Transcending horrible
January 27, 2008 12:35 PM   Subscribe

Total Eclipse of the Heart (YT) as "performed" by Legion of rock stars, a cover band that does “such lousy job with the source material that it becomes oddly hilarious”. (Choice of 179 videos. Via The in-between)
posted by growabrain (52 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
This cannot possibly be real. Can it? Shudder.
posted by nosila at 12:40 PM on January 27, 2008


Oh, it's real. Real ______.
posted by itchylick at 12:45 PM on January 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Real? Pretty sure it's a "shreds"-type joke.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:48 PM on January 27, 2008


It's drunken karaoke basically, isn't it?
posted by Abiezer at 12:50 PM on January 27, 2008


LRS has a website. they were featured on WFMU awhile back... the Billy Idol cover is not to be missed.
posted by geos at 12:51 PM on January 27, 2008


Kinda like free jazz without the jazz. I can dig it.

/damn, this cold medication is awesome...

posted by spoobnooble at 12:52 PM on January 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


oh wait... you MUST listen to their cover of Danzig's Mother.
posted by geos at 12:53 PM on January 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


Total eclipse of restraint.
posted by porn in the woods at 12:59 PM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's like what Rock Band would be like with real instruments.
posted by Cyrano at 1:05 PM on January 27, 2008 [5 favorites]


This is better than every ``I typed [well-known artist] into the search box and look! I found some videos!'' YouTube post combined. By an order of magnitude.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:06 PM on January 27, 2008


And for those who don't know, no I'm not one of those, "Learn to play a real instrument!!1" people.
posted by Cyrano at 1:06 PM on January 27, 2008


Oh my god. It's even worse than the Hurra Torpedo cover.
posted by pmdboi at 1:07 PM on January 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


brilliant.
posted by crunchywelch at 1:07 PM on January 27, 2008


We've passed the point in society where we championed mediocrity. Now we revere total lack of ability in any shape or form, so long as it's posted to YouTube...
posted by benzo8 at 1:14 PM on January 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


that is the actual video for total eclipse of the heart. wow
posted by wolfewarrior at 1:14 PM on January 27, 2008


It's like what all pop musicians would sound like today if it weren't for all the gadgets and doo-dads and thingamajigs they use to process their voices and junk.

Their version of Jim Croce's "Operator" made me laugh, out, loud.
posted by not_on_display at 1:15 PM on January 27, 2008


I am one of those learn to play a real instrument people, but I still liked it. Or whatever that feeling is called.
posted by fourcheesemac at 1:32 PM on January 27, 2008


Juggernaut Bitch was funnier.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:33 PM on January 27, 2008


These are funnier than they have any right to be.
posted by Lord_Pall at 1:35 PM on January 27, 2008


For all the people that say "they should learn to play their instruments": according to their website, they listen to whatever they're covering on crazy noise canceling headphones and try to play it back without being able to hear themselves. Which is pretty bitchin'.

This is pretty much the most awesome thing ever. If you want "higher" audio quality, they have mp3s on their website.
posted by malthas at 1:56 PM on January 27, 2008


Their cover is of Mmmbop is quite superior to the original.
posted by forallmankind at 2:04 PM on January 27, 2008


I'd forgotten just how terrible the music video for TEotH was. good lord.
posted by dismas at 2:05 PM on January 27, 2008


But does it have vampires?
posted by fishmasta at 2:07 PM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Total Eclipse of the Yoghurt. Remixed.
posted by iviken at 2:14 PM on January 27, 2008


It must really suck to put time and effort into something like this only to have it turned off after 10 seconds.
posted by Brocktoon at 2:52 PM on January 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


iviken: what the hell were they thinking when they made that? It's like they're trying to brand their product as "Yoghurt, the food that everybody forgets."
posted by phooky at 3:08 PM on January 27, 2008


If the Touch Me cover is any indication, I done seen and heard enough. Performed in, I dunno, maybe three different keys, a couple of which probably have no notes in common, with tempo variations that remind me of the results from when I left a Jerry Reed 45 sitting on the back deck of our car in the heat of a South Carolina summer. Jim Morrison at his most wasted and dissolute could carry a tune much better.
posted by pax digita at 3:12 PM on January 27, 2008


I'd forgotten just how terrible the music video for TEotH was. good lord.

