Track of the Day: 'Paint It Black' by The Avengers

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

This selection from reader Dan puts a rock classic in the hands of a punk band and a woman’s pipes:

The Avengers’ cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” has been pretty much my favorite cover song since 1980. The original is one of the few Stones songs to hold up over time—with the increased pace of modern life, those old bits just drag. But the Avengers really rip it up.

You probably know that the Avengers opened for the Sex Pistols at the Pistols’ fabled last show on their American tour. I would have loved to have been there, but alas I was in Indiana.

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