Last year we were pleasantly surprised by Eli Paperboy Reed's album of Merle Haggard covers. The neo-soul long timer taking on classic country songs didn't sound like it would work, but Reed pulled it off expertly. Imagine our surprise when we saw that Reed had released a cover of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." A soul version of a (if not the) legendary metal/punk song really shouldn't work, but this is great. Sure, there's the novelty factor of a soul version of a classic metal song at work here, but it's impossible not to enjoy Reed's version of "Ace of Spades" purely as a great song. This is a ton of fun, and a surprise must listen.
Eli Paperboy Reed says of his cover:
“‘The Ace of Spades’ basically happened by accident. My guitar player at the time started playing the iconic riff at a soundcheck and I, having never heard the original, started playing along. The band fell in and the arrangement wrote itself.”
You can listen to Eli Paperboy Reed's take on "Ace of Spades" below. Hits and Misses: The Singles, comprised of songs formerly only available as 45 rpm singles at live shows, is due out October 20 on Yep Roc Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Eli Paperboy Reed, check out the artist's website.