The Goo’s covering The Damned seems like a big ask. This might come across like when a no cred act try to convince you they understand a cool band.
I recently referenced the time Take That covered Nirvana because they didn’t have enough hits to fill a headline set when they got to the ‘Live Arena Show Video’ era of their fame. I recall All Saints covering Red Hot Chili Peppers and missing the entire groove, cultural reference and beauty of the song.
Every Gonk who ever auditioned on a TV singing talent show has stamped another boot load of dirt into Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Ozzy Osbourne helped his own daughter ruin a track from Black Sabbath Vol. 4 so her 15 minutes in the sun could shine a little longer.
Duran Duran however probably hold the record here for me. Their cover version of Public Enemy’s 911 Is a Joke, has become a joke. When it comes to tone deaf, point obscuring, desperate clamouring to change ones image and co-opt some credit from a cooler artist… Yep 80’s yacht rock millionaires Duran Duran rapping about the police oppressing their under privileged black asses takes the cake.
This is NOT that. This is a band who put out some great punk records (before going on to become yacht rock millionaires at a later date) in the mid 90’s covering a band without whom their genre would not be.
This is a dues payin’ shovel full of respect. It’s also a class B-Side (or soundtrack album contribution depending where you come in) which in hindsight shows where they came from before the big budget semi acoustic ballad (here we go again) soundtrack market bought them all yachts*.
*Disclaimer : I have no evidence that any of the Goo Goo Dolls currently own or ever have owned a Yacht. But I do quite like typing the word. Yacht