"Jailhouse Rock (Live)," Motley Crue. From the album Girls, Girls, Girls (1987). I must admit that Girls, Girls, Girls hasn't held up as well over time as some of Crue's other records, but I still enjoy this messy, bashing cover of Jailhouse Rock. It's not a perfect cover, but it's the perfect cover for Motley Crue.
"Winners Take All," Quiet Riot. From the album Condition Critical (1984). Quiet Riot was my first favorite band. I'm sure at that age, I considered this a deep and heartfelt ballad. From the perspective of 30 years or so, it's very melodramatic and a wee bit silly, but that chorus is still pretty infectious.
"Alone in the Dark," Testament. From the album The Legacy (1987). Hands down my favorite track from Testament's debut album, "Alone in the Dark" features some very cool exotic lead guitar work. I think what I like about it is that there's sort of a fantasy sound to it, if that makes any sense. It also reminds me a bit of early Savatage, which is always a good thing.
"Anarchy in the UK," Megadeth. From the album So Far, So Good, So What? (1988). Johnny Rotten's objections to this cover aside, I think of all the many covers of "Anarchy" I've heard over the years, Megadeth's thrash take is my favorite.
"Suicidal Failure," Suicidal Tendencies. From the album Suicidal Tendencies (1983). One of only a couple of tunes on Suicidal's debut that wasn't delivered at breakneck pace, it's always been one of my favorites. I also appreciated the black humor of it, and at several points have felt a kinship with the poor bastard in the song, who can't even get that right.
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