Everyone loves a good cover band. It is great after a day on the punt, to lean back on the bar and enjoy the pub band playing a few classics. However, all the cover bands in the world need to have a meeting and all agree to stop playing certain songs; songs that were bad when they were written by their respective artists, and have only got worse with ten million renditions in pubs over the years. The top of the list is Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel. I hate this song, and every single cover band in the world seems to play it! It needs to be retired. Others include Mustang Sally, Blister In the Sun, Wonderwall, Sweet Home Alabama and the grand daddy of them all… the number one cover song that has to be retired by everyone who has ever sung it including its original artist… Brown Eyed fu+*ing Girl.
Ok yes the cover band’s job is to entertain, but come on guys, get rid of the songs that were bad to start with and have got worse.
In fact, we might just need to do something about bands playing covers period. A lot of the time it is great, but sometimes it flat out sucks. The number one example of this is U2 covering the Beatles’ Helter Skelter. This is one of the great songs of all time by the best band of all time… then bloody U2, millionaires at the time mind you, think ‘why not wreck the best song ever just to grab a few extra bucks.’ Bloody U2! What have they ever done for anyone!
Then there is the inverse. Bands that do covers, and their version is superior to the original. Two that come to mind are Jimi Hendrix doing Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower. Hendrix’s version was so good that Bob Dylan famously declared that the song ‘now belongs to Jimi.’
Yes Hurt by Nine Inch Nails was given to Johnny Cash, but Nine Inch Nails suck and the song sucked until Cash got hold of it.
My personal favourite is Johnny Cash’s version of Tom Petty’s Classic I won’t back down. Cash covered the song and Petty was so impressed that he asked Cash if he could possibly sing on the cover version. So Petty sings backing lyrics on his own song that is being covered by johnny Cash!
So in conclusion, cover bands… stop playing Brown Eyed Girl!
Get a job fellas!
Sometimes bands cover other bands and it just works…
Here the second worst band to ever play music (Nickleback) covering a song by the worst band to ever play music (Kings of Leon). Really, this actually happened. Anyone who knows A Turf Fascination personally will know how funny I found this! A shit band running out of shit songs, so they cover a shit song by the next shittest band! Priceless!
Just to prove a point, a band named One Direction covered the same Kings of Leon song!
So Kings of Leon, Nickleback and One Direction all play the one Kings of Leon song. You can’t make this stuff up!
While we are at it… is it The King’s of Leon? Kings of Leon or King’s of Leon. How can there be more than one King of Leon at any one time. Terrible band with a terrible name.
And also Nickleback cover Everlong by the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl must be on suicide watch! He was in Nirvana and now Nickleback are covering his best song. I would rather watch question time in Australian Parliament on the abc than attend a Nickleback gig! And I would rather watch 14 hours of Keeping Up With the Kardashians than listen to Kings of Leon.
2.6. Pilly’s Wish. In good form, but might just be a touch under the odds.
9.14. Word of Mouth. Won like Tulloch last start and a similar performance wlll see him winning again.
3.9. Napoleon. An average horse in a bad race. Will at least run the trip right out.
6.1. Dothraki. Best horse in the race by a long way. We are only getting $3.60 because of the bad barrier. Should be even money.
2.7. Wicked Investment. In ok form and is dropping in class.
4.1. Excellantes. The first ever Hall of Fame inductee looks the good here. I think he will win then will be retired. Go!
6.2. Major Major. Best of the day. If it rains, this gelding (out of Private Steer!) will be close to a good thing.
7.11. Elitist. Huge odds but has a great first up record. Worth an each way bet.
Good luck and stat tuned.