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Singles Club : Amyl and the Sniffers

Wed 30 December

Amyl and the Sniffers flip the bird to 2020 with their riotous cover of a 1978 disco belter.

We needed an anthem at the end of 2020 — what was by all accounts a godawful year — something to help us stage dive with full hearts and flailing limbs into 2021. So we asked beloved Melbourne punk rockers Amyl and the Sniffers to join us in raising a middle finger to 2020, as part of our commissioned track series RISING: SINGLES CLUB. Their contribution is one for the ages — a cover of Patrick Hernandez’s disco belter, ‘Born to Be Alive’.

Hernandez’s track went all the way to #1 on the Australian charts in ’79. Allegedly it started out as a hard rock shredder, before morphing into a disco banger, which means Amyl and the Sniffers’ take has come full circle. Kind of like those full moons we’ve been harping on about. This new version’s got lead singer Amy Taylor’s joyous and irrepressible cheek, thundering drums and heavy riffs. It’s a brick through 2020’s window.

We’re born to be alive. Make it count.

‘Born to be Alive’ by Amyl and the Sniffers is a RISING: SINGLES CLUB commission. For more full moon tunes subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Spotify.

Amyl and the Sniffers — by Chris Almeida. You can find her on IG at @chrisdnm

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