The 1975 vs. Knuckle Puck By Sam Devotta | March 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM
“Chocolate” Writers: George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald Original Release Date: March 4, 2013
In honor of The 1975’s latest album, I’ve brought you a special edition of (Un)Covered. My first taste of the Manchester band was in mid-2013 when I heard “Chocolate”.
Originally released on their second EP, Music for Cars, the song was also included on their eponymous album. It has since become one of their most recognized songs and was certified Gold last year, and is always a big crowd-pleaser at live shows, prompting massive singalongs. Sure, it’s hard to figure out what they’re talking about the first time you listen to it (spoiler alert: chocolate = weed, if you didn’t already know), but damn if it’s not catchy.
While I personally believe that The 1975 shouldn’t be covered, I will say that if you’re going to cover them, at least make it fun. Enter Knuckle Puck; their version of “Chocolate” is one of the highlights of Fearless Records’ 2014 compilation, Punk Goes Pop 6. Joe Taylor’s gruff vocals are a lot easier to understand than the often indecipherable Matty Healy, and if I had to choose one word to describe this song, it would be “pop-punk”. Of course, I’ll always prefer the original, but if you’re looking for a change of pace, Knuckle Puck does a decent job.