Lulu: “To Sir With Love”

Posted: December 8, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Broccoli Fields Forever …

I am an unabashed fan of this movie and song. I still get misty-eyed at the end. Sidney Poitier is fantastic, as is the rest of the cast, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better movie theme song. Truly phenomenal and enduring …

The Original



The Cover Songs Competition


This is probably not a fair fight with Lulu doing partial vocals on one of the covers but as I have to constantly remind my ten-year-old … life is not always fair.


Lulu & Soul Asylum vs. Melky Sedeck


Lulu & Soul Asylum:

Melky Sedeck:

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. Greg says:

    I’ve been wanting Chrissie Hynde to do a version of this for years. On the Melky version did you see the movie poster in Italian? Kinda looked like the title was School of Violence or something

  2. Arnold Plotnick says:

    More proof that it’s hard to do a bad version when the song itself is so strong. Without the videos influencing the vote, I might have given this one to Melky. But the performance of Soul Asylum and Lulu is a truly spectacular, magic stage moment where everything… the lighting, the orchestration, the atmosphere… is perfect. Damn you, Winston, for doing this to me. P.S. I just put the movie in my Netflix list. Haven’t seen it in about 40 years!

    • RDubbs says:

      Melky does pull off an excellent version but as I said above, this really was not a fair fight. I am so impressed that Lulu could still belt out this tune flawlessly decades after the original. I watched the film a few years ago for the first time in a few decades. It holds up extremely well. Excellent production on every level.

  3. bornunderabadsign says:

    Got to give it to Lulu and SA playing an incredible back up.

  4. bornunderabadsign says:

    Have to agree with Mr. rdubbs the iconoclastic purveyor the covermeimpressed blog this one always gets to me…now I am going to hide in corner and think about all those English and Literature teachers I had a crush on like Ms. Atkinson, Ms. Landsmann, and Ms. Stark…

  5. bornunderabadsign says:

    BTW, been meaning to say something for a couple of weeks now, what’s up with the snowflakes?

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