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Larry Franz

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TALKING HEADS singer David Byrne disliked his band being called "punk" during the genre's late '70s heyday - because he thought the New York art rockers had a ground-breaking sound.

[He] recalls how the PSYCHO KILLER band sounded nothing like other groups - including THE SEX PISTOLS - on the scene and he felt they lacked the aggressive nihilism that was punk's trademark.

Byrne explains, "We used to complain bitterly that we weren't punk."

"I think we fitted in because our music was stripped down and unconventional in that it didn't match any radio formats, so it was a reaction against everything that was going on around us in the commercial music world."

"And it was kind of do-it-yourself in the same way as the Ramones were."


The first time Talking Heads appeared using that name was when they opened for the Ramones in 1975.

"Love -- Building On Fire"


"Don't Worry About the Government"


"No Compassion"

 
Another cover from the Dickies, "Pretty Please Me"



More from the Queers, "Salt Lake City" and "Brian Wilson"


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Also lovable was Germany's Nina Hagen (covering The Tubes):

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Don't worry, t. I get it. The Clash always reminded me of Pat Boone too.

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how so?  Was it the constant political subject matter of Pat's lyrics that make you say that?  Or perhaps, his reggae covers in 1977?  Pat made a big thing about Jebus,  and the Clash, well, they had a song called 'The Sound of the Sinners' on Sandinista! (their 3 record set in tribute to a Latin American communist revolution).  Maybe it was Pat's corroborations with poet Allen Ginsberg?   
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Gold - I Fought the Law – The Clash

Silver - Glad All Over – The Rezillos

Bronze - Surf City – The Ramones

Tin - Paranoid – The Dickies

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Of course, we all remember how punk began....back in the late 50s..? :



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GOLD -- The Rezillos, Glad All Over -- Och! Those yon bonnie Scots know how to get the party started! Diggin' that accent on the lead lass.

SILVER -- The Clash, I Fought The Law -- I thought this was the next liveliest kick at the can here. Interestingly enough, former Cricket Sonny Curtis also wrote the theme from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" which has a punkish version courtesy of Joan Jett in this recent VW ad:




BRONZE -- The Ramones, Surf City -- Nice, though I'd expected this to have a lot more OOMPH! It came off a little pedestrian from these (usually) live wires. However, I have a hard time thinking of them without being reminded of this classic Monty Burns clip (love Monty's last lines in it!):



TIN -- The Dickies, Paranoid -- Straddling the line between bold and stupid covering Black Sabbath. C'mon! Who can one up Black Sabbath?

Thanks, t !
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Doesn't do much for me (oh dear, is that the second time I've made a similar comment in one of your weeks, t?)

GOLD Ramones
SILVER Clash
BRONZE Rezillos
TIN Dickies
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My very honest votes.

GOLD - The Dickies.  Indeedly so.  But I like their effort, and it's short.

SILVER - The Clash.  This is the first version I heard of it, so I suppose it's my "normal".  Hearing the original makes me understand how mangled this version actually is.  It's like it's been stabbed a thousand times by a safety pin.

BRONZE - The Ramones.  Cool band and possibly the best vocals of the four songs up this week, but this version feels like it's not going anywhere.  Essentially, Brian does Brian best.  

TIN - The Rezillos.  Glad it's over.  Speaking of vocals, does this lady sound like that at home?  I can't make it one minute through this one, sorry t. 

Pop Punk.  "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand.



What happens when punk covers poop.  The Vandals "Summer Lovin'."  Jeepers.



Before she was new wave, Debbie Harry and the band were basically latter-day punk.  Blondie "In The Sun" (Surf's Up!) and "I Didn't Have the Nerve to Say No".





Thanks, t.  You made me pull my Doc Martins out ... and throw them away.





















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Because it's so quiet around here today, I'm going to bow to the impulse I've had since this week started.



Ahh, scratched that itch. [smile]

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Because it's so quiet around here today, I'm going to bow to the impulse I've had since this week started.



Ahh, scratched that itch. [smile]

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bonnie, looks like you scratched it twice!

BTW, I never had Doc Martins....now, Doc Scholl's is more my style.

More Rezillos:
covering Gerry & the Pacemakers "I Like It"


covering Fleetwood Mac's "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight"

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My votes

Gold -The Clash - I Fought the Law
Silver- The Ramones - Surf City
Bronze -The Rezillos - Glad All Over
Tin -The Dickies - Paranoid

These are pre-punk but sort of have a punky sound


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The Sex Pistols cover "C'mon Everybody".


Also them doing "Stepping Stone" at a concert in 2007. People do seem to be energetically enjoying themselves.


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Whoops, sorry t.  I wondered where that first post went.  

No more itch, though. [smile]

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t, I'm not a punk rocker.
That said I did give each one a fair listen. And surprising, to me, I actually heard some music in amongst the noise. I found I liked The Clash the best...and would say that generally about The Clash. After catching a tune by them now and again, I do find some sustaining merit to their artistry. The Ramones do have an occasionally good song as well. I never heard of The Rezillos before this. I wonder if I ever will again. I'm also quite familiar with the original versions of three of the songs but I've never heard Black Sabbath's "Paranoid". Just as well. I didn't look it up either. I do recognize punk rock as a valid art form, and one I may not have explored anywhere near required to truly appreciate it. I do appreciate this week's battle, tho.
Votes:
Gold - I Fought the Law – The Clash
Silver - Glad All Over – The Rezillos
Bronze - Surf City – The Ramones
Tin - Paranoid – The Dickies


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