Peter Steele might also be remembered for having posed for Playgirl magazine, but that’s for another time and another publication.
Hello and happy Monday my fellow kilSters!! Hasn’t it felt like it’s been forever since we’ve gotten together? Well, it has. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and I’m back with a BANG! So let’s get right into it, shall we? For today’s edition of Got You Cover’d, we travel back in time again. It’s 1993 and Gothic Metal was never so prominent than when the late, great Peter Steele of the band Type O Negative opened his vocal chords to sing. Back in 1993, Type O Negative released their album, Bloody Kisses. Lest we forget my fellow kilSters, Type O Negative was a Brooklyn based band that made good and it was with their cover version of Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze” that they’ll forever be remembered by (well, Peter Steele might also be remembered for having posed for Playgirl magazine, but that’s for another time and another publication.)
Type O Negative revisits that same beach, except now there are floating body parts in the ocean water and dry land is equal parts sand and the blackest seaweed ever known to man.
Type O Negative took this classic song from 1972 and breathed a whole, new, dark life into it. Have you heard the original? It’s fine. It’s the type of song you would listen to on a deserted beach with a few dozen Mai Tai’s at your disposal and you just happen to have Seal & Crofts’ version of “Summer Breeze” playing on your boombox (remember those?) When one is listening to Type O Negative’s version of the song, Type O Negative revisits that same beach, except now there are floating body parts in the ocean water and dry land is equal parts sand and the blackest seaweed ever known to man.
All of Type O Negative’s cover songs always had that little bit of dark element to them. It made sense. Do you remember Peter Steele’s voice? It couldn’t be helped. Fuck it, right? That’s what was so great about Peter Steele and Type O Negative. The band’s sound mixed with Peter’s vocals instantly made everything nice and bloody dark. The happiest of songs stood no chance against the band. “Summer Breeze” is no exception and I picked this Type O cover above all others because it was the first Type O Negative song that I ever heard and I still think it’s the best cover of theirs. Peter Steele died of heart failure at the tender age of forty-eight in 2010. Peter Steele, we miss you and love you, you might be gone, but your voice will permeate our eardrums forever. Enough of my jibber jabber. Type O Negative. “Summer Breeze“. Enjoy. You can pick up Type O Negative’s 1993 album, Bloody Kisses, right here.