Proving that you definitely don’t need a big band to make a big noise, chaotic duo ’68 have just debuted a stream of their take on the song ‘Summertime Blues’, originally written and performed by rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran, but has since been covered by the likes of The Who, Blue Cheers, and T. Rex to name but a few.
Now ’68 join that list of covering artists, with their take on the song featuring on the deluxe edition re-issue of their sophomore full-length ‘Two Parts Viper’, which the band released last year.
Speaking on their decision to record and release the cover, frontman Josh Scogin shares, “I have wanted to record a cover song for quite some time. We do a ton of homages live, everything from At The Drive-In, Paramore, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and The Notorious B.I.G. to name a few. It varies from night to night, but these are always just small bits—maybe just a riff in the middle, or a signature lyric.
I really wanted to record a song, in its entirety, that was not written by me. So I did. I had several in mind, and someday I might get to those, but the song ‘Summertime Blues’ just seemed to make the most sense, especially Blue Cheers’ version. Don’t get me wrong.
I love Eddie Cochran’s version, too (in fact you should go listen to it right now, it is so good), but with the rawness that Blue Cheers conjured up—in all their songs—it is easy for me to gravitate to it. All in all, this is just another chance for me to pay homage to another great band and another great song.”
You can stream and listen to their cover of ‘Summertime Blues’ below.
The deluxe edition of the band’s latest record, ‘Two Parts Viper’, is available now through Cooking Vinyl.