Tuesday, 6 January 2009

One song in the style of another

As rashly promised, here is the first in an ongoing series of genre-busting covers.

First up, we have the sublime Hayseed Dixie reimagining Motorhead's heavy metal song 'Ace of Spades' as Bluegrass, and improving it considerably in the process:



The missing link in this is, of course, Skiffle - often overlooked as a feeder-stream of later rock music. Brits play a mutated form of hillbilly mountain music as skiffle, same Brits go on to form bands which create heavy metal, Hayseed Dixie bring it home.

7 comments:

Gadjo Dilo said...

Excellent - when these guys sing it I can believe they mean it! Ooh, I wanna join in with this new game.

Gyppo Byard said...

Be my guest - just don't choose anything on my secret list...

scarlet-blue said...

What's on your secret list?
Sx

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Now yer talking, Gyppo! Musical cross-dressing is the way forward. I'm a big fan of the Hayseeds, one of the best things that ever came out of Uttoxeter Working Men's Club. What's next, the Balkan Brass version of "Smack my bitch up" ?

Pearl said...

I absolutely love Hayseed Dixie.

Are you aware of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes? Much in the same vein. I'm especially fond of their version of "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone".

Pearl

Gyppo Byard said...

Scarls - thank you for picking up that feedline before somebody tripped over it. Without giving too much away, future fusions/cross-dressings on my list include Manouche/Russian folk, Hard rock/Cha-cha, Reggae/Metal, and Grunge/Swing.

Daphne - not aware of that one, but do have some Chicago Blues played by a Romanian folkband on my list.

Pearl - You are a woman of great taste and refinement. I hadn't heard of MF&TG-G but will seek them out on your recommendation. thanks for the tip!

No Good Boyo said...

My college band The Dead Pharoahs essayed a palm court string quartet version of this, coupled with an even more wretched version of "Motorhead". Our female guest vocalist went by the charming sobriquet of Knobhead. No one was interested.

Still, I can now claim to have been the precursor of these Confederate gentlemen. Excellent.