Two excellent covers of Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic"

I don't like listening to other bands doing Aerosmith covers. There's this weird feeling... like... that shouldn't be. I can't really explain it, but it's there and it creeps me out to hear Aerosmith songs butchered on different talent shows. Excruciating!

Having said that, I two covers of the 1975 track "Toys in the Attich" that are very good. So I decided to share them with you, if you haven't heard them already.

First up is R.E.M.'s version from "Dead Letter Office" (1987). The track itself seems to have been recorded in early 1986, according to the "Dead Letter Office" booklet:

Listo to R.E.M. - "Toys in the Attic":

I like R.E.M. and Michael Stipe's unique voice, but I find the song lacking... energy. Maybe because I like the next cover better. It's Stephen Pearcy of Ratt and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns and I found it on "Hair Metal In Covers", a 3 disc compilation of covers. Check it out:

This sounds pretty awesome, I gotta say. What's not so cool is Spotify's credits for the track:

I'm pretty sure there are other such jewels in the music archives of the world. It's all about finding them needles in the haystack :)

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