It's so terrible that both Celine Dion and Meat Loaf ripped it off.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:18 PM on January 27, 2008


They should cover the Shaggs.
posted by obvious at 3:58 PM on January 27, 2008


I'm not impressed. There's nothing special about recording a shitty cover song when you're trying to record a shitty cover song. It's the artists that aren't trying to suck- but do - when they record their cover opus that're the ones to look out for, if not listen to.
posted by item at 4:02 PM on January 27, 2008


See also: Portsmouth Sinfonia.
posted by kcds at 4:04 PM on January 27, 2008


It's so terrible that both Celine Dion and Meat Loaf ripped it off.

Total Eclipse was written by the same guy that wrote most of Meat Loaf's hits, if I'm not mistaken, so Meat Loaf didn't exactly rip it off.
posted by item at 4:09 PM on January 27, 2008


Tom Sawyer - A Cappella

Wow. Just wow.
posted by Bugg at 4:15 PM on January 27, 2008


Total Eclipse was written by the same guy that wrote most of Meat Loaf's hits...
...and when you're setting about making a video for a Jim Steinman song, you do not set about it with "tasteful" and "restrained" as your watchwords.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:26 PM on January 27, 2008


item: I was referring not to the song, but to the video. Compare: Meat; Celine. Although, oddly, the Celine song? Also written by Steinman.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:32 PM on January 27, 2008


Jesus, what a great find. Shout is one of the most pathetic/brilliant things I've ever heard.
posted by naju at 4:53 PM on January 27, 2008


"True art, need not to be understood . . . just appreciated.

If there is such a concept as 'superb pop art', then this record is probably its best expression.

What a wonderful interpretations. Hear them is like touching a piece of heaven. I hope all of you could share this experience with me."
posted by swift at 5:14 PM on January 27, 2008


I've said it before, I'll say it again:

Jim Steinman is a genius.
posted by koeselitz at 6:06 PM on January 27, 2008


that is the actual video for total eclipse of the heart. wow

No kidding. It took me until the very end when it shows the credits to realized that that was the real video.


Up until that point I was thinking, "Wow, what incredible production values! Wherever these people live, I'm moving!"
posted by humannaire at 6:19 PM on January 27, 2008


omg Barracuda. I think I just pissed myself laughing.
posted by weezy at 7:23 PM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


WOW, they covered Loving You!
posted by figment of my conation at 8:38 PM on January 27, 2008


It must really suck to put time and effort into something like this only to have it turned off after 10 seconds.
posted by Brocktoon at 4:52 PM on January 27


I could not have said it any better.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:24 PM on January 27, 2008


Some of these are really funny in tandem with the video, such as Jim Croce's earnestness decimated and MC Hammer's excesses rendered ridiculous. Having said that, however, what can one say about a performance artist who can only be appreciated in relation to another video? That's the YouTube problem in a nutshell. Why can't this energy be used to create something original?
posted by ed at 10:57 PM on January 27, 2008


Christina Aguilera - Beautiful. It truly is. They even got the harmonies... well, sort of.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:24 AM on January 28, 2008


Oh. My.
"Mother" was brilliant but it was Horse With No Name that truly broke me.
posted by loiseau at 1:38 AM on January 28, 2008


It would clearly be a cheap shot to suggest that their version of Evenflow is somewhat easier to understand than the original.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:17 AM on January 28, 2008


To those who say, "Why don't you stop playing Guitar Hero and learn a real instrument!"

Why? I'll show you why.
posted by yeti at 7:21 AM on January 28, 2008


Oh.

Evenflow has REAL lyrics.

The housemates and I have discovered you can sing just about anything to that song.

Now I am disappointed.
posted by Samizdata at 11:11 AM on January 28, 2008


I saw the Danzig one a month or so ago and just automatically assumed it was done by the same guys who used to do those redubbed GI Joe shorts.
posted by dgaicun at 4:18 PM on January 28, 2008


Late to the party. S'a double. But still funny.
posted by bardic at 4:40 PM on January 28, 2008


Laughed harder the second time. I gotta have more of this.
posted by wrapper at 8:26 AM on January 29, 2008


Yeah I can get into this.. reminds me of .... check out Alex Chilton's slow version onf Take Me Home an Make Me Like It. Bonnie Tyler could do a radio friendly version of that and we are even .
posted by celerystick at 9:58 PM on January 29, 2008


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