Disturbed Cover Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion”

Most Genesis fans who dig Peter Gabriel’s epic prog numbers from the ’70s gave up on the band when Phil Collins took center stage. But not me. I like the sprawling early numbers, some singles from We Can’t Dance, and a ton of the shit in between. So you can imagine I was dubious when I discovered the new Disturbed CD on my desk contained a cover of one of my favorite Genesis songs. I was fully prepared to hate a metal remake of “Land Of Confusion,” but Disturbed’s take is no less melodic and remains faithful to the tune’s perfect construction. Even singer Dave Draiman’s guttural breaths before the chorus don’t bother me. He was born to growl this piece of ’80s pop, and the message is still relevant to boot. Allmusic.com calls the cover “ill-advised.” I couldn’t disagree more. I listened to it three times on the subway this morning.

Disturbed – “Land Of Confusion” (MP3 Link Expired)

Now I could explain why you should own Invisible Touch, but instead I’ll take a page from the movie American Psycho, ’cause it’s more poetic…


INT. BATEMAN’S APARTMENT – NIGHT

BATEMAN
Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins, and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress.

Bateman starts to undress.

BATEMAN
In terms of lyrical craftsmanship and sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don’t you dance a little?

Sabrina dances awkwardly. Christie sits on the bed.

BATEMAN
Take the lyrics to “Land of Confusion.” In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problem of abusive political authority.

Bateman knots a silk scarf around Christie’s neck – rather menacingly – then helps her into some suede gloves.

BATEMAN
“In Too Deep” is the most moving pop song of the 1980s about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I’ve heard in rock.

He turns on the video camera.

BATEMAN
Christie, get down on your knees, so Sabrina can see your asshole.


Here’s an extended version of the original. If I took the time to master Acid Pro, I’d grab a few of those instrumental measures and find something to mash it with.

Genesis – “Land Of Confusion (12 Inch Remix)” (MP3 Link Expired)

I’d encourage Disturbed to release a music video featuring Spitting Image puppets, but I don’t think their faces are well-known enough for it to be effective. Or are they? It’s the #1 album in the country this week (sorry Paul Wall). Now whose got their cover of Tears for Fears’ “Shout”?