Camper Van Beethoven: “Take The Skinheads Bowling”

Posted: October 5, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd



What would you do should you suddenly realize that skinheads have inhabited your lawn? Thankfully Camper Van Beethoven’s important and practical song offers at least one possible solution to this age-old conundrum.


The Original

Camper Van Beethoven:

The Cover Songs Competition


No Skanks On Sunday vs. Skandalous All-Stars


No Skanks On Sunday:

Granted these spirited lasses need a little time to get going but once they do just sit back and enjoy the vivacious ride!

Skandalous All-Stars:

This ska supergroup never fails to produce first-rate, skankable tunage.

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

  1. bornunderabadsign says:

    Reluctantly gave my vote to the S-All-Stars, but must say No Skanks stole my heart…

  2. RDubbs says:

    L’amore per la Skanks! Je liefde voor de Skanks! Liebe zu den Skanks! Miłość do Skanks! Láska k Skanks. Ljubav na Skanks! Love the Skanks!

  3. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Sigh. Tough call. With my eyes closed: The Skandalous All-Stars. Watching the video: I give it to the ultra-charming Skanks. Hmmm… had you thought about this, Richie? Are visuals supposed to be a factor in deciding the better cover version? Video killed the cover version.

  4. RDubbs says:

    Well I’d say if the visual is of a live performance then, yes, the musician’s “presence” should factor into the decision; the audio and visual are both significantly relevant in assessing the enjoyment of the musical experience. Now if the visual is of the slickly-produced music video variety then probably not so much.

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