There is a long association between punk rock and cover versions, the dawning of punk saw the Pistols cover No Fun, The Clash Police and Thieves and The Damned, Help.
Taking it to its (il)logical conclusion maybe is the latest release by Punk Rock Factory, Masters of the Uniwurst, which follows their previous album releases of covers The Wurst Is Yet To Come and A Whole New Wurst which consisted of Disney classics, all performed in a punk rock style.
Masters of the Uniwurst concentrates on tv theme tunes that the band love as they grew up watching the shows, from Power Rangers to Round The Twist via Alvin & The Chipmonks, and remarkably this actually works!
Let’s face it who is going to be able to resist singing along to pop punk versions of Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Flinstones? Certainly not me.
These songs are so well done that you can certainly believe that the band have an affection for them and some of them (Arthur, Goof Troop, Round The Twist) lyric wise would not be out of place on a contemporary punk album.
Some of the tv shows are a complete mystery to me such as Darkwing Duck, Bucky O’Hare and Captain Planet but the songs are nevertheless still enjoyable to listen to.
It is not an album I can imagine listening to over and over again, but given the depressing nature of the last year or so it is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and make you sing and shout along to your favourite tv show theme tunes!
New Album Masters Of The Uniwurst Out 30th July 2021
Available on cd, vinyl and cassette from punkrockfactory.com/collections/masters-of-the-uniwurst
Streaming Platforms: https://fanlink.to/PRF
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