Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: “I Won’t Back Down”

Posted: November 7, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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The Original

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:


The Cover Songs Competition

Two more completely different, yet superb covers:

Johnny Cash vs. Reel Big Fish


Johnny Cash:

Reel Big Fish:

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. RDubbs says:

    Reel Big Fish is great. They’ve done a slew of covers and they’re all good to great. Usually they have fun with their cover material but they obviously respect TP & HBs. Quite a reverent and superb cover. But unfortunately they were lade with an unwinnable draw. Johnny’s version is absolutely amazing, evoking so many layers of emotion with simply his voice and an acoustic guitar. All of Johnny’s American Recording albums are great but my favorite is III, in which this cover leads off.

  2. Pete Black says:

    Reel Big Fish did a nice sounding version musically but given the lyrics to this song,when John R. Cash tells me that he’ll stand his ground,I BELIEVE him. Iggy and Johnny always tell you the truth. And Steve Earle but sometimes he forgets. Willie Nelson can’t find his car keys right now.

  3. Cuspid says:

    Totally agree: Two more completely different, yet superb covers

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