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Rock n Roll Boxing Match: Originals vs. Covers

Side A
Artist Song
Ensemble Modern  The Ballad of Mack the Knife (Brecht/Weill) 
Bobby Darin  Mack the Knife 
Bo Diddley  Pills 
R.E.M.   Pills 
Duke Ellington  Take the 'A' Train 
Esquivel  Take the 'A' Train 
Jesse Fuller  San Francisco Bay Blues 
Richie Havens  San Francisco Bay Blues 
Cub  New York City 
They Might Be Giants  New York City 
John Lee Hooker  Boom Boom 
The Animals  Boom Boom 
The Rolling Stones  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 
Devo  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 
The Velvet Underground  I Found a Reason 
Cat Power  I Found a Reason 
Side B
Leadbelly  Cotton Fields 
Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cotton Fields 
The Only Ones  The Whole of the Law 
Yo La Tengo  The Whole of the Law 
Eddie Cochran  Summertime Blues 
Blue Cheer  Summertime Blues 
Bob Dylan  Blowin' in the Wind 
Stevie Wonder  Blowin' in the Wind 
The Shangri-Las  Give Him a Great Big Kiss 
The New York Dolls  Give Her a Great Big Kiss 
Hair (Original Cast)  Ain't Got No/ I Got Life (Ragni, Rado and MacDermot) 
Nina Simone  Ain't Got No/ I Got Life 
Tiny Bradshaw  The Train Kept A-Rollin' 
The Yardbirds  The Train Kept A-Rollin' 
The Beach Boys  The Warmth of the Sun 
Friends of Dean Martinez  The Warmth of the Sun 


A sort of mix tape chain letter. I made this and sent it to a friend with instructions to vote on a winner in each of the 16 bouts, email me his choices, then send the tape on to another person with the same instructions and so on. Eventually, I hope to gather enough ballots to post the final winners. I tried to pick cover versions that were not simply reverential versions, but songs where the artists covering the song really made it their own. I also tried to make it so that they weren't all one-sided battles. Please play along and send your choices and opinions to me at After I get enough responses I will send out the final tallies.


Rob Conroy
Date: 2/11/2002
Nice idea. I'll be e-mailing my opinions in a moment.
Date: 2/11/2002
crap, i wish i knew enough of these to comment!
Sean Lally
Date: 2/11/2002
This is a great idea. I fear that the Shangri-La's and Dolls would be a draw.
andrew j
Date: 2/11/2002
wow i'm working on the same thing except i'm useing those new beatles covers from the i am sam soundtrack might wanna check that out
Date: 2/11/2002
Great concept.
Date: 2/11/2002
It's funny, I spent the whole day today listening to the Cat Power version of "I found a reason" on my discman and being all wistful and then came home and had to listen to the VU version over and over and I love them both in such different ways that I have trouble comparing them.

Point is, this is interesting. :)
Date: 2/12/2002 Wow. I know someone in Vancouver who has a crush on you (or will have one as soon as I tell her your e-mail adress).
Date: 2/12/2002
Bring on the crushes!
Date: 4/20/2003
all right. this is quite excellent. that tmbg of 'new york city' is a must.