Alien Ant Farm
Remember Alien Ant Farm? Believe it or not, they’ve been around since 1996, and in that time, the California nu metal rockers have released five studio albums, two EPs, seven singles, one live album, one compilation album, and several music videos. All of that pales by comparison, however, to their one-time popular cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. The juggernaut hit appeared on their 2001 sophomore effort, Anthology, and wouldn’t you know, it’s the band’s sole successful album to date, having been certified Platinum in the United States. And while you could point out that album’s other single, “Movies”, which actually survived on the charts longer than “Smooth Criminal” albeit at a lower number, it never became as ubiquitous. Which is kind of a shame, seeing how that song is remarkably stronger than their irritating take on the King of Pop’s inimitable Bad single. In the end, their cover will forever live on in cinematic history as part of Universal blockbuster, American Pie 2.
Better Than the Original?