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Random Cover Song: Mixtapes – “Sleepless in Saint Paul” (Rivethead cover)

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 Ohio’s Mixtapes tackling “Sleepless in St. Paul” by the influential, albeit short-lived, Minneapolis punk act Rivethead, whose members have gone to perform in bands such as Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord, Banner Pilot, and House Boat. The song originally appeared on the 2004 EP The Cheap Wine of Youth.  Mixtapes covered the song not once, but twice, for a Death to False Hope compilation titled Get My Ass Back in the Van. The first cover is a straight-forward rendition, but the second cover (and the one presented here) was done as a slower, acoustic song.

You can listen to both versions of the song right here. And if you like the cover, it can be downloaded here.