XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Back On The Chain Gang” by Morrissey

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Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Morrissey’s cover of “Back On The Chain Gang,” originally on Pretenders’ 1984 album, Learning To Crawl, is a bonus song that he released for the deluxe edition of his recent album, Low In High School. Pretenders once covered Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday” on their 1994 Last of The Independents release.

Recently, the former lead singer of The Smiths announced he was releasing an album of covers, California Son. It’s an interesting and eclectic collection of deep tracks of songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tim Hardin, Carly Simon, and interesting choices of song by Jobriath, Roy Orbison, Laura Nyro, and Gary Puckett and The Union Gap.

The album tracklist includes:

MORNING STARSHIP (Jobriath)
DON’T INTERRUPT THE SORROW (Joni Mitchell)
ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME (Bob Dylan)
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN (Buffy Sainte Marie)
DAYS OF DECISION (Phil Ochs)
IT’S OVER (Roy Orbison)
WEDDING BELL BLUES (Laura Nyro)
LONELINESS REMEMBERS WHAT HAPPINESS FORGETS (Dionne Warwick)
LADY WILLPOWER (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap)
WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES (Carly Simon)
LENNY’S TUNE (Tim Hardin)
SOME SAY I GOT DEVIL (Melanie)

Below, listen to Morrissey’s cover, and Pretenders’ original version of “Back On The Chain Gang.”

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