by (@McBeardo)

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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The Top 18 Heavy Metal + Hard Rock Cover Songs Of The Modern Era

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By Doc Coyle

I love cover bands. I can’t help it. We’re supposed to look down on the bar band in the corner banging out “Don’t Stop Believin” or “Livin’ On A Prayer” for the zillionth time. But, I am helpless to their charms when they are really good, like the seasoned pros in New Orleans and Nashville or Steel Panther when they do their cover show in Hollywood. I have my own damn cover band I like them so much.
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by (@McBeardo)

Tube Amplifiers: The Top Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Covers Of TV Theme Songs

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Born in the 1950s via Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan and Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the bond between television and rock-and-roll has been unbreakable since the earliest days of each medium’s very first revolutions in art, technology, and stirring up teenage trouble.

Proper rock TV theme songs didn’t really become a standard practice until the 1960s by way of hits like The Monkees, The Mod Squad, and perhaps the most inspiring of them all, Batman. However, with the ascent of hard rock, heavy metal, and punk in the ’70s, bands took to not only regularly wailing tunes in praise of their favorite boob tube entertainment, they often bashed out covers of TV theme songs. It’s a rich tradition that blazes on to this day.

Here now, are our picks for the 20 greatest hard-and-heavy rock revamps of classic TV themes.

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by (@shakeyourbeauty)

I’ll Wear What He’s Wearing: 10 Ways That Marilyn Manson Inspired Lady Gaga

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When it comes to Lady Gaga‘s style, she seems like a true original. Hooded leotards, Kermit dresses, the meat frock thing — she was born that way. Right? No. One of Gaga’s most important inspirations might surprise you: Sir Marilyn Manson. The shock rocker’s debut album Portrait of an American Family turns 20 years old today, and it got us thinking about all of the artists it has influenced, from hardcore acts to Mother Monster herself.

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Pretty Boys? Rock Stars in Truly Insane Makeup

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With schlock rock pioneers, Kiss, going on a forty-city tour this summer (a grueling schedule for aging Baby Boomers; hope they’re bringing Ben-Gay) — we realized that the band was celebrating a huge milestone in 2014. Forty years of wearing truly psychotic makeup. Sure, they weren’t the first to do it – – that title goes to that weasly-genius Alice Cooper — but the fact that they were four big, brawny New York dudes made up to look like clown demons was super-memorable. And they took it so seriously! Each member was painted in the style of a different character: Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), Space Ace (Ace Frehley) and Catman (Peter Criss). Totally bonkers, but seventh grade boys adored their freaky looks. Next up? A slew of bands hit stages looking like ghouls crossed with drag queens.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Is She Really Going Out With Him? 20 Not-So-Hot Rock Stars With Outrageously Hot Girlfriends

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Guys date outside their league all the time, and our girlfriend would totally agree (rimshot). Perhaps this is simply because women are, generally speaking, much more emotionally intelligent dudes, and less apt to base a romantic partnership around something as superficial as looks. Ladies are drawn to more important  qualities like inner beauty of the soul…but in some cases, being an internationally renowned rock star helps a bit, too!

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Must See TV: The 10 Most Unexpected Rock Star Sitcom Cameos In TV History

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Rock stars are invading the small screen! We aren’t sure what’s in the air, but lately some legendary musicians have been popping up on prime-time TV shows. Just last week we were blown away when Prince appeared as a guest star on The New Girl (apparently he’s a huge fan), and now we’ve got news that Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy is set for a stint on Parks & Rec. This got us thinking about other times when worlds collided and our favorite music makers turned up on our favorite sitcoms. Sometimes it was pretty weird, but it always made for GREAT television. Read on for more!   Read more…

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15 Unlikely Metal Covers You Wouldn’t Expect To Rock (But Totally Do)!

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Many a musician has cut their teeth on cover songs over the years, and heavy metal and hard rock bands are no exception. From the ubiquitous blues covers of first generation hard rockers like Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie to such thrash metallers as Metallica and Slayer picking the perfect punk tune to show off their underground cred. However, occasionally a song from a very unlikely source, outside of the rock spectrum, works its way into a band’s repertoire. Who would think that one of Judas Priest’s greatest heavy metal moments would be a cover of a song by ‘60s folkie Joan Baez or that Marilyn Manson’s breakthrough hit would be a cover of the ‘80s synth-pop classic “Sweet Dreams” originally by Eurythmics? Here are 15 unlikely covers by some of hard rock and metal’s best bands that you wouldn’t expect to rock but totally do.

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