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treatment_bound
(Duluth to Madison)
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 13:44
 

Great segue from The Specials...same era, different ATTITUDE!
ScottishWillie
(The Scottish Lowlands)
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 1:45
 

 oldfart48 wrote:
worst version of this ever heard......{#Ass}
 

I beg to differ. I think the 'in your face' nature of this makes it the definitive version.


JeriF
Posted: Mar 12, 2017 13:08
 

 oldfart48 wrote:
worst version of this ever heard......{#Ass}

 
Haha.  Exactly.  Although, I've pretty much never liked any version.
Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Dec 10, 2016 9:19
 

Arm hurts from playing air guitar...
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 09, 2016 19:07
 

 justin4kick wrote:
I like the Clash a lot but the Bobby Fullers Four's version is much much better.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgtQj8O92eI
enkay
(Vancouver Island)
Posted: Aug 07, 2016 18:34
 

 justin4kick wrote:
I like the Clash a lot but the Bobby Fullers Four's version is much much better.

 
You said that 3 years ago and nobody agreed with you that time either apparently.
Jota
(Scotland)
Posted: Aug 07, 2016 18:28
 

I just went to listen to it and it's far too clean and tame.  It's what I imagine church sounds like. all nicey nicey.

justin4kick wrote:
I like the Clash a lot but the Bobby Fullers Four's version is much much better.

 


justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: May 04, 2016 2:19
 

I like the Clash a lot but the Bobby Fullers Four's version is much much better.
Far
Posted: Oct 27, 2015 16:55
 

Have seen the recently discovered extended footage of the Clash from 1977 ? truly a time trip mixed with New Years BBC footage.Awesome, found in a trunk or a vault.
Emwolb
(NJ)
Posted: Jun 24, 2015 11:13
 

Most  excellent but the Dead Kennedys version is a solid 10
Athorn
Posted: Mar 21, 2015 9:40
 

"I Fought the Law" was track five on side two of " In Style With the Crickets". Track six was "Love's Made a Fool of You". Bobby Fuller's follow up to "I Fought the Law" was "Love's Made...." That one was written by Holly/Montgomery, although Buddy wasn't in the band, and I believe had died by the time the album was made.
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Feb 17, 2015 19:49
 

 Proclivities wrote:

Generally (and legally), credited cover versions of songs are not considered "ripped" from their composers, and Sonny Curtis (who joined The Crickets after Buddy Holly's death) wrote this song, not Buddy Holly.

 
Yes, but Sonny Curtis knew Holly from the beginning and was on Holly's first demos. Apparently, he was on the road as a working musician when Holly formed the Crickets, returning to take the lead vocals after Holly's death.

I agree BTW that covers are simply covers, generally reimbursing the songwriter. I guess they would be considered rips if the songwriter wasn't paid. Probably happens. Lord knows Led Zep and Dylan seem to have skirted that little nicety, tho' LZ relented some years ago.
Far
Posted: Jan 17, 2015 11:37
 

New video out ( well to me anyway) The Clash New Years 1977. amazing archival footage from a hand held something.
ick
(...out of the primordial ooze)
Posted: Jun 12, 2014 13:31
 

Two of my old favorites today...

 1:26 pm - The Clash - I Fought The Law
1:23 pm - The Specials - Gangsters

Ah... like a favorite faded black t-shirt.
fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Jun 10, 2014 8:23
 

cartoon
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Jun 03, 2014 22:34
 

 fredriley wrote:

'Kinell! I wouldn't expect quotes from an abstruse philosopher on this forum. Thanks for the intellectual interlude :)

IIRC Kierkegaard was considered to be an early existentialist. Sadly, I could never get on with existentialists and their appallingly bleak and individualist outlooks. Camus in particular was a prize self-centred tit.
 

Yeah, Søren Kierkegaard is considered one of the early founders of existentialism...  he never used the word "existentialism", but he was the first to describe the absurdity of human existence... however, Kierkegaard was afraid that nihilism would result if nobody believed in anything because everything is absurd, so Kierkegaard thought that people should believe in something, even if it is absurd...

the core definition of existentialism is a paradox, so it is as absurd as everything else— postmodern existentialists believe that objectively everything is absurd, so subjectively people are free to believe whatever they wish... the paradox is that this means objectively, existentialism is as absurd as everything else...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners and B.F. Skinner... we love this splendiferous song... love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...


