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 The Gaslight Anthem and they’re rendition of “Anywhere I Lay My Head by Americana folk/blues/everything icon Tom Waits. The original appeared on Tom Waits’ 1985 album Rain Dogs, while the Gaslight Anthem recently released this cover as as a single for part of their “45 RPM Club”.
Listen to the cover and compare it to the original below.