Considered by some as the first gothic rock song and undoubtedly influlential on the goth culture, Bela Lugosi’s Dead is the first single of English post-punk band Bauhaus.
The band broke up for second and final time in late-2007, but their legacy wasn’t about to end just like that. Scottish trio CHVRCHES – a viral band of the recent years, recorded a cover of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” for the 2014 movie “Vampire Academy”. The cover grabbed our attention because of two facts: first, whilst a cover song, it is almost completely different from the original. It is worth noting that the Bauhaus’ track was recorded in a single take (live in a studio), it’s over nine minutes long, and vocals don’t start until a few minutes into the track. The CHVRCHES’ version, however, is way shorter and energetic, and Lauren (Mayberry) kicks it from the very beginning. And the second fact? It sounds as a pure modern classic. Yes.
CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Memorable line: “Bela Lugosi’s dead
Undead undead undead
Undead undead undead”
Genres: pop, synthpop
Released on 20th February 1981, Ice Machine is the B-Side of Depeche Mode‘s first ever single Dreaming of Me. The song has never been among the band’s most popular, and the single itself didn’t impress in the charts.
Another iconic band of our time – Röyksopp, in collaboration with the talented Norwegian singer and songwriter Susanne Sundfør, took over the track and gave it a new life. The beautiful cover version was oficially released in 2013 as part of the “Late Night Tales: Röyksopp” compilation. However, here we present you a bit older, LIVE, and simply amazing version! Enjoy it, you can thank us later:
Röyksopp – Ice Machine Released: 14/Jun/2013
Label: Late Night Tales
Album: Late Night Tales: Röyksopp
Memorable line: “Like blood, like the wine in the darkroom scene; The darkroom scene, darkroom scene”
Genres: electronic, synthpop, downtempo
The year is 1993. Kurt Cobain is still alive, and Nirvana‘s latest album “In Utero” has just been released. Its first single was Heart Shaped Box.
Almost two decades later, in the summer of 2012, the reaching-her-pick singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey covered “Heart Shaped Box”: one of her favorite songs from childhood. While the original version is, umm, the original, we have to admit that Lana did a great job. And she even achieved to sound different that her usual sound.
After releasing this cover, however, Cobain’s wife Courtney Love stated in Twitter that “the song was about my vag*na”. After all, perhaps it is no coincidence that Lana covered this particular track – anyone remember her “Cola” song, and what it tastes like – at least according to the lyrics?
Lana Del Rey – Heart Shaped Box
Memorable line: “I’ve been locked inside your heart-shaped box for weeks”
Genres: pop, rock, ballad
German rock band Hyperchild is not on scene anymore… But they’ve managed to left something behind, something for the history. This one is very different to the Tina Cousins‘ cover version, and even more far away from the Black‘s original from 1985. But hey, life is wonderful in many ways, as well as music in all these genres!
Hyperchild – Wonderful Life Released: Aug/2000
Memorable line: “No need to run and hide / It’s a wonderful, wonderful life”
Genres: rock, heavy metal
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