Random Cover Song: Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) &The Melvins play new rendition of “California Uber Alles”

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.

This may not count as a cover by the strictest meaning of the word, seeing as both the cover and the original are both performed by Jello Biafra. Nevertheless, it’s a cool live recording with revamped lyrics that bring the politically satirical classic into the 21st centuary.”California Uber Alles” was originally recorded as the first single by the Dead Kennedys in 1979, and then rewritten into “We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now” for their 1981 EP In God We Trust, Inc. Most recently, a live recording with prog-metal icons The Melvins appears on Sieg Howdy!, their 2005 collaboration with Biafra. Click here to listen to both the Dead Kennedys versions as well as “Kali-fornia Uber Alles 21st Century,” which swaps the perspective Jerry Brown for previous Governator Arnold Schwarznegger.


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