Some favorite punk-ish covers of pop tunes

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/08/07/some-favorite-punk-ish-covers.html

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Or does this count as tv theme cover?

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Another great one from MxPx, “Vacation”:

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That’s literally all that Me First and the Gimmie Gimmie’s do, so if that’s your poison, they’ve got you covered.

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The Raincoats’ cover of “Lola” is a gem:

Though I don’t know if “Lola” counts as a pop tune. It could possibly be considered proto-punk.

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Not sure if this qualifies as a “pop song” originally, but it’s one of my favorite covers of all time, Pixies doing “Head On”:

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What this shows us is that it’s always important to do things more, much more than this, to do them your way.

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I’ll also suggest the opposite of the topic: a band known for its 90s pop songs (Third Eye Blind) doing an upsettingly cringe-worthy cover of a song by one of the ancestors of punk (Heroin by the VU):

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Speaking of NOFX…

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I’m partial to the Cub cover of Vacation:

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Op Ivy can’t be left out…

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More cub, covering the pop hit by They Might Be Giants

and also my favourite cover when I was in Highschool:

Lastly, maybe NUFAN get points for the most covers in one:

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I love Cub’s New York City — but it’s the original and the TMBG version is a cover of it: http://tmbw.net/wiki/New_York_City

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Holy hell. This tread is bringing back so many teenage memories. Thanks everyone!

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Do popular childrens songs count?

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Alien Ant Farm does some MJ:

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They also did a cover of “Where Evil Grew” but I like this of their two covers.
Still no “Kill Ya Later” but whatever…

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