Week 3: Your Favorite Cover Song
I changed my choice on this yesterday. I was all set to scour YouTube for the best version I could find of the Dead Kennedys “I Fought the Law”. I love it for it’s unrestrained political statement (and also because it’s the Dead Kennedys). Then, on the way home from work, this cover popped up on my playlist, and I knew I had to switch.
I’d call myself a Dave Matthews fan, but not a fanatic. This cover, though, just burns. Sure, it’s political too, but I think the final product even overshadows that. It. Just. Burns.
It stays true to the original, which is a tall order considering the source (Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse). Obviously, Warren Hayes (of Gov’t Mule and Allman Bros (v2.0) fame) makes it what it is more than Dave and his band anyways, but it really is the perfect union for this cover. Trying to explain why I dig it so much any further than that could take away from it. It is super long, but if you’ve never heard it, do yourself a favor: Carve out ten minutes, turn out the lights, lay flat on the floor, crank the volume all the way up, and hit play.