. I just love the timing of the main riff and the way Hetfield's gruff voice handles the second verse and the chorus.
#7 No Remorse - Originally by Metallica, I just love the way Cannibal Corpse handles it. They're another Death metal band on the verge of being grindcore. The power in the song is brought out by the aggressive playing/singing style.
#8 Seek and Destroy- Originally a Metallica piece, and a mainstay of Metallica's live shows, the version by Agent Orange is definately worth hearing. Agent Orange is a punk band, and play it in true punk fashion. This can be found on the "Punk does Metal compilation album, a punk tribute to Metallica".
#9 Enter Sandman - Another one originally done by Metallica, this one has been turned into a 70's theme song you'd associate with shows like Starsky and Hutch by the band: ??? (nolan remind me and I'll look it up). Funny, but well conceived and entertaining. This one was on "The Blackest Album: Part 2: An Industrial tribute to Metallica".
#10 London Dungeon, Last Caress, Green Hell - All originally by The Misfits, redone by Metallica. I like Hetfield's voice on these, but I'm a Misfit's fan (I even joined the fan club). Faithfully copied note-for-note, but with a more "produced" sound coming out of the speakers, there's probably no point to even doing these covers, but listen to it for a second, and you can hear all the distinctive Metallica earmarks throughout. I don't really know what it is, but when Metallica plays it that faithfully, I'm surprised there's a difference at all. The difference is somehow dramatic, and very appealing. It's great to hear them do it, also knowing that somewhere, a Metallica fan is listening and wondering who the Misfits are, and are tracking-down their music.

Honorable mentions: Marilyn Manson re-did "Like a Virgin" by Madonna, which I found to be conceptually amusing, but a dreadful bore to listen to. Korn does a remake of "Bye, bye, bye" by the Backstreet Boys, which is also pretty funny, but I've only heard it once, so I can't count it as a favorite. Type-o-Negative does two Brittany Spears covers, but I'll be damned if I'm going to listen to either of them. Knowing Type-O-Negative, they'll be faithful renditions at one-third of the original speed, and I can't see how that'd be too entertaining.

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Richard Sousa
10--Petula Clark-covering-Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" Smooth and sexy, from one of my favorite '60's singers..nice take.
9--Neil Pepper-covering-Led Zeppelins'-"Stairway to Heaven" -Included for the sheer bizzarre factor:He sings it just as Elvis Presley would have...Fantastically well done with a straight face.
8--Brooks and Dunn-covering B.W. Stephensons' "My Maria" -A great country re-working of the classic '70's hit.
7--Elvis Costello-covering-Dionne Warwicks' "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" -Done as only Elvis Costello can do...Perfect crooning job from the contemporary master.
6--LoveSpitLove-covering-The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now" -Richard Butler,formerly from the Psychedelic Furs,with his new band,uses his distinctive voice to one-up the original...Used as the "Charmed" TV show theme.
5--Kate Bush-covering-Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" -Excellent track from one of my fave girl singers..Moody and ethereal,it fits the tone of the song perfectly.
4--Mission U.K.-covering-The Beatles' "Tommorrow Never Knows" -Slamming dance version from the early'80's new-wave band...If this doesn't get you groovin', check your vital signs.
3--Nanci Griffith-covering-Sandy Denny and The Fairport Conventions' "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" -An obscure, little known gem in the late '60's, this song gets the royal treatment from songstress Nanci Griffith...Overshadows the original with her powerful voice.
2--Eva Cassidy-covering-Louis Armstrongs' "What A Wonderful World" -A very little known performer who never realized her greatness(she died of cancer in 1996 at age 33) It was only posthumously that she began to be recognized...With just her and her acoustic guitar, and that perfectly angelic voice, she transformed the song to something awe-inspiring that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
1--Eva Cassidy-covering-Judy Garlands' "Over The Rainbow" -Imagine, if you can, a song so heartbreakingly beautiful that you can't even listen to it for wanting to cry..This is that song.