RandomousJam
(RandomousJam.com)
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 8:25
 

 unclehud wrote:

As long as there is law, there will be bad boys (and girls) who fight and lose ... and then sing this song proudly.

 
This also applies to good boys (and girls).
unclehud
(Charlestown, baby!)
Posted: Feb 06, 2014 13:19
 

 joelbb wrote:
I was a young radio listener when the original of this song came out.  Everybody liked it then, a major hit.  Rockin' bands like the Clash (and their  fans) ALWAYS have loved it, esp. the short drum riff in the middle.  I'll bet it's still being covered 25 years from now.
 
As long as there is law, there will be bad boys (and girls) who fight and lose ... and then sing this song proudly.
Orodrigues
(Resende (RJ), Brazil)
Posted: Sep 01, 2013 17:15
 

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}
oldfart48
(boulder creek ca.)
Posted: Sep 01, 2013 17:15
 

worst version of this ever heard......{#Ass}
fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:53
 

 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this cover...

The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard defines dread as the knowledge of what you must do to prove you're free, even if it will destroy you. His example is Adam in the Garden of Eden, happy and content until God shows him the Tree of Knowledge and says, "Don't eat this." Now, Adam is no longer free. This is one rule he can break; he must break to prove his freedom, even if it destroys him. Kierkegaard says the moment we are forbidden to do something, we will do it. It is inevitable.

According to Kierkegaard, the person who allows the law to control his life, who says the possible isn't possible just because it's illegal, is leading the inauthentic life.


 

 
'Kinell! I wouldn't expect quotes from an abstruse philosopher on this forum. Thanks for the intellectual interlude :)

IIRC Kierkegaard was considered to be an early existentialist. Sadly, I could never get on with existentialists and their appallingly bleak and individualist outlooks. Camus in particular was a prize self-centred tit.
justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 11:09
 

Good, but still the Bobby Fuller Four´s version is much better!
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Jun 30, 2013 15:02
 

 richlister wrote:
Shame they ripped it from Buddy Holly.
 
Generally (and legally), credited cover versions of songs are not considered "ripped" from their composers, and Sonny Curtis (who joined The Crickets after Buddy Holly's death) wrote this song, not Buddy Holly.
DCABERO
(Toulouse)
Posted: Apr 28, 2013 0:27
 

Sunday morning... 9 in the morning in Toulouse (South France)... weather pretty bad for a end of april... despite this, the energy of this song of the clash rise my energy to go to run and take fresh air in the forest !  another time, THX RP !  {#Good-vibes}
toterola
(Further)
Posted: Apr 28, 2013 0:21
 

It don't get any better! {#Skull}
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:01
 


Everybody in my church loves this cover...

The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard defines dread as the knowledge of what you must do to prove you're free, even if it will destroy you. His example is Adam in the Garden of Eden, happy and content until God shows him the Tree of Knowledge and says, "Don't eat this." Now, Adam is no longer free. This is one rule he can break; he must break to prove his freedom, even if it destroys him. Kierkegaard says the moment we are forbidden to do something, we will do it. It is inevitable.

According to Kierkegaard, the person who allows the law to control his life, who says the possible isn't possible just because it's illegal, is leading the inauthentic life.


 
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Nov 22, 2012 11:36
 

Saw Bruce Springsteen do this in Cleveland in about 1980.    Timeless and Joe's version here is a 9 at least.

As for Bobby Fuller and the Bobby Fuller Four (or Five?), too bad that the LAPD did not like him.

richlister
(Here, there, pretty much everywhere.)
Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:18
 

Shame they ripped it from Buddy Holly.
joelbb
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 14:39
 

I was a young radio listener when the original of this song came out.  Everybody liked it then, a major hit.  Rockin' bands like the Clash (and their  fans) ALWAYS have loved it, esp. the short drum riff in the middle.  I'll bet it's still being covered 25 years from now.
LongGoneDaddy
Posted: May 17, 2012 8:39
 

"i fought the song, and the song won"  GD tour shirt, 1993
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z_wnc3KU-Y

ziakut
(The Windy City)
Posted: May 17, 2012 8:38
 

Actually a fun cover and well done!
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Apr 15, 2012 15:05
 

 Proclivities wrote:

Still, the Bobby Fuller Four version is great.  I enjoy this one too, it's just a different take on the theme.

