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Title: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 11, 2009, 02:35:53 PM
I figured we could have a thread to link us to videos of bands performing covers of U2's songs. Good or bad.  :D

Here's The Pet Shop Boys doing "Streets". I like this cover, but I'm sure not everyone agrees with me.  :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCSjWyvZIjI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCSjWyvZIjI)
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: thehype88 on October 11, 2009, 03:02:05 PM
Flyleaf doing Stay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGPoXqySYyI

Elbow doing Running to stand still
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CROUAE9bhp8

Colin Munroe(whoever that is) doing Bloody Sunday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vu4JIdLsBE

Some kid doing Zooropa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_TGvCGVU3M
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 11, 2009, 07:00:47 PM
flyleaf doing Stay sounds vomit-inducing!

update: tried to listen, jeezis ****** kreist, that was beyond horrible!  :o  :'(

anyway, here's Fear Factory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq29rnvOCBQ

and Cher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGAClNDmFPk

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: thehype88 on October 11, 2009, 07:50:36 PM
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flyleaf doing Stay sounds vomit-inducing!

update: tried to listen, jeezis ****** kreist, that was beyond horrible!  :o  :'(

anyway, here's Fear Factory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq29rnvOCBQ

and Cher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGAClNDmFPk

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these weren't much better lol
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 11, 2009, 08:05:33 PM
Sepultura covering Bullet The Blue Sky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASArtPbjP4s

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: beau99 on October 11, 2009, 08:37:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWMRCKs2wXA

There's P.O.D. doing "Bullet".

They also have an album version of it. Decent, though some lyrics are changed to make it more "Christian", even though it already kinda was...
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 11, 2009, 10:01:05 PM
Hikaru Utada's cover of With or without you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxK6Lf0YjWQ

...I only discovered her work a week or so ago; it's still hard to imagine that voice coming out of her.

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: U2alwaysforever on October 11, 2009, 10:40:56 PM
Goo goo dolls - All I Want is You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt3-WSbLjTk

Chris Daughtry - Sunday Blood Sunday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tISkmsWNgi0

Collective Soul - I Will Follow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s4Ry8hG2Yk

>by the way I love the wowy cover by the Japanese girl, amazing.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: beau99 on October 11, 2009, 10:58:47 PM
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>by the way I love the wowy cover by the Japanese girl, amazing.

Japanese-American, actually :)

She's more famous in Japan, but she's a native New Yorker and her native language is English.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Discotheque Girl on October 12, 2009, 05:43:15 AM
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Goo goo dolls - All I Want is You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt3-WSbLjTk

This cover is actually good.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Joe G (Love You Like Mad Magazine) on October 12, 2009, 03:52:07 PM
I don't have a link, but the We Will Follow tribute album has a couple of good ones IMO


Razed in Black's NIN meets DM version of "Pride"

Tiffany (yes, her) w Front 242 "New Years Day"


And Dead or Alive does a killer version of "Even Better than the Real Thing"
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 12, 2009, 04:21:54 PM
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And Dead or Alive does a killer version of "Even Better than the Real Thing"

They do!  8)

Elvis Costello performing Please: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAgY7UFl6wk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAgY7UFl6wk)

Keane doing With Or Without You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i32BUDTiDmU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i32BUDTiDmU)
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 12, 2009, 04:28:28 PM
Oh! Here's Live doing a live performance of Running To Stand Still: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCCgCez5yiw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCCgCez5yiw)
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 12, 2009, 05:29:27 PM
Cassandra Wilson's ultradark version of Love is Blindness; I believe that's the late, great Chris Whitley on guitar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wte_dhH9mTw

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Northern Soul on October 12, 2009, 06:20:14 PM
Smashing Pumpkins - Stay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sq3D039JCY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sq3D039JCY)
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: ElJayVee on October 12, 2009, 06:43:04 PM
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Flyleaf doing Stay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGPoXqySYyI

