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Puddle of Mudd Cover Neil Young, AC/DC, Stones on New Album

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Post-grunge guys Puddle of Mudd are paying respect to their earliest influences with an album of cover songs, titled ‘re:(disc)overed.’ The album, set to drop Aug. 2, has Wes Scantlin and the crew putting their spin on AC/DC’s ‘TNT,’ Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ and Led Zeppelin’s ‘D’yer M’ker,’ to name a few.

When the guys first went to record the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate,’ the plan was to craft an album of all originals, but the feel just wasn’t there.

“Since we started we’ve been non-stop — make a record, go on tour, then right into rehearsals and the next record, then back on tour…,” guitarist Paul Phillip told Billboard.com. “We were really burned out, and when we started trying to write again it just wasn’t time yet. We had been doing (AC/DC’s) ‘TNT’ and (the Steve Miller Band’s) ‘The Joker’ and had so much fun with those that one thing led to another, and we decided to make a covers record. It was just something fun to do, and we had a blast.”

Puddle of Mudd’s rendition of the Rolling Stones’ classic chart-topper ‘Gimme Shelter’ is the first single from the (amazingly difficultly-named in terms of typing) ‘re:(disc)overed.’

Overall, Phillips said the band tried to stay true to the original songs: “…We really tried to keep them true to what they were, because they are great songs already, so who am I to go in and change a Rolling Stones song?” he said. “They’re not slavish copies; these songs do have a Puddle of Mudd flavor to them, but we didn’t go in and change parts just to make it sound more like us.”

Puddle of Mudd aren’t the only modern rockers influenced by the Rolling Stones. The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently announced their upcoming album is inspired by old Stones records.

Track list for Puddle of Mudd’s ‘re:(disc)overed’:

“Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones)
“Old Man” (Neil Young)
“TNT” (AC/DC)
“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
“The Joker” (Steve Miller Band)
“Everybody Wants You” (Billy Squier)
“Rocket Man” (Elton John)
“All Right Now” (Free)
“Shooting Star” (Bad Company)
“Funk 49” (James Gang)
“D’yer M’ker” (Led Zeppelin)

Watch Puddle of Mudd Cover AC/DC’s ‘TNT’

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