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 90’s punk staples Jawbreaker, tackling “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The original version of the song appeared on Jett’s debut solo album, Bad Reputation in 1981 (initially released as Joan Jett in 1980), while Jawbreaker’s cover first appeared on the Chesterfield King EP, before being reissued on CD versions of Bivouac (both in 1992).
You can listen to both versions below.