The Soundtrack of SILVER BROWN

Unusual AC⚡DC Covers

Malcolm was the brains behind this organization from the beginning. The organization started withering away when he did. But you can’t say they didn’t have a decent run of it. Their second-best incarnation (i.e. the one without Bon Scott) gave me the most fun I’ve ever had in a mosh pit. We still feel the karmic ripples emanating from those amplifiers today, as evidenced by the fact that there are more videos like this on the old ‘Tube than most people realize…


It’s the same song as the first one, but the reggae version!

The Soundtrack of SILVER BROWN

One Man Genesis

I was a musician before I was a writer or a web developer, so this is the sort of thing that turns my crank.

A while back I came across a video of a multi-instrumentalist from Quebec performing a medley of Genesis covers. But not the Genesis covers you’re probably thinking of. Nothing in the same vein as Disturbed’s (flawless) interpretation of “Land of Confusion”. It might actually shock some people to hear this, but Genesis wasn’t always yacht rock. The yacht-rock ethos didn’t start to manifest itself until around 1978. There was a decade’s worth of history preceding that which saw them as a completely different band – one that left behind a hearty feast of yacht-inappropriate vinyl opuses centered around abstract literary concepts, unusual time signatures, the ever-present Mellotron, an occasional classical guitar interlude from the magic fingers of Mr. Steve Hackett, and Peter Gabriel’s sometimes-baffling-but-always-interesting array of stage personae…


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In addition to being the band’s summoner of unknown cosmic forces, he was also their flute player.

The musical selections featured in this video are mostly from that period, because merely playing a medley of their greatest hits would be unworthy of a virtuoso. That would be like asking Mozart to perform K-pop numbers for your amusement.

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The Piper at the Gates of Love

I was going to go with a heavy metal musical theme for Valentine’s Day, like I did for Christmas. Alas, all attempts on my part to unearth a fist-pumpingly kickass metal cover of anything that could be considered a love song in any conventional sense have thus far proven fruitless. Unless Queensrÿche is your idea of kickass. They were in their own way; they had that metal-tinged Pink Floyd vibe going on. But a level of kickassitude more in the ballpark of Rammstein is closer to what I had in mind. No one’s ever thought to give one of Céline Dion’s signature numbers the Neue Deutsche Härte treatment, from the looks of it. So while we’re waiting for German to become the new language of love (“Wie liebe ich dich? Lass mich die Wege zählen…”), here’s a guy playing a bagpipe made out of a (hopefully used) condom.