Hard Rock Covers of 80’s Songs: Ozzy with Coal Chamber, Daughtry with 3 Doors Down, SR-71


Shock+the+Monkey+feat+Ozzy+Osbourne+Shock+The+MonkeyPeter Gabriel’s progressive work with the original Genesis lineup and his innovative 80’s solo career put Peter in a class of his own.   He’s so iconic, few artists have covered his songs. Coal Chamber, a nu-metal band with a splash of goth, was on the 1997 Ozzfest lineup of metal bands. Soon afterward, Sharon Osbourne took over as their manager. Coal Chamber turned up the amps and recorded a hardcore cover of the Gabriel anthem, “Shock The Monkey”. Not the most original idea at first but Sharon suggested adding her husband, Ozzy, to the final mix. It’s a fun song to play at maximum volume!



530700_10151206382125458_1817102385_nDaughtry and 3 Doors Down have just kicked off their winter U.S. tour. One of the major highlights of any dual major act tour is the hope that the two bands will perform together that night. Good news: Chris and Brad (lead singer of 3 Doors Down) trade off vocals on an intense version of Phil Collins’ legendary “In The Air Tonight”. They don’t veer from the original but yet, it still feels fresh and exciting. Phil has gone on record that he never witnessed a murder, but the “In The Air Tonight” legend grows vividly with each passing year.



SR-71-band-s01SR-71 are best known for taking “Right Now” to the top of the charts in 2000. The band only released three less than popular albums before calling it quits in 2004. But when the producers of the motion picture, “The New Guy”, were looking for a hard rock cover of the funk jam, “Let It Whip”, they approached SR-71 with the idea. The Dazz Band’s party anthem gets roughed up in this brilliant, sexual cover. Bringing this day full circle, SR-71 also covered Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” on their third album.

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  1. It was so much FUN viewing the videos and the commentary was great!! I LOVE SR-71!! brings back good memories!! My favorite was “Shock the Monkey”, I’ve never heard of this song so another clever song for my collection. YAY!! Daughtry and 3 Doors Down are amazing together!!!!! Thanks Mike!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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