Curtis Zimmermann

Curtis Zimmermann works as an advertising sales executive for an academic publisher in Philadelphia. He’s been a music critic, news reporter, financial fraud investigator and spent many years in corporate sales, all the while maintaining a healthy obsession with music history. He first became intrigued with genre-bending covers in college when he stumbled across a used copy of Ray Charles’ box set “The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959 - 1986.”

Dec 092019
 
frozen ii soundtrack covers

For the last few weeks, Frozen II has been the number one movie in the world. So popular, in fact, that it prompted an antitrust lawsuit in South Korea for taking up too many screens in the country. The film follows the continuing adventures of Elsa, Anna and the gang as they go on a quest to unlock … Don’t worry, no spoilers here. Continue reading »

Nov 132019
 
lisa bastoni

Bob Dylan has been a source of inspiration for singer/songwriter Lisa Bastoni ever since she first picked up a guitar. In 1999, she won first place at a Bob Dylan Karaoke contest at the Newport Folk Festival, singing the song “Isis.” For her seventeenth birthday, she received a copy of Dylan’s book Lyrics:1962-1985 that, according to her, is now, “Velveteen Rabbit-level falling apart from love.” About ten years ago, she started making miniature painted cardboard dioramas with scenes based on Dylan’s songs. “I realized I might be verging into the category of a little too weird as far as Dylan fandom goes, and had to dial it back a little,” she told Cover Me in an email. Continue reading »

Nov 112019
 

“Mah Nà Mah Nà” is an unlikely children’s song. It was originally written by Italian composer Piero Umiliani for the 1968 film Sweden: Heaven and Hell. The London Institute of Contemporary Arts described the film as “an Italian shockumentary depicting the strange customs of the natives of Sweden in the ‘60s. It’s an archetypal mondo movie, with scenes of lesbian nightclubs, nasty bikers, teenage sex education, drugs, topless girl-bands and suicide.” The song appears during a scene where a bunch of young girls, wearing only towels, soak in a sauna. Continue reading »

Oct 282019
 
rob halford good king wenceslas

Nothing says Christmas quite like Judas Priest, or in this case, Rob Halford. Priest’s legendary frontman kicked off the holiday season by unleashing Celestial, a solo album of Yuletide-themed originals and standards recast in full new wave of British heavy metal glory. Halford is by no means the first metal god to record a Christmas album. Still, he makes a valiant effort to create something original with a record filled with equal parts good cheer and British Steel. Continue reading »

Oct 082019
 
dragonforce my heart will go on

Celine Dion’s Oscar-winning ballad from Titanic has been reinterpreted by headbangers near and far – pretty much wherever there are long-haired dudes with guitars. A quick Google search on “Heavy Metal Covers My Heart Will Go On” yields many results. The latest to give the track the metal treatment is DragonForce, who included it as the closing track on the new album Extreme Power Metal. Continue reading »

Sep 272019
 
zac brown band shoofly pie

The Zac Brown Band has always had a penchant for singing about food. The group’s best-known track is “Chicken Fried.” The song uses the words “chicken fried” as a refrain alongside edibles and potables associated with country music, such as “sweet tea, pecan pie, and homemade wine.” Continue reading »