All Sorts of Wrong

And yet, if you are of an age, also terrifyingly right:

Seriously, these dudes have got to be high all the time to do stuff like this.

93 Comments on “All Sorts of Wrong”

  1. OMG! How do you take something I LOVE (Metallica) and something I dislike (Journey) to make something so unbelievably AWESOME!

    \m/ Rock on John! \m/


    PS First post! Hot grits!

  2. Wait, what’s that ripping sound?

    Oh, right: that’s the very fabric of space and time tearing under the weight of all that awesome.

  3. lol.. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry…
    At first I was thinking, ok… an awesome remake of Metallica’s Sandman… then it went into Journey..

    aaaaahhhhh!!! what?

  4. Go to the site and listen to the rest of the album, it’s scary good….I’m afraid I’m going to have to buy it…

  5. TSTC Publishing – Established in 2004 as the publishing arm of the Texas State Technical College System, TSTC Publishing is a leading provider of high-end technical instructional materials and related information to institutions of higher education and private industry.
    Mark Long

    verging perilously close to being as cool as Pat Boone’s big band heavy metal cover album.

  6. That is one of the coolest things I’ve seen so far this year… I’d love to see someone do that with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

  7. Um, No! That’s an earworm I didn’t need. Stopped before I was infected, I hope…

  8. johnklima – John Klima is the editor of the Hugo Award-winning magazine Electric Velocipede. He maintains a secret identity as a librarian.
    John Klima

    Holy crap. That’s terrifying and awesome at the same time. And, yes they came from the sea…



    Came from the sea?

    Dude, they are SO Cthulhu!

  9. Wow. That’s pretty cool… along the same lines, there’s Beatallica (just google it), although this has a higher production value.

  10. Gotta say, the guy’s vocal range (and possibility to switch between voices so quickly) is really impressive.

  11. Oh, god, is that Rob Paulsen from the Animaniacs?! Thought he looked familiar. Awesome. That being said, while the mashup is seamless, I was hoping more for a blending of the two than switching back and forth.

  12. #23, John, you’re killing me.

  13. Wow, k, thanks for that.
    I watched this, went and took my Business Law test… Do you know how difficult it is to concentrate on things like stare decisis when that particular mental image and a Journey song is on a loop in your head??
    Fun times.

  14. Didn’t I see them opening for the Scorpions in ’87?

    Seriously, whether you liked Journey or not, Steve Perry had a pretty amazing vocal range, and this guy NAILS it. No mean feat.

  15. They are absolutely awesome! Each track sets you up for one tune only to hit you with another. I have to agree, Dreaming of a Whole Lotta Breakfast was sweet.

  16. Here’s a list of their discography:

    Don’t Stop The Sandman (Journey & Metallica); We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody (Queen & Motley Crue); Crazy Girl (Ozzy Osbourne & Rick Springfield); Voices In The Jungle (Guns N Roses & Til Tuesday); Here Comes The Fool You Wanted (Eurythmics, Cinderella & Bon Jovi); Shook Me Like A Prayer (AC/DC & Madonna); Straight To Rock City (Kiss & Paula Abdul); Prayin’ For A Sweet Weekend (Loverboy, Guns N Roses & Bon Jovi); Heaven And Heaven (Bryan Adams & Warrant); Breakin’ The Love (Judas Priest & 10CC); I Love Sugar On Me (Def Leppard & Joan Jett); Round And Separated (Ratt & Journey); Dreaming Of A Whole Lotta Breakfast (Aerosmith, Supertramp & Led Zeppelin).

  17. Lysana – Awfully eclectic for a Celtic Reconstructionist. Or is that the other way around? I've been around the blogosphere before, but I'm reverting to a pseudonym to keep the family peace. Said pseud is my Second Life name. I might still blog that now and again, too. Just because.
    Blue Raven




  18. They’ll be doing a show on Apr. 30 in Elgin, IL , epicenter of the Illinois earthquake a few days ago.


    I think not….

  19. Damn you, Xopher! Had to wiki “quodlibet”, and found out that it is Latin (loosely translated) for “Whatever”. I could not stop after that.

    And now, all I can say is, these are NOT quodlibets. No no. There are three major categories of quodlibet, and the “simultaneous quodlibet”, while cited as a legitimate precursor to this form, is not the same.

    These are examples of the genre known as “mashups”. Also: Mash ups, mash-ups, smashups, smash-ups…and a whole lotta other things that I can’t remember anymore because my brain has been quodlibetted.


  20. I think Krusty the Klown said it best when he said “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!?!?”

    But you know what? That was AMAZING. That’s what that was!

  21. Holy hell on a hat-rack.

    I am the right age to totally freak out listening to this (I love Journey, and Steve Perry, and do not care who knows it). Not only am I going to buy the CD, I have linked to their site on FB.

    How do I tell these guys they absolutely have to come tour in Seattle??

  22. Mmmm…head esplody doubleplusgoodness!

    I’ve slapped down my virtual Visa card and bought the album.

    John- I don’t know where you find stuff like this, but please find some more.

  23. OMFG! I laughed so hard, I cried! It delves into so many levels of wrongness and awesomeness simultaneously, I am utterly floored.

