23 April 2017

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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
It's a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
Where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange facts!
It has a new home here on DreamWidth where all previous entries have been imported, corrected, and updated.
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So... that Thor: Ragnarok trailer, right?! Easily made that the single superhero movie for which I'm most excited this year (which says something considering I loved the first Guardians WAY more than the previous Thor films!) And while I may feel essentially the same as Jimmy Urine (of Mindless Self Indulgence, who has a role IN Guardians of the Galaxy V2) when it comes to the band whose music is on the Thor trailer, without a doubt that song was used to great effect for all the imagery it invokes. That isn't, however, the first time it's been used as part of soundtrack, in its original or covered form:

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross w/ Karen O - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)

Led Zeppelin kicked off a six-stop European tour on June 22, 1970, the first of their shows in Reykjavík, Iceland. Immediately inspired by the visit they wrote a track paralleling their experience to tales of Norse mythology, Viking voyages, and conquest. They debuted Immigrant Song in Bath on the second stop of the tour, just six days after the first. Immigrant Song was then included on their next studio album, Led Zeppelin III released in October that year, followed by its single release a month later.
The song has been covered at least four dozen times since; some of those covers by Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Incubus, Informatik and Red Flag. It's also been included on a variety of TV shows, documentaries, and films. Two noteworthy films featuring the track include the 2003 comedy School Of Rock and the 1998 sci-fi action Soldier (starring Kurt Russel who plays Ego in GotG-V2)

Filmmaker David Fincher, having previously worked with Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack for The Social Network, called on them again to do the soundtrack for his American remake of the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film was based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor (English translation: Men Who Hate Women.)
Their soundtrack is primarily instrumental with the exception of the cover of Bryan Ferry's Is Your Love Strong Enough? (by the Reznor/Ross side project How To Destroy Angels) and the cover of Immigrant Song, done in collaboration with Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
In several interviews Reznor admits that the idea of an "aggressive version" of the track with Karen O "wailing over it" was Fincher's. He didn't know why at first but came to understand how Fincher intended to juxtapose the song's lyrics against the character of Lisbeth to add some meaning in the opening of the film. Reznor, who likes Zeppelin, Karen O, and the song, was concerned he would open himself "up for criticism and failure" and wasn't sure what he could do "to give it justice." Trusting in Fincher's vision, he said they "wound up with something that I think works really well in a situation that wouldn't have been where my instinct would have led."

Karen O claimed complete ignorance of Led Zeppelin before being asked to do the vocals. She has been quoted as saying that the reason she "could muster up whatever it took to actually cover" the song was because she "didn’t have any reverence for the track as I didn’t really know it." She's also said she poured a lot of her own personal torment into the recording, which she found to be "primal" and "liberating."

"Primal" certainly describes this rendition with its appropriately thunderous industrial interpretations on the original instrumentation. Ride on to Valhalla with this dragon-spawned ragnarok'n'roll!:

The Cover:

The Original:

Another interesting bit of trivia tying the films together: Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård played Martin Vanger in this version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and, though he is not slated to appear in Ragnarok, he played Erik Selvig in the previous Thor, Thor: The Dark World and both Avengers films.

Next week:
Marks the entry before SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies celebrates its Two Year Anniversary with another Fifth Sunday A La Mode; this time a downtempo dark triphop cover of Depeche Mode out of Poland and it's SO good!

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At the time of this posting I'll be spinning next on Friday in Western Mass. If you can, join me! Details can be found on my schedule along with whatever's next. ^_^

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Previous DisCOVERies

Apr 16- Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse)
Apr 09 - PreCog - Pepper (Butthole Surfers)
Apr 02 - Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)
Mar 26 - nTTx - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Mar 19 - The Prodigy - Fuel My Fire (L7)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies


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