Monday, December 20, 2010

Paul Wisner Rates "Kids in America" Covers

Occasionally, and much to the dismay of our keyboardist/guitarist Paul Wisner, my band covers a song. In fact, we (Miskatonic) played an entire set of unlikely cover songs at our singer's wedding. But aside from that, I can only recall three that we've played out: "Do It Clean" (Echo and the Bunnymen), "I Was Made for Loving You" (KISS) and "Kids in America" (Kim Wilde).

Paul thinks we shouldn't cover any songs; but if we had to it should be a unique version, "based on the the original words and melody - as opposed to mimicking a particular recorded performance." He points to Sonic Youth's haunting interpretation of The Carpenter's "Superstar" (

In this spirit, he recently shared with the band his ratings of "Kids in America" covers ...

MxPx (

The Muffs (
Pennywise (
The Bloodhound Gang (
The Donnas (
Len (

Lawnmower Deth (

Cascada (
Kim-Lian (
Hannah Montana (

The Jonas Brothers (
No Secrets (

I'm sure he didn't capture all of them ... any others worth consideration??

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love that Sonic Youth cover.