Honorable Mention: Richie Havens--covering The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun"--Performed at the original Woodstock,This version is a prime example of bettering the original..With his spare arrangement of his battered acoustic guitar,and some hand drums,Richie Havens proves that less is more...A very emotional rendition of an already great song.

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Nolan B. Canova
10.  Any Beatles song covered by any group, most notably The Knack and Cheap Trick, but there's a bunch of them out there.
9.  "Gimme Shelter" by Grand Funk Railroad, a Rolling Stones hit.
8.  "Anarchy in the USA" by Megadeth, previously titled "Anarchy in the UK" as recorded by The Sex Pistols. Not as raw maybe, but a better recording and one of the original Pistols is playing guitar with Mustaine.
7.  "Maggie May" by Melissa Ethridge, originally Rod Stewart's hallmark classic. The lesbo-love angle was gloriously appropriate.
6.  "Last Caress" by Metallica, originally performed by Glenn Danzig and The Misfits. They did it proud.
5.  "Hazy Shade of Winter", The Bangles, written by Paul Simon, originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel (I think). Art Bell uses this as bumper music and I got re-hooked.
4.  "Diamonds and Rust" by Judas Priest, formerly a Joan Baez folk song. Also, an honorable mention goes to their devastating cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Green Manalishi". Among the heaviest numbers I used to play live, their folksy origins lend irony.
3.  "Roll Over Beethoven" by Mountain, previously--and still--a Chuck Berry classic. Two extremely honorable mentions go to both The Electric Light Orchestra and The Beatles for their cover versions of this timeless ditty!
2.  "Crossroads" by Cream, originally a Robert Johnson blues record. I'd sell my soul, too, to play like any of these guys!
And the number 1 cover song of all time?
1.  "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen, written and previously recorded by Richard Berry in the late 50s. Arguably the greatest party record of all time.

Honorable Mentions: "I Will Always Love You", Whitney Houston, possibly the most irritating record of all time, previously recorded by Dolly Parton, but worth mentioning... "Spider-Man Theme" to the cartoon series performed by The Ramones, formerly performed by a studio group for the 1960s cartoon... "96 Tears", originally performed by Question Mark and The Mysterions, was covered by somebody (a black artist?) in the '70s, a very faithful remake, but I can't remember who it was a couldn't find info on the internet... "La Bamba" by Los Lobos, the Richie Valens hit remade for the bio-pic about his life... "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles, covering an Isley Bros recording... Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's "Annie Are you OK?" is a hoot! (Oops again! Mike Smith says that last one is actually called "Smooth Criminal". Thanks, Mike.--N). UPDATE: 6-23-02, "Blinded by the Light" Manfred Mann, originally a Bruce Springsteen song (thanks Mack!--N)

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Terence Nuzum
Alright "gang" and fellow PCR "contributors" I now unleash my list of top ten cover songs of all time. I've gone through great trouble to come up with a simple ten. You see, cover songs to put it frankly are a cop out usually filler on a far too short album. So coming up with 10 wasn't easy. The criteria naturally in my mind must be (a) the song must be an improvement on the original or (b) so totally removed from the original that it stands on its own. I've made my picks and frankly I'm afraid to see what Matt, Mike, Nolan, and the rest picked. I'm sure I might not recover.

