When the Old 97’s saw “20th Century Boy” on our 25-song list, the band relished the chance to cover the T. Rex track. Old 97’s lead singer Rhett Miller is a huge fan, and while it’s not his favorite song from the band’s catalog, really any Marc Bolan song would’ve made him happy. Thus, the Old 97’s paid homage to the track, keeping the song’s signature bass guitar riff intact and adding a little of their own flair to a first-rate cover.
The Old 97’s latest record, Graveyard Whistling, is out now on ATO Records. Our interview with Miller is below.