a question for the UG punk forum regulars


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04-03-2006, 04:53 PM
ok....so now that i'm without a band (last gig was in november!), i'm free to explore a buttload of projects.a friend of mine called me up this afternoon with a proposal.
he wants to put out a cd of cover songs---not really punk tunes, and not something that's usually covered.just for gits and shiggles, he said.
he has some potential people lined up for the possibility.it would be myself, two other DC vets (one of whom hasn't played in almost 15 years!) and a Canadian, if all goes according to plan.
what i'm asking is for some suggestions by the regulars on what they they think might be worth covering.
here's what we have absolutely decided on so far:

Oh!That's Too Bad---TUBEWAY ARMY
Are You A Boy or Are You A Girl---BARBARIANS

and that's it.
there's a few other things we tossed around like Going Blind--KISS (Nemo would understand why i'd like to do this one, what with the lyric content!haha!), maybe a CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND tune..etc.
what do you think?any ideas?

04-03-2006, 05:00 PM
What the hell, all those songs suck balls, seriously im not just trying to get a rise.

04-03-2006, 05:03 PM
i'm pretty sure he was asking the punk forum regulars...

I really don't know what kind of stuff you'd wanna do, but i'll think about it.

04-03-2006, 05:10 PM
Fish Fight - King Khan and BBQ Show

04-03-2006, 05:14 PM
Do a rap song or a surf song. Or do 96 Tears.

04-03-2006, 05:15 PM
can't say that i'm familiar with King Kahn, but i'll check it out. if it's ska, it's already a "no".
we're trying to go with 1980's and earlier.

04-03-2006, 05:15 PM
When I started reading I thought that we were gonna get the opportunity to be on this :(

Those all look interesting, particularly the devo.

I've always thought that the dolls' "Who are the mystery girls?" would make a good cover...

04-03-2006, 05:15 PM
Somebodies Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight, I Fought The Law

04-03-2006, 05:19 PM
can't say that i'm familiar with King Kahn, but i'll check it out. if it's ska, it's already a "no".
we're trying to go with 1980's and earlier.

oh, the album just came out but it sounds like it was recorded in Memphis in like 1962.

04-03-2006, 05:19 PM
"...head kicked in" and "96 tears" have already been discussed, and are on the short list. so is "Pychotic Reaction" by COUNT FIVE.

04-03-2006, 05:21 PM
that settles it, Whyvern---i'm gonna have to give those guys a serious listen, if they sound like you said they do!

04-03-2006, 05:21 PM
I love 96 tears and Psychotic Reaction... you could also do "Put the Clock Back on the Wall" by the E-Types... another amazing psychadellic song.

04-03-2006, 05:31 PM

The Cd Kicks ass already!!

What are you're thoughts on Styrchnine by the sonics? That'd be cool.

04-03-2006, 05:32 PM
You should definitely cover "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" by BOC.
I have been dying to see or hear a punk band do that song.

Pink Fairies "Readin' Between The Lines" is a real rocker and while you're messing about with Twink's stuff, how about the Rings "I Wanna Be Free" or (definitely for fun)Hawkwind's "Silver Machine"?

travel sized
04-03-2006, 05:38 PM
I'd say do a Stray Cats song.

04-04-2006, 12:13 AM
People gonna think, people gonna think, people gonna think you a SPAZZ.

For sure, I would love to hear a cover of that song. I think the song could be done way better than Fowley did it. For sure.

I've never heard a cover of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates - Shakin' All Over, that would be sweet.

04-04-2006, 12:19 AM
I'd say do a Stray Cats song.

...and I'd say do some Aces (D.Dekker) stuff, but you said anything ska was a "no".
So this was pointless.

the glue man
04-04-2006, 12:27 AM
Play a Billy Idol song.

planetary ruins
04-04-2006, 12:29 AM
just cover bjork :cool:

04-04-2006, 12:43 AM
just cover bjork :cool:

In that case... I've got the website...

Someone just needs to get a tape recorder...

