Pega Monstro are a pair of sisters from Portugal.
They first dropped on to our radar earlier this year with their first single, Braço De Ferro. It come out on London indie label Upset The Rhythm and sounded pretty much perfect when we first heard it and it’s just got better since.
When we asked them to choose a top 5 for us they picked out their top 5 cover versions from GG Allin’s take on a country classic to Nina Simone covering The Bee Gees and a super creepy rendition of Without You.
Take it away Pega Monstro.
Nina Simone - To Love SomebodyOriginal by The Bee Gees
Love her and great song! Nina sings it better though 🙂
Royal Trux - Faca AmoladaOriginal by Milton Nascimento
This song is by a brazilian artist called Milton Nascimento he has great records – Minas (1975) and Clube da Esquina (1972) – and this song Fé Cega, Faca Amolada has always been a part of our childhood. So when we heard this kickass Royal Trux version we were excited.
Also it’s funny to hear Neil’s and Jennifer’s portuguese accent.
Bobby Conn - Without YouOriginal by Badfinger
Everybody knows this song, either by Mariah Carrey or Harry Nilsson, but this disturbing version just turns up the creepy vibes that the song already has – “I Can’t live/ If living is without you”.
Why is he dressed like a priest?!?!
GG Allin - Pick Me Up On Your Way DownWritten by Harlan Howard
This song I think it’s like an american country classic. The first time I heard was sung by Wanda Jackson (she’s great!!) but then a friend of mine showed me this and I liked this pussy version of GG Allin playing guitar instead of cutting himself and throwing shit around.
The Flying Lizards - Move On UpOriginal by Curtis Mayfield
the whitest people playing the blackest song. Sounds good!!
You can grab Pega Monstro’s new album Alfarroba on Upset The Rhythm here and check them out on their upcoming UK tour:
14 August – Bournemouth – Venue TBA
15 August – London – Victoria
16 August – Manchester – Pop Festival
20 August – Liverpool – Kazmier Garden
21 August – Glasgow – Old Hair
22 August – York – Please Please You
23 August – Ramsgate – Pop In Opposition Festival
25 August – London – Tufnell Park Dome