As you may or may not realize, today is May the 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day. Get it? May the 4th be with you, ho ho ho. But today is not just any Star Wars Day, this year is the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, which blew into theatres May 25th, 1977. So technically I'm celebrating a little early, but here are some Star Wars covers for ya.
No Doubt - The Imperial March (live)
From their Live at the Tragic Kingdom DVD.
Montefiori Cocktail - Theme From Star Wars (Spaghetti Western Version)
Lounge Brigade - Star Wars
With lyrics originally by Nick Winters.
Anchorhead - Shredisode IV
An epic 13-minute death metal medley of the first film. Quite brilliant, really.
Buckethead - Star Wars
Now if we could just get Star Wars covers by Motörhead, Radiohead, The Futureheads, The Lemonheads, and Propellerheads we'd be set.
Ash - Cantina Band (live at ILM)
The cool thing about this cover is that it was performed live at Industrial Light and Magic studios, the legendary visual effects company started by George Lucas. Given that they even have an album titled 1977, you can imagine the band members are big Star Wars fans. The sound quality is also fantastic, straight from the soundboards. If you're an Ash fan, take a gander at The Ash Files, a comprehensive resource of live recordings with many recordings (such as this one) provided by the band themselves. And if you're particularly vigilant, there are several covers to be had there such as Daydream Believer (The Monkees), Only in Dreams (Weezer), I Only Want to Be With You (Dusty Springfield), and more...
Evil Genius Orchestra - The Asteroid Field Meco - The Asteroid Field/Finale
Here are lounge and disco covers of The Asteroid Field, probably one of my favourite pieces of soundtrack music. I don't particularly remember hearing it when I saw The Empire Strikes Back the first time. Though I do remember first noticing it while at a friend's house playing Shadows of the Empire on the N64 and thinking "Isn't this the theme from Batman?" during the sweeping climax of the song (honestly, there are some vague similarities!). A couple years later I was at a relative's house in Toronto and they had a remastered CD of the Empire soundtrack. For some reason I just latched onto The Asteroid Field and listened to it repeatedly that summer through giant earmuff headphones while lying on their floor.