When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week Lucero takes on Jawbreaker’s “Kiss The Bottle.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!
Originally appearing on a 1992 seven-inch compilation of Bay Area bands called 17 Reasons: The Mission District, this was the last song recorded before Jawbreaker singer Blake Schwarzenbach underwent surgery to have painful polyps removed from his throat. It is raw, rough and real. These days, Schwarzenbach is fronting excellent Brooklyn-based band forgetters. Check out Memphis’ Lucero, with its own trademark gravel, adding some Southern-twang to Jawbreaker’s already countrified punk ditty.