  24. bonniegrrl – Los Angeles, CA – Author of the books: Art of Abominable, Live or Die: Survival Hacks, Crafting With Feminism, The Star Wars Craft Book, Girls Against Girls, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars and more! Writes for CNET. Previously at Lucasfilm.

    my ears! they bleed! make it stop!

  25. “Enter Sandman” changed my life when I first heard it. This obviously dates me (either as too old or too young) but there you have it. It was a straight line from there to all of the types of harder rock music that I enjoy so much.

    Hearing it paired up with that other song literally (and yes, I mean literally) made me double over in disgust and pain.

  26. Sounds like a fairly pedestrian cover of Journey with a clumsy transition (and, umm, the key change is somewhere between grating and funny, admittedly) to the main riff from “Enter Sandman”. Plays a bit like cashing in, I hope it works out well for them.

  27. patcadigan – North London – Science fiction, fantasy, horror writer, three-time winner of the Locus Award, twice winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award; also winner of the Hugo Award and Japan’s Seiun Award. Recovering American living in North London with her husband, the Original Chris Fowler, their cat, Gentleman Jynx, Coolest Black Cat In London, and making terminal cancer her b!tch.
    Pat Cadigan

    Does anyone else remember Big Daddy, the doo-wop band supposedly stranded somewhere for thirty years, who returned and made doo-wop versions of songs like Rick James “SuperFreak”? Or was I hallucinating? (Possible.)

    Big Daddy actually performed the music themselves, however, rather than mashing it up.

    Hayseed Dixie, who do bluegrass versions of ACDC and other heavy metal acts, also perform their own music.

    This was fun; I love a good mash-up. Wouldn’t mind hearing an actual heavy-metal arrangement, though. But then, I’ve got heavy metal version of several classical pieces stuck in my head. Not stuck as in cant-stop-hearing but stuck as in don’t-know-enough-about-music-to-execute.

  28. luisaperkins – I write speculative fiction, specifically contemporary dark-ish fantasy. I've been married for nearly 20 years to Patrick, an absolute prince of a man. We live with our six lovely children and an insane cat in New York's Hudson Highlands. My passions include reading, gardening, knitting, cooking, eating, and musicking.
    Luisa Perkins

    Beyond brilliant. I am purchasing this epic awesomeness.

  29. Pat Cadigan – you aren’t hallucinating about Big Daddy – their cover story was they were a 60s doo-wop group lost behind the Iron Curtain for 20 years, so they did 80s songs with 60s arrangements. They did a cover of “Eye of the Tiger” with a doo-wop arrangement that got some national play, and the “Super Freak” cover was done with an Everly Brothers ballad arrangement.

  30. Dude, WHERE do you find this stuff???
    I am in awe.
    Completely in awe.

    I think my favorite so far is We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody.

  31. Oh dear gods…I think I’ll buy this and make the others here in the barracks wonder if I’ve finally gone over the deep end. Epic Win. I salute you.

  32. While this is very entertaining, I have to ask a question: is it medically possible for an entire band to not only have Multiple Personality Disorder, but to express the same personality at the same time? Seriously: the concept sounds like the plot of a bad Star Trek episode. Especially considering that, just like watching a bad Star Trek episode, I positively rolled in the wrongness of it with my tongue hanging out of my mouth.

  33. The funny thing is, I both LOVE Journey (despite being too young), and was of the right age for Metallica (which is in Apple’s spell check, by the way). I was first introduced to Enter Sandman (I missed most of Metallica, it was friends who liked it, but I was there!) when I heard Mariano Rivera used this as his song. And Rivera is the only Yankee I like. You have to respect that guy. Basically, somebody who opposing teams feel pressure to get ahead before he shows up because it is assumed the game is over when he enters earns my respect, regardless of who he plays for.

  34. And, I have to say, hearing this song made me realize how great the riff is on it.

    (Sorry, but I got excited and submitted the comment too early, before I finished my thought. *Sigh*)

  35. This band is so damned awesome I’m actually delurking to say it.

    Kudos, Mr. Scalzi, sir. You never fail to delight.

  36. As a musician and sometime toker I can confirm that this is absolutely the sort of thing musicians come up with while high.

    On the other hand, there’s no way you could manage the hard graft required to make it work while high.

    I recommend a notepad and/or dictaphone for those lazy, mellow evenings, and large heaps of patience and thoughtfulness for the day after, when you dig through your stupid, messy, near-incomprehensible scrawlings and mutterings for that golden idea you’re sure you had at some point.

  37. ¡ Sweet jesus! My guitar teacher plays in a cool group of versions of Metallica, you’ve traumatized by the video, John, lol . Greetings from Spain! (Praise all the Google translator for his knowledge and wisdom)

  38. John, thanks for posting our video and setting off these amazing responses. We are overwhelmed by how the fans have embraced Reimaginator and can’t wait to get on the road and play live. Thank you!

  39. Jess Harnell:

    You’re welcome; glad to get people interested. And I’m enjoying my own copy of Reimaginator quite a bit!

    Also, thanks for teaching my daughter the names of the states and their capitols. She can still sing that song by heart.

  40. I received my CD yesterday, and was able to play it all the way through at work today. What fun!

    It drew enough attention that there may be another 2 or 3 sales coming up!

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