Random Cover Song: Jeffrey Lewis – “Do They Owe Us a Living?” (Crass)

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 we’ve got anti-folk artist (and comic book artist) Jeffrey Lewis tackling the anarcho classic “Do They Owe Us a Living?”, originally performed by Crass. The original appears on Crass’ first album, “The Feeding of the 5000”, released in 1978. Lewis’ rendition comes from his 2007 album “12 Crass Songs” which, as the title implies, is comprised entirely of Crass covers (12 to be exact) and it’s a great way to get all of your pretentious folk-listening friends to start listening to anarcho-punk. If they dig this song, you might get them to like the entire album!

You can check out both versions here.Crass – “Do They Owe Us a Living?”

Jeffrey Lewis – “Do They Owe Us a Living?”


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