My Chemical Romance - “Jack The Ripper” [from Morrissey’s Beethoven Was Deaf; 1992]
A live B-side from the U.K. 7-inch release of “Thank You For The Venom” in 2004, My Chemical Romance take a heavier, more personally adapted approach to “Jack The Ripper” than AFI would just a couple years later. It’s barely recognizable as a Morrissey song but, it somehow still works.
AFI - “Jack The Ripper” [from Morrissey’s Beethoven Was Deaf; 1992]
Released as a bonus digital b-side from AFI’s Decemberunderground era, this cover of a somewhat rare Morrissey track stays pretty true to the original, despite Davey Havok’s completely different vocal register.
Who played it better? My Chemical Romance or AFI?
Jesse Lacey (Brand New) - “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself” [from Morrissey’s Vauxhall And I; 1994]
It’s no secret that Brand New’s Jesse Lacey is a huge Smiths and Morrissey fan. From musical influences and lyrical references to his own personal style, given the singer’s love for the group, it’s actually a bit surprising he hasn’t covered Morrissey more often. It’s not surprising, however, that when he does, he totally nails it.
The Killers - “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself” [from Morrissey’s Vauxhall And I; 1994]
Influenced heavily by the Smiths, the Killers have been known to work covers like “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” into their live show. However, it’s their studio cover of “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself,” a bonus track from their limited edition Hot Fuss 7-inch boxset, that really shows off how Morrissey-esque they can be.
Tiger Army - “The Loop” [from Morrissey’s World Of Morrissey; 1995]
Morrissey’s “The Loop” is basically a rockabilly song on its own, making it easy for band like Tiger Army to adapt the track to fit with their performance style. Frontman Nick 13 does a surprisingly spot on Moz impression to boot