Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #4 Message in a Bottle covered by Machine Head

stingIf there is one band I really can’t stand, it’s The Police (though I will say Stewart Copeland is a sick drummer).  Sting’s vocals I find beyond annoying and the amount that they rip-off Bob Marley riffs is staggering, but all to many popular bands with bad vocals and c/p-ed riffs to verbatim exist and they don’t annoy me as much as The Police.  What really irks me about the band is underneath all of the crap I can’t stand, exist some wonderfully well written songs that have massive potential if only the obscuring rust were to be scraped away.  So in turn, when a band does a cover of a Police song, I usually end up enjoying it immensely, cause ya know, good songwriting and all.  Which brings me to my #4 favorite cover song, “Message in a Bottle”.

Robb Flynn and Co. simply just rock this song hard.  Doing away with all the fluff, Machine Head bring “Message in a Bottle” to its core and the impact the song has is infinitely more powerful and meaningful.  A song about desperation and need of help just doesn’t work with an upbeat light rock feel, but when you metal it up some the whole of the tune hits like a well-directed punch to the gut.  I particularly enjoy that dreamy echo on the low-key guitars in the intro and how well the song just explodes into an outburst of emotion when the pre-chorus hits.  Some damn fine cover work.  Check it out!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Machine Head Version:

Original Police Version:

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About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on March 25, 2013, in Matt's Top 25 Cover Songs and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have two records of The Police and find them quite good. Sure they ripped off Bob Marley, but that also applies to nearly every band that incorporates Reaggie. It isn’t simply a very diverse genre 😉

    I don’t like the solo music of Sting, that I know. Just boring. Anyway, Machine Head did a very good cover. I would really like to hear a few more songs following this style by any band.

    PS: Most ridiculous picture ever 🙂

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