Thursday, November 20, 2003
Land Down Under covered by Pennywise, from the Australian version of the album "Straight Ahead"
"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can you hear, can you hear the thunder?
You'd better run, you'd better take cover."
Virtually everyone in the Western Hemisphere has heard Men at Work's song "Land Down Under" played to death. Well, Pennywise took it, cranked it up, and made it punk. Now, as we also all know, punk covers are always either incredible or awful. This one is incredible. Of course, the song is about a guy going around looking to buy pot, which works in the original with its flute in the background and acoustic-ness, but it's kind of hard to imagine someone smoking up and playing good punk at the same time. There's no fabulous solo, guitar virtuosity, or tricky key or time changes, but like "Deja Vu" from Furyus-George, it's catchy as anything.