Post Malone covers Pearl Jam hit ‘Last Kiss’ at Live Show

Last week, Post Malone shared a live video of him performing a soaring acoustic version of “Last Kiss,” the 1961 Wayne Cochran song best known for the cover version released in 1999 by Pearl Jam. Over two decades later, it remains Pearl Jam’s biggest hit.

As the grunge legend says, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder convinced the rock band to record “Last Kiss” after he found a 7″ record of the original single in an antique store in Seattle. The version played by Posty seems to owe more to the Pearl Jam recording than the original , right down to muted guitar flows that close each verse.

As for Post Malone’s appeal — the rock-minded hip-hop artist bends often his country crooner muscles — The Pearl Jam cover makes perfect sense. Especially as an acoustic centerpiece that provides an emotional anchor in the middle. It undoubtedly anchored Pearl Jam’s popularity afterwards their run of five albums in the 90s.

“Last Kiss” is an archetypal example of the “teenage tragedy” narrative that captured the American imagination after the war. The tune tells the story of a teenage driver who loses his partner in a car accident. Cochran, known in the ’60s for his flamboyant outfits and white pompadour, originated “Last Kiss” in 1961. He re-recorded it in 1963. Besides Pearl Jam and Posty, countless other artists have adapted it. Cochran died in 2017.

Below, listen to part of Post Malone’s live cover of “Last Kiss,” followed by the Pearl Jam version and Cochran’s original recording.

Post Malone, “Last Kiss” (Live Snippet)

Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss”

Wayne Cochran, “Last Kiss”

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