Big Curve Music Group’s The Big Cover-Up is Gargantuan
You’ve got to have big balls to do what Big Curve Music Group’s done on its latest release, a compilation album of a slew of artists entitled The Big Cover-Up.
Literally, that is.
“Big Balls” (performed by Dingleberry Dynasty) is one of 10 cover songs of rock records originally conceived of during the mid to late 20th century featured on this project. Sometimes, the ambition of the artists in rendering the songs of others is extremely high, as is the case when Landis Harry Larry runs through Starship’s “We Built This City”.
Mind you, this is a liberal cover of the original. The tempo is super fast and, except for the words during the hook, the tune itself bears little resemblance to the classic rock and roll record that enjoyed major airplay in the 1980’s in public arenas.
Nonetheless, you’ve got to give it up to Larry for keeping your attention with a fun, tongue-in-cheek style of vocals in which he switches voices and melodies every two bars during the verses. The compilation plays up this song for all its worth, including releasing it as a single and video.
51 Peg’s cover of Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without A Face” is a terrific example of what sort of effect breathing life into the classics can produce on contemporary recordings. Everything about this track is smooth, especially the bass, although the drums (parts of which are played live, others of which are programmed in such a way that the former complements the latter and vice versa) are notable in this respect as well.
Still, there’s no toping the guitar, which is tubed or animated with some sort of effect that grants it a distinctive character that’s likely the most notable instrument on an opus replete with stellar instrumentation. Plus, the band switches things up by raging with abandon on the aforesaid instruments for a bar before kicking back with more modern electronic style ones for the next bar during the intro, which certainly counterbalances the traditional approach to rock with the more updated version.
But, back to those balls. If you’ve never heard the original AC/DC cut (or even if you have), you’re in for a treat listening to the braggadocio (and bravado) about the inflated hubris of a lead singer known only as Dixie Cup. It’s clear he’s not taking himself too seriously on the mic, which makes for a compelling performance that may have you singing along—if not feeling the same way—about your own prowess.