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 Philadelphia’s The Menzingers covering folk legend Billy Bragg‘s “To Have And To Have Not”. The song originally appeared on Bragg’s 1983 debut, Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy, while the Menzingers covered the song for their Nervous Energies Session in May 2011.
You can check out both versions here.
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