Acoustic Wednesday! After the storms of the new BRMC single on Fuckin Monday and some fresh riot-rock from Colombia on Nasty Tuesday we go today for something calmer. Today we pull out one of the best hidden acoustic covers, a little gem buried as B-single.
You will probably know the song: “The Number of the Beast” originally written by the founders of Heavy-Metal, Iron Maiden covered here in an amazing acoustic version by Zwan the super-group created by Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins in 2001 with members previously included in Slint, Tortoise, Chavez and a Perfect Circle. The acoustic cover was included as B-side of the first single “Honestly”.
The super-group lasted only one album (Mary of the Sea) and left us with a couple of nice songs that you will probably never find in any ranking of the 100 best songs of music history. The cover we share today is a bit apart from the full project and might be the only Zwan’s song to be remembered in the future, it’s THE Heavy-Metal anthem revisited only with acoustic guitars and Matt Sweeney singing on a very slow low tone gives the song a totally different dimension and atmosphere. The cover was featured on a great indie-rock movie: Spun whose soundtrack was directed by Billy Corgan which we might cover in the near future on Highly Recommended.
“I lived alone my mind was blank
I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind
What did I see? Could I believe?
That what I saw that night was real and not just fantasy
Just what I saw in my old dreams were they
reflections of my warped mind staring back at me?
‘Cause in my dreams it’s always there
the evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair”
Hey Hey, My My, satanic acoustic Wednesday won’t take our life!