04-04-2006, 01:02 AM
the dickies- nights in white satin
999- homicide
Anti Nowhere League- I hate people because I'm listening to it now

non punk stuff.
johnny cash- folsom city blues
and maybe do a zeppelin song, mix up the lyrics and take the pish out of a crap band.

04-04-2006, 01:05 AM
Oh cover some billy joel.

04-04-2006, 10:09 AM
thanks for all the suggestions, guys! it's appreciated. as i stated in my first post, we trying to steer away from covering punk bands and typical artists/songs that covered way too much. so johnny cash and led zep are out. as are 999 etc.
we are, however considering billy joel's "captain jack" SS.

another one we've decidid on (suggested by my friend's 9 yeard old daughter) is "Tounge Tied Jill" by Charkie Feathers.

i don't know if Nemo was being sarcastic when he mentioned BOC, but it's not a bad idea.

04-04-2006, 10:34 AM
No, I seriously think that it's a shame that no punk band ever covered BOC's "This Ain't The Summer Of Love".
It would have been especially poignant the first time around, when the punks were rebelling mainly against the hippies and all their stupid so-called "ideals".

04-04-2006, 10:47 AM
i seem to remember hearing Boyd and co. covering "ain't the summer of love" in some of their earlier gigs.i could be wrong, though.

04-04-2006, 10:51 AM
Did they?
Seeing Black Market Baby covering that song would be the single greatest moment I would have spent in DC.

04-04-2006, 11:01 AM
Afternoon Delight

04-04-2006, 12:04 PM
Afternoon Delight


04-04-2006, 01:47 PM
afternoon delight was covered by the circle jerks back in the 80's, and although we considered it, we felt it would be reduntant. plus the Jerks did such a fine job of it.

04-04-2006, 01:54 PM
Mach, my question is why you've not played a show for so long. Real punks don't take holidays ;)

I've played one show and it was for school. I'm on a loooooooooong holiday :haha

What about an elton john song? It would be hilarious.

04-04-2006, 02:02 PM
well, SS...if you remember correctly, i was supposed to sit in with the SLICKEE BOYS a few months ago, but had to cancel out.
i've just been taking it easy for a few months, i'm not as young as i used to be! :D

and Nemo: i called up Wendel, and he seems to rememeber BMB covering BOC also.

04-04-2006, 02:04 PM
crap mach, i forgot about the SLICKEE BOYS... That was depressing actually...

04-04-2006, 03:08 PM
im a regular. But i dont know any of those songs.

04-04-2006, 03:49 PM
yeah, SS---------it's still depressing. and those tapes i mentioned in that other thread back then: there's a big ado over them, and it doesn't look like they are gonna get released any time soon. too bad, as they really kick a$$.

on a side note: best cover song EVER-----------a blistering punk version of the DIFFERENT STROKES theme song by Todd Bridges and the What You Talkin' Bout Willis Experience! yes---with Todd Bridges singing! classic!
i mention this because this was brought up to me earlier today, and of course i had to say that the ultimate version has already been recorded.

04-04-2006, 03:53 PM
If you're going to do theme songs, do the Jeffersons.

Get a Tambourine in there somewhere too.

04-04-2006, 04:05 PM
and Nemo: i called up Wendel, and he seems to rememeber BMB covering BOC also.

Good on them !

Now I have even more reason to love BMB and more reason to lament that I missed seeing that live.

04-04-2006, 05:35 PM
Do a Flipper song :D

Or do you want something a bit less chaotic? If so do something cool like a Stranglers song or a guitared up version of a Suicide song.

What kind of band are you? Electric or acoustic? I'm guessing electric right?

04-04-2006, 07:24 PM
I want to hear David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose" done punk. Or take "Cum On Feel the Noize" back to it's more Slade-ish roots.