Top Ten Cover Songs Of All Time (in Order)
1. Preachin' the Blues: Robert Johnson-- What can I say except that 20th century music began here. Johnson's atmospheric take on the Son House classic is unequaled. A haunting experience. The best and most important cover song ever!
2. All Along The Watchtower: Jimi Hendrix-- The 2nd best cover song of all time. It sets out to do everything a great cover song should do. It tops Dylan's original and sounds so far removed that it stands alone as a great song. Once you top Dylan you are automatically god (the almighty god of holy scripture?!).
3. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: Nirvana-- As readers will know Nirvana (a.k.a. Pixies cover band) is not in my list of the best bands of the 90s but with their unplugged version of Leadbelly's murderous folk tale they more than made up for their countless mediocore moments. They also topped the original (this coming from a blues fanatic) as Kurt Cobain wails his final gasps just a month before his suicide. Prophetic, frightening, classic.
4. Dust My Broom: Elmore James-- Another great blues cover except that this take was not only a truimph of early electric blues but also the birth of rock 'n roll. James' update of Robert Johnson's classic proved that Johnson's genius was still potent 20 years later and, of course, beyond.
5. Into the Groove(y): Sonic Youth-- Believe me you get a new appreciation for Madonna when you hear her song covered by art-punk deconstructionists. What can I say--it's one of a kind.
6. Iron Man: The Cardigans-- Who would've thunk it? Black Sabbath's classic in the form of a cocktail lounge number. Ozzy's penetrating vocals replaced by Swede Nina Peerson's soft croon. This by the way is Ozzy's favorite cover of the song.
7. Landslide: The Smashing Pumpkins-- Billy Corgan somehow manages to cover Fleetwood Mac's hit with out nostalgic cheese and comes off with an emotional release that is in my opinion more potent than the original.
8. Rockin' In The Free World: Pearl Jam-- Eddie Vedder and Co. take their idol worship one step to far and prove that Neil Young is indeed the Godfather of Grunge.
9. Backdoor Man: The Doors-- Willie Dixon reimagined as a lizard king backed by an acid blues band. "I eat more chicken than any man ever seen".
10. In Heaven: The Pixies-- One of the greatest bands ever covers a song from one of the greatest movies ever, Eraserhead. Frank Black and Kim Deal meet a composition by David Lynch himself. Yeah, it's loud and abrasive and far from their greastest song yet, but you gotta give it points for its originality.

So there it is, my list, and if I see any of you putting The Beatles' "Roll Over Beethoven", you better be ready to answer for it.

Oh yeah, and to Hell with you all
Terence Nuzum

The Top 20 Song Covers of All Time      Count Poffula
First off, Deadguy's comment about "Am I Evil?" is not quite right. It is awesome, but it is not originally Steppenwolf (my god, no) it was by Diamondhead. And it first appeared as the b-side to the Creeping Death 12" single.
Now, I love covers. Some of my favorites are in no particular order this is just how they occurred to me just now.

