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Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts


We tackle our first cover song as we discuss this Rascal Flatts cover of a 90s classic from Tom Cochrane, Life is a Highway. Is this cover a legit hit or a Song Gone Wrong? Also Dave learns about the dark side of Drew and they discuss other great cover songs.


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Hey everyone, and welcome to songs gone wrong, where we, along with you, the fans, the side of these hit songs. Got It right or did those songs go wrong? I'm one of your host drew Zachman, and joining me, as always, is Dave should Steve. How are you doing today? A good sie. AM as happy as a harmonica. Thank you so much for asking. That's what I do. I'm always I always want to make sure you're happy and in a good mood. I appreciate that. That's my goal. Now, speaking of being good moods, this is a song that might not put me in a good mood, but we'll get to that in a quick second. But if you haven't done so already, guys, make sure you hit subscribe to our podcast so that we can make sure you get all of our episodes when they come out, which in fact US twice a week. And if you could also leave us a five star review on Itunes, boy, that would be swell and we would be so happy for that. 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It's a song called life is a highway, but we are talking about the version by the rascal flats which was off their album me and my gang, which came out in two thousand and six. The songwriter was Tom Cochrane. He wrote this back in one thousand nine hundred and ninety one and was featured on his album mad, mad world. Now, Dave, what are some of your memories of this song? Life is a highway. The remake or the cover? Absolutely none but the original. Interestingly enough, we I had a friend in the hometown that I grew up in and his dad look exactly actlee like Tom Cochrane, even to the point where his nickname was Hollywood and we took to calling him Hollywood cockrant. Can you believe that? That's awesome you well, yeah, I mean that's kind of like, I don't know, most people if they want to be compared to somebody, maybe say a little higher up the food chain than Tom Cochrane. But hell, if the glove fits, yeah, I wouldn't mind that. Also, I feel like from the S and s and even maybe a little bit further back, and he like s s two, but like growing up in s and S, I feel like a lot of them musicians that were maybe a little bit older definitely look like Dad's and it especially like baseball players. Like if you look at be because I have a ton of baseball cards from the S and M in s you can just pull up pretty much any card and you could just be like wow, that that just looks like somebody's Dad. Like Sid Bream looks like somebody's Dad. You know, there's like so there's so many guys that's just like they look like someone's dad and it's fantastic. But now, I mean, you look at some of these guys that are, you know, like... their late s. You know, maybe you know some of them. They're hanging around early for like Tom Brady doesn't look like anyone's Dad. He's forty three and he's still slinging the ball around like a champ, you know. So it's pretty pretty inton to see how that's changed a bit. But well, there was a completely different training regiment back then. Oh, that did include like a pack of camels and a six pack of Bud, you know, in between innings. Yeah, yeah, exactly. And you're right, like a lot of the ball players look more like your local insurance agent or something that they did starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers or what have you. Yeah, yeah, and some musicians that way. To Accept Steven Tyler, he still looks like, you know, he's a rock star. Good for Nanna. Yeah, but I remember. I reach out, like I remember the original song from Tom Crocker and I liked it. I wasn't enthralled by necessarily, but I did like it. I vaguely remember when the Rascal Flats version came out, namely did a Disney pretty much plastering get all over commercials and anything at all involved for the cars movie. Before I get into some more here a question for you, sir. So synthes is a cover. What are some cover songs you like? Wow, that's a wonderful question. Let's see cover songs I like. I would have to say easy, by faith no more. Probably my might top that list. Miss Robinson, the lemon heads, and there's a fantastic album by David Bowie called pin ups, which is all covers and he does a hell of a rendition of see emily play, which I highly recommend. How about you, drew? Yeah, those are good ones. Definitely the faith no more one is fantastic. I would say. Well, definitely that one. My other one suck. Come on, no, I mean I like the other ones, but if I had to pick one of the ones that you mentioned, I would have say easy. Yeah, those are good ones and easy was a good pick. The other ones. That's so, sure, but no, no, I keep going. I know I'm putting words in your mouth. I'm sorry. Sure, are you on? You sure are, but yeah, for me, the I would say my favorite is the chauffeur by the deaf tones. That's my all time favorite cover. I would actually go so far as to say they surpassed the original. Bites ran the rand, although their versions also good. Hurt. I love the nine inch nails version, but johnny cash did an amazing job with it, I feel, and it sorts like. I feel like Trent Resturans version was dark and creepy, while cashes was almost like dark and sad. You know, it just it was definitely had his own spin on it and it was great. Both of them are just, you know, awesome. I also really liked love spit loves rendition of the Smith's house sooner is now great tune. And also I like take on me. Real big fish did the AHA cover. I think I like the Aha version better, but I think real big fish today a good job with that one. Well, that's the age old question right there. You know, true, you just mentioned you like some of the cover is better than the original. That's like, yeah, enjoying the sequel more than the first film of a franchise. Yeah, yeah, I mean for the chauffeur, definitely, and the death tones also. That are really good version of simple man, that Leonard Skinnyrd Song. I think when skinner it is still the better of the two, but it they did a phenomenal job covering it though. So yeah, I mean it's not easy to have your cover be better than the original, but when they do, it's it's pretty awesome. Also, was it, and you keep me honest here, I think it was pennywise did a version of landdown under. Really Pretty sure? I'm the wrong guy to keep you honest on that. I do not listen to pennywise at all. So whatever you say, I'm just going to say, okay, sure, Yep, they did it. Yeah, it was pretty fucking awesome. I thought I'm almost pausible as pennywise. I said the double Chech make sure, as pennywise. But yeah, they also, I think system of a down did a cover of as a song called Metro, and that one...

