As you all know, we love a good cover song. Our bands have recorded plenty of them over the years. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes even made a career out of it. Today, we are excited to share that we’ve combed No Use for a Name’s entire recording archive and collected each and every non-album cover song that they ever recorded. Out August 11th, Rarities Vol.1: The Covers, is the second No Use archive release this year…and as you may have guessed, there will be a Volume 2 sometime in the near future. The songs on this compilation were recorded between 1996 and 2005, and include some well-known covers (from comps), along with a few pretty rare ones. The album features their take on songs by The Vapors, The Misfits, Social Distortion, and even the classic theme song from Laverne & Shirley, ‘’Making Our Dreams Come True.’’ Check out the full track listing here! Then, read what longtime drummer Rory Koff had to say about some of their song choices:
Over the years, No Use always had a fun time recording a great cover song. A few of these are masterpieces, with the studio magic of Ryan Greene, such as “Dream Police” by Cheap Trick. Of course, every California punk band MUST do a Misfits cover to honor their roots. We were huge fans and here, we laid down our version of “Hybrid Moments.” The song “Selwyn’s Got a Problem” was for a not-so-major movie—produced by Joe Escalante of The Vandals—called Cake Boy. It was our take on D.I.’s “Johnny’s Got a Problem,” strangely, with Matt Riddle singing instead of Tony Sly. After Bradley Nowell of Sublime passed away, we were asked to do a cover for a tribute comp honoring him. We had a long history of touring and friendship with Sublime and were honored to do the classic song, “Badfish.” The song “Fairytale of New York” is the original version we recorded with Meegan Lair (singer of the San Jose band Soda) on guest vocals. Tony and Chris Shiflett were massive Pogues fans and insisted on recording this song as our tribute to them. We played it all over the world and it became a fan favorite because we always had guest singers. One track in particular was done in one take with no practice: “Beth” by Kiss. You also get to hear two great guitarists in Chris Shiflett and Dave Nassie on this release, along with rare vocals by Matt Riddle. Most importantly, of course, is more Tony Sly! So here you are, the No Use for a Name covers album. Enjoy! – Rory Koff
Frenzal Rhomb’s latest high velocity punk rock opus, Hi-Vis High Tea, is out today! Head here to listen to the entire album on Spotify, Apple Music and more. Then, check out a trio of reviews: here, here and here! Australians, you win because they are touring your continent this summer (winter). For those of us in North America, we’ll have to get ourselves to Montebello, Canada if we want to see them live as they’ve only got ONE show on the continent! Frenzal is joining the fray at Rockfest on June 22nd. Order your Hi-Vis High Tea now!
Today, we’re stoked to present the first new song from TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET’S fantastic new album, Stealing the Covers. The song is called “RoboCop Is A Halfbreed Sellout,” and you can take a listen over at Alternative Press. TBR’s brand new album will hit the streets on July 14th, and we’ll be launching our pre-order shortly. In the meantime, catch them on tour where they’ll be jumping continents all year long. Then, scope out what bass player Miguel Chen had to say about their cover song choice below:
Sprocket Nova was a band from our hometown of Laramie Wyoming. Their gimmick was they were all pissed off robots with names like Sony Danza, and they wore the shittiest robot costumes you’ve ever seen. It was basically grey sweat suits with sunglasses and cardboard hats; it was awesome! They were one of the first bands we decided to record for Stealing the Covers, and this song was the obvious choice. It’s about how Robo Cop is an asshole and a threat to the robot way of life. We hope you like it!!
Ready, Set, Go! Head to She Shreds Magazine to listen to a brand new Bad Cop/Bad Cop song! “Amputations” is the second single from their upcoming full-length, Warriors, which hits the streets on June 16th. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, grab it here! Then, check out their upcoming tour dates which include: Pouzza Fest, Punk Rock Bowling, and the ENTIRE VANS WARPED TOUR!
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