1. Frank Zappa --doing a hilarious Beatles medley (he changed all the lyrics to be about Jim Baker, Jerry Fallwell, Jessica Hahn, and that TV evangelist fiasco --- for instance, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" became "Louisiana hooker with herpes") That same tour he also did great covers of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zep (the whole guitar solo is done by the horn section, it kicks butt) and "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash and "Sunshine of your Love" by Eric Clapton/ Cream and "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix and some TV theme songs amongst others.
2. Metallica ---They have done tons of covers and they are all awesome, But I think my favorite is "the Mercyful Fate medley" on the Garage Inc. album that is the heaviest song they've done in ten years.
3. The Red Hot Chili Peppers ---they also have done tons of covers but my favoites are "Sub-Terranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan ( off Uplif Mofo Party Plan)and "Why don't you Love Me" by Hank Williams (on the first RHCP album) and "They're Red Hot" by Robert Johnson (off blood sugar sex magik)
4.Concrete Blonde ---"Everybody Knows" By Leonard Cohen they also did a cool version of "Simple Twist of Fate" by Bob Dylan.
5. Ann and Nancy Wilson --"The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin They also did a good version of "Ring them Bells" by Bob Dylan (I like Dylan covers.. can you tell?)
6.Faith No More ---"Easy" by Lionel Richie, it is a great one.
7. Slayer ---"In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly (off the Less Than Zero s.track) it is just killer.
8. Kate Bush ----- she guested with David Gilmour's band and sang "Comfortably Numb" (it's supposed to be released on a live DVD later, but we'll see) She's also done a few Beatles covers and cool version of "Rocket Man" by Elton John.
9. Sonny Rollins --- "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder, he does the vocal / melody lines on tenor sax. And it is beautiful.
10. Anthrax---They too have done tons o' covers but my favorite is "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" by the Beastie Boys
11. Henry Rollins ---"Earache MY Eye" by Cheech and Chong. He also did a great verson of "Four Sticks" by Led Zep. and "Ghost Rider" by Alan Vega.
12. Judas Priest ---"Diamonds and Rust" by Joan Baez (you all KNOW how cool that is) and they should NEVER have done "Johnny B Goode" by Chuck Berry. (Agreed. I meant to mention that in my Top 10 list: that while two of Priest's covers are awesome, their version of "Johnny B. Goode" is arguably the WORST cover known to man.--Nolan.)
13. Strapping Young Lad -- "Exciter" by Judas Priest (This is a great cover)
14. Miles Davis --- "Time After Time" by Cindy Lauper (very cool).
15. Johnny Winter --- "Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan (again).
16. Johnny Cash -- "the Time of the Preacher" by Willie Nelson, this is a really cool song made even better by Johnny's incredible voice.
17. White Zombie --- "God of Thunder" by Kiss a super-heavy version of an already heavy song.
18. Primus --- they've done a lot of cool covers but I guess my Favorites are "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels and "The Thing That Should Not Be" by Metallica and "Have a Cigar" by Pink Floyd.
19. Ani DiFranco --"Hurricane" by Bob Dylan a cool version of one of Bob's best songs.
20. When Nolan would play the "Popeye the Sailor" Theme and then segue it into "The Immigrant Song" by Led Zep (as Popeye was ending the whole band would kick into The Immigrant Song, it was so cool).
(That is so sweet! I forgot about that. Thank you.---Nolan)

I guess that's not exactly a top 10, maybe I could say I turned in two lists in one, but I'm going to stop myself here, even though I could go on and on (just on Bob Dylan covers alone). And I know in a minute or two I'll be kicking myself for forgetting something that I really love but...

Count Poffula

The Top 13 Song Covers of All Time      Lauré Piper
Now here I preface my list with a disclaimer. I hate covers. Absolutely abhor them. Any musician worth his contract should never waste our record buying dollar with this crap, unless it's for charity, or because they're too drunk to remember their own lyrics in concert. There is no other excuse. >:o) That said, this is my very discriminating list:

1. Rod Stewart's cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind"
2. Keb' Mo' 's covers of two great Robert Johnson songs: "Come on in my Kitchen" and "Kindhearted Woman Blues"
3. Bonnie Raitt's covers of "Women be Wise" by Sippie Wallace and "Angel From Montgomery" by John Prine
4. Siouxsie Sioux's covers of "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday and "Trust in Me" from the Disney Jungle Book soundtrack.
5. Ann and Nancy Wilson/Heart's covers of Led Zeppelin's "Goin' to California", (live on an episode of Rockine circa 1982 I am forever kicking myself for taping over) and Nazareth's "Love Hurts"
6. Stevie Ray Vaughn's covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Chile"
7. Nine Inch Nails' cover of the Pigface song "Suck"
8. Concrete Blonde's cover of Cheap Trick's "Mandocello"
9. Cheap Trick's cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't that a Shame"
10. Kate Bush's cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" and yes, her duet with David Gilmour on "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd (want that DVD. Gimme Gimme!!! ;o))
11. Queensryche's cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair"
12. Metallica and friends' cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone"
13. Charlie Daniels' cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man"

And last but not least .. does my dad singing the Doors' "Hello I love you" count? (Absolutely! LOL!---N)

