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29 July 2011 @ 08:04 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #124: Daredevil Squadron "Little Lion Man" (Mumford & Sons cover)  
How many cover versions exist on you tube? Sometimes it seems as if you’re navigating a dog park after afternoon walking time when trying to find the actual artist version of what you’re looking for. Many of these covers are respectable, but there are so many that are terrible. I don’t even bother anymore and try to avoid them like the plague.

I even avoided this cover for a long time, despite knowing of a few of the band members from another band. I just didn’t want to hear it. I dug the Mumford & Sons record and really loved their duet with Ray Davies last year on British TV (which VEVO has blocked from the U.S. – so here’s a different audience shot version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJOliU6z4cQ). It’s not as if this is some person in their living room doing a cover version like so many on you tube, this is a talented rock/metal band, but still I just didn’t want to hear a cover version of “Little Lion Man” – there’s only so much time in the day, so much music and this wasn’t something I really needed to do.

But I kept running across it and finally decided to click it one day a month or so ago. There’s something about a great guitar line, driving drums, and a rockin’ vocal that just gets your blood moving! The duel guitar harmonies and chugging guitar work in the verses pushing the song forward with impactful drum work…t’s infectious.

Daredevil Squadron "Little Lion Man"

[watch for the f-bomb in the chorus if there are sensitive ears around]

“But it was not your fault but mine,
And it was your heart on the line,
I really f@$*ed it up this time,
Didn’t I my dear?”

There’s something about the guitars and the drums, a ripping guitar solo, and the ‘viking’ mid-section “ahhhhhh, ahhhhhhh” part that leads to a great vocal break before it goes back into the chorus. The layered harmony vocals near the end – all great stuff!

Turn it up to 11 and enjoy!

The Mumford & Sons original

More Daredevil Squadron:

The Recording of Little Lion Man
Out of the Sun
Chronicles of Sorrow, Part 1: An Eternity of Forgetfulness