And now, a break from Cover To Cover, and a big fat Happy Friday!
Three versions of one of my all-time favorite songs, Pressure Drop. First the version I learned to love, from The Only Band That Matters, The Clash. After listening to The Clash for years, I began seeking out the originals of many of their awesome covers (Police and Thieves, Time is Tight, Police On My Back, I Fought The Law, and of course, Pressure Drop). Covers are sticky business. I've found that when you hear a cover first, you can never truly appreciate the original. I can recall arguing with some metalhead about a Sex Pistols song that was covered in the 80's (Anarchy in the UK, maybe?) in regard to which was the better version. I contended that the original was far superior, and he disagreed entirely. I was dumbfounded that anyone could hold such a belief...until I realized that I was doing that very thing with the above listed Clash covers. Oh well...
The second is the classic, original Toots and The Maytals song, followed by a cover recorded by The Specials, another fave of mine from the early Brit Ska days that overlapped the late Brit Punk days.
I hope you can appreciate the awesomeness that is Pressure Drop with one of these versions.
There's also a version with Toots and Eric Clapton out there, updated Toots versions, and countless other covers. I like to think The Clash had a big hand in making Toots so popular.
~Sham, Quixotic Referee