Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Warner Brothers Records is celebrating its 50th anniversary by having current artists on the roster cover older songs. It's interesting that they are doing this, as the current Warner Brothers Records has very little in common with the label's storied past. Some of the ideas, however, are kind of inspired: Mastodon is covering ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" and The Black Keys covers Captain Beefheart's "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles." On the other hand, Avenged Sevenfold covering Black Sabbath and The Disturbed covering Faith No More is just depressing.  Yes, I sound old. 

This has, of course, been done before.  In 1990, Elektra Records celebrated its anniversary with Rubiyat, which famously yielded Metallica's cover of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy," as well as The Cure covering The Doors' "Hello I Love You" and The Gipsy Kings doing The Eagles' "Hotel California" (used to great effect in The Big Lebowski).  

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