...might have been a blondie original. I'm not a hundred percent sure. I think it was Blondie, but yeah, Metro there they did for the Dracula two thousand soundtrack. Pretty cool cover. So yeah, but there's a lot of good's, a lot of good covers out there and the one we're talking about today is a it's a cover anyway. Tom Cochran said this song was almost called love as a highway, and Cochran was inspired to write this after a trip to Africa with this famine relief organization, World Vision, and that trip really touched him and he said the trip was mind bending and soul sapping and said he was mentally, physically and spiritually exhausted from that trip and he wound up writing a sketch of the song and about an hour. And he also said it was the most positive song he had written and it came out of a very heavy experience for him and he needed to kind of give himself a pep talk to kind of break him out of that funk that he was in after that trip. So pretty cool good that. Good to see that he was doing some stuff to help people. So so yeah, now the rascal flats version peaked at number seven on the US billboard hot one hundred in July of two thousand and six and, like I said, this version was featured on the Disney hit movie cars, pretty much helping it kind of climb with the charts. Now Tom Cochran's version peaked at number six on the US billboard hot one hundred back in August of one thousand nine hundred and ninety two. Now the rascal flats version that song has been streamed over two hundred and fifty million times on spotify, and Rascal flats have over six point five million monthly listeners on spotify. HMM, now here is the real crime? Tom Cochran, who wrote the song, his rendition of life is the highway, has been streamed only sixty two million times on spotify and he has only eight hundred seventy six thousand monthly listeners on spotify. So yeah, anyway, I was going to say, you know what, honestly, prior to us kind of like pregaming this episode, I had never heard a rascal flat song. And then, coincidentally, we talked about baseball players being, you know, kind of like Dad bods back in the S and S. Yeah, I was not a father at this point in time when cars came out, so this whole cover song completely alluded me, thankfully. Yeah, I mean at that time I was not a father either, but I feel like no, I would put on the TV and you I feel like the odds. Where are you're going to see a car's commercial and this a you're just your pics are fanatic. A minute now, not back then. I mean, I trust me, my kids and I watch movies. You know, all the pis aren't Disney movies. Now we have Disney plus. I mean Disney plus is like one of the greatest inventions ever, because we do use it on almost daily basis. But yeah, back then. Now, that was about two thousand and twenty six. Back then, I was probably, probably, I was busy doing things I don't even remember anymore. Yeah, you were drunk, Eaton Raman. That's what you're doing, or like cheese sandwiches and Burger, pretty much like everything I regret now happened around that time. So, but, yeah, so other songs around that time. So, if you look at the rest of the chart, number one was do I make you proud by Taylor Hicks. I do not remember that song at all. Number two was hips don't lie by Shakira, number three was promiscuous by Nellie Fortado, and Timberlin for was it's going down by young Jack. Five was riding by chamillionaire and crazy bone, great name. Number six was crazy by Narles Berkeley, and then seven was life is a highway. Now some other songs out there. Fourteen was Danny California by the Chili Peppers. Nineteen was, I write, sins, not tragedies, by panic at the disco. That's cool tune. Twenty three was unwritten by Inn Tasha Benfield. Thirty five five was summertime by Kenny Chesney. Thirty seven was another rascal flats song, what hurts the most. And then finally, sitting at forty, was Jersey's own Bon Jovi, with WHO says you can't go home. So you can...

