Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #5- The Devil Went Down to Georgia covered by Primus
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Many a year ago Primus released a neat little EP called Rhinoplasty which contained various covers including an excellent versions of Metallica’s “The Thing That Should Not Be”, Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses”, and Andy Partrige’s “Scissor Man”. There were also a couple live tracks (with the best version of “Bob’s Party Time Lounge” available) and a neat remix of the Primus classic “Too Many Puppies”. For a quick EP there was a lot of value in the package, but what really got me didn’t hit until about a year later when the technology of a CD ROM drive made its way into my household. I had randomly popped the CD into my computer to have something to listen to while I did some schoolwork and out of nowhere an autostart screen popped up with the Primus logo on it. Naturally I clicked on it. Along with a couple of other things there was an option for a bonus video, catch being, you needed a password to get to it. Having had lost my jewel case for the CD along with the inlay checking the liner notes for the password wasn’t an option. Forgetting about my school work I went and started calling up all my Primus fan buddies to see if they still had the inlay or knew the password. That worked to no avail. OK, option 2. I ran to the record store to see if I could snatch up a copy. No dice there either. And brute forcing the password didn’t work either.
Well, as you can see I was in a little predicament. There was no way I’d be able to get anything done until I sated this obsession to get to this golden bonus material. Luckily I decided to try forcing the sweet, golden, gooey bonus material by trying to find a way to circumvent the password. And, wow, that was easy. Simply browsing the CD in the explorer let me double-click a mysterious file called Devil. Ahhh, but this is back in 1998 and the native Windows 98 player doesn’t recognize the file type and to play it one needs the player on the disc. Want to talk about a frustrating moment. But giving up wasn’t going to happen. I don’t remember the exact steps I took to hack my way into getting the video player on the disc to work stand alone, but after hours of messing with ins and outs, I finally bypassed that damn password and my efforts paid off.
Contained behind that iron curtain was an awesome claymation video for Primus’ cover of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, a song I was pretty familiar with at the time as I had a friend whose parents were big into bluegrass and would always be on the stereo when I went to my buddy’s house. It may be the video combined with the effort I put into unlocking the damn thing, but Primus’ version simply just kicks more ass IMO. Les Claypool’s vocals fit the story so well as well as the tweaks made to the song like making the Devil’s fiddle solo more ominous and metal. Sooo, great cover, great video, was worth the effort in unlocking.
And funny story, the next day when I was telling my friends at school how I cracked the video, someone nearby overheard and said he had the CD and the password is ‘Violin’ 😉
Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Original Charlie Daniels Band Version: