Nightmare Of You’s Cheap Trick Cover Blows Columnist’s Mind
The updated version kicks off with Ryan Heil’s big, propulsive bass line – a 13-second mini-melody all on its own – then adds the chiming British guitars that have become a Nightmare hallmark. The chorus comes immediately, sung by multiple voices with adolescent breathiness. Beautiful! The chords are bittersweet rather than raw, giving the song an added emotional depth. Brandon Reilly’s vocals – passionate, nasty and heartbroken all at once – have never sounded so convincing. (Amazingly, the whole thing was recorded in one day in Seattle during a tour.) Add in Sammy Siegler’s Beatlesque drums and a crisp guitar solo from Joe McCaffrey and you’ve got the kind of pop masterpiece they just don’t make anymore.
I may not have much room to talk when it comes to waxing poetic about cover songs, so I’ll just ask that someone explain to me how any of this accurately describes the track in question, starting with “Beatlesque drumming.”
(Note: Guzman’s column was published in January, but for some reason appeared in my RSS feed last night. Newsday, intentionally or not, has made this cover “news to me”!)