Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.
Frank Turner has been playing his campfire rendition of NOFX’s song “The Desperation’s Gone” since his early years, and it seems he’s found that cover-song sweet spot: a version that appeals to both the diehard NOFX fans and the people who don’t know “what a nofx is” (a non-punk friend asked me this once).
The original appears on NOFX’s 1997 album “So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes.” Frank’s version isn’t currently on an album, but it’s possible it could be on his upcoming rarities and covers album. Listen to both versions here. If you enjoy Frank’s version, you may enjoy his cover of Bad Religion’s “My Poor Friend Me,” which appears on the 2010 tribute compilation “Germs Of Perfection.”
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