Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Good Covers: Rockaway Beach and Covers x 2
It's a tight race for the top, but my favorite song by The Ramones has to be Rockaway Beach. The lyrics, the quick and pounding drums (especially after that little pause after the bridge), the straight-up guitar - it's all there. This cover - another collaborative cover - combined the crooning of General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board with Joey Ramone on a surf-swing version of the song. It's nothing like the slamming original, but it stands up as a great version of the song. For a straight cover, I like the version Green Day did when The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can skip ahead to the song, but honestly, just wait 1:55 and it'll start.