It's a little weird to me that a song like Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" would be covered so many times. It's long and sometimes ponderous and I rarely listen to the whole thing when it comes on the radio. I'll listen for a while, but then I get bored and I move on. That doesn't distract from the overall awesomeness in the song. It's just that sometimes enough is enough. Like with Kramer faking it. You know.
I'm gonna skip the obvious remakes like Cake and Faith No More. Just because. Thought it would be more fun to find some stranger stuff. And stranger stuff is what I found.
Our first video is from one of Avitable's favorite acts, The Dresden Dolls. Amanda and Brian really bring it. Imagine going to see your favorite "dark cabaret" duo one night and they decide to use up 8 minutes of your life with an over-the-top rendition of "War Pigs"? I can. They really get into how grand it all is.
Next up a true oddity. Alice Donut's drummer, Stephen Moses, used to like to bring along his trombone to gigs for a solo or two. I saw them at CBGB once and he did a version of "Helter Skelter" that truly rocked my socks. So you have to ask yourself if you are in the mood for a crazy dude in tighty whities doing a shortish version (only 2:42) of "War Pigs" on the trombone. I think you are.
You say you prefer modern jazz to punk rock and dark cabaret? Well the Alex Skolnick Trio have a rendition of "War Pigs" just for you! This is another live performance from what looks like someone's living room in Upstate NY. These cats are cray-zee!
All right, let's put this bad boy to bed with a clip from a great show called Austin City Limits. This is a live clip from Flaming Lips with an assist from Cat Power (the yummy Chan Marshall). And at 5 minutes, it won't break your soul. Or will it? Mwah-ha-ha-ha!!!
There. A little some some for just about everyone.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. All the War Pigs are doing it.