The Maine covers Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”
It’s not even Christmas, but Santa’s already gifted us with a full stocking of punk covers. We’ve been so good! The latest is The Maine’s take on Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” In the Arizona rockers’ hands, the carefree ’80s anthem becomes a devastating guitar scorcher that wouldn’t feel out of place during a breakup scene of a John Hughes movie. It’s a complete reboot of the Lauper track, with the original’s bouncy hooks twisted into a wounded melody and the synthesizers traded in for smoldering amps. There’s serious anguish when John O’Callaghan sings, “Daddy dear, you’re still No. 1,” and a winter chill when the song’s title line rolls off his tongue. Brrrr. He gets an assist from Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara, who adds his own bellow to the clattering chorus.
Listen to The Maine’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” cover featuring Adam Lazzara after the jump.
It’s the kind of heaviness that’s all over the Maine’s latest, Pioneer, which dropped last December on Action Theory Records. The band’s take on “Girls” will appear on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5, due Nov. 6 alongside covers from Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina (doing Michael Jackson!), and many more. The collection’s covers range from ’80s classics to current hits from Carly Rae Jepsen and Gotye, so it should please even the Scrooge-iest names on your holiday list.
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