It’s no secret that Google is ubiquitous, and probably as powerful as any company in the world. What is still something of a secret is Google Play’s Uncovered Sessions. In this series, which currently focuses on The Clash, Corey Taylor does a stripped down version of the punk classic, “London Calling,” further cementing his legacy as one of the most versatile singers in rock today. It’s hard to think of another singer that could front a 9-piece, mask-wearing metal ensemble (Slipknot), one of the leading hard rock bands of this generation (Stone Sour), and perform acoustic songs as if he were playing to a coffee shop audience, without ever giving the sense that he is out of his element.
Anyone who is a fan of Taylor and The Clash may not be surprised by the song choice. The guitar introduction to Stone Sour’s hit song, “Do Me A Favor,” off of their most recent release House Of Gold & Bones – Part 2, sounds like it was inspired by “London Calling,” which coincidentally, also happened to be featured on a rare studio double album.
Taylor masterfully captures the spirit of The Clash’s angst over political events while making the song his own, the key element in making a truly great cover version of a song. If you’re a fan of Stone Sour’s “Through Glass,” you will definitely be a fan of Taylor’s take on “London Calling.”
That Metal Show: Season 12 – Episode 2 (Corey Taylor & Josh Rand)