Los Angeles punk band The Linda Lindas have paid tribute to one of their greatest inspirations, sharing a cover of The Go-Go’s‘ ‘Tonite’. The young group – whose members have an average age of 14 – unveiled their debut album, Growing Up, in April 2022.
“The Linda Lindas started out as a cover band, and we’ve played more songs by The Go-Go’s than anyone else,” the group explained in a statement. “And even after we started to write our own songs, we never stopped playing ‘Tonite’.”
The Linda Lindas – ‘Tonite’
“We love the idea of us going out and owning our town, and ‘Tonite’ is as fun to play as it is empowering – especially the part where we all sing together,” they added. “‘We rule the streets tonite until the morning light,’ and so should our fans.
“Because the cover is such a hit at shows, we decided to record a studio version to pay tribute to the greatest all-female rock band of all time, a crucial part of the L.A. punk scene, and our heroes.”
The Linda Lindas formed in 2018. They’ve stated in numerous interviews since that The Go-Go’s were among their greatest inspirations, naming them in the same breath as acts such as Bikini Kill, Redd Kross and The Breeders.
The group have shared a handful of other covers in recent years, including a version of The Blue Hearts’ ‘Linda Linda’, which inspired their name. The band have recently been concluding their live shows with versions of Bikini Kill’s ‘Rebel Girl’ and ‘Tonite’.