A Tribute To Repo Man

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.

A Tribute To Repo Man is out tomorrow on American Laundromat Records. Buy it here.

Comments (2)
  1. Wow, this is GOOD. I love the jazzy feel, and how good she is at voice acting.

  2. Wow. The original is a tough act to follow, but this equals it. True enough to be a real hommage, but different enough to be its own thing. Great band, and great phrasing by Amanda, who conveys the teenage angst with a nice touch of feminine irony and insight. When I was 16, I only heard the anger. Now, much older and via this version, I hear the sadness too.

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