Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday Tunes: Who Fought the Law?

The weekend is upon us, so let's take a stroll through the YouTube archives to canvas a classic rebel-rock tune with a storied history:

"I Fought the Law" is a much-covered song originally recorded by Sonny Curtis and The Crickets (post Buddy Holly) in 1959. The song was famously covered by Bobby Fuller Four, who recorded a more successful version of the song in 1965, and The Clash, who recorded a punk rock version in 1978.

Our tour begins, then, with the classic take, from Bobby Fuller:

Canada's own Bryan Adams gives it a try:

You'll probably agree that Bryan did a whole lot better at fighting the law than did Alvin et al...

Still, with due acknowledgment to all the various pretenders, nobody has ever really fought the law quite the way The Clash did:

And finally, here's an interesting footnote for trival buffs.

Did you know that Sonny Curtis, the writer of I Fought the Law, also wrote "Love is All Around," the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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