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 New York’s Polar Bear Club tackling the Black Flag classic “TV Party”. The song originally appeared on Black Flag’s 1981 debut album, Damaged, before becoming the title track to its own EP in 1982. Polar Bear Club recorded their version of the song for the 2012 compilation A Tribute to Repo Man, which, as the name suggests, is a tribute to the soundtrack to the 1984 film.
Compare both versions for yourself below.
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