Elbow doing Running to stand still
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CROUAE9bhp8

Colin Munroe(whoever that is) doing Bloody Sundayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vu4JIdLsBE

Some kid doing Zooropa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_TGvCGVU3M

Colin Munroe is Canadian - I'd never heard of him before I saw his video on MuchMoreMusic.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: beau99 on October 12, 2009, 11:14:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHkFhsvqp5M

Flyleaf and Richard Patrick doing "Pride".
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: JSab on October 16, 2009, 12:43:55 AM
Hahahaha just adding my biast opinion:

I watched all the videos here, and I dont like any of them :P some butchered the U2 songs, others simply werent very good.

Probably that English/Japanese girl did the best cover :)


Its hard not to be so critical, seeing as I love U2 too much XD

Johnny Cash's cover of One is awesome though
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on October 17, 2009, 04:48:48 PM
I dont know if it was mentioned on this thread or not but I saw on the forum a few months ago, a cover of With or Without You by a few guys with orchestra instruments like a chello and violin I think.  It was amazing
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Joe G (Love You Like Mad Magazine) on October 17, 2009, 05:22:49 PM
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I dont know if it was mentioned on this thread or not but I saw on the forum a few months ago, a cover of With or Without You by a few guys with orchestra instruments like a chello and violin I think.  It was amazing

I think it's called "Strung Out on U2" and they have a series of CD's covering all kinds of artists.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 17, 2009, 09:37:55 PM
a great find by tacoisahotburrito that got posted in the wrong place. I'm bringin' it to ya, u betcha!

Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-Gathering lead singer) doing Drowning Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSClQJRK-74

 8)  8)  8)  8)

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: mattyk on October 18, 2009, 02:09:50 AM
That cover of Drowning Man is unbelievable. So, so good.

Here's the Man in Black's cover of One that was mentioned above. Just incredible (I think I actually listen to this more than the original [ducks and runs])...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQBrn6trEwI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQBrn6trEwI)
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: JSab on October 18, 2009, 02:46:46 AM
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That cover of Drowning Man is unbelievable. So, so good.

Here's the Man in Black's cover of One that was mentioned above. Just incredible (I think I actually listen to this more than the original [ducks and runs])...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQBrn6trEwI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQBrn6trEwI)


Yay :)

Nah its ok if you listen to it more, its a great cover. For me nothing beats the original
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 23, 2009, 10:55:59 PM
trollin' through the YouTube, found a No Doubt cover of Sweetest Thing that was so horrible I coukdn't bring myself to post it. Found this cover done by Sara Bareilles; I'm posting it instead.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk2N2PYgxcU&feature=related

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on October 24, 2009, 07:12:39 PM
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trollin' through the YouTube, found a No Doubt cover of Sweetest Thing that was so horrible I coukdn't bring myself to post it. Found this cover done by Sara Bareilles; I'm posting it instead.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk2N2PYgxcU&feature=related

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SARA BAREILLES!!!!  Im not ashamed to admit that this 18 year old guy loves Sara almost as much as U2...she was the first concert I've been to.  I bought a vinyl record of Little Voice, her CD, and got it signed by her!!  Oh man I was sooooo pumped.  Thanks for posting this, Sara is God Part II, aside from Bono
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on October 24, 2009, 07:15:16 PM
Here's Sara doing Still Havent Found...oh my god im in love <3!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TxMXGcaS8c&feature=related
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: mattyk on October 24, 2009, 09:32:24 PM
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Here's Sara doing Still Havent Found...oh my god im in love <3!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TxMXGcaS8c&feature=related

Wow! Seriously wow!
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: StrongGirl on October 24, 2009, 09:39:51 PM
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Here's Sara doing Still Havent Found...oh my god im in love <3!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TxMXGcaS8c&feature=related

Wow!!!! This is a phenomenal cover by Sara!
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: mattyk on October 24, 2009, 09:54:39 PM
...as a short aside - after listening to that cover of ISHFWILF, I had a quick scan through youtube for other stuff by this girl (who I hadn't heard of till now!) - here's an absolutely awesome cover of Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock Of The Bay":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcslPIE0ysE&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcslPIE0ysE&feature=related)

Okay, normal programming will resume now!
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on October 24, 2009, 11:02:43 PM
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Here's Sara doing Still Havent Found...oh my god im in love <3!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TxMXGcaS8c&feature=related

Wow! Seriously wow!

