(I’m not) Your Stepping Stone is one of those songs that’s probably been covered by every band ever at some point in their existence. The reason for this is simple: it’s super easy to play and everybody knows it.
The song was written by song-writing team Boyce and Hart, best known for penning huge hits for the Monkees, this one included. So, it’s kind of pre-fab in a way, and by that I mean the song was written to be popular; not necessarily a bad thing if you accept the basic capitalist nature of rock and roll, which we all must do as fans and consumers. But I digress.
The upside is that it’s actually a very versatile song that works equally well across a spectrum of rock and roll sub-genres (probably non-rock and roll as well, I’m just not hip to it). Here are 8 versions of the song done by a collection of garage bands, pop bands, psych bands, punk bands, and one TV band.
It’s all the same song so…
Paul Revere & The Raiders, Midnight Ride
The Possums, Highs in the Mid-Sixties Vol. 9 - Ohio
The Sex Pistols, The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle
The Monkees, Greatest Hits
The Rebounds, Boulders Vol. 2
Minor Threat, Minor Threat LP
The Flies, Complete Collection: 1965-1968
Outer Limits, Syde Trips Vol. 7