Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – “Bastards Of Young” (The Replacements Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Katy Goodman of La Sera and Greta Morgan of Springtime Carnivore have teamed up for an album of punk covers entitled Take It, It’s Yours. The LP features the duo’s takes on songs by the Stooges, Blondie, Bad Brains, and a number of other classic outfits. Morgan provided us with some background behind the project’s origin:

The concept of the record began last September when Katy and I were messing around learning Misfits songs on guitar in my backyard. Once we started singing ‘Where Eagles Dare,” we couldn’t stop. Having female voices and girl group harmonies with the lyrics “I ain’t no goddam son of a bitch, you better think about it, baby” felt like a riveting turnaround.

The lead single from Take It, It’s Yours is a cover of The Replacements’ “Bastards Of Young,” the song from which their album title derives its inspiration. Opening not with a tin wire guitar riff but rather a reverb-dipped breeze reminiscent of Real Estate, Goodman and Morgan sweetly sing Paul Westerberg’s opening lines, “God, what a mess, on the ladder of success/ Where you take one step and miss the whole first rung,” as if they actually came from the last Jenny Lewis album. Replacing Westerberg’s guttural throttle with these women’s harmony-driven delivery shifts the original’s mood of dissatisfied confrontation towards one of sardonic defiance. Oddly enough, they omit the “Take it, it’s yours” section of the original. Listen below.

Tracklist:

01 “Over The Edge” (Wipers)
02 “Pay To Cum” (Bad Brains)
03 “Bastards Of Young” (The Replacements)
04 “Sex Beat” (The Gun Club)
05 “Ever Fallen In Love” (Buzzcocks)
06 “Where Eagles Dare” (The Misfits)
07 “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (The Stooges)
08 “In The City” (The Jam)
09 “Dreaming” (Blondie)
10 “Rebel Yell” (Billy Idol)

Take It, It’s Yours is out 8/26 via Polyvinyl. Pre-order it here.

CREDIT: Julia Brokaw