When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week Paul Westerberg takes on the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!
Try moshing to the Monkees. The Sex Pistols, Minor Threat and Chris Knox’s Toy Love have all played the boy band’s songs. A result of decades of television syndication, the Hollywood-engineered counterfeit Beatles ended up inspiring a few toddler punk rockers, and the Monkees remain an oldies pop staple thanks to the talents of several great songwriters of the time (Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson). Here is Paul Westerberg in 1993, dodging stage divers and asking people not to hurt themselves with a cover of “Daydream Believer” (penned by the Kingston Trio’s John Stewart).