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'Bad Company' vs. 'Bad Company' 

I love the Five Finger Death Punch cover of "Bad Company." That is all.

And here's the original. Both are badass, yes?

Reader Comments (9)

I'm with Allyson on this one. Five Finger Death Punchs version is awesome and I prefer it. Not that the original isn't good but I'd pick the former for its energy.

On the side, after listening tot he original for the first time in a while I'm the intro keeps screaming to me the song Thunderhead by W.A.S.P. remember that intro? Really similar sound ing instrument wise.

Someone else notice this or am I just crazy?
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
never heard that version and I LOVE IT. The original is great too
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
I have a few of my Guitar Students that are learning the Five Finger Death Punch version. They never heard of the original version with Bad Company. I prefer the original as that is what I grew up on listening to.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Sorry.... Bad Company by Bad Company... Enough said.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGNR
Original Bad Co.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSleaze Rocker
the FFDP version is not bad, but come on! the original blows it away. paul Rodgers' voice is just dripping with soul. the vocals on the FFDP version are flat by comparison, but it's still a good version.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
They do it justice, but I too gota go with the original.Much like Roy, I also grew up to that version....
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
While I do like the FFDP version, there is no comparison. The original version is a classic. Original "Bad Company" all the way.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
I bought the Five Finger Death Punch cover of Bad Company's theme song in November 2009 when it was released as a track on their album, "War Is The Answer".

The 5 Finger version was one of the first 70's Classic Rock Standards covers I have ever purchased one could consider "Nu Metal", as I titled the iTunes playlist I put it on.

I flip new Metalized covers of old school Metal or Classic Hard Rock hits on this playlist whenever they pop up on my radar. This keeps things interesting as it breaks up the list from getting too monotonous with too many current original Nu Metal trax.

Interestlingly, 5 Finger's cover of the Bad Company classic signature song was released a full 36 years, to the month, after the original. "Bad Company" first debuted in November 1973 and 5 Finger's came out in November 2009!

It's proof that something truly classic is timeless and will always ROCK through generations. This, IMHO, is 5 Finger's best song and it has nothing to do with nostalgia. It has to do with songwriting.

Yet, Paul Roger's soaring, more natural voice and octave range, as well as Mick Ralph's fatter E-Chords in the original are certainly a factor when weighing it's superiority over 5 Finger's version.

So, toe to toe, the classic original is the best, hands down. However, as with every decent cover, 5 Finger's is an interesting take on a classic and, in this case, works on my iTunes playlist devoted to Nu Metal, where nothing released before 2006 gets on, except Buckcherry's "Lit Up" from 1999, the song that singlehandedly saved Glam Metal.

Incidently, later, I also threw Buckcherry's "Highway Star" on my Nu Metal list when Al posted it as they released it as a single after recording it for Nascar's TV Intro. It's an excellent cover of the Deep Purple classic from one of THE greatest and totally groundbreaking Metal albums of all time, 1972's "Machine Head".

Another interesting thing to note... Say what you want about iTunes, but if it wasn't for my purchase of some other stuff on there back in 2009, chances are I would never have even heard of Five Finger Death Punch until now.

When I made a purchase of Buckcherry or whatever the h*ll it was at the time, up came Five Finger Death Punch, automatically, as a recommendation on the iTunes Store. As I perused the album track list, lo and behold, there it was, their cover of Bad Company's "Bad Company".

Hat's off to Al for posting the video now -- a video I'd never seen previously -- as the world is currently in so much turmoil including 2 1/2 wars, making us reflect on our men and women of the military and the unconditional sacrifice they make in the name of freedom.

p.s. Covers are hotter than ever. To wit: "Uncovered", Stryper's latest album. "Uncovered" in UNBELIEVABLE! Thanks for bringing it to our attention, and before it's release, too, Al! I bought it the moment it came out on iTunes and will probably buy the album, too, I'm so nuts over it. Go figure, I'm probably gonna miss 'em, barring winning the lotto, when they play the Crazy Donkey on Long Island, May 30th. Hopefully, they'll come back in July after their European Tour to play more dates in The States, tho I see nothing scheduled on their website, unfortunately.
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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