Sonny Bono: “Laugh at Me”

Posted: November 17, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

Sonny Bono supposedly wrote this song in angst after being refused service at a Los Angeles restaurant for wearing what the owner considered to be bizarre attire. Sonny has often been the butt of jokes, many times deservedly so, yet the guy actually had some talent and could write a decent song every now and then. I would argue that this is one of them.

The Original

Sonny Bono:

This is an alternate version. The sound quality is not nearly as good but it’s worth checking out just to see the controlled rage Sonny seems to be in as he sings the lyrics.

The Cover Songs Competition


Otis Ball vs. Mott the Hoople


Otis Ball:

Mott the Hoople:

You don’t suppose Ian Hunter could have related to these lyrics, possibly turning a few heads every now and then with his look? He obviously dug the song, resurrecting it for live shows during his solo career.

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:

    A wise man once told me, when in doubt, go with the Hoople …

    I had no idea what that crazy old bean meant until today!

  2. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Yeah, I’m a-goin’ with da Hoople.

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