Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – “Institutionalized” (Suicidal Tendencies Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)
Suicidal Tendencies have released seven LPs since their 1983 self-titled debut — and that includes a couple of legit punk-funk-metal-crossover classics in 1987’s Join The Army and 1988’s How Will I Laugh Tomorrow — but there’s probably no more beloved or better-known moment in their entire catalog than “Institutionalized,” from that debut (“All I wanted was a Pepsi!”). Part of the song’s vitality comes from its prominent placement in Repo Man, the bizarre and nihilistic cult classic starring Emilio Estevez as a punk-rock repo man trying to repossess a Chevy Malibu with a trunk full of dead aliens.
American Laundromat Records has compiled a tribute to Repo Man’s soundtrack, with Amanda Palmer (who’s been in the news a bit recently) and the Grand Theft Orchestra taking on ST’s classic centerpiece. Give it a listen below.
Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra – “Institutionalized” (Suicidal Tendencies Cover)