Random Cover Song: Red City Radio – “Carmelita” (Warren Zevon/GG Allin)

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 Red City Radio tackling Warren Zevon’s “Carmelita”, although the cover is based around GG Allin’s version of the song. The original has a bit of a convoluted past, as it was originally recorded by Murray McLaughlan on his 1972 self-titled album, with Zevon not recording it until his 1976 self-titled album. Allin’s version of the song was recorded for his 1996 album, Carnival of Excess, while Red City Radio did their cover for the PV Undercover compilation.

You can listen to Zevon’s, Allin’s, and Red City Radio’s versions of the song below.


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