At a gig in their home state this weekend, Atlanta garage punk act Black Lips teamed up with Bradford Cox for some cover-on-cover action, taking on The Ramones’ “Do You Wanna Dance.” After a cryptic Twitter message hinting at his appearance, the Deerhunter frontman and fellow Georgian turned up to provide vocals for an impromptu performance of the track, which was originally recorded by Bobby Freeman in 1958. This version, however, is all Ramones, right down to Cox’s costume.
The collaboration between Cox and Black Lips doesn’t produce an especially polished cover, but it stays true to the ramshackle punk sound that characterizes classic Ramones tracks. Cox does his best Joey Ramone impression and Black Lips provide high energy garage rock to back him up. It’s not a hugely innovative cover, but it is a fun one. Watch the performance below.
Black Lips and Bradford Cox – Do You Wanna Dance (Bobby Freeman/Ramones cover)