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.
Tonight, we’ve got the recently reunited cult crossover act Excel covering “Message in a Bottle” by the British new wave/post-punk icons The Police. The song was originally released on The Police’s 1979 second album Regatta de Blanc, while Excel’s cover version of it is taken from their classic 1989 album The Joke’s on You. Both versions of “Message in a Bottle” can be checked out here.