Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin cover the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop”


Dave Grohl and producer / multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin are back with the second installment of their 2021 “Hanukkah Sessions”, offering a faithful rendition of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop”.

“Once upon a time there were two sweet Jewish boys from Queens named Jeffery Hyman and Thomas Erdelyi who changed the world forever with their music… like Joey and Tommy Ramone! reads a message accompanying the cover. “GABBAI GABBAI HEY! Ladies and gentlemen… These are the Ramones! “

Unlike their first session of 2021 – which saw Grohl and Kurstin completely rework Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” as a death metal track – the duo stayed close to the original with their cover of The Ramones.

In the video, which can be seen below, Grohl sits behind the kit, hammering a punk rock backbeat while also providing vocals. Kurstin, meanwhile, turns out to be a jack of all trades. Although he’s best known as a producer – having worked with a long list of artists that include Adele, Paul McCartney and Beck – Kurstin shows he can perform with the best of them, alternating between riffs to guitar and a surprisingly efficient synthesizer. parts during coverage.

The most noticeable change to the song comes in the form of a slight change in the lyrics. While the original “Blitzkrieg Bop” featured the famous song “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” Grohl and Kurstin replace the words with “Hey!” Oh ! Let’s go! In honor of the Jewish holiday.

Watch Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin cover ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’

This is the second year of the “Hanukkah Sessions” collaboration, which features Grohl and Kurstin covering a different Jewish artist each night of the holiday. The 2020 edition featured covers of music by Bob Dylan, The Knack, Velvet Underground, Beastie Boys and Mountain.

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