2007-09-07 12:31:47 UTC
I just discovered Johnny Cash's version of Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage".
OMG, it totally slayed me. I love how it starts with just acoustic
guitar. Like a simple country blues. When the overdriven electric and
drums kick in, it's amazing. Country and Grunge, and it works.
I'm a big fan of Chris Cornell, and love his vocals on the original.
But Cash's gruff baritone serves the song really well. The sparse
arrangement actually highlights the lyrics, which are oddly poetic.
I love it when someone gets inside a song, and totally makes it their
own. I haven't heard such a great reworking of a song since Hendrix's
"All Along the Watchtower".