We were saddened to learn of the sudden death of former Fitz of Depression frontman Mikey Dees. While we’re not sure what happened, we did learn about it from social media posts from reliable sources and close friends. But be that as it may, Fitz was a fantastic and underrated punk band from Olympia, Washington, releasing three albums and a slew of singles and EP’s. They had plenty of great original material, of course, but they were always fun whenever they offered up irreverent yet respectful covers of classic New Wave and Power Pop songs. For me, their 1995 single for YoYo Recordings that featured a cover of Joe Jackson‘s “I’m The Man” and Elvis Costello‘s “Welcome The Working Week,” both of which were standards in their live set. If I remember correctly, Dees once said that Jackson himself loved their cover. Don’t know if thats’s true or not, but Jackson wouldn’t be wrong to think that way. RIP.
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