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The Kills Drop Stunning Marilyn Monroe Cover

Hear Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince take on the icon's 1954 tune "One Silver Dollar."

By: Kevin O'Donnell // August 1, 2011

When the Kills headed to Australia to perform at the Splendour in the Grass Festival, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince dropped by triple j radio to tear through their new single “Satellite.” The blues-punk duo also offered up a stunning cover of “One Silver Dollar,” a tune performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1954 Western movie River of No Return. Hear it here (via Some Kind of Awesome).

On their latest album Blood Pressures, Mosshart and Hince expand their skuzzy lo-fi sound, but they keep things simple on this faithful rendition of “One Silver Dollar.” Mosshart belts out the lyrics with more passion than Monroe’s sensual whisper, and while Hince opts for an acoustic guitar, he strums the tune’s chords with as much vigor as his plugged-in six-string. Compare the Kills’ version to Monroe’s original below.