...see I mean. I I feel like Taylor Hicks was kind of like a country is guy. He I think he was on like American idol or something like that. So you have that, you have to rascal flats songs and he had a Kenny Chesnis Song in there. So there's definitely a little country presence in the top forty. Back in two thousand and six, I don't know, man cew is definitely one of my blind spots, is for as like recognizing who the artists are the songs that they do. So I couldn't even tell you a Kenny chesneys song right now. Oh I could tell you probably more than I thought. My wife is a big Kenny Chessy Fan. Somars, my brother and sister law, their big Kenny Fanis. We actually went to go see him a couple of years ago. Those was the fun concert. Kenny Chesney's basically the younger, kind of newer, maybe a little bit more country or version of Jimmy Buffett. So basically, you go to his concerts, it's basically just yeah, your tailgating, your pregaming, you're getting hammer in a parking lot and they're to go in and watch the show. I mean, he's he I don't mind Kenny. There's some songs that I don't like from him, but I feel like for the most part he's not too bad. He's he's one of my least offenders. He's not a Brentley Gilbert or okay, well, you know, whatever the case may be here, I don't know him, I don't know anybody else. So I am presenting you with my music Aficionado card and feel free to tear it up and throw all the little pieces back into my face. Come on, I'm not going to do that. I have I have I have class. I'm not going to do that. I will discuss like, gentleman, okay, we do here. I know what this is. It's just a great team works. This is partnership. You're going to inform me about these guys who sing about pickup trucks, cows and, I don't know, dating there? Yeah, yeah, pretty much of well, spits what we'll get there. Now one of the things you like to talk about is, like how does this song compared to other songs on the album? And we know, like I said, there's another hit song on there. What hurts the most? I'll tell you what hurts the most having to sit through and listen to this whole damn album. The first song stand is one hundred percent cheese. The second song on there was what hurts the most. Not a fan of that one. It's kind of it's pretty much trash. I don't like it. Every now and then I'll come across the song that, when I hear it, like it just it gets to the core of me and it drives me freaking insane. It just makes me want to like punch something or it just like takes me to a very dark place, you know, and it's makes me want to like start like punching somebody or something. It just drives me insane. That is one of those songs. I hate that song. It's terrible. Anyway, Dar another song, cow fucking rascal flats. Anyway, there side of the drew. Sorry, I need to get that printed on a t shirt now. Okay, Verry on the dark, dark side of the drew. Well, the t shirt drafted up and then we'll have that available on our tea public store, which, by the way, guys, we have our tea public store open. We have one shirt on there right now. Are Our songs gone wrong logo. So feel free. Will put a link out on that secures a master. Look at you, man. I'm sorry for interrupting, but that was smooth. Is. Oh Wow, baby's bottles. Good. That was good. Now there's not a song on the album called backwards. Now the intro reminded me of we shall be free by Garth Brooks. Love. We shall be free by Garth Brooks backwards. I don't like that song, is puress. It's basically about that saying. Right, when you play a country song backwards, you get your dog back, your house back, your girl back, Yeada, Yada, Yada. What? That's what this song was. This is a sil yeah, this is a song on their album. So wholl you get your wife back, your dog back, your money? It's like it's so this is one of the things I hate the most about country artist when country artists do these songs that are basically like it's like a slogan. That should be on the t shirt. Right. There's save a horse, right at cowboy. That's a... It should just be a t shirt and leave it at that. And now we talk about Kenny Chesney, and I don't like some of the lady I like the majority of stuff with there's some songs from Kenny that I don't like. One of them is she thinks my tractor sexy. That's pretty sure. That's what he closed as on are not with but I'm like that's like the worst, one of the worst songs ever. Again she thinks my tractor sexty. You know, funny t shirt HAH song. No, there's another one called Honky Tonk, but Donka Donk, that's a country song. Tray Satkins, some beach Red Solo Cup. Like those songs are tshirts at best, nothing more. They should not be a three or four minute song, stupid slogan. You see it a store, you look at the shirt, you give it a quick to second grin and then you keep on walking by. So, anyway, and I'm done. Well, I mean I imagine these the shirt is being airbrushed, not even legital problem screened. Yeah, yeah, for sure, are like an iron on or something like that. Right. But I yeah, over overall, I was not impressed by the album. I just got the feeling that these guys weren't good enough to be a rock or pop band, so they went country. That's my that's my assessment of Rascal flats. So anyway. But I think when you look in the lyrics here, I think when you every knows