“Raining Blood” – Slayer vs. Tori Amos

Here’s two great versions of the same song …

The first is the original speed/death metal classic by Slayer from their 1986 “Reign in Blood” album:

The second is a more subdued, but no less creepy cover by Tori Amos, from her terrific 2001 album “Strange Little Girls”:

Look, I love me some Slayer … but I have to give the edge to Ms. Amos.

“No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” – The Beastie Boys

From the Beastie Boys’ debut “Licensed to Ill,” this is the track (even more so than “Fight for your Right”) that sucked me into the world of the Beasties back in 1986.  The title is a shout-out to Motorhead’s classic “No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith” live LP.  The positively sick lead guitar is by Kerry King of Slayer (which becomes prominent when the gorilla starts his solo in the video).  This album is in my all-time Top 20 … and as much as I admired the avant-garde direction the Beasties went later in their career (especially 1989’s “Paul’s Boutique), this is the one I never hesitate to listen to.