"Happy Laments" would make a good album title though.

 
John Mellancamp said this was the inspiration for "I fought authority and authority always win".
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Mar 14, 2012 23:39
 

 Stingray wrote:
Vibrators are better!
 
That's what your girlfriend says.
cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 10:43
 

 sirdroseph wrote:
I think they were concerned about the message more than anything else because they obviously were not very concerned about musical execution. I am no musician, but I bet that most musicians could play all of the Clash's tunes blindfolded. For that matter all punk songs.
  Sure, but wasn't that part and parcel of the punk ethos? The fact that you don't need orchestration (The Moody Blues come to mind), choreography (e.g. disco) or even much musicianship, to make music?


Stingray
(NWO reloaded)
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 10:42
 

 BBOGDA wrote:

Makes me Bop!  Love it.


 
What do you do, if you are Bob?

Stingray
(NWO reloaded)
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 10:41
 

Vibrators are better!
mikexican
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 10:40
 

AWESOME!
BBOGDA
Posted: Oct 08, 2011 10:18
 

Makes me Bop!  Love it.


(former member)
(hotel in Las Vegas)
Posted: Oct 08, 2011 10:16
 



Everybody in my hotel room be dancing to this classic cover...


 
neuticle
(fog fog fog)
Posted: Oct 08, 2011 10:15
 


Your musical ignorance is showing..might want to do a little research before you dismiss bands just because  they are labled "Punk"


I think they were concerned about the message more than anything else because they obviously were not very concerned about musical execution. I am no musician, but I bet that most musicians could play all of the Clash's tunes blindfolded. For that matter all punk songs.
 

SDBob
(San Diego, CA)
Posted: Aug 06, 2011 15:02
 

It sounded like Bill said the song was originally by the Bobby Fuller Five, but it the Bobby Fuller Four originally from El Paso, Tx. - Booby was a local band favorite who went to Hollywood and ended up what was said to be suicide from drinking gasoline. Many thought that it was something much more sinister that took him out.
sirdroseph
(Yes)
Posted: Jul 06, 2011 6:16
 

 fredriley wrote:

Substance over style. I think Joe and the boys were more concerned with the music and the message than in a 'cool' cover.

 

I think they were concerned about the message more than anything else because they obviously were not very concerned about musical execution. I am no musician, but I bet that most musicians could play all of the Clash's tunes blindfolded. For that matter all punk songs.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Jun 04, 2011 14:23
 

Pure 100% gold rock and roll. 
cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Mar 14, 2011 12:08
 

 mikewallach wrote:
I think it's the best version....Little known fact.  First recorded by the Crickets, NOT Bobby Fuller
 no.  I mean it's a mediocre reworking of a song I treasure.
 
 
So, did Buddy Holly write it? Would not surprise me, considering how well his songs have held up, 50 years later.

edit: no, it was written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.


calypsus_1
Posted: Mar 05, 2011 15:03
 


The Clash - I Fought The Law, Live

"Am gonna be 50 this year, n this is the song i want to hear when am 90, love The Clash."    tedtheranger

 


otaznick
Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:22
 

Best punk song? {#Ass}
ick
(S.E. La Jolla)
Posted: Dec 29, 2010 7:01
 

Ah my misspent youth!  Two of my favorites from what was a very fun time for me, The Specials followed by the Clash!
Martino
(Almere, Netherlands)
Posted: Sep 25, 2010 6:03
 

one of my first cassettes
DanFHiggins
(Mid Maryland)
Posted: Jul 23, 2010 6:47
 

{#Dancingbanana}


mikewallach
Posted: Jun 21, 2010 9:52
 

I think it's the best version....Little known fact.  First recorded by the Crickets, NOT Bobby Fuller
 no.  I mean it's a mediocre reworking of a song I treasure.