The Top 10 Song Covers of All Time      Matt Drinnenberg
1. Roll Over Beethoven: Electric Light Orchestra (orig; Chuck Berry)- I can't begin to convey how much I love this song. Possibly one of the most ingenius re-do's to ever hit vinyl. Starting with Beethoven's 5th, Jeff Lynne takes it to another level of rollicking rock and roll rockabilly that just, to me, will never be surpassed!
2. I Saw Her Standing There: John Lennon and Elton John LIVE (orig: The Beatles)- This makes the list legitimately as Paul sang lead vocals on the studio Beatles version, but it's THIS version with Elton that flat out Rock and Rolls. Came to pass because Elton bet Lennon he'd win song of the year for Whatever Get's You Thru The Night and Lennon said if he did he'd perform live with him....he won, and he did. Absolute excellence.
3. Get Out Of Denver: Bob Seeger (orig: Dave Edmunds)- Penned and originally released by Dave Edmonds, this excellent tune was served true justice by Seeger and his Silver Bullet Band on the double disc "LIVE BULLET". Definitely worth a listen if you've never heard it.
4. Turn the Page: Metallica (orig: Bob Seeger)- We have Seeger again, except this time on the other side. The metal masters version of this is so awesome that even Bob Seeger said this is the way it should be done. Check it out.
5. Twist and Shout: The Beatles (orig: Isley Bros.)- As already mentioned, this version was, in fact, a cover. From what I understand it took John Lennon over a month of resting his vocal chords to recuperate from his manic utterences. Classic Rock and Roll.
6. Ain't That A Shame: Cheap Trick (orig: Fat's Domino)- I'm suprised this wasn't at least on Nolan's list. Fat's did it good, but Trick's version is so inspiring and fun, you can't help but pick up your axe and play along. Rock at its finest!!!
7. Leaving On A Jet Plane: Kate Bush (orig: Peter,Paul & Mary)- I just absolutely love this girl. First turned onto her in Bremerhaven, Germany when I bought LionHeart, which has another great tune "Wow". In complete agreement with the Rickster that this lady has something that all the others can only WISH they had. A voice so pure and hauntingly wonderful, the description I just gave doesn't serve her justice.
8. Green Manalishi: Judas Priest (orig: Fleetwood Mac)- Okay, I can hear it now. Matt the heathen...supporter of Satanic groups! Say what you want, I'm not a hypocrite, and I would be one, if I didn't admit I love this tune even today. This also brings back fond memories of playing live while in Blade, and blowing Nolan away each time I hit the high notes. And yes...I'm smiling as I write this.
9. Ol' 55: The Eagles (orig: Tom Waits)- A wonderful little tune that can be found on the disc "On The Border", Waits originally hated this version, but as Glenn Frey says, that perception changed when he started receiving the royalties. Funny how that can work.
10. Gimme Shelter: Grand Funk Railroad (orig: Rolling Stones)- Nolan....I'm proud of you. I thought I was the only one who recognized this version. All of our conversations about music and we never touched on this. That in itself is amazing.

As for honorable mentions...I could go on for days..so I'll stand by my Top 10.

The Top 12 Song Covers of All Time      Derrek Carriveau
Hey Nolan, here's my list of 12, in alpha order, because that's how many I came up with:

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Johnny Cash – I See a Darkness (Bonnie Prince Billy)
Crooked Fingers – Solitary Man (Neil Diamond)
Faith No More – Easy (The Commadores)
Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
Lovage – Sex (I’m A…) (Berlin)
Monster Magnet – Evil (Is Going On) (Muddy Waters)
Elvis Presley – Blue Moon (written by Rogers and Hart, but I first heard it by the Marcels)
Michael J. Sheehy – Mystery Train (Elvis Presley)
16 Horsepower – Bad Moon Risin’ (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Testament – Nobody’s Fault (Aerosmith)
White Zombie – Children of the Grave (Black Sabbath)

Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.
Nolan and the PCR gang,
The whole Sousa family would like to thank all of the PCR contributors who had such kind words to say after the passing of my brother Steve, 1 year ago. (June 18, issues 65 and 66). Maybe I'm getting more introspective as that time draws near, but we all wanted to say from the bottom of our hearts how much that meant to us last year...I'm taking that Tuesday off from work, my dad and I are going to have lunch, but later, we will raise a glass for Steve.