04-04-2006, 09:49 PM
I say:


Agent Orange-Bored of You

Screeching Weasel-Zombie

The Evens-All These Governers

Low Self Opinion-Rollins Band


Rocket From The Crypt-Poison Eye

Ramones-I Believe In Miracles

Black Flag-Wound Up

AC/DC-Highway to Hell

Beatles-Come Together

Black Sabbath-Sweet Leaf

Ozzy Ozbourne-I Don't Know


Kid Dynamite-Heart A Tack

Reagan Youth-U.S.A

I'd like to here those songs.

04-04-2006, 10:22 PM
just my opinion, but i believe you should do a cover of bad brains song "Banned in D.C.", possibly Coup D'etat by circle jerks, and Out of Step by minor threat.

04-04-2006, 10:46 PM
the brady bunch theme

04-05-2006, 03:08 AM
Mach I'm finding it disappointing that the ex member aren't compromising to release DFS tapes. It is DFS if I remember correctly...

04-05-2006, 08:13 AM
I would love you forever if you played pull my strings by the dks, except instead of starting to play california uber alles at the start, start playing some sh*tty pop-rock song (one of those bands that say they're punk when they aren't)
It would be hilarious if some influencial musicians from the original hardcore scenes just put out a big "f*ck you" to all those dumb kids that jump on the "pop-punk" cash cow.

BTW, what if we want to know what these records sound like? You've said before that you don't want people to know who you are, and thats understandable, but how would we know how it goes?

04-05-2006, 08:16 AM
I would love you forever if you played pull my strings by the dks, except instead of starting to play california uber alles at the start, start playing some sh*tty pop-rock song (one of those bands that say they're punk when they aren't)
It would be hilarious if some influencial musicians from the original hardcore scenes just put out a big "f*ck you" to all those dumb kids that jump on the "pop-punk" cash cow.

That could work...

pretty ****ing well actually,

I fought the law would be too cliched.

04-05-2006, 09:40 AM
as was stated in my original post, we doing a record of nonpunk covers, although some of the punk suggestions have been tempting, especially the Flipper one.
we're putting together a list of about 20-25 tunes and will record most or all of them and then pick about 13-16 of the onf the ones that we are most pleased with from there to go on the cd. after 26 years of putting out punk records, i just want to do something fun and different than what i normally do.

and yes, SS, it was DFS.

04-05-2006, 12:01 PM
Do they not understand it's a tribute to a deceased band member? I don't see why someone would record something and not want it released.

04-05-2006, 01:02 PM
"...head kicked in" and "96 tears" have already been discussed, and are on the short list. so is "Pychotic Reaction" by COUNT FIVE.
Psychotic reaction would be cool. If your going with that maybe throw in an Elevators cover too, like reverberation or somthing.

04-05-2006, 01:15 PM
Skiracer, ----Roky Erickson's "I Am An Alien" was put on the list just this morning.not an Elevators tune, but close enough.
enterstingly, when i pulled out my 45 of the song, which ihaven't played in many many years, i noticed the label. i had completely forgotten that it was on Rhino Records, back when they were still a small independant and putting out original stuff and not just reissues.

04-05-2006, 01:43 PM
Teenage Rebel-The pink fairies. Ive heard it covered once.

04-05-2006, 03:03 PM
Legendary Star Dust Cowboy - Paralyzed
The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Ruts - H-eyes
Poison Girls - Underbitch
MILK - The Knife Song
Speedies - Something On My Mind
Ambulance - Its All Up To You

04-05-2006, 05:37 PM
How 'bout covering Neil Young.

04-05-2006, 05:46 PM
How 'bout covering Neil Young.

I like neil young alot. mainly because my dad preety much owns the entire neil young bootleg collection.

04-05-2006, 05:52 PM
Dion and the ****ing Belmonts - Runaround Sue

04-06-2006, 12:56 AM
runaround sue is a great idea!
i'll pass it along to the boys!

04-06-2006, 04:41 PM
you know, i know by john lee hooker, or is the singer guitar player one in the same punk on the time lack of signature or do some song everyone knows as a real clean sounding song like boston's rock'n'roll band and they won't recognize it til you come to the chorus or how about something by judas priest like green manalichi or exciter? do whatever you want, rock on

04-06-2006, 07:32 PM
I can't understand a word you just said

04-06-2006, 08:23 PM
oh now you want punk-tuation, too!

