It turns out there are a lot of cover versions of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil. We found 45 of the buggers and are listening to every one of them for the furtherment of humankind.
Catch up with versions 1 - 15 and find out why this woman is smashing into herself with spinning cubes.
While we were looking for images of on-fire beds we came across this.
It piqued our interest and sent us on a little digression which, with 30 versions of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil still to get through, we definitely didn't have time for.
Ralf Gyllenhammar, AKA Riff-Ralf, AKA Riff-Raffe, AKA Röjar-Ralf (true facts) recorded Bed on Fire in an attempt to represent Sweden in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Here he is performing the song on the Swedish version of that programme where randos sing songs and people vote for the one they want to go on Eurovision.
The song is literally about not being able to get to sleep and being a bit tired.
Early riser, duties calling
What a life, it’s so boring
I wanna snooze, oh no
Here it comes, that bloody morning
Now here is where things will get really interesting for a miniscule percentage of people who read this post and also used to watch MTV's Headbangers Ball in the mid-90s. Ralf used to be in metal band B-Thong (FKA Concrete Stuff, also true).
If you did watch MTV's Headbangers Ball in the mid-90s then you will definitely remember the song Schizophrenic Pavement by B-Thong.
You probably recorded it on that VHS tape you had full of stuff from MTV.
You probably had these things on that tape too.
The first person to correctly identify all of those videos will win no official Tha Knows merchandise.
So there you go. A bit of investigative journalism there to get us rolling, a lovely bit of nostalgia for about 2 people and some irrelevant, off-topic stuff for everybody else. Onwards!
16. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Liecus
If MTV's Headbangers Ball still existed in 2012 and people still recorded things off it onto VHS tapes then this is exactly the type of thing you'd record.
It would appear in between Nekrogoblikon and Alestorm and you'd probably go and make a brew every time it came on.
17. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Just4fun
Strong contenders for best album artwork, not only in this list but in the history of the world.
This live recording shares the production values of the artwork and the quality is consistently maintained over the course of the whole album with covers of Highway To Hell, Sweet Home Alabama and Enter Sandman.
We don't think this is the 90s Norwegian band Just 4 Fun who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mrs. Thompson.
It's probably not Just 4 Fun from Oregon who play Classic Country along with music from the 50s and 60s for your listening and dancing pleasure.
It might be Just 4 Fun but they appear to have a woman singing and it's definitely a man singing on Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil.
It could be these guys.
Basically we don't know.
18. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Heaven's Cry
Some Canadian prog metal. The rest of the album is all widdly guitars, pinch harmonics and "powerful vocals" but their version of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil is pretty standard but with slightly louder guitars. If you're going to stick a cover of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil on your prog metal album you might as well make it 10 minutes long and prog yourself senseless.
If you were recording this onto your MTV's Headbangers Ball VHS it would come after Die Krupps and before Nudeswirl. Heaven's Cry don't have any videos though so it would be like on The Chart Show when they just had to skip past a song even though it might have been number 1 in the Rock Chart.
19. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - ROST
Another Scandinavian covers band. We are treated to pub-standard covers of Highway To Hell, Gimme All Your Lovin' and Nothing Else Matters.
This is on the same label as the Just4Fun album. Wermland Records have a lot to answer for. We had a look through their catalogue to see if we could build up enough evidence for a trial at The Hague.
20. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Rock Boyz
Look at the actual total state of the album that this is on.
Rock for Tradies by Rock Boyz has got 40 (forty) Happy Shopper style covers on it including Californication, Tubthumping and Enter Sandman.
We're pathetic at DIY so we often employ the services of tradies and every time it's the same problem; they just don't like listening to the proper versions of songs. We can hear them shouting and swearing at their radios every time the proper version of Smash Mouth's Walkin' on the Sun comes on.
Thankfully Rock Boyz have stepped up to the plate and finally filled this gap in the market. It's a mystery to everyone why it's taken this long for somebody to do this as it's been such a widely known issue that frankly it was becoming pretty embarrassing. We were considering doing it ourselves in 2009 when we got the bathroom done.
21. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Adrenalin Rockers
Adrenalin Rockers have called this covers Album WORLDS BEST SKIING PLAYLIST. Among the 50 (fifty) tracks here, you can find slightly cheaper sounding versions of Highway To Hell, Sweet Home Alabama and Ace of Spades.
If you were to randomly stop a stranger in the street and ask them to tell you one fact about skiers they would tell you that like builders, skiers hate listening to the proper versions of songs.
22. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Hundred Years
Finnish prog metal from the mid-90s. It's rubbish but you'd have put it on your MTV's Headbangers Ball VHS. It would have come on after Benediction and before The Tea Party.
The Tea Party though. Reyt good.
23. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Anthem Party Band
More excellent artwork. 42 (forty-two) cheap sounding covers including La Bamba, Eye Of The Tiger and Papa Don't Preach.
To be honest it's getting difficult to tell these Happy Shopper versions apart and we're starting to suspect that it's all the same person running an elaborate tax avoidance scam. Judging by the silly voices used on all these Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil covers we're pretty sure it's Professor Green.
In hell, all the toilet paper dispensers are overstuffed so you can never get out a complete sheet, just torn fragments and everyone speaks in Professor Green's rap voice.
24. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Westbound
OK, WTF is going on here? Look at that album cover! Also the album is called I Say No! (The Flying Doctors). Why is it called that? As far as we can tell it's got nothing to do with Australian TV series The Flying Doctors.
Their version of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil begins with audio from the moon landings juxtaposed with bible verses. #makeyouthink
It includes some pretty shonky vocal harmonies and someone got an effects pedal for their bass for Christmas.
Despite all this we're pretty sure it's not one of Professor Green's tax avoidance schemes. That album cover and title remains a mystery though.
There is one album cover more confusing than this one coming up in Part 3 though so stick around for that.
During our futile efforts to unlock more information on Westbound and their artwork we discovered an album which we are just going to leave here without comment and let you have a little think about.
25. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Motel 72
We had a bit of a discussion at Tha Knows Towers as to what genre this was and we settled on Cowboy Music. To be honest after all the Professor Green Tax Avoidance Scheme versions we've had it's quite refreshing to hear a bunch of French Canadians go for it on their banjos.
Motel 72 don't appear to be a Cowboy Music band though, they just stuck a Cowboy Music version of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil on the end of their album of standard rock. Still, judging by the photos on their website it looks like they had a lot of fun doing it so good for them.
26. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Fitnessbeat
Now we're talking. Special versions for the gym complete with BPM information! This version is actually better than the version by Red & Josh Dupont from Part 1 and they're proper dance DJs so they should be ashamed of themselves.
There are 66 (sixty-six) Fitnessbeat albums on Spotify including Healthy Seniors Vol. 3, Hundred Dolla Billz - Trap Beats and Best of Mid Tempo 7 but if you go on their website you'll find 293 (two hundred and ninety-three).
The good news doesn't stop there however as each one of the 293 CDs is currently for sale at a discounted price of €99 so you can get the whole set for €29,007 instead of €49,657. Just make your cheques payable to P. Green.
27. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - M: Durand
Professor Green is back with another compilation of cheap 80s covers under a whole bunch of pseudonyms that are basically front businesses for his Gary Barlow-esque tax avoidance schemes. He's tried to cover his tracks on this one by doing a really slow version and making his voice a bit deeper but we're onto him.
28. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Music Legends
It's an 8-bit version from an album of 8-bit versions including Enjoy The Silence, Faith and Africa. It sounds less cheap than the Professor Green versions actually.
This reminds us of an argument we had in school about whether the Atari Lynx was 8-bit or 16-bit. Turns out it was 16-bit.
29. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Lollies
Another one of those bands that you can book for your event. This lot have been going 20 years and have released 68 (sixty-eight) albums!
Their cover of Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil features on their 58 (fifty-eight) track live album, Live, which also features versions of Highway To Hell, Sweet Home Alabama and Yellow Submarine.
30. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil - Kortini
It sounds like Mouse Rat.
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