Sassy may not be the perfect adjective to describe Girl in a Coma, but it leaves the impression that the three Texans have enough sweetness and plenty of attitude to cover seven classic songs with power-punk girl band success. It’s entirely fitting that they released the three volume Adventures in Coverland on Blackheart Records, Joan Jett’s label.
Sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and close friend Jenn Alva make-up Girl in a Coma. These women have brave souls–tackling many talented artists from The Beatles to The Velvet Underground to David Bowie. The line-up is as follows:
The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – To even attempt a George Harrison cover is impressive. The smoothness of the original is captured, but Girl in a Coma gives the song their own twist with an edgier chorus.
The Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale” – More upbeat than the original, which adds interest and keeps the music in line with what’s popular in today’s world. In comparison, the song was clearly made for Nico’s delicate vocals.
Ritchie Valen’s “Let’s Go” – The faster, punk version of the classic rock ‘n roll song.
Patsy Cline’s “Walkin After Midnight” – Girl in a Coma keeps the swinging element of the original, but did away with the country twang. Again, a more updated version of a classic.
Selena’s “Si Una Vez” – Selena’s version has a bit more edge, sounding more angst-driven. The language barrier may have something to do with this. The attempt is unexpected, but not remarkable.
David Bowie’s “As the World Falls Down” – It’s a gentle song for Girl in a Coma, but their version is not gentle compared to the sensitive Bowie. The song does, however, translate into a great punk song.
Joy Division’s “Transmission” – Girl in a Coma definitely made this song their own. It is more slow, more feminine, and more emotional than the original. Joy Division thrashed; Girl in a Coma soothes.
Overall, Girl in a Coma takes classic pop, punk, country, and Latin songs and transforms them into feminine, power-punk. With some songs it works, while others would be better left alone. I’m guessing this was an exciting, intimate project for them, but I’d be more excited to hear their own rock.