04-06-2006, 08:41 PM
Astro Zombies-Misfits
World up my ass-Circle Jerks
Service me or be smacked-GG Allin

and not really punk, but...

Where is my mind?-the Pixies. Just because its Frank Blacks b-day today, and that song kicks ass.

04-07-2006, 12:50 AM
he said he's doing non punk covers

the glue man
04-07-2006, 01:10 AM
Thriller - Michael Jackson

Or any other Michael Jackson song, that would be funny.

oh, what about that one Jackson 5 song, ABC or whatever.

Maybe a little too dumb, but, it would still be fun.

04-07-2006, 02:11 AM
MACH ALERT! Hey Mach could you delete some of your pms. I'm having trouble sending you any :D

04-07-2006, 04:24 AM
Anything by the angels would work pretty cool as punk rock. Also when you just hear a song on the radio and think "catchy tune", or use some of your "guilty pleasures".

For example, my band has covered everything from ABBA to Leadbelly.

Some White Guy
04-07-2006, 04:30 AM
... I say something by The Misfits.

04-07-2006, 09:22 AM
yeah, SS----i noticed that last night!
you're good to go now, though!

anyway, we're getting together today for a short practice and see what works and what doesn't. i'll let you guys know sometime later today. still...keep those suggestions coming. There's been a few really good ideas put out so far.

04-07-2006, 09:40 AM
thanks- done :D

04-07-2006, 11:25 AM
the theme tune to fireball xl5.

04-07-2006, 02:29 PM
well----we got together this morning to see if it would work or not. i must say, the boys did their homework and were well prepared and were definitely "on it"! (including a certain bassist who hasn't played in nearly 15 years!)

here's the list of what we ran through:

1) spazz--kim fowley
2) captain jack--billy joel
3) that's too bad--tubeway army
4) tongue tied jill--charlie feathers
5) psychotic reaction--count five
6) are you a boy or are you a girl--the barbarians
7) i'm not like everybody else--the kinks
8) runaround sue--dion and the belmomts
9) sex was the only way out--the cads
10) fly in--human switchboard
11) the main--grant hart [the only song from the 90's that we're doing]
12) been and gone--tell tale hearts
13) walk a mile in my shoes--joe south
14) rocking pneumonia and the boogie woogie stew--johnny rivers
15) hr pufnstuff theme song
16) and finally, just for fun we worked up a rockabilly version of "cowboy fashion"--government issue

these are not final, of course. i took a lot your suggestions to the guys---they would like some more input from you if you are up for it.
also, they would like to know what you think of our choices so far.

04-07-2006, 02:35 PM
Mach I'm incredibly impressed particularly with Billy Joel, the kinks, johnny rivers and government issue. Turning punk into rockabilly will be fun.

A few more suggestions: Get back by the beatles and a really really fast version of the wall by pink floyd.

04-07-2006, 03:44 PM
How about something by the Animals, Queen, Tom Petty, or Thin Lizzy

04-07-2006, 04:13 PM
Play something they by the Jam.

travel sized
04-07-2006, 06:10 PM
Rock this Town by the Stray Cats. Or Stray Cat Strut.

04-08-2006, 12:01 AM
^Speaking of the beatles, helter skelter would work good, although I think the banshees covered that.
Anyway, I have a kind of best of proto-punk album, and a great song you should cover - crash street kidds by mott the hoople. Also a song sid covered after the pistols, take a chance on me by jerry nolan.

05-08-2006, 02:24 AM
Well how's the project going Mach?

05-08-2006, 05:07 PM

05-10-2006, 09:34 AM
If you do a Queen tune, please avoid the cliched ones like "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Another One Bites The Dust".
I heartily suggest covering "Coming Soon".

05-10-2006, 09:39 AM
or u should do fat bottom girls!! that one rocks!!!