Social Distortion's Mike Ness on His 10 Best Country-Punk Covers

From the punk godfather's take on Johnny Cash to an unexpected Kitty Wells song

"Making Believe," Kitty Wells

Two years after the surprising success of their "Ring of Fire" cover, Social Distortion doubled down on their punk-meets-country concoction with two covers appearing on their fourth album, 1992's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell: "Making Believe" and "King of Fools." The former was originally written by Jimmy Work in 1955 and popularized by Kitty Wells' version released the same year. However, it wasn't Wells' crooning that piqued Ness' interests in covering the country classic. "It was probably the Wanda Jackson one that I gravitated towards more," Ness surmises. "In the late Eighties, I was buying a lot of reissues on vinyl, everything from blues to doo-wop to rockabilly to country. Every time I would hear that song, I just thought to myself, 'Man, I really want to sing this song with the band.' I just love that one so much. It's such a great old country standard."   

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