Friday, July 22, 2011
Scary song of the week: Summer Breeze
Seriously, what could be scarier than the idea of a hard rock/goth band covering a Seals & Croft song? Yes, Type O Negative's "Summer Breeze" is the Scary Song of the Week.
R.I.P. Peter Steele.
I don't have a lot to say about this song in particular. I like it. It captures the Type O sound but is still accessible to the non-fan (at least the album version from "Bloody Kisses," anyway. An extended version with altered lyrics isn't exactly friendly.)
And Type O Negative were an interesting band. They were harder than the run-of-the-mill goth bands from the 1990s, more appealing to fans of heavy metal. Of course, some metal fans hated them. I remember one concert goer who was interviewed on the band's "After Dark" documentary saying he was there to see Pantera. He didn't have very nice things to say about Type O Negative. I experienced this phenomena myself when I saw Type O in Salt Lake City with Coal Chamber. I like Coal Chamber, but I was there for Type O Negative. (That show did introduce me to Full Devil Jacket, a band that should have been more famous than they ended up being. I bought their albums and a T-shirt, so it's not my fault.)
We were talking about Type O Negative ...
It's been hot, as summer tends to be. I spent a good portion of the last two days in a public swimming pool (which partly explains the lack of posts on Warning Signs over the last week. Sorry about that). A good summer breeze would be nice. That's what made me think about Type O Negative. My brain works this way. I realize it's not normal. Just go with it.
Type O Negative has done some other interesting covers. They slowed Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" down, messed with the Beatles and, almost as weird as covering Seals & Croft, did James Taylor's "Cinnamon Girl."
So now, if you never had the chance to see the giant of a man Peter Steele was live, you never will. There was probably a time when Steele would have liked it that way.