We all know there is no middle ground with cover songs. They are either really good or REALLY BAD.
When the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm] covered [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Neil Young[/lastfm]‘s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” during their special Live at Koko in London for BBC Radio 1, we’d say the former would be true.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they have been one of the world’s most beloved bands for over twenty years now. They’ve sold 65 million records, won seven GRAMMY Awards, and sell out major arenas around the globe.
So no, this is not some no-name band trying to make it big on a reality TV show.
But even well known and established artists can ruin a perfectly wonderful song by trying to make it their own. Luckily, the RHCP took a straightforward approach when covering Neil.
RHCP cover “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”
“Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” was released on Young’s second studio album of the same name. The platinum-selling, folk rock record was Neil’s first with backing band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Crazy Horse[/lastfm].
Neil Young “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”
It’s good to see no matter how big some bands get, they remember the greats that influenced them. It would be fair to say the Godfather of Grunge would be pretty happy with the tribute as well.
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