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On August 24, 2017, Taylor Swift unleashed "Look What You Made Me Do," the divisive first single from her forthcoming album, Reputation (out November 10 via Big Machine Records). Three days later, the music video arrived, and somewhat surprisingly, the cover versions did, too. In the age of YouTube & Spotify, there's a cottage industry for artists that have made names for themselves based on well-produced cover versions - not sound-alike knockoffs, but unique takes on popular music that have gained steam in recent years. What's incredible is the quick turnaround on these - not just learning someone else's song in a matter of days, but also deconstructing it, rebuilding it, recording it, getting the mixing/mastering done, and in some cases shooting a video for it all in under a week. For Swift's single, one of the most impressive versions arrived just a week later (August 31) via Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox, followed by the September 12 release of Our Last Night's rocked-up version. In just under two months, there have been dozens of covers that have arrived, and another great one hit this weekend via Frog Leap Studios and Leo Moracchioli. Check out five versions below of what may be 2017's most-covered new song, "Look What You Made Me Do."

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I've featured the metallic covers of Leo Moracchioli here on the site before, and with each one, I tend to feel that the Norwegian musician is a kindred spirit on the other side of the world. Aside from being a fellow "Rock Father" (he has a daughter as well), his musical inclinations tend to head in a similar direction, with frequent metallic covers of songs that run the gamut from pop to soundtracks and beyond. His latest really hits home as it's a song that I've actually covered myself - Danny Elfman's iconic theme to The Simpsons. The Frog Leap Studios version is admittedly much better than my own Saturday Action Theatre edition (from the 2004 Remakes & Sequels EP), but I'm including both for your listening enjoyment below along with Green Day's 2007 punk version and Powerglove's 2010 metal take!

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is more than ripe for a remake at this point, right? Alright, maybe some things are just best left untouched - but a classic show with such a classic theme song just stays with us, and Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro will never escape the powerful force that is Bel-Air. While said theme has been covered many times over, I always appreciate a good cover, and when it comes from Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios, it's essentially guaranteed to be good... and metallic. Check out this rockin' version of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song" below!

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The National Association of Music Merchants is best-known for their annual January trade show, one that most people simply refer to as "NAMM." Over the years, the annual gathering of musical instrument and gearmakers to meet with retailers has become a music industry reunion of sorts. The show has expanded into a place where your favorite artists will likely be signing, legendary after parties and concerts will rock the Anaheim area, all while promoting the latest in gear for the year to come. For 2017, perhaps the best video I've seen to come out of the NAMM show comes from one of my favorite cover artists on YouTube - Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios. He's a fellow "Rock Father" (check out his version of "Let it Go" from FROZEN, or Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"), and for NAMM 2017 he made the trek to California from his home in Norway for a collaboration with some of the best guitarists on YouTube. Check out their version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."

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As a noted "Cover Song Enthusiast," I like to feature some creative covers here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine from time to time, along with in my curated Spotify Playlists - with COVERED now spanning Three Volumes (I, II, III). The past few years and the rise of YouTube have brought forth a number of "Cover Stars" as well, sort of picking up the torch from bands like ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES and absolutely running with it. One such artist is Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios in Norway, someone you've likely seen since his videos go viral with increasing frequency (he's a fellow "Rock Father," too). One of his more recent cuts is this cover of Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out," and I'm featuring it today.

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