Top 5 Old Songs Ripe for Hipster Updates
"Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," X
Covered by: Sleigh Bells
The subject matter -- a pre-Viagra-era drug-induced sex rampage culminating in rape -- of the classic X track from the L.A. punks' debut album Los Angeles is about as dark as it gets. The song's ugly theme is gleefully lightened in true tongue-in-cheek punk fashion when laid over Billy Zoom's trademark wailing Gretsch guitar. "Johnny" mirrors Sleigh Bells' caustic yet poppy lyrical content, set as always to former Poison the Well guitarist Derek Miller's punishing backing tracks.