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November 30, 2004 5:48 AM   Subscribe

"The amusingly named Beaver ..."

Uh... nope. Not that amusing.
Oh, wait - they're teenagers. That explains it.

What will the parents of "The Ambassadors" say when they hear the cover of "Killing in the Name"? I'd have been well and truly chastised for saying naughty words like that when I was ... ooh ... 18, let alone 9!!

Anyway, there's way too many bands there (and I'm at work, so can't listen to them...) - props to them for being brave... but I shudder at the thought of how badly mangled some of the songs will be - early-teen voices are normally the best for rock/metal stuff!
posted by Chunder at 6:09 AM on November 30, 2004

Actually they were all pretty good (XFM is my station of choice on the alarm-clock - so I got to hear a lot of them). Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' 'Seven Nation Army' is worth a listen. The final winner was Isobel's version of 'Don’t Speak' which, on the whole, was worthy since it took a so-so pop song and made it rawk. The other's in the top five covered existing rock songs and, well, couldn't generally improve on them.
posted by Auz at 6:36 AM on November 30, 2004

Cool, something to listen to at work. Thanks!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:35 AM on November 30, 2004

Not "Summer Of '69", please God, spare me. I've spent too many years in crappy bar bands to have any appreciation of Bryan Adams.

"Do you know Summer Of '69?"
"You hum it and I'll smash yer face in"
posted by NeonSurge at 8:13 AM on November 30, 2004

Ouch, my ears. I suppose it keeps the kids off the streets though.
posted by different at 8:39 AM on November 30, 2004

i didn't listen to anything, i just gazed lovingly at that classic mosrite in the rock school logo.
posted by quonsar at 8:56 AM on November 30, 2004

Hey, it's awesome that there are so many bands with girls.
posted by sugarfish at 9:31 AM on November 30, 2004

I wish I could download a few of these. Some of them really rock.

posted by Jeremy at 9:58 AM on November 30, 2004

The guys who did the Aphex Twin cover would have been cool but they cheated and added a drum machine track :P
posted by abcde at 10:17 AM on November 30, 2004

If you are male and want to sing rock and roll, you should at least wait until your balls drop. That said, some of them show some real potential.
posted by mstefan at 10:49 AM on November 30, 2004

Great link! I hadn't heard about this contest. I'm impressed some of them were doing songs by Buzzcocks, Undertones, et al, and that the performances were appropriately dodgy and fun, rather than too self-serious (with a few exceptions).
posted by dhoyt at 12:05 PM on November 30, 2004

Heh, I could listen to this all day. But jeesh, drummers, get a metronome.

I liked listening the cover of "Where is my mind", a little sloppy but I saw the pixies live last week and they had about the same level of musical accomplisment. Likewise if one of the "Aneurysm" covers was slipped onto the nirvana box set I doubt anyone would notice.
posted by bobo123 at 12:15 PM on November 30, 2004

you know what, youre a lousy kindergarten teacher! ive seen those finger painting you bring home and THEY SUCK!!!
posted by Satapher at 12:47 PM on November 30, 2004

I wish I could download a few of these. Some of them really rock.


You can download the streams using this (which I used to save all the Ricky Gervais shows to my computer).
posted by chill at 1:30 PM on November 30, 2004

I should just mention that I heard about this through John Sakamoto's weekly Anti-Hit List column in eye Weekly. Last week he included a link to a fantastic Green Day/Oasis/Travis mashup, Boulevard of Broken Songs (mp3).
posted by greatgefilte at 2:54 PM on November 30, 2004

All they need is Jack Black to whip 'em into shape and they'll be good to go.
posted by drew at 11:36 AM on December 2, 2004

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