As a kid I really loved when bands did cover songs, especially when I started going to punk shows. I always wanted to hear some punk band take a classic and totally turn it on it’s head, and create something new. To me that was the most “punk” thing. I always somehow felt deep down, that anything new was in one way or another built on the efforts and shoulders of its predecessors. A good cover was both a mocking and a tribute. Something destroyed and then rebuilt. Recently, I started to think what my favourite covers are and narrowed it down to three of the best.
Devo’s take on the Stones classic “Satisfaction”
Sid Vicious’ beautiful destruction of “My Way”
but my very favourite has got to be The Dickies absolutely stunning and defiant take on The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin”.
It is pure pop perfection. The Dickies covered a lot of other songs and always managed to be one of the most original and coolest bands to ever come out of Los Angeles.
Watch the video here.