Once again, all of your comments made a difficult time a joy to remember...

Love to all the PCR gang.
Mr. and Mrs. Sousa, Richard and Janet Sousa, Kim Sousa and Mark Sousa

Richard, my boy, it means a lot to ME to know we were able to help. I was delighted to devote the space to such a worthwhile cause. Stevie meant a lot to all of us and we offer our support to you and your family at getting thru this time of year.---Nolan

Re: Kreskin See Kreskin banned on Art Bell, PCR #116!

New reader! Subject line: Other Art Bell fakers, morons and worse

Hi there,

I am new to your site having been directed here via a link on Art's pages. (That's interesting...I'll have to take a look!---N. UPDATE: 6-20-02 I did. It's there! See "Announcements", this issue---N) I am FORCED to listen to Art Bell a few nights a week if I haven't encoded enough old time radio programs to listen to. (The Shadow, Amos N Andy.. that sort of thing) My local radio stinks in general so Art is the best of what is out there for me while I work away on the night shift. There are several peole who are regulars on Art's show that just give me the hysterical heebie jeebies when I have the misfortune to hear them. Chief among these is that bozo Richard Hoagland. Him and that stupid face on Mars and the govt. is in a conspiracy to keep us in the dark. You guys don't believe that nonsense do you? I mean if NASA or JPL KNEW there were artifacts on Mars they could not wait to tell us so they would be funded to the gills for a hundred years. Then there are the planet X people... Pulease..... If there there were a planet on such a long odd orbit and if it ever had a tendency to come close to earth it would long ago have done so and I would not be writing this. The laws of science say that a rogue planet would have to have been swallowed up by one of the gas giants even if it could somehow have a elliptical orbit.

Some of the stuff on Art's show makes a small amount of sense and I have to confess that I have enjoyed some programs. For instance I like hearing people relate their near death experiences and I don't entirely discount the possibility of ETs for that matter. Let's say I am an agnostic on those matters. But when it comes to "The Psychic Sasquatch ....." Or the Hollow Earth... It takes all kinds for sure and it is nice that Art provides a non critical place for people to air their views no matter how whacaroon they are. While I am ranting, give me a small break on the whole Creation vs. Evolution debate, too. Both are theories and neither is proven conclusively. I tend to think evolution is sound but there is no concrete absolute proof. Why can't both theories co-exist? If the big bang was not creation it sure sounds like it. In The Big Bang Theory, everything we know was "created" from a single particle with a decimal point and about 15 zeros and a one in a millisecond. In my mind that is simply Cosmologists' way of saying God created everything from nothing except they can't handle the concept of "nothing" and hence the zeros. Truth is I can't prove that and neither can either side of the argument.

All of these subjects are to varying degrees fun to discuss and one man's nonsense is another man's wisdom I suppose. (Well maybe...) Then again my blood runs a little cold when I hear Art say that we should consider just nuking certain parts of the world if we are attacked again. People listen to him and some (God help us) take his word as gospel. I know that no government decision will be influenced by Art, except in so much as if the public as a whole will tolerate things then the government might just slip a tactical nuke in there. Remember the Thermobaric bomb from a month ago that was being touted? That's a fancy word for a tactical nuke is it not? If I know one thing I know this: violence leads to more violence and hate makes hate. I know that sounds simplistic and possibly impractical but I gotta tell ya, until there is a fundamental change in the way humanity treats each other there will be no peace or security for any of us worldwide. Is that likely to occur? No it is not, but it is our only hope in the long run. In the meantime we have to respond when we are attacked, but it should be in accordance with international law and a measured response--not a crime against humanity justified by an act of barbarism.

Art should stick to recorded voices from the grave and the other flotsum and jetsum he covers.

