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'Nobody's Fault' vs. 'Nobody's Fault'

When it comes to rock songs, I firmly believe "Nobody's Fault" by Aerosmith is the gold standard - bar none. Pay attention to the lyrics - the song is so relevant to the world we live in today, it's scary and amazing that the track was written three decades ago! "Nobody's Fault" has been covered by a slew of bands - most recently by Vince Neil on his new album Tattoos & Tequila. Problem is, I don't care for Vince's version much. Actually, I hate it. The guitar work is annoying and Vince sounds too processed. I do, however, love Testament's cover of "Nobody's Fault." In fact, I think it comes closest to rivaling the original for rock brilliance. Do you agree? Listen and weigh in below.

Vince Neil version

Testament version

The original version from Aerosmith Rocks

Reader Comments (13)

Love the Testament version....hate the Vince version. His vocals are way too nasally.
July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

There's only one version of this.

I honestly don't know why either of these bands even attempted it. It's untouchable. The whole album is, really, except I would have liked to have seen Ratt cover "Sick As A Dog"...

Too bad they couldn't process Vince's voice for M3. He was quite unintentionally funny when he kept trying to blame the fact that he can't sing his way out of a paper bag on "Technical Problems".

And I quote, "Sh*t keeps blowin' up, man!" as he looked off to the side to the soundboard guy while grabbing his earpiece and tapping his microphone like that was going to somehow make him sing better.

Testament is nothing more than Anthrax without the unibrow and shorts or the rap schtick, which makes them infinitesimally easier to swallow than Anthrax.

I actually think Vince's version is slightly more listenable because of the ever so slight Glam feel rather than Testament's Anthraxian approach which sounds a helluva lot more dated and not in a good way. Actually, both versions are garbage.

Testament is thrash-lite.

I should know...

I had the pleasure of totally ignoring their set one night at the Cat Club in NYC back in the day around the time this video was originally in rotation on Headbanger's Ball for like 5 minutes.

It's nobody's fault there is only one "Nobody's Fault"!

Some things should just never be covered just like there are some movies that shouldn't get remade.

p.s. Since both of these suck shouldn't they go over on Metalsucks?, hardyharhar....
July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Testament's is even better than Aerosmith's ( as I heard Testament's 1st) and the video is just killer. They also do a great version of Draw The Line
July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTommy
The whole Vince Neil cover album just blows. I didn't watch Vince at M3, I had zero interest in seeing him without Crue, doing Crue covers. If he played solo songs, I'd have given it a shot.
July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
You said it Metalboy! 100%. There is no way any other version can touch Aerosmith's, in fact it's a pointless conversation. No cover version can ever possibly be as brilliant as the original because the brilliance was in creating the damn song in the first place!
July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Okay! Christian, Vince was actually pretty good for the first few songs. He did a killer version of Cheap Trick's "He's A Whore", which is also on the new disc.

Look, he's a sellout but his roots almost auto-prevent him from doing so completely, tho it was pretty annoying to see the ads for his tequila and wines on the sides of his banner.

One thing that would have blown you away, had you seen him, was Neil's drummer. Unfrickin' real, bro.

I thought it quite amusing when Klaus Meine had Neil come out to help him with vocal chores on "Another Piece of Meat". That was mainly because Klaus had a bad case of the flu and not just because Vince had covered the song on his new album.

But it was fascinating to watch and hear since their voices were both a tad shot though you'd never know it if Klaus hadn't remarked about it

So, both Rockstars singing terribly was really a case of the blind leeding the blind, or in this particular case, the deaf leading the deaf.

Mike, sometimes covers can top originals but rarely.

Try Sargent Fury's cover of "Maniac", the theme song from the movie "Flashdance"!

It just cracks me up when people like Tommy, God love him, come over here to talk up bands like Testament...

Testament frickin' suxx, Tommy! Bri, c'mon! Look, they blow! Testament so suxx! Okay, they don't suck quite as bad as Anthrax. Come on, boyz! To hell with Testament. No songs. No swagger. No talent. Trust me. I saw 'em, dangit! Snorefest!
July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Vince sounds like a rat singing while he's dying from the poison he's eating, and the Testament version really lacks the punk swaggger that the original has, and it's more bearable than Vinces....
The original has that "helter skelter" ish mantra to the groove that neither of these really addressed....and the only cover version of Helter Skelter that comes close was U2's version....
Covers are hard want to sound like yourself but you want to also honor the song....
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrob
Totally disagree MB. The New Order album by Testament is a great album, top to bottom. That being said, I've never really gotten "into" any other Testament album. That one is it for me....but the Nobody's Fault cover is that song that I heard that made me want to buy that album.
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Brian, check out Testament's latest album "The Formation of Damnation" - great stuff!
Thrash bands love doing covers, T's version of "Nobody's Fault" is good for sure, but I think my favorite is Flotsam & Jetsam's take on Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting".
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
There's only one version of this.

