Cover Tuesday, Pt. 37

Tricky is both angry and bored by the fact that you think he looks like an alien.

1. Replacing that soul-piano sample with some hard guitar (not to mention getting a female singer to replace the anything-but-feminine Chuck D), Tricky revamps the song completely.

Public Enemy – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (Buy It)

Tricky – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (Buy It)

2. This one comes from those heady times when you first realized you could get music for free on the internet … and didn’t realize the legal/moral implications … This cover was circulated pretty extensively (among my friends who were at various colleges on the East coast), but with a variety of different tags: some people had it as Phish, others Blues Traveler. To my ears the vocals sound much more John Popper-ish than any of the guys in Phish-ish. [EDIT]: Too bad my ears are wrong and Charlotte is right and it’s by The Gourds.
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin and Juice (Buy It)

The Gourds – Gin and Juice (Buy It)

3. Admirers of the Wu know that RZA’s production has always had a more musical sound than a lot of other hip-hop producers’ work. So it would make sense for some soul and/or funk band to cover some of his stuff. And El Michels Affair is just the soul and/or funk band to do it. Let me tell you, if you ever get the chance to see these guys perform (like I did a few weeks back at the Socrates Sculpture Garden in Long Island City), definitely jump at it. They didn’t perform any Wu-Tang covers, but it was still amazing.

GZA – Duel of the Iron Mic (Buy It)

El Michels Affair – Duel of the Iron Mic (Buy It)

posted by Adam

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4 responses to “Cover Tuesday, Pt. 37

  1. I’m pretty sure the “gin and juice” cover is by the Gourds.
    great post!

  2. Hey, thanks for the helpful/embarrassing tip. How’s the post you’re working on coming?

  3. Adam:

    Thanks for the love at Passion of the Weiss. Great site, cousin. That El Michels shit is FIRE, much like all of their other tunes.

    I’ll be visiting this page from here on out.

    Be easy.

  4. Hey Zilla, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

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