A good cover song must reach a perfect balance between innovation and preserving the original's appeal. There have been some really great covers from Houston's music scene, and we wanted to pay tribute to them.
10: Kerry Beyer, "Mad World": Local filmmaking genius Kerry Beyer has been making a big name for himself as a musician. His version of "Mad World" manages to meld the energy of the Tears for Fears original, the pathos of Gary Jules' famous rendition, and his own powerful interpretation.
The video isn't bad either, though if we ever do a sequel to the Top 10 laziest music videos ever done it is going right to No. 1.
9. Skeleton Dick, "There is a Light That Never Goes Out": Personally, we always thought that the lyrics to "There Is a Light" sounded more like a punk song than a Smiths song anyway. It's nice to have one of Houston's best punk bands prove us right.
8. Provision, "Vanishing Point": We're much more into seeing Provision live, because we think Breye 7x's passion and energy come through much more on the stage than in recordings. We'd kill for a live DVD. Still, you can't go wrong with a New Order track.
7. Silenced Within, "Falling Away From Me": Sue us, we're secret Korn fans. They know how to write a good, creepy melody, all right? Sorry for the less than stellar quality of the video, but we hope getting to watch Sloan strut around will more than make up for it.
6. Dead Horse, "Rock Lobster": Heading old school for the moment. Is any band in Houston really better than Dead Horse was?
5. The 71's, "Wicked Game": Even though he hams it up way too much, there's no doubt that Keeton Coffman more than has the voice to keep up with Chris Isaak. The only cover we were familiar with from the 71's was a pretty standard version of "Interstate Love Song," so it was a welcome shock to hear the boys lay it down cooler than the other side of the pillow.
4. Delicate Terror, "Darling Nikki": One of Spike the Percussionist's many projects gave us one hell of an industrial cover of his Royal Badness' sexiest tune. We describe it as the sound of screwing on a running dryer filled with three sneakers while a paused game of Mega Man 2 blared full-blast from the next room.
3. Shellee Coley & Mason Lankford, "Hallelujah": Two of the absolute best voices in the entire city bring their own spin to the classic Leonard Cohen track (Really more to the Rufus Wainwright recording, but without the annoying pronunciation of "ya" as "you.") Like Silenced Within, we're stuck with a live recording that simply cannot handle the note Coley and Lankford are capable of producing. Here's hoping for a duet single at some point.
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02. Asmodeus X, "Rock Me Asmodeus": We were torn between this and Asmo's cover of "Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque," but in the end we're just too fond of the dancebility of the track. You haven't seen a Numbers goth night come alive until you've seen Asmo bust this one out in the middle of a set.
01. Manichean, "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven": This is bar-none the most normal we have ever heard the Manichean sound. That in itself makes it weird. Trust Cory and Justice to be the musical embodiment of curveballs. Fantastic take on a great Love and Rockets tune.