Twisted Mixtape Tuesday is the ultimate music anthology, organized by a weekly theme chosen by Jen Kehl of My Skewed View and cohosted by that very same Jen and Kristi Campbell of Finding Ninee. This week’s theme is a Free For All, Anything Goes, basically whatever we want to do. YEAH!
This week I chose really cool acoustic versions of songs. Not cover songs, but rather recordings that some artists did in addition to the original song’s release. I actually like many of these better than the original versions!
The inspiration for this mix comes from a song by Colin Hay, formerly of Men at Work. You know, the ones who did Land Down Under? I first heard this version of the original Men at Work song on the show Scrubs. My husband bought the Scrubs soundtrack soon afterwards and this is my favorite song on the CD. If it was possible to wear out a song, it would have to be this one!
The link to the Scrubs clip is HERE.
The Foo Fighters was not a group I particularly liked when they first came out. I felt their music was very repetitive. But over time, they grew on me, not to mention that Dave Grohl is one brilliant dude. He is on the list of people I would most like to meet. There are several fantastic acoustic versions of their songs but the one I chose is my favorite.
My Hero-Foo Fighters
Here’s a song that really needs no introduction. The original is pretty much acoustic, but I love this performance and the explanation of who “Delilah” really is.
Hey There Delilah-Plain White Ts
I couldn’t NOT include the ones who really pushed the back to basics. There are a lot of great songs in this Unplugged collection, but only a few are acoustics versions of actual Nirvana hits. This particular song originally was released from In Utero.
I love me some Matchbox Twenty, and Rob Thomas, but I love this version of Unwell even better than the original!
Interestingly enough, The Other Side (an album that Godsmack released featuring some of their acoustic versions) is not listed in a lot of their discographies. I got that CD the day it came out. This is one of several good ones from that album.
Just when I thought I couldn’t adore the Pumpkins any more than I already do, I found this version of 1979.
My husband hates Incubus, and I’m not sure why. I own every album they’ve made. There’s just something about this group that intrigues me, and I really don’t think they’ve ever made a song I’ve disliked. This song is a little obvious. It lends itself perfectly to acoustic guitar.
Lithium is tied with Bring Me To Life as my favorite Evanescence song. I have heard some really great acoustic versions of their music, but this is one is by far the best!
And then we just have some songs that were great acoustic songs already, with no remaking necessary. Like this one. So Axl Rose can sing? No way! And then he had to go and ruin it in the end… still a great song though!
Patience-Guns N Roses
I’m sure there are a lot of songs missing here, these were just the ones that I was thinking of. Throw me out some of your favorites! Want to participate in Twisted Mixtape Tuesday? Make your own mix for your free for all, and link it to Jen’s post by clicking the cassettes at the top!