(Apologies for post title of Victorian-Era natural science paper length; think: A Selection of Thoughts on Pre-Cambrian Rock Formations Found Heretofore in the Patagonian Plateau on my Journeys To-Day.)

Beatallica is a band that sounds like Metallica if they were instead the Beatles. Remember the alternate-universe mega-hits ‘Hey Dude’, ‘Garage Dayz Nite’ (sic) and ‘Blackened in the USSR’?  I know I do.

Beatallica – All You Need is Blood

Hayseed Dixie began life as bluegrass incarnation of AC/DC. Who doesn’t have a copy of their seminal album ‘A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC‘ in their collection? The liner notes explain all:

“From the fertile valley of Deer Lick Holler, deep in the heart of Appalachia, comes a sound that is old yet new. In an area completely isolated from outside cultural and musical influence, this band of acoustic musicians grew up playing the traditional music of their forefathers. Then, as fate would have it, one crisp fall afternoon, a stranger passed through the holler. Well, he almost made it through. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for appreciators of great music worldwide, the stranger crashed his car into a stately old oak tree at Devil’s Elbow Curve. Sadly, the stranger expired, but his legacy lives on. For under the back seat of his car, the boys found some old black vinyl records as they went through his belongings looking for identification. All they had to listen to them on was an old Edison Victrola that only played at 78 R.P.M., but the boys all agreed it was some mighty fine country music. So, in memory of the stranger who had perished the boys set about learning these songs . . . “

Hayseed Dixie – Highway to Hell
(I couldn’t find an official video from their AC/DC era. Sadface.)

The Easy Star All-Stars first album whisks us away to the shores of Jamaica, where we can all recall what it must have sounded like when Pink Floyd recorded their album Dark Dub Side of the Moon. Insert your own marijuana joke here.

Easy Star All-Stars – Time
(Again, official video fail.)