I love Sara, thats all I can say.  Her voice is angelic
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: superape on October 28, 2009, 10:43:33 AM
I was looking for a good place to put this video I just found.  I wasn't aware any full clips from this concert had been released.  Here's Alicia Keys and Kathllen Battle doing Miss Sarajevo (Vertigo tour version) for Bono in 2007:

http://www.vimeo.com/4750363

Truly beautiful.

Here's more info:
http://www.u2gigs.com/show1524.html
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: noelle510 on October 28, 2009, 09:01:07 PM
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a great find by tacoisahotburrito that got posted in the wrong place. I'm bringin' it to ya, u betcha!

Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-Gathering lead singer) doing Drowning Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSClQJRK-74

 8)  8)  8)  8)

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Anneke is great! Lovely.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: An Cat Dubh on October 30, 2009, 12:22:41 AM
Pearl Jam - A Sort Of Homecomming (snippet)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqZElT02xSU&feature=related
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 30, 2009, 12:49:57 AM
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I was looking for a good place to put this video I just found.  I wasn't aware any full clips from this concert had been released.  Here's Alicia Keys and Kathllen Battle doing Miss Sarajevo (Vertigo tour version) for Bono in 2007:

http://www.vimeo.com/4750363

Truly beautiful.

Here's more info:
http://www.u2gigs.com/show1524.html

daaaaayyyyuuuummmmm

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on October 30, 2009, 12:03:41 PM
\m/ metal up, people! \m/

Axel Rudi Pell covering Beautiful Day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4Bu64waCg

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: shockdocta22 on October 31, 2009, 04:19:17 PM
Ok much more covers than i was expecting...

I looked on youtube quickly and the Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Paramore, and others did SBS...

U2's is so much better...
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on January 06, 2010, 04:58:44 PM
in case you never saw the link on the main page:

Kelly Clarkson - I still haven't found what I'm looking for   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHJ8mQq6oO8

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: JSab on January 06, 2010, 07:23:04 PM
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in case you never saw the link on the main page:

Kelly Clarkson - I still haven't found what I'm looking for   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHJ8mQq6oO8

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:) that was quite a decent cover - Clarkson can sing quite well, good on her
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: deco20 on January 25, 2010, 05:11:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AULz58GyEUI&feature=channel - One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHA_yKHqtvw&feature=channel - Running To Stand Still

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mikemassedotcom#p/u/0/r-FkvW9END0 - All I Want Is You



" It's f*cking incredible that these guy are playing in a Pizzeria.. and the Jonas brothers filling stadiums. "

Check them out, finest covers I have heard in a long time.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Aqua on January 25, 2010, 05:40:44 AM
Thank you Deco! I am watching One now.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Aqua on January 25, 2010, 05:45:18 AM
that was... phenomenal.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: deco20 on January 25, 2010, 06:39:03 AM
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that was... phenomenal.

lol Dont thank me.

These guys should be somewhere better than a pizzeria.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Aqua on January 25, 2010, 06:42:01 AM
Hell yes.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: dudette on January 25, 2010, 10:10:28 AM
One...
*dies*
THAT IS INCREDIBLE.
*murders Jonas Brothers*
These guys rock, like crazy.  :o ;D :D ;D
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on January 25, 2010, 10:16:36 AM
Vanessa Paradis's cover of 'One' :D
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on January 25, 2010, 10:35:18 AM
http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,8827.0.html

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: StrongGirl on January 25, 2010, 11:34:40 AM
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http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,8827.0.html

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I'll merge them into one thread under Best U2 Covers in General U2 Discussion section.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: deco20 on January 26, 2010, 03:03:02 AM
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I was looking for a good place to put this video I just found.  I wasn't aware any full clips from this concert had been released.  Here's Alicia Keys and Kathllen Battle doing Miss Sarajevo (Vertigo tour version) for Bono in 2007:

http://www.vimeo.com/4750363

Truly beautiful.

