Tune du Jour: “Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Dickies vs. Johnny Thunders
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Eve of Destruction was written by P.F. Sloan. The song was initially offered to The Byrds but they rejected it. The Turtles then accepted it, including the song on their debut album, It Ain’t Me Babe, which was released in October 1965.

Eve of Destruction was first released by Barry McGuire in July 1965 with P.F. Sloan playing guitar on the track. Two months later (i.e. September 1965) Sloan released his own version of the song.

McGuire’s version of Eve of Destruction was a huge success, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.


The Original


Barry McGuire:

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


The Dickies vs. Johnny Thunders
The Dickies:

Johnny Thunders:

Johnny Thunders holds the distinction of being CMI’s Reigning Exultant Virtuosic Performer of “Eve of Destruction“. Additionally, Thunders is a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Bi Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold yellow.

Thunder’s triumphal performance in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competition is detailed below:

11/10/2013 – “Eve of Destruction” (Barry McGuire) – Johnny Thunders (86%) throttles The Pogues (14%)

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.



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  1. Kerry Black says:

    The Dickies blew right through that as if the studio was on fire.

    Johnny’s version sounded a lot like it did last month.

  2. Cuspid says:

    I think Kerry’s comments summed it up pretty well. Also, I did noticed that the length of both covers added together doesn’t equal the length of the original. Pretty cool.

  3. Arnie Plotnick says:

    I like the way The Dickies cover some songs. You should hear their “Nights in White Satin”.

  4. RDubbs says:

    The Dickies, not even close … Victory sealed with stunning inflection of voice on “dead” (i.e. “you can bury your deeeeeead”).

    I pretty much love every cover The Dickies knocked out.

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