Bands risk a certain amount of critique when covering another band’s work, especially when the cover is cross-genre. Oh, and on top of that, make it a song that everyone on the face of the planet has heard a million times before. Enter: Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.

Metalsucks has posted an exclusive download of Danza’s cover of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit“. Here’s what vocalist Jessie Freeland had to say:

“Soooo, basically we were just getting bored and wanted to post a song. We can’t post any of the new stuff at this time so we decided, what the hell, let’s do a cover. The first thing that jumped into our heads was ‘Teen Spirit.’ There’s nothing special about the song to us – we basically just wanted to see if we could pull it off. So, with a little help from Jack Daniels we got it done and here it is.”

Jessie Freeland (via Metalsucks)

The cover, for the musical part, is faithful to the original. Unlike other metal covers out there, they didn’t throw in a breakdown or chugging riffs (thank God). Vocally, however, you sure can hear the Jack Daniels influence. The chorus is awesome though, as typical Danza style shines through with Jessie screaming the lyrics. The whole cover is a job well done in our book.

Honestly, some of you will hate it. The song’s drunken vocal style is sort of a piss-take on Cobain’s mumbled delivery. But Mitch pretty much summed it up for me:

Mitch says:
people commented saying “TURRBLE” and I’m like “Have you ever listened to Nirvana?”


So go and listen, and don’t take it too seriously. It’s fun times.

– JR

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