Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #10- Number of the Beast covered by Djali Zwan

2003-spun-2The first time I heard this cover of one of Iron Maiden’s most celebrated songs, “The Number of the Beast”, it kinda of creeped up on me and caught me off guard.  Me and a couple of buddies had rented a movie called Spun from the video shop (remember those?) and not to long after popping it in my ears and brain got a bit confused.  I heard the moody acoustic guitars setting the rather depressing tone for the movie, but within a few seconds of the lyrics kicking I started saying this sounds really familiar.  Didn’t take me long to catch on that the tune was an acoustic cover.  And I don’t know if it was the context of the movie, which is about crystal meth addiction, or just an awesome job rearranging the song, but the lyrics of “The Number of the Beast” take on a whole new meaning in this cover.  In the original Iron Maiden version they have a very literal feel to them as images of demons and monsters course through the mind.  But here the demons that show themselves are grounded in real life alluding to the number of the beast being drug addiction.

If you have yet to see Spun, do check it out, it’s one hell of a mindrape of a movie filled with wacked out, yet sobering scenes and some terrific acting from Mickey Rourke, Jason Schwarzman, and Brittney Murphy (Trailer).  Check out the cover and the original and let us know what you think of this take on The Number of the Beast.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Djali Zwan version:

Original Iron Maiden Version:

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Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on March 4, 2013, in Matt's Top 25 Cover Songs and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. One of the best covers I ever heard!! Djali Zwan gives the song a completely new atmosphere and meaning especially in the context of drug addiction. I can imagine that someone how doesn’t know the original never would think of it as a cover.

    I didn’t know this version and also haven’t seen the movie, but definitely will! The aesthetically camera shoots are very promising. By watching the trailer I realize that it is also the movie in which Rob Halford has a guest appearance. I once read something about it but never checked it out.

    • Glad you dig it! Ya, it took me a second to catch it was a cover and only for the fact that I know just about every Iron Maiden song like the back of my hand.

      Spun is well worth checking out, though I do not recommend watching while eating or hungover. It’s in the same vein as flicks like Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting, just a tad bit more fucked up than those movies and a bit more ‘artsy’. The cinematography throughout is amazing. Debbie Harry also makes a cool cameo in the flick too.

  2. I never heard of the artist or the cover. This is a really great version considering the plethora of Maiden covers out there in the world. Sometimes the best covers are those that are more subtle.

  3. Love what they’ve done here – I always prefer covers that take the song in a new and different direction.

  4. Damian (can't help it)

    Ever since I first saw Spun this song has been creeping closer to my heart with every time I listen to it, dragging the movie behind it which, although brilliant, has some unforgivable flaws. Thank you for this great review.

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