Written Dec. 30, 2013…
This cover of The Circle Jerks’ 1984 contribution to the Repo Man soundtrack comes from New London, CT’s someday-legendary Suicide Dolls. They take a steady, measured approach to the song, with Brian Albano and wife Michelle Montavon duetting, wisely avoiding trying to duplicate Keith Morris’ more typically exaggerated vocal of the original. Albano’s neo-psychedelic guitar adds atmosphere to the song, especially towards the end when the whole thing speeds up slightly to great effect.
The Dolls’ version, which sounds also of ’84 vintage, boasts better production than the original and can be found on A Tribute to Repo Man, which features more well-known artists like Black Francis and Mike Watt, among others, paying tribute to the soundtrack to the Alex Cox cult classic. The Dolls, who are currently working on the follow-up to their excellent debut (Prayers in Parking Lots), prove, though, that they can handle themselves impressively amongst such esteemed company.