But these are my opinions and we all have them now, don't we?

Well, thanks for letting me rant a little about the folks I feel are a clown short of a circus... I myself have been accused of being a egg roll short of a combo platter. Go figure!

Kreskin indeed! Ha!
Ya yoo betcha,


Whew! That's a whole lotta ground to cover, podnah! I really appreciate your writing, tho. While I agree that a lot of Bell's show is carnival-like in nature, I wasn't very clear in last week's diatribe about Kreskin, that I AM a very big Art Bell fan. That doesn't mean I agree with everything on his show, just that I'm tremendously entertained by it.
   Richard Hoagland, author of "The Monuments of Mars", is one guest I always get a kick out of because he has a way of turning everything into a conspiracy about Mars! (His current movie plans have kicked him into an even higher gear on that.)
   I confess that I, too, am a little mystified at all this "Planet X" talk. I don't see how a "rogue planet" can stumble into our solar system in less than a year and not be detected...I don't care WHAT famous psyhic predicts it!!
   The political content of the show I take no more or less seriously than any other part---Art's appeal is his homeboy nature and fan's feel like they know him. ---Nolan

New reader! Subject line: Kreskin

You know everybody is harping on the fact the masses were duped and hypnotized and Kreskin was trying to show how stupid we all would be if terrorist fooled us, but I don't think that was it at all. If someone says there will be a pink elephant in the parking lot at 3 pm, name me one person that wouldn't go see it? They wouldn't be duped, drugged, stupid or the participants of mass hysteria. We would just like to see the dumb elephant. It's called curiosity, no more, no less. Kreskin has to be the idiot in all this. He is 70? That sucker is just senile is all.


There's no doubt people's curiosity can be exploited. It's Kreskin's basic motivation I questioned. He raised the stakes ridiculously high and, yes, he looks a little foolish now.---Nolan

New reader! Subject line: The Amazing Kreskin

Kreskin is a fake and a fool! He claims that he has not failed to find his paycheck in his audience. This stunt is his big finish. Well, I can testify that he did not find the check during the performance I attended 20 or so years ago at the Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania. I have a witnessed receipt for the check after Kreskin and the whole troop could not find the check!!

During the performance the audience was asked to hide the check so Kreskin could find it. During the performance it became obvious how Kreskin using a confederate would find the check. If Kreskin was a physic as he claims logic says he could find the check even if it were moved! So two of us moved the check to my boot. When Kreskin could not find the check he uttered that a curse should befall the persons or persons who may have disturbed or moved the check. The audience was almost falling out of their seats by this time and Kreskin took an immediate break claiming the stress of attempting to find the check took too much out of him and he had to rest. When he came out on the stage 20 minutes later he repeated his veiled threat of a curse befalling the individuals who disturbed his trick. The Security department of the College was in total disarray and had no idea the location of the check! I let them sweat for the rest of the show and after all had left auditorium I looked up the security office and told them I knew where the check was but a receipt had to made available to me before I would reveal the location of the check. They were most receptive to giving me a receipt, just to get Kreskin off their back.

We all know that all magic is deception but the attempt by Kreskin to cast a spell or curse on myself and my accomplice was the last straw. I considered destroying the check and let Kreskin figure out how to get the college to give him another check. But my better half insisted that I not destroy the check but return it intact. I should have kept it, not cashed it but every time Kreskin shot his mouth off about never failing to find the check, produce the check to disclose his fraud.

Kreskin's checkWhen I heard Kreskin issue his first offer to donate $50,000 dollars to charity regarding a significant UFO sighting I told my wife then that Art Bell had better get ready to be hoaxed. Kreskin is a fraud and he proved it on Art Bells' show.

As I have attached the receipt for the check and HAVE REMOVED names of individuals who may not approve of their publication, I would request that you only reference my email as unnamed but authentic, and not reveal my name or those who appear on the receipt.

Thank You.

An Art Bell Fan.

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