Black Sabbath: “Paranoid”

Posted: November 6, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Broc 4L

Broccoli Fields Forever …

The Original

Black Sabbath:


The Cover Songs Competition


The Dickies vs. Ruder Than You


The Dickies:

Ruder Than You:

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.



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. Cuspid says:

    Even the idea of a ska version of any Black Sabbath song alone is brilliant.

  2. That was actually pretty tough because I love the Dickies version, but Ruder than You really takes this song over. It’s their improv chorus that does it. So catchy! And thank god, because I’d listened to the Burt Bacharach greatest hits on the way to dropping Peo off at school today, and had “what do you get when you fall in love…” stuck in my head all morning!

    • RDubbs says:

      CMI: “Proudly Dispensing Unproductive Diversion since September 2013”!

      By the way, your father used to love singing that song on deliveries, replacing words to achieve a maximum depravity of lyrics. It was really quite impressive. Come to think of it that could very well have been the birth of Rap right there in that banged-up delivery van.

  3. RDubbs says:

    Pretty cool that a heavy metal song could be covered to perfection by a punk band as well as a ska band. In other words, we can all just get along …

    This one is really difficult for me. I love both covers. The Dickies have been around since the ’70s, yet still sound raw and novel. And how can you not cast your lot with a band whose lead singer is not afraid to sweep up a little in the middle of a song without missing a beat? Yet how could you argue against Ruder Than You? Fun, fast, creative and eminently danceable? And it’s Ska. And ska is good, very, very good (you can quote me on that one).

    Sigh, Ruder Than You by the slightest of invectives.

    Bonus Fact: Do you realize The Dickies are still touring? Crazy! Unfortunately I don’t think they’re allowed outside of CA these days.

  4. Pete Black says:

    Sad to see that The Dickie’s got killed here because I thought they were amazing. The frontman! I feel like I should look him up and send him a check. The energy of The Toy Dolls, The bouncing and swinging that reminded me of Jason Ringenberg on cocaine. The band played it mighty to boot. Word.

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