The Cardigans‘ cover of Black Sabbath‘s “Iron Man” is another example of what I truly love about cover songs…when the artist doing the covering transforms the song to the point that it is not even recognizable or has been changed around to fit an entirely different musical genre. In the case of this version of “Iron Man” The Cardigans do their very best Portishead impression to make the dark rock anthem something a bit less heavy and foreboding but still cool.
The Cardigans – Iron Man
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What’s It About?
A troubled teen moves across country from the suburbs of Connecticut to the mean streets of some unnamed slum in Los Angeles Valley. Immediately upon his arrival he draws the ire of the local gang leader and develops an attraction with the gang leaders girlfriend that leads to a series of run-ins with the gang and a final battle that only one will walk away from.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Critics) / 86% (Audience)
Directed By: Josh Trank
Written By: Max Landis and Josh Trank
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis: Three high school students make an incredible discovery that gives them all telekinetic abilities. Their powers bring them closer together in the beginning but before long one of the friends gives in to his darker impulses and events careen out of control.
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. – IMDB
Die Antwoord is a South African hip-hop trio (there is a DJ to go along with the photogenic twosome in the picture) with a pretty singular style and sound about them. “I Fink U Freeky” is their newest song and it has grown on me like a malicious tumor. The video for the song also may be the greatest thing to ever appear on YouTube this side of the Spirit of Truth.
Die Antwoord – I Fink U Freeky
Synopsis: The third season of the STARZ network’s sword and sandals series about gladiator slaves rebelling against their Roman masters. This season sees a recasting of the main character and a move away from gladiator training to a full on slave rebellion.
My Take: The first thought I had upon seeing Liam McIntyre (stepping into the late Andy Whitfield’s shoes as the titular character) was that he looked kinda tall. That notion was born out upon seeing his first encounter with Manu Bennett’s Crixus where McIntyre seemed to be half a head taller than him. One of the things that always stood out about Andy Whitfield in this role was that he was almost always guaranteed to be smaller than all the other gladiators he was in scenes with (except for Crixus) and when he would eventually triumph over them it made the feat that much more impressive.
I love R&B music. I was raised in a household where it was played all the time and the music of the 70s and 80s really holds a special place in my heart. As I have grown older I find myself looking back to those times and noticing that some truly great music was released back then that came and went with very little fanfare and even less recognition. To that end I have decided to share some of the R&B music that I think deserves to be heard and appreciated.
Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1979!