Photo by Smitt E. Smitty
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of David Bowie's iconic "Rebel Rebel," so Boston's Smitt E. Smitty & The Fezztones have released their own cover of the song. Somehow this cover is both faithful to the original and a complete bizarro reworking of it. Smitt E. Smitty & The Fezztones make their version a little less glam and a little more garage rock, but not by much. Of course, at times it has its very own style of glam, so maybe it's not less glam just... different? It's a more raw and strange version that is going to anger some Bowie fans but delight the true fans, because who really wants a note for note Bowie cover?
Smitt E. Smitty says of his band's David Bowie cover:
“I have wanted to cover this David Bowie song for quite some time,” Smitty says. “Long before he passed away in 2016. We did a version of ‘Panic in Detroit’ for our debut live performance at ONCE in Somerville. We did it again in Detroit at The Detroit All-Star Garage Rock Punk Revue III. The song killed. But I wanted to do a different Bowie song for our performance at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival in 2019. This version of ‘Rebel Rebel’ is ostensibly the version we played live for that event. It came off wonderfully. I knew then and there, I wanted to record it.”
You can watch the video for Smitt E. Smitty & The Fezztones' cover of "Rebel Rebel" below. For more on the band, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
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