Nick Lowe: “Heart of the City”

Posted: November 14, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Broccoli Fields Forever …

The Original

Nick Lowe:


Another Great Version

Dave Edmonds:


The Cover Songs Competition


The Breakdowns vs. The ‘lectric Chairs


The Breakdowns:

The ‘lectric Chairs:

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. Arnold Plotnick says:

    This is probably my fave song from that classic, brilliant Nick Lowe album. I give this one to the ‘lectric Chairs. This song needs to be played fast, and the Breakdowns just don’t do it fast enough.

  2. The Bug says:

    I love Nick Lowe (why don’t you marry him?) and love this song, but at work and can’t listen to the videos right now. Just posting to let Dubbie know I’m here and love his site. Hey anybody catch the shout out to Neil Young’s birthday on Sportscenter yesterday? Barry Melrose actually gave some kudos to Neil’s dad, having read all his books on hockey.

    • RDubbs says:

      I did not catch yesterday’s mention of Neil but will always remember a truly comical moment on ESPN draft day about 20 years ago. The son of old football star, Terry Metcalf, (i.e. Eric Metcalf) was a highly regarded prospect that year. ESPN did a sappy father-son montage of the two with Old Man playing in the background. When it mercifully ended the camera shot back to Chris Berman who very simply deadpanned, “It’s always good to hear from Neil Young on draft day …”.

  3. RDubbs says:

    I did not care for The Breakdowns’ version at all. In a word, uninspiring. The ‘lectric Chairs brought nothing new and exciting to the table but also did not embarrass themselves, knocking out an acceptable facsimile, which is more than enough to secure their victory over the aptly named Breakdowns.

    I could not find any other covers of this excellent cut that were through normal channels. Dr. Feelgood apparently covered the song but I could not locate a copy or video their version.

  4. Joe says:

    Too late to vote? I really do dig The Breakdowns version, like the solo, love the piano. It feels like it will fall apart at any minute. It’s good!

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