Metal 80’s Covers: Maniac and Microphone Fiend

 

“MANIAC”    FIREWIND

Remember that opening scene in Flashdance when Jennifer Beals is drenched in sweat and training hardcore in the warehouse?   Set to the tune of singer/songwriter Michael Sembello’s Top 40 hit “Maniac”, the song has become a workout playlist favorite for decades.   A Greek power metal band, Firewind, turns up the amps and cranks out a metal cover of the 80’s favorite.   Great homemade YouTube clip linking Flashdance footage to Firewind’s version.


“MICROPHONE FIEND”   RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Eric-B-RakimYou don’t get much more classic Old School rap than the duo of Eric B & Rakim.   Their signature song “Microphone Fiend”  has become a heavily-sampled and often covered favorite (Snoop Dogg, Muse, Eminem, Limp Bizkit,…)  for the past three decades.   Rage Against The Machine recorded their last album in 2000.  “Renegades” was a collection of cover songs and the opening track paid homage to 80’s B-Boy attitude and smooth operators, with RATM’s one-of-a-kind Funk Metal style.