Steve and Remfry take a trip down memory lane this week and review an album that one of our hosts has already reviewed at the time of its release in the form of post-grunge no marks Puddle of Mudd's covers album, the confusingly titled, Re:(disc)overed, released on the 29th of August 2011.
It’s an album that could very much have flown under the radar for many people, what with Puddle of Mudd having suffered a serious drop in fortunes and commercial appeal after the mainstream dalliance they had with their 2001 album Come Clean. That record sold over 5 million copies worldwide, but a decade later the band were on something of a downward trajectory, so what better way to pump life into their career than to record a set of their versions of some of the most famous songs in the history of popular music. A good idea on paper, but quite how a band as rudimentary and lacking in quality as Puddle of Mudd thought that they were going to be capable of doing justice to classic songs by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Elton John’s ROCKET MAN is a confusing one. Still, they did it, and back on an early incarnation of the Metal Hammer podcast, Steve was given the record to review on a particularly stressful week, resulting in the album, the band, their fans and, more than anyone, frontman Wes Scantlin getting a verbal kicking of the highest order. Ten years on and it’s fair to say that Scantlin hasn’t had the best of decades, being arrested for everything from tax evasion, to drink driving, to riding airport luggage carousels to strapping bombs to his own cars, he even ruined About A Girl by Nirvana. The silly bastard. But, we have to ask, did he really deserve to be thrown at a wall as a baby…?