’68 are streaming their cover of “Summertime Blues,“ via Alternative Press. The track was originally performed by Eddie Cochran, but their version is more inspired by Blue Cheer‘s cover. The duo will digitally release a deluxe edition of their latest album “Two Parts Viper” tomorrow (April 27), and it will come with three bonus tracks including: “That’s The Plan Anyway, Now Figure Out How To Follow Through,“ “One Thing, However I Have Found To Be True,” and a director’s cut of “Summertime Blues.“
Josh Scogin commented:
“I have wanted to record a cover song for quite some time. We do a ton of homages live, everything from At The Drive In, Paramore, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Notorious B.I.G. to name a few. It varies from night to night, but these are always just small bits—maybe just a riff in the middle, or a signature lyric.
I really wanted to record a song, in its entirety, that was not written by me. So I did. I had several in mind, and someday I might get to those, but the song ‘Summertime Blues‘ just seemed to make the most sense, especially Blue Cheer’s version. Don’t get me wrong.
I love Eddie Cochran’s version, too (in fact you should go listen to it right now, it is so good), but with the rawness that Blue Chee‘r conjured up—in all their songs—it is easy for me to gravitate to it. All in all, this is just another chance for me to pay homage to another great band and another great song.”