The Ever-Confounding Rumble Cover Song

Originally posted on April 11, 2014; we update it each year.

What about that Rumble cover song? Should a band include a cover in their already cropped Rumble set? Does it help a band? Does it hurt?  Some do, some don’t. Some will, some won’t.

As history has shown, ripping into a cover during your set could whip the crowd into a frenzy or have them running for the door.

Over the course of Rumble planning, we dug up some past cover songs included in a band’s Rumble set.

There certainly must be more to add to this list.

Rumble Covers Over The Years


In 1980, Pastiche did The Monkees “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone”

1988: Heretix – Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”

1988: Tribe – Petula Clark’s “Downtown”

1989: Anastasia Screamed – Television’s “Marquee Moon”
1989: Well Babies – Faith No More

1991: Uncle Betty – Paula Abdul “Straight Up”

1992: Sam Black Church – The Trammps “Disco Inferno” (Thank you, JR Roach for the info)

1993: Cobalt 60 –  Grind’s “Wall of Sound” (Thanks Joe Niedbala, confirmed by Jay Potts)

1994: PODS – Journey “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (from Joshua Pickering)

1995: Pooka Stew – Mission of Burma “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver”

1997: Amazing Royal Crowns – Los Marauder “Wrecking Machine”

1997: Boy Wonder tackled Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be”  (Thank you, Aaron Tap for the intel on Betty Goo AND Boy Wonder)

1998: Betty Goo – “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret

1999: The Shods – The Real Kids “All Kindsa Girls”

2003: The Downbeat 5 – The Animals’ “Outcast”

2004: Jake Brennan and the Confidence Men – Chuck Berry “I Want To Be Your Driver”

2006: Taxpayer – Cheap Trick “Surrender”
2006: Eyes Like Knives – Alan Parson’s Project “Eye In the Sky”

2008: Girls Guns and Glory – Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”

2009: The New Alibis – Violent Femmes “Kiss Off

2011: McAlister Drive – Dropkick Murphys “Shipping Up To Boston”
2011: Mellow Bravo – Van  Halen “Panama”

Sidewalk Driver, 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble. Photo by Daykamp Music

Sidewalk Driver, 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble. Photo by Johnny Anguish.

2011: Sidewalk Driver – Stevie Nicks “Edge of Seventeen”
2011: Spirit Kid – Beatles “And Your Bird Can Sing”
2011: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling – Leonard Cohen “First We Take Manhattan”

2012: The Tin Thistles – Misfits “Skulls”
2012: Brownboot – Head East’s “Never Been Any Reason” (thanks Joe Kowalski)
2012: Bynars – Bruce Springsteen “Dancing In The Dark”
2012: Letterday – Get Up Kids “Holiday”

2013: Blackbutton – Nirvana “Breed”
2013: Lifestyle – Ad Frank and the Fast Easy Women “Winterthru” (Thanks Johnny Anguish for the Lifestyle and Tin Thistle info)

2014: Rebuilder – Elvis Costello “Radio, Radio”
2014: Tigerman WOAH! – Misfits “Last Caress”
2014: Petty Morals – Pointer Sisters “Neutron Dance” + Dio “Rainbown In The Dark” + SPF5000 “Make Love To Me”
2014: Await Rescue – Led Zeppelin “Kashmir”
2014: Goddamn Draculas – Queen “Fat Bottomed Girls”

Photo by Johnny Anguish/Daykamp Music. Used with permission.

Duck & Cover, 2015 Rock & Roll Rumble. Photo by Johnny Anguish. Used with permission.

2015: Band Without Hands – The Atlantics “Lonely Hearts”
2015: Duck & Cover – Cheap Trick “Way Of The World”
2015: The Static Dynamic – Fleetwood Mac “Gold Dust Woman”
2015: Nemes – Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds (originally) and became a #1 hit in 1961 by The Tokens, the oft-covered,”The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)”

2015: Zip-Tie Handcuffs – The Yardbirds “For Your Love”
2015: Eternals – The Wallflowers “One Headlight”
2015: Soft Pyramids – Lindsey Buckingham “Trouble”
2015: The Static Dynamic – Alanis Morrissette “You Outta Know”

2016: Salem Wolves – Screaming Jay Hawkins “I Put A Spell On You”
2016: Shatner – Nazareth “Whiskey Drinking Woman”
2016: 21st Century Fugitives – LaPeste “Spymaster”
2016: Abbie Barrett – Sia “Chandelier”
2016: Johnny Blazes & the Pretty Boys – Spinal Tap “Big Bottom”

2017: Cruel Miracle – Danzig “Mother”
2017: Stars Like Ours – Letters To Cleo “DemonRock”
2017: Carissa Johnson – The Dead Boys “Sonic Reducer”
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