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Butt Rock Glory

As a teenage boy growing up in the Midwest, I loved me the loud guitars, and I wasn't especially discriminating in where they came from. Metal, punk, hair bands, whatever.

I enjoyed Kansas, AC/DC, Quiet Riot, and a touch of Iron Maiden in high school. Maybe Night Ranger or Twisted Sister, but I plead the fifth. In college, it was Big Black, Naked Raygun, the Sisters of Mercy, the Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, and the Pixies.

Oh how I loathed the prog-rock bastards with their whiny pompous lyrics, like Rush, King Crimson, and Genesis. Geddy Lee's ugly mug was on my dartboard. Phil Collins was kind of a standard punchline.

Which is why hearing Disturbed (the "kings of nu-metal") cover Genesis's "Land of Confusion" is so entertaining. You can pick up the free MP3 at Stereogum, a snarky audioblog. Two totally opposite ends of my musical spectra just collide, with reasonably rockable results.

In the same vein, you can hear professional classical musicans transform into a heavy metal string quartet as they perform the "Rondo Alla Iron Maiden", with guitar/violin solos and all. The work was composed by Kurt Mortensen, and is available both with or without chorus.

Being of a modest nature, Mr. Mortensen demurs on the quality of this seminal work:

This is by far the worst recording available for download. There are some intonation issues and sloppiness, but this was meant to be a joke and let's face it, the people involved are otherwise serious musicians who had better things to be doing. …The version with the chorus is sloppier and there are more tuning issues, but the comedy factor is greater. The version without chorus is better performed and the subtleties of the Maiden/Mozart fusion are more audible.

Bang your head with me, won't you?



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Sep. 28th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Head-banging string quartet? Do they smash their cellos on the stage after the performance?
Sep. 28th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Gosh I hope so, or I want my money back!
Sep. 28th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
the cover? the real prize is the Land of Confusion 12 inch!

but i want the updated video for the cover. imagine puppet W in bed, with the walls cracking and an airplane flying in on one chorus and the water rolling through on the next...
Sep. 28th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Feh. Stupid 12 inch. It does not rock.

It amazes me that the lyrical content of the song is pretty much still on target. Oppressive Republican rule is about the same now as then...
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Sep. 28th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes big dumb power chords are exactly the ticket. The Finnish-Goth-pop-metal contingent sounds like fun.
Sep. 28th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
You've heard of Apocalyptica, right? We heard them in Portland this weekend. Lord, they were good.
Sep. 28th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Genius! I love it and their albums Must Be Mine!

Sorry I missed them. I'm sure their live shows are … memorable.
Sep. 28th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)

You and I and our respective spouses should get together sometime-- we can hook you up with the albums.
Sep. 29th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
Sounds great. I'll buy the first round.
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
Coolness. Email me at dachshundriot at yahoo dot com, and we will go forth and drink heavily, or something.
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