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 Jersey ska punks Catch-22 and their cover of Don Mclean’s “American Pie”… or more accurately, their cover of the chorus of “American Pie”. The original version appeared on Mclean’s 1971 album American Pie and is 8 and a half minutes long, while the Catch-22 version appears on their 1999 EP Washed Up! (and again on its expanded 2001 release as Washed Up and Through the Ringer, and is just the song’s chorus several times over for 2 minutes.
You can listen to both versions of “American Pie” below.