The Four Tops: “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”

Posted: November 15, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

The Original

The Four Tops:


The Cover Songs Competition


The David Johansen Band vs. The Slackers


The David Johansen Band:

The sound quality on this one is not nearly as good but it is a great old live video of The David Johansen Band. Make sure to take a look at about the 3:40 mark of the video; David is buffooning about the audience when he takes a quick step and very nearly gets clocked by one of the roving cameras:

The Slackers:

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:

    Gadzooks this one is really difficult for me. I like The Slackers’ version more each time I hear it – and I liked it plenty from the get-go. And Johansen’s voice is a little weird for a Motown standard. But David Jo has been my boy since the early days of college. In fact, I think the first cover song I was truly mesmerized by was a live version of “Build Me Up Buttercup” performed by The David Johansen Band around 1981. Johansen was the opener for a Pat Benatar concert. At the time I was in the midst of about a 3-month crush on Pat, but it ended abruptly that evening (as a new one began). By the next day all I could remember of the show was the phenomenal, blood-pumping romp of Buttercup that David Jo and the boys had thrown down. You just don’t overcome memories like that. David Jo going away …

    Over 30 years later would it still qualify as just a crush that I have on David Johansen or could it be construed as something a bit more serious?

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