the hook to this one. But the lyrics are pretty uplifting, right, and and very blue collar, you know, they're very real and down to Earth. There they're gritty, a bit like and there's lines like this is the road and these are the hands and I'll be there in a light comes in. Just tell them where survivors. You know, the lyrics are good, you know, nothing earth shattering there, but still good, just positive, uplifting stuff. And Yeah, really, what do you think about the lyrics? So you are you a fan of the message? Yeah, here we go again with messaging. Um, I just I'm kind of curious. As far as you know, you just said, Oh, well, they good, they're uplifting. I want to see those kind of like any when you turn over a stone, if you think there's any kind of subliminal messaging going on in there. But for me, yeah, just like explore life, enjoy it, have fun. I get non issue with that, unless you again you have something else you want to add, like it's about, you know, finding yourself or talking to your inner child or any of the other Gobbudy Cook you tend to come up with. Well, to be honest with you, Dave, I kind of think that this song is actually a bit more literal than what people think. I feel like the song is about the infrastructure in America and how we desperately need Congress to reallocate funds to help broken down roads and bridges and also, by doing somewhere, create thousands of jobs and help the economy. So I mean, I think that's a total win win really. That's what Tom Cochran was saying. You never let me down, ever. Yeah, now a bit. This song is like I just a pick your head up, keep on moving. Life is toff, but keep plowing ahead. That's pretty much pretty much what the song is about. That's all I got. Okay, and think I'll from you. You want to? You want to dive into the final verdict here? No, well, I do want to mention one thing. Is that one time when I was sleeping over my friend's house, the one who had the dad that look like Tom Cochrane, Hollywood Cochrane, Hollywood, Hollywood. Yeah, yeah, he he got really drunk when night came in and pissed in the kitty litter box that was in my friends room, thinking it was the bathroom. So, Oh, yeah, I don't know. Maybe it's like every time this song comes up, it's like one of those things is gonna be with me forever, a grown man peeing in a kitty the litter box. Maybe I'm traumatized. I don't know, but I want to throw that out there into the Internet and to the world. That's a great story. Not really really know. It's also not might not him or his child perhaps, but or me. I was there. What are you talking about? But it was your dad, you know. If I was like I was like, Dad's not peeing into kitty litter again. Yeah, yeah, saying so. Well, I think I've done worse over time. So yeah, it's forgiven. Yeah, all right, day. So life is a highway by rascal flats, right. Remember we're talking about the rascal flats version here. Now. Do you think...

...this is a legit hit or do you think it is a song gone wrong? It's funny because when we originally talked about doing this song, I was ready just rip it because it was in fact to cover. And then I listen to it quite a few times today. Again, I wasn't exposed to the the ads, like the nause eating ads that you were, you know, you recalled, and everything to have to do with cars and and what have you. And do I think it's a better version of the song? No. Does it have more bells, whistles, frills and everything else? Yeah, it does. They spruce it up a little bit. Does it make it better? No. So then I will it down to what I even consider the original song to be a legit hit. I don't know, man. I think that's one of those borderline ones for me. We're in it's a lot of people you'd have to remind them or maybe sing a couple bars of the song for them to go, Oh yeah, I remember that one. So I guess the Song Didn Server Purpose. It kept it kept the you know, the tune in the limelight a little bit, but I would have to say it is not a legit hit. So you see, you're saying them. Life is a highway by rascal flats is in fact the song gone wrong. Yeah, it's a song gone wrong. Yes, thank you for clarifying that for me and everybody else they're out there. It stakes, it's sucks. No, no, I'm kidding. It's actually not that bad of a song. Don't get me wrong, the remake here, it's just, yeah, I don't think there's any kind of redeeming quality to it that would make anybody look back favorably upon it and go, man, I need myself some rascal flats. Life is a highway right now. Yeah, I think it's appropriate that the song was used in a Disney movie, because this, you know, rendition of life is a highway is kind of like a dismification of the original by Tom Cock. Wow, just okay, order, just water down for the masses. The original was a bit more raw and genuine. The Rascal Flats version was done by musicians who seem like studium is musicians just cranking out a song to collect a paycheck and a guaranteed hit, since it was already a hit. It the there their version has no heart. I also can't get over how I think the lead singer is the love child of Guy Fietti and Steve Harwell, the lead singer from smash mouth. I can't get that out of my head. That that's a problem for me. And as I was putting my notes together for this episode, and I like to listen to the song, you