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by JILost at 12:37 AM EST on December 27, 2009
Making a playlist of 80's songs covered Rock style. Wanting to make a whole CD out of it but running short on ideas.

1. Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
2. Seether - Careless Whisper
3. The Ataris - Boys of Summer
4. Limp Bizkit - Faith
5. Fall Out Boy - Beat It
6. Failure - Enjoy the Silence

Any suggestions (other than "get rid of x")?

edited 3:45 AM EST December 27, 2009
by Mouser X at 1:02 AM EST on December 27, 2009
I wanted to say "Get rid of X", but you don't have any tracks from Megaman X, so it wouldn't apply very well. :/

Honestly, no, I have no suggestions. Essentially the only music I listen to comes from video games, or Weird Al. In the rare case that it's not from a game, that usually means it's indirectly related to a game. Such as the OST to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie. Or, occasionally, anime OSTs.

So, sorry, but I don't have anything useful to add here. I was somewhat bored, and wanted to make a witty comment about removing X, but since you didn't have anything from any of the X things I know of (mainly MMX, as stated above, though X-Men would also have worked), my comment is essentially useless. Mouser X over and out.
by JILost at 3:24 AM EST on December 27, 2009
My taste is starting to get a lot like that. I still have a few mainstream things seep in now and then, though, and there's a lot left over from growing up.

I'm with you on the Weird Al. In the same way that I've collected every Castlevania CD and every Zelda CD, I've collected every Weird Al CD. Even once his jokes get old (and admittedly I don't find his albums terribly funny when they come out over the last few years), the production is phenomenal and the performances are great so it's never a pain to listen to his stuff even if one has to tune out the lyrics a bit. He does good work all around and a lot of people fail to appreciate or even notice that.

I also could have included the X-Files theme. Or Dracula X. Or something from Xenogears/saga. But none of those are copies of anything from the 80s, so that's a moot point. (Technically Megaman X is, but the only song copied from anything 80s is the stage select in the first game, and that doesn't really count.)

edited 3:26 AM EST December 27, 2009
by anewuser at 10:50 AM EST on December 27, 2009
It's not clear how you want to delimit genres to be covered or if it's an 80s rock themed covers only disc, so my list includes some rock to rock covers and debateable 'rock' songs. I also advice you to check TPB's covers compilations since part of this job has already been done. Sounds fun, something I'd listen from time to time, just to see how weird a tune would sound made into another genre. Also, do you plan to selected studio recordings only or live stuff, too? I'd get rid of live stuff only because most of those
recordings suck, and because too many artists play covers in their genres during concerts.

By Orgy
Blue Monday (New Order/1982) Industrial rather than 'rock.'

From Metallica's Garage Inc.
Free Speech for the dumb (Discharge/1982)
It's Electric (Diamond Head/1980)
Die, Die My Darling (Misfits/1984)
Mercyful Fate (Mercyful Fate/1982)
The More I see (Discharge/1984)
Helpless (Diamond Head/1980)
The Small Hours (Holocaust/1983)
The Wait (Killing Joke,1980)
Last Caress/Green Hell (Misfits/1978&1983)
Am I Evil? (Diamond Head/1980)
Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg/1981)
The Prince (Diamond Head/1980)
So What (Anti-Nowhere League/1981)
Killing Time (Swee Savage/1981)

By Nirvana (acoustic)
Jesus [Doesn't/Wants] Me for a Sunbeam (The Vaselines/1987)
Plateau (Meat Puppets/1984)
Lake of Fire (Meat Puppets/1983)

edited 10:53 AM EST December 27, 2009
by JILost at 12:41 PM EST on December 27, 2009
I think the aim was a kind of "New Wave"-to-Rock thing, centering on the 80s "pop" I grew up on redone in some kind of heavy guitar style. Blue Monday is definitely a candidate, I'd forgotten about that one. Despite Metallica being one of my favorite bands, as far as sticking to the "covers of stuff I grew up on" theme, all I could really pull from that list is "Die, Die My Darling" -- though I do love about half of the Metallica versions you listed. Same with the Nirvana stuff -- I like the Nirvana versions, but I'm not familiar with the originals, so those -are- the "originals" as my experience goes.

I think the idea is more that the songs I picked mostly weren't so guitar-oriented in the first place, so it's cool hearing them in that style and actually...fitting. Especially Boys of Summer....That one is simultaneously amusing and awesome, in a kind of "This shouldn't sound good in this style but mysteriously does" way.

Also, I agree with your take on live recordings. I'm going more for studio stuff, but something like Unplugged is fine since it isn't drowned in audience sounds and reverb. It's very "dry", so it works.

Last, what does TPB stand for? I'm definitely looking into some covers compilations -- especially since Wikipedia mysteriously doesn't have a "list of songs from the 80's with cover versions" entry -- even though they seemingly have lists of every other imaginable topic.
by nensondubois at 1:53 PM EST on December 27, 2009
Blue Monday was on Family Values a while back. I used to have that CD and there were a couple of good songs on it but Blue Monday stuck out the most.
by SmartOne at 6:55 PM EST on December 29, 2009
PS3 games should stop sucking and run at 1080p or at least 1080i. I expect HD and get Half-assed, 720p Definition.

See, that was clever.
by nensondubois at 8:34 PM EST on December 29, 2009
I have an update for the San Francisco Rush Extreme: Racing usf set. The timing is now tagged perfectly.
actual smse2k progress??? WOW! by unknownfile at 2:43 AM EST on December 30, 2009
KSS tracks have been running nicely in smse2k, which is odd seeing that nothing else works. I'm going to re-enable some OPN stuff (YM2203/2608/2610/2612) and then I'll try my shot at finishing up MDSF.
The Mushroom Wars by hcs at 11:48 AM EST on December 30, 2009
My friend and I finally got up a web site for the story we've been writing since 6th grade.
The Mushroom Wars (ignoring the godawful Tripod site we'd put up at the time, or the bare bones site we'd put on our 6th grade teacher's college web space).

This has our writing starting from I guess late high school. We think it's funny, and I hear that others do, too.

And yes, I'm aware there's an RTS called Mushroom Wars.

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