Puddle of Mudd – “Re:(Disc)overed”

Puddle of Mudd
(Goomba Music)

Allegedly named after the Missouri River flood of ’93, this post grunge band having been going it solo for close to 20 years. Prior to working on a new album in 2012, the band have released “Re:(Disc)overed”, an album of no less than 13 classic rock covers – yes, covers! What motivated this? Well, according to guitarist Paul Phillips ‘….I think we needed something like this because it was a no pressure situation. We just wanted to do something for fun in the studio. We had a great time, and I think it was the right thing to do…’ although don’t think that the project was, as main man Wes Scantlin would say, ‘..easy peasy..’. Indeed. The problem with covers, especially with heavy weight numbers like the Rolling Stones ‘Gimme Shelter’, Bad Company’s ‘Shooting Star’ and even Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’, is that if you’re a respected band, you don’t just do a cover, you do a GOOD cover! By and large, Puddle of Mudd have done a fine job, drafting in the hammond and harmonies on The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and Scantlin doing a fine job in the vocal dept on Clapton’s ‘Cocaine’ and Free’s ‘All Right Now’. Perhaps their most remarkable feat is pulling off Zepp’s reggae ‘D’yer Mak’er’! If I hadta be super critical then it’s on ‘TNT’ where Bon once again fools ’em and not even Scantlin can nail the twisted wailings of AC/DC’s original vocalist. But maybe that’s not Puddle of Mudd’s fault, as it seems that the covers they excel in coincidentally fall closest to their rock realm?

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