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 punk pioneers Ramones, who covered the surf rock classic “Surfin’ Bird”, originally performed by The Trashmen. The original is taken from The Trashmen’s 1963 debut album Surfin’ Bird, while the Ramones’ version appears on their classic 1977 album Rocket to Russia.
You can listen to both versions of “Surfin’ Bird” below.