Nov 222010

The Mountain Goats‘ lovely acoustic pop songs and soul-bearing personal lyrics seem a strange match for British heavy metal mammoths Iron Maiden. Yes, the Mountain Goats covering Maiden would be odd indeed. Well, don’t worry; they didn’t. Not quite.

Instead, Mountain Goat songwriter John Darnielle’s wife Lalitree  (a professional photographer by day) has recorded an electro-pop version of Maiden’s 1986 hit “Wasted Years.” The song comes from a future covers project produced by an undisclosed friend. On her blog Lalitree explains that she “couldn’t wait” to share it. Listening to it, one can understand her impatience – the synth aptly conveys the minor-key gloom of the original thrasher, while her airy vocals bring a lighter touch. Check out Lalitree’s cover below and let us know what you think!

And for the die-hard Iron Maiden aficionado, be sure to also check out gypsy-punk band Guignol’s accordion-based rendition of “Hallowed be thy Name,” the closing track on Maiden’s breakout album The Number of the Beast.

MP3: Lalitree Darnielle – Wasted Years (Iron Maiden cover)

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Visit Lalitree Darnielle’s website for more of her work in all media. While you’re at it keep current with the Mountain Goats at their own site!

Photo by RFMueller.

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  1. That’s my girl! Go, Lalitree! Doesn’t surprise me at all. In my world, John is Lalitree’s very talented husband. :)

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