What do you do if you’re a two bit garage pop band who play from the three chords and the truth school of punk and you want to cover a hair metal song by a band who’s singer could hit incredible notes and their guitarist would solo like a demon?
I know it’s a question we all ask ourselves at one time or another.
Well the gimmick The Ataris employ on this track from Punk Goes Metal is a smart one.
They let their boom box cassette of the Skid Row original do the heavy lifting on the big notes and they speed the whole thing up to a Snuff (old school UK punk band not films of bad stuff) style bash through the MTV hit ballad of 1989.
I remember my high school band playing along with the cassettes of the songs we were trying to cover. We’d nail an intro and fumble along to the middle eight. When the song took off the racket would die down and the boom box would take over until they got back to the bit we’d learned so far. Of course that shit never got out of Mark’s Dad’s garage. It’s a bloomin’ cheek to put it out on a compilation album. But it’s a lot of fun.
Of course I’m being facetious The Ataris are a tremendous band and this cover is just great.