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.
Today’s cover comes from Night Birds, covering “Bored to Death”, originally written and performed by the controversial punk performer GG Allin (but to be fair, this song was recorded during the earlier part of Allin’s career before he became such a notorious figure). The song was originally released as a single by GG Allin & the Jabbers before it was included on their debut album, Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be. Night Birds released their cover on the New York, New York 7-inch compilation for the Fat Wreck Chords 2013 CMJ showcase.
Compare both versions of the song for yourself below.
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