Here's more info:
http://www.u2gigs.com/show1524.html


WOW! Now I know what waterfalls, rainbows, snow and the summer breeze sound like if they were human.  :o
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: deco20 on January 26, 2010, 03:17:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0lnHw6GGX8 - Sixpence None The Richer - Love is Blindness

Such a pity that the best work out of Sixpence is not even written with them. Haunting version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukqhBvVrLes - Vanessa Carlton - Where The Streets Have No Name

This cover is absolute perfection. It sounds like clouds floating up and up.... Though it gets boring after about 20 listens   ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPs-t5ayPAM - John Legend - Pride(In the name of love)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXjIxMZqgQI - The Chimes - I Still Havent Found What I'm Looking For

Read somewhere that Bono said the cover above was the best.  ;D

There are quite alot of covers. Check out those by Kyle Knapp. Majority of the covers suck but there are some gems.

Can't wait for the U2 tribute concert, maybe in the next 30 years. After their deaths.  :D

U2 has influenced alot of the biggest and critical successes/bands.





Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: letitbe on January 26, 2010, 04:29:36 PM
Hands down the best U2 cover I'v heard on the net. Who is this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdFDJgombKY
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: aurabender on January 31, 2010, 12:47:09 AM
Mary J Blige and some unknown backup band doing One:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpDQJnI4OhU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpDQJnI4OhU)
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: mattyk on January 31, 2010, 03:19:22 AM
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Hands down the best U2 cover I'v heard on the net. Who is this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdFDJgombKY


Sounds like it's actually U2 - maybe the original version from the Zooropa sessions? Fookin' brilliant version!!
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: xtrmntr on January 31, 2010, 09:41:22 AM
I don't know if they're the best, but two of my favs are:

KMFDM - Mysterious Ways

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zybYuIh68XA

Saul Williams - Sunday Bloody Sunday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keqAQk1YuOs

Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on January 31, 2010, 09:45:09 AM
They're not an easy band to cover.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on May 02, 2010, 12:17:20 AM
 ;)

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on May 24, 2010, 12:11:39 PM
We Are The Fallen doing WOWY:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u24NXTBHLYU

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: jw on May 24, 2010, 03:54:27 PM
SIX

Okay, the thing to understand about SIX is they're an a cappella group.  But they don't just harmonize.  They also "sing" the actual music.  They sound like a band, but don't use any instruments.  I saw them this past weekend and they sang without or without you.  It was pretty remarkable what they did.

Beautiful Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrODbmQChXU&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrODbmQChXU&feature=related)

With or Without You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q57OLVRHJsw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q57OLVRHJsw)
(this one pretty much only shows one guy - you have to remember there's six guys and no instruments)



Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: Joe90usa on May 25, 2010, 02:01:14 AM
One Tree Hill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1XCpEJOpo&feature=related

Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: deco20 on May 25, 2010, 07:11:10 AM
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One Tree Hill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1XCpEJOpo&feature=related



Beat you to the punch, I did.

They're great arent they? For a fee, Mike will give you the tracks.
Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on May 14, 2011, 06:00:27 PM
*bump*

Brazilian guitar wizard Badi Assad covering "One":     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwRJT5E3cnE&feature=related

love the way she reharmonized it.

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Title: Re: The Best U2 Covers?
Post by: hurricane hugo on May 14, 2011, 06:02:34 PM
...and here's industrial legends Front Line Assembly teaming up with '80s pop star Tiffany on New Year's Day:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvnNmXnTYPo

 ;D

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