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The Mountain Goats covered Jawbreaker @ A.V. Club


The Mountain Goats stopped by the A.V. Club in Chicago to take part in their “Undercover” series. The group chose to play the Jawbreaker anthem, “Boxcar.”

When we heard from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats that the band had chosen Jawbreaker‘s 1994 classic of punk-scene angst, “Boxcar,” to cover for us, we were tickled. When they actually came in and played it, we were delighted.

Though the band-song pairing seems a little incongruous, it actually makes a lot of sense: Both Jawbreaker and The Mountain Goats were/are led by literate guys who like to put their feelings right out there, naked. It just so happens that this song is an indictment of the kind of holier-than-thou punk attitudes that Darnielle probably can’t relate to personally. Which makes it all the more fun to see and hear him rock the lines: “You’re not punk, and I’m telling everyone” and “One, two, three four, who’s punk, what’s the score?” [A.V. Club]

Check out the video below.

The Mountain Goats cover Jawbreaker

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