Battle of versions - I fought the law

A journey beyond mainstream to rebel music

Which ones are the best (2 options)

Clash
16
28%
Big dirty band
4
7%
Stray cats
4
7%
Green day
2
4%
Bobby Fuller
26
46%
Dead Kennedys
2
4%
Bruce Springsteen
1
2%
The men they couldn't hang
1
2%
Thug murder
1
2%
 
Total votes : 57

Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (sowhat) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:05 pm

I've chosen this one cause there's quite a few versions of it. Represented are underground acts as well as some more "conventional" ones. Please choose up to two favourites if you don't mind. :wink: And, if you don't mind, please tell which one(s) you consider to be the worst.
Clash

Big dirty band

Green day

Stray cats

Bobby Fuller

Dead Kennedys

Bruce Springsteen

The men they couldn't hang

Thug murder

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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (scotty) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:07 pm

The clash for me! 8)
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (wayang) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:30 pm

Yikes, Sheena! How could you leave out Social Distortion's version? It's almost as good as their original: "How Could Anyone Fall For A Drunk Like Me?"



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Is that what the kids mean by 'punk'?
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (sowhat) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:03 pm

Yikes, Dane. Sorry, missed that. :oops: Sorry, cannot edit the vote field now cause there are votes already. :(
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (paologregorio) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:18 pm

The original is classic, so it's in a league of it's own. :D

After the Clash covered the song, there's just no point in anyone else ever covering the song, though I prefer the Clash's studio version to the live cover, but the live version still kicks!!

Viscerally, I always want to nominate Springsteen for the worst version of anything, but his version's just blah. :lol: :lol: Yes, I know he's talented, I just don't like his image or anything he does. To each one's own.

I like the Dead Kennedys, but they tie with Thug Murder for having the most annoying version. Green Day and Social D are just Clash wannabees to me, so they don't even merit comment IMHO, and the rest, aside from the Stray Cats' pleasant traditional rendition of the song don't do a whole lot for me one way or another.
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (winston) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:02 pm

Don't rush to judgement. Put me down for a vote to The Big Dirty Band............... :lol:
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (sowhat) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:37 pm

winston wrote:Don't rush to judgement. Put me down for a vote to The Big Dirty Band............... :lol:

You may laugh, Brian, but i've voted for BDB as well... and Bobby Fuller. :twisted:
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (winston) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:49 pm

Does that mean I am beginning to like punk? :lol: I just think the Big Dirty Bands version is so full of energy that it makes all the rest seem dead by comparison.
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (paologregorio) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:58 pm

winston wrote:Does that mean I am beginning to like punk? :lol: I just think the Big Dirty Bands version is so full of energy that it makes all the rest seem dead by comparison.


Yup, must mean you like punk. I'll send you a pair of creepers. :wink:

The Big Dirty Band's version sorta reminds me of Joan Jett after a second listen, and I mean that in a complimentary sense of course, but who's that guy in the TV screen in some of the shots screaming over the lead singer's vocals? Kinda annoying. Is it that the guy from STP, or Alice in Chains or something? Can't quite place him. The goofballs in the record store and on the street dtract from the video as well. Can't we have more shots of the band? :D
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (sowhat) » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:07 pm

winston wrote:Does that mean I am beginning to like punk? I just think the Big Dirty Bands version is so full of energy that it makes all the rest seem dead by comparison.

I cannot say whether it's punk or not. I just like the bass parts. :twisted:
paologregorio wrote:but who's that guy in the TV screen in some of the shots screaming over the lead singer's vocals? Kinda annoying. Is it that the guy from STP, or Alice in Chains or something? Can't quite place him.

According to the comments for the vid on the tube, it's actually two guys.
The first guy is Ian Thornley (Big wreck/Thornley), he's playing the guitar solo too.
The second one is Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace).
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (wmthor) » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:09 am

I had to vote for the original.
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (tennis_nick) » Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:22 am

Buddy Holly!
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (jps) » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:39 pm

Big Dirty Band for! Gotta love Geddy's bass in that one. Plus that version has great energy to it.
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (captsandwich) » Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:49 pm

The original is cool & all, but the Clash own this tune, as far as I am concerned.
The Big Dirty Band was a pile.
Th Dead Kennedy's version is amusing if you know the context.
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Re: Battle of versions - I fought the law

Postby (sowhat) » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:11 pm

Bobby Fuller is the leader at the moment. Is this a punk forum or what? :roll: :twisted:
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