Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.
The point of the Song of the Day series is to spotlight a cover worth hearing. Generally, “worth hearing” means “good.” Not today. Sometimes something can be so bad, so horridly unpleasant, that it hits instant gold. Judas Priest covering Joan Baez falls into that category.
On the one hand, you gotta give them some credit. The cardinal sin of cover songs is carbon-copying the original. Judas Priest steered well clear of that pitfall. Too bad they hit every other. They might have even invented some new “Cover Don’ts” with this one.
I’m not sure which is crazier: the fact they covered this song or the fact that people liked it. All I know is that for some reason I’m really happy it exists. Check out a live video from 1982. Wow.
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