Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 39)

1. Marilyn Manson: “Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode cover)

2. Powerman 5000: “20th Century Boy” (T. Rex cover)

3. HIM: “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak cover)

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Bands You Should Know: Ward

I found Ward on Instagram, after he left a gracious comment on one of my posts. He then reached out and asked if I would consider his music for this blog.

Based in Los Angeles, Ward is the vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for a band of the same name. The first song I listened to was “Stand Me,” and I was visited with a Coldplay vibe, mixed with a little Brendon Urie.

Then, I checked out “Crush.” More rock-oriented, this track put me in mind of The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age.

A third song, “Soothe the Soul,” had a touch of The Police.

This is the brilliance of Ward. The music ranges from alternative to rock, from post-punk to new wave to pop, from Panic! at the Disco to Depeche Mode to The Smiths. This expansive dose of creativity is paired with a powerful, passionate voice and beautifully honest lyrics in a combination that isn’t quite like anything out there currently.

Ward is diverse and eclectic. You never know exactly what you’re going to get with each new song, but you can rest assured it will be interesting ear candy that belongs on your playlist. “Crush” is my favorite track that I’ve heard so far. And this year, Ward is donating 100% of the sales of “Crush” to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Visit Ward’s official site, or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube.

For added fun, listen to Ward’s take on a Rolling Stones classic, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 38)

1. Shiny Toy Guns: “Stripped” (Depeche Mode cover)

2. 10cc: “Paperback Writer” (The Beatles cover)

3. Rasputina: “Rock and Roll” (Led Zeppelin cover)

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 37)

1. Godhead: “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles cover)

2. Mötley Crüe: “Helter Skelter” (The Beatles cover)

3. HIM: “Enjoy the Silence” (Depeche Mode cover)

Let’s Talk Covers (American Satan edition)

1. The Relentless: “Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode cover)

2. The Relentless: “Nights in White Satin” (The Moody Blues cover)

3. The Relentless: “Hey Hey, My My” (Neil Young/Crazy Horse cover)

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 28)

1. Rammstein: “Stripped” (Depeche Mode cover)

2. The Black Keys: “She Said, She Said” (The Beatles cover)

3. Korn: “Word Up!” (Cameo cover)

Playlist Challenge, Day 166

Ki: Theory — “Enjoy the Silence”

Halloween Playlist 2017

It is October!!!! The weather is cooler, my football team is undefeated, and I’ve already bought some Halloween swag because, let’s be honest, it’s the best holiday. So now it’s time for my Halloween playlist. I didn’t do this last year, but I swear it will be tradition from now on.

First and foremost, I have to include some Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper, because honestly, how can you go wrong with either?

1. Marilyn Manson: “Dope Hat”

2. M. Manson: “Tourniquet”

3. M. Manson: “The Dope Show”

4. Alice Cooper: “Some Folks”

5. Alice Cooper: “The Black Widow”

6. Alice Cooper: “Welcome to My Nightmare”

Now, there are several songs by several bands/artists I put on my previous Halloween playlist that I would still highly recommend. For instance, “Love You to Death” by Type O Negative, and The 69 Eyes’ “Velvet Touch.” You just can’t go wrong with anything that has an eerie, sexy, dark vibe to it.

This year, I have discovered a few more bands/artists I feel must be honored during October.

7. Ghost: “Square Hammer”

8. Ghost: “Missionary Man” (a cover, but I’m obsessed!)

9. Ghost: “Body and Blood”

10. The 69 Cats: “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (another cover; still a must-have!)

11. Third Realm: “Dance Like You Wanna Die”

12. Third Realm: “Sick Mind”

13. Third Realm: “Invitation to Hell”

14. Amerakin Overdose: “Dead Girl on the Dance Floor”

15. Fever Ray: “The Wolf”

16. Levitika: “Zombie Barbie”

17. Puscifer: “The Undertaker”

18. Tim Skold: “Better the Devil”

19. Tim Skold: “Neverland”

20. Lisa Hannigan: “You Haunt Me”

21. 9 Electric: “Naked”

22. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: “Red Right Hand”

These are simply my recent finds! Add in some Depeche Mode, London After Midnight, and Rammstein, as well. I personally love the gothic industrial genre. Or you can just throw on the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, which I love!