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MXPX punkifies ’80s classics

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altPunk pop band MXPX revisit the ’80s on their second CD of covers,  On the Cover 2. The Bremerton, Washington trio, sounding  similar to ‘ Me First and the Gimmie, Gimmies.’ tackles  actual punk songs like  the Dead Milkmen’s ‘Punk Rock Girl,” except they add an accordion solo, and spot on versions of ‘Kids in America’ and the Ramones’  ‘My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)’, and an all right version of  the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.’ But they tackle some surprising  choices—  The GoGo’s Vacation,’ and Belinda Carlisle’s ‘ Heaven is a Place on Earth,’ which   ends up sounding pretty interesting with male vocals.
They also do a decent version of U2’s ‘I Will Follow.’  They even add a punk edge to ’80s hair metal by covering  Poison’s “ Fallen Angel.”
I also really like  their punk version of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love.”
If you want to hear some fun versions of ’80s classics, check this out.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Group: MxPx
CD: On The Cover 2
genre: punk pop
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