Jack White covers proto-punk classic, “Pablo Picasso”

The low-key Modern Lovers tune gets turned up thanks to White’s bluesy touch.

Fresh from dropping his new album Boarding House Reach, Jack White is at it again. Yesterday, he released a cover of the Modern Lovers’ “Pablo Picasso,” giving the proto-punk classic a furious spin that takes it to the edges of blood-and-guts blues rock.

Jonathan Richman, leader of the Modern Lovers, is regarded for his understated wit, self-deprecating humor and untouchable insouciance—the original “Pablo Picasso” was, after all, produced by the great John Cale. And all that gets thrown out of the window in White’s cover. Guitar acrobatics, barking vocals and a stomping beat make sure of that.

The cover is a part of a Spotify Studios session, which was recorded live. White also performed “Over and Over and Over,” off his new LP. Listen to both songs here:

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