Amythyst Kiah Releases Green Day Cover

Stream the singer-songwriter's interpretation of "Hitchin' A Ride."

By Scott Bernstein Jun 30, 2022 1:47 pm PDT

Amythyst Kiah shared her spin on the Green Day classic “Hitchin’ A Ride.” The cover is one of four tracks featured on Pensive Pop, an EP set to arrive via Rounder Records on August 12.

Kiah previously released covers of Tori Amos’ “Sugar” and Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” to preview Pensive Pop. The EP also features a take on “Chained To The Rhythm” by Katy Perry.

Green Day originally released “Hitchin’ A Ride” on their 1997 studio album, Nimrod. Kiah weighed in on the song:

“‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ is one of those songs that I loved to head-bang to when I was alone in my room, but I never really gave much thought to what Billie Joe Armstrong was actually singing about. I ended up revisiting it for this project, and when I read the lyrics while listening, I was really blown away to realize that it’s a song about a person struggling with addiction. Billie Joe has a great sense of melody and storytelling, and this song is a great example of that.”

Hear Amythyst Kiah’s “Hitchin’ A Ride” cover below:

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