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Leather, Denim, & Skinny Ties: The Top 10 Heavy Metal Covers of Classic New Wave Songs

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While danceable, punk-rooted new wave music came to (temporarily) dominate rock at the end of the 1970s and into the dawn of the ’80s, heavy metal simultaneously experienced its own similar rebirth, reimagining, and renaissance. The two paths crossed most noticeably at the time over in the UK, where a new form of “heavy metal played with punk attitude” was dubbed the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).

In that case, however, the “New Wave” descriptor was meant to suggest fresh ideas and bold leaps forward more than it might suggest any kind of direct musical connection shared by Devo, Gary Numan, and the Human League on one hand, and Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Witchfinder General on the other.

Still, new wave and metal have, in fact, directly merged by way of cover versions of art-pop hits being covered by hard-and-heavy artists who happen to unabashed fans. Here now are our picks for the Top 10 heavy metal covers of classic new wave songs.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Sneak Peek This Week’s ‘That Metal Show’ With Billy Corgan, Chris Jericho, Max Cavalera + Rich Ward

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This Saturday That Metal Show is comin’ atcha on VH1 Classic, so get ready to crank the volume. See what happens when the boys catch up with Billy Corgan, Chris Jericho of Fozzy, Max Cavalera of Soulfly and Rich Ward.

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The Decibel Tour Kicks Off In LA With At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, + Vallenfyre

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-By Doc Coyle

I have a love/hate relationship with Decibel Magazine. In their early days, they afforded God Forbid, my ex-band, one of our first and only magazine cover stories. Since then, Decibel found their niche, and their direction crystalized to focus on the crusty, dank world of the extreme underground. In the 10 plus years since their inception, my tastes have diverged over ground, and I would often quizzically look at their Top 40 albums of a particular year not knowing half the bands, feeling it was maybe caked with pretense informed by the Hipster-ization of the Metal world. (My ignorance may have been mostly to blame). With that said, I have always respected their stance and recognize their stature as the preeminent authority on Grindcore, Noise, Sludge, Doom, Black Metal, Death Metal, Stoner Rock, Post Metal, and everything in between. The line-up for this year’s tour was perfectly curated to reflect the magazine’s taste with At The Gates, Pallbearer, and Vallenfyre all landing the top 10 of 2014’s Top 40 list and Converge topping 2012’s list.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Richie Sambora Allegedly Threatened To Kill His Girlfriend + ‘Bury’ Her In The Desert

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Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is under questioning for allegedly threatening to kill his long-time girlfriend, fashion designer Nikki Lund. The death threats came a day after the launch of her clothing line on March 18th, when the 55-year-old rock legend apparently told her he would “dig a hole in the desert and bury” her following a vicious telephone argument.

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Good Friday Rocks: The Top 10 Epic Rock Songs Featuring Jesus Christ

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From its incendiary onset in the 1950s, rock-and-roll has oft-times been disparaged as “the devil’s music.” Yet Christian rock has long run parallel to the more incendiary gen-pop variety. Elvis Presley’s 1957 gospel album Peace in the Valley, for example, provided an early bridge between age-old divine sounds and the Eisenhower-era’s diabolical new music revolution.

As with the central figure in those gospel songs, Elvis acquired a vast multitude of followers over whom he has exuded great influence. It seems inevitable, then, that those disciples of the King of Rock-and-Roll would, on occasion, cross musical paths with the King of Kings.

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Roll With the Changes: Ranking Rock’s Top 10 Replacement Lead Singers

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For most bands, the prospect of losing a lead singer seems catastrophic. The role is referred to as “frontman” for a reason: the main vocalist is the very voice and face of the entire group, putting his (or her) own personality out on the furthest edge of the stage, directly engaging audiences with self-created words and movements.

With that in mind, just try to imagine the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger, Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant, or the Who without Roger Daltrey. They would simply no longer be the Stones, Zep, or the Who. Other music outfits, however, have faced down the prospect of soldiering on after their lead singer departs. Some have actually emerged from the ashes bigger, bolder, and more popular than they’d been in their original incarnations. It’s a rare occurrence, but when it happens, rock history gets made.
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Vince Neil Can’t Sing The National Anthem, But He Sang It Anyway—And It’s Amazing

We’ve already offered you the most rockin’ versions of our beloved National Anthem, and now Vince Neil has made his own very special addition to the list. The Motley Crue singer recently made an appearance at a Las Vegas Outlaws football game, where he was tapped to salute the stars and stripes. Considering he’s part owner of the team, it probably seemed like a good idea, right? Ehhh, maybe not.

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April Fool’s Gold: Top 10 Classic Rock “Fool” Songs For April 1st

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The first 24 hours of the fourth month each year, popularly known as April Fool’s Day, is traditionally set aside for jokes, pranks, hoaxes, bunkum, and other comical trickery in which bafflement is turned into good humor by way of the post-punchline declaration, “April Fool!”

Rock-and-roll seems to take a more sober-minded approach to the concept of the “fool,” though. Classic rock songs that directly address “fools,” especially in the title, tend to have an air of warning, dismissal, outright mockery, and even anger. No fooling!

For this April Fool’s Day, take some time between crank calls and inflating Whoopee Cushions to check out our playlist of the Top 10 Classic Rock “Fool” songs.

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