(Sub) Engine Room Recordings will continue thier covers compilation series with Guilt By Association Vol. 3, which will be released on November 15, 2011.
The Guilt By Association concept is easy, Engine Room asks artists to cover songs that one could call a guilty pleasure, but the catch is we all love these songs guilt free! Past volumes included tracks by Devendra Banhart, Will Oldham, Superchunk, My Brightest Diamond, Matt Pond PA, and Frightened Rabbit covering artists such as Mariah Carey, Ace of Base and Destiny's Child.
On Guilt By Association Volume 3, Engine Room has gone one step further and added a theme within the theme. For this newest installment, all of the songs had to be plucked from everyone's favorite genre, 80's hair metal. Vol. 3 features Helmet covering Loudness, Mike Viola tackling Ratt, Madison Square Gardeners doing Poison, Canon Logic taking on Cinderella and Bird of Youth covering Skid Row.
Notes from the bands:
Mike Viola covers Ratt's "Round And Round"
"I never listened to the words to 'Round And Round' before
until I had to cover it for Guilt By Association. I used to LOVE that song
.now I think it's just this incredible artifact, an anthropological fragment of a time before I cared about what the singer was saying. Matter of fact, the confusion made it all the more better
Kurt Cobain knew this on Bleach and Nevermind
I love those records
I love 'Round and Round'"
Aimee Echo of theSTART covers Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart"
"When I was a youngster I was smuggled into the drive in theater locked in the trunk of a friends car while she was blasting Shout at the Devil at full volume. I have never been the same. Motley Crue is forever in my heart!"
Django Haskins from The Old Ceremony covers Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again"
"I had a 45 of Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" as a kid, but until we were asked to cover an 80's hair metal song, I'd buried the memory of it deep in my brain. Now it's back, zombie-like in a dub-meets-Leonard Cohen version, complete with lead banjo solo. I don't know if we'll ever be the same"
Jez Ashurst from Farrah covers Europe's "The Final Countdown"
"The Final Countdown" is a classic pop tune, and with any classic, it's virtually impossible to better the original, so our challenge was to reinvent the song; to lose the pomp and try (and possibly fail) to imbue it with some mystery and even, dare I say it, dignity! Breaking down the song, it was difficult to do anything that didn't involve bloated vocals and cheesy keyboards, so we made it sound a bit melancholy. It doesn't necessarily sound like a Farrah track, but neither does it sound like Europe (or Eurovision). Farrah has no guilt in loving this song. We hope you like our version."
Jeremy Coleman of Murder Mystery covers Def Leppard's "Photograph"
"GBA gives bands like us the unique opportunity to take a song that so many people associate with a cheesy genre and highlight the things about it that we can musically relate to and appreciate. When you remove the ripped jeans, teased hair and exposed chests of Def Leppard from "Photograph" what you're left with is just a great song. And that's what's great about GBA, it lets bands say "this is a great song" and then gives them the studio time to prove it."
GBA3 Track Listing:
01. Canon Logic - Don't Know What You've Got (Till It's Gone)
02. Gold Lake - Seventeen
03. Madison Square Gardeners - Nothing But A Good Time
04. theSTART - Kickstart My Heart
05. Helmet - Crazy Nights
06. Mike Viola - Round And Round
07. Elk City - Heavy Metal Love
08. Malibu Shark Attack! - You Give Love A Bad Name
09. Common Rotation - We're Not Gonna Take It
10. Bird of Youth - I Remember You
11. Murder Mystery - Photograph
12. My Cousin, The Emperor - More Than Words
13. The Old Ceremony - Here I Go Again
14. Farrah - The Final Countdown
Free Mp3 Download Of "Don't Know What You've Got (Till It's Gone)" here