know, just keep it going as I'm putting my notes down and stuff, I had to stop listening to the Rascal Flats version and put on the Cochran version instead because it was just driving me insane. I hate it. Life. Life is a highway is to me it's comparable to yendling. No, I don't know how many of our listeners out there have the pleasure of drinking yendling, but that's a delicious Pennsylvania Lagger, so good. But to me Tom Cochran, his version, it's that's yendling, it's good, it's awesome. I like it. The Rascal flats version, that's yendling light. Now, as much as I love yendling, I really hate yeanling light. That is an ass light beer. It is garbage, and that's what this song is. Garbage. The Rascal flats version of life is a highway. Is a song gone all the damn way wrong. Not only that, their whole album is an album that went wrong. Music like this is basically like the lowest common denominator of entertainment. This the these guys would be a cover band that best, and I hate most cover bands. Fuck the song and Fuck Rascal flats. That's what I got to say about that. And the horse they rode in on. That's right. Okay, yeah, wow. I was going to say it's a very polished song, though. I mean you just maybe, yeah, studio musicians who went in, but you just saying it's a polished Turd. Well, coming from them, it is. I mean they just just just because you add an extra like fucking Ukuleleer, an extra banjoe to make it more country sounding, it doesn't make it better. I mean they it's the production of it, I think was better because they just overproduced it. So that's...

...fine. You know, it's insanely clean and they have all these like extra things in there, but that doesn't mean it's you know, doesn't mean it's better, or good at all for that matter. Right, I mean you can when you when you get to the core of if you take all those bells and whistles away and you listen to the singer, there's like there's nothing, he has no heart in this song. Okay, well, you already told me how he looks and I feel like that's terrible, horrible, and if I ever saw someone like that in public I'd probably have the point in laugh and I'm not a nasty guy, but dude, that Amalgam that you just described to me, that Combo, is just so we bit Ikey. That's what it looks like. It's all, that's all offer up. All right, all right, so we both think this thing is dump of a tune. Right, Yep, Song gone wrong, but it doesn't always matter what we think, does it? No, it doesn't know. So who do we turn to? The fans? Let's say, what the fans have to say about life is a highway by rascal flats. All right, so the fans have spoken and sixty seven percent said this is a song gone wrong. So, yeah, thank goodness the fans got it right. I had I had faith in them and they came through. So thank you guys for that, and we did get some feedback. So we have at Ryan Boem said, can't stand that song. Didn't care much for the original either, but at least it was less country at I am pouly Nique said, as a father of small kids when cars came out, I can tell you this is a legit hit. I could not escape the song. If it gets kids singing along, I must concede it's hitness at Joel, six hundred and sixty six Smith said, no, they just made it sound like shit. You're right on Joel, and at seventeen candles said, I used to say I don't think you should be able to release covers as a single. So I'm conflicted on this choice, which is that's a fair that's a fair point. I don't think you should not, you know, release a cover as a single, but I feel like if you're going to do that, you better make damn sure that covers pretty damn good. MMM. But now I have a question for you. Would the original Tom Cochran version be on your road trip mix? Maybe, probably, it is definitely on my mean it's on my s playlist. Okay. So, yeah, it may like basically the best of the decade, kind of, but would you take it with you on a long journey? Sure, a trek? Yeah, yeah, would. It's a good tune. Now, I definitely I like the original. I like Tom Cochran's version. I remember the video for it and the video wasn't anything, you know, Earth Shattering, but you know, it was still cool. I like the original song. Okay, great, yeah, all right, I think that's that covers it. Rascal flats version of life as a highway was pun. Intended their drew, but you just said that covers it. So I just said I intended there. That was not I was unintended room. Good catch. Ye, thanks. Yeah, I catch. I catch as well as any beer belly to pack a day smoking habit baseball player, Steve Belboni. There you go. I'll about bony all over the damn place. Yeah, anything else? Are We? We good to go here not? Just want to thank everybody for tuning in. I appreciate it. I love you and see around the bend. Yeah, and guys, as always, make sure you hit subscribe where you get your podcast from and you can find this on social media at songs gone twitter, Instagram, facebook. That's where we are. Send us an email, sgw podcast at gmailcom or visit our website, songs gone wrongcom and also, like I said, make sure you check out our songs gone wrong playlist on spotify so you can kind of keep up to date with some of the songs that will be talking about for the following day's episode. Other than that, thanks every...

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