Couldn't have said it any better myself MB.
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Snoot - Totally forgot that I did buy that album. I have it in my car and it is GREAT! I stand correct. I have been compelled to buy two Testament albums and I love them both.....I should buy more.
July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Ah! At long last, a Council For The Cauldron has convened!


With ya on Flotsam & Jetsam's cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting". Got that CD it's on, original press and I've got that track on one of my playlists.

It's funny, you could almost lump these three bands together -- Flotsam & Jetsam, Testicle and Anhacks. Notice, I didn't misspell the first one. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because I actually like them and the other one's suck rotten green eggs and ham.

Seriously, Metal brethren, why do you insist on praising mediocre haxx, Testacement? Snoringly boring, my fellow Metal Fiends!

Brian, honestly, I don't know why in hell you guys even come on this site? Do you actually like Glam Metal? Or do you just listen to this Shred Lite Stuff like Testabore and Antfarm?
Hey, a band that smokes all of 'em including Flotsam, I'm afraid, is Overkill.

Now, thoze characterz blow all the otherz away and they do it with pizzazz and swagger. And talk about covers, check out their version of the Dead Boys song "Sonic Reducer".

That my friends, is METAL with a capital "M"!

Funnier still is the fact that right now while we are duking it out over theez clownz on Bring Back Glam, where this conversation duzn't really even belong (tho I'm sure Al would disagree, because she seems to have a tolerance policy for all that is Metal, I guess accept maybe Grindcore -- is that even Metal? No matter, I bet she would defend it...), she and others are duking it out over Glam Metal Clownz on the Metal Sucks web site, in a strange reversal of Rock roles.

Testament is testament for all that is wrong in "Hair Metal". Totally and talentlessly BORING. I know it's debatable if we should even classify it as such but they do have hair and it is Metal. I would classify them as slightly better than Anthrax (more talentless borefest "Metal" material), whatever the hell that is, cuz I don't even classify it as Music.

I classify it as noise created by jerks from the five boroughs with nothing better to do than strap on Ibanezes, wear shorts, black Reebok Pumps, leap around the stage, overly long semi-mullets flailing, looking like Cher-wigged orangatangs in the Monkey House at the Brooklyn Zoo and comb their unibrowz with one of those tiny little combs Grandma (who also has an unibrow) gave 'em in their Christmas stocking after they shaved their heads.

Flotsam & Jetsam and Overkill, on the other hand? Classy Thrash or Shred Metal... What is this genre of Metal these guys fall under, anyway?... I always call it "Legit Metal" because all of these bands seem to be appreciated by a Legion of Metalheads who do not appreciate bands such as Poison and Ratt, viewing these latter examples as Poseurs.

No, one of the qualities of bands you boyz herald as "legit" is a general unwritten rule (usually not realized by their disciples), that their stuff must be hookless, lickless and riffless!

Sorry, but I like me Metal catchy, hookful, lickful and rifful!

Yeah, obviously I'm pretty much the flip side of that "Metal Appreciation Quotient", liking the bands in the opposite order.

So why don't you boyz head back home to Blabbermouth or wherever it is you come from. Testament blowz but I'll give ya Flotsam & Jetsam and Overkill.

Me, I'm headin' over to to defend that what is worth defending during the trashing we're taking on Bring Back Glam Week over there.

One last thought: Look, it's all Hair Metal, but it's not "all good", sorry boyz, cuz I know you want to have your cake and eat it too.

It may all go to 11, it's just some of it (i.e Testacle and Aunthax) requires listening while wearing those industrial strength orange ear muffs commonly found on airport runways everywhere.

One thing for sure, if those guys weren't wearing those ear muffs while parking aircraft, what they would be listening to would sound a helluva lot better than Testament!

Give me Poison or give me Death (just not Death Metal!)...
July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I have bought a Firewind album b/c of Gus, and they do an awesome cover of Maniac. Testament's last album was killer, as others have said. Before that, they were not great IMO, but Electric Crown has hands down the best metal guitar solo I've ever heard, and is a cool song.
July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

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