Tune du Jour: “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” – The Offspring
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Curtis Suburban vs. Manic Hispanic
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Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) was the song that launched The Offspring from small potatoes to really, really big potatoes. The song appeared on the band’s third album, Smash, which was released in August 1994. Come Out And Play reached number 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Track charts. For quite sometime it was about the only thing you could hear on the radio.

Despite sounding like a run-of-the-mill, fast-driven, chaotic, party-rocker, the lyrics of Come Out And Play are actually quite insightful, pertaining to the very real and growing problem of inner city youth gangs, wanton violence and the prevalence of easily gotten handguns.

I had a girlfriend who thought The Offspring was the greatest band ever. And with that I’ve written just about everything I could possibly think of on the song Come Out And Play and the band The Offspring.

The Original

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The Offspring:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Curtis Suburban vs. Manic Hispanic

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Curtis Suburban:

Manic Hispanic:

Manic Hispanic is a farcical Chicano punk band comprised of current and former members of Californian punk bands the Adolescents, The Grabbers, Punk Rock Karaoke, The X-Members, 22 Jacks, Final Conflict, Agent Orange, Death by Stereo and The Cadillac Tramps. Apparently all, or at least many, of the members were to some extent afoul of the law as the band was formed on the advice of a probation officer in order to keep the guys out of further trouble.

Manic Hispanic plays punk standards, altering the lyrics to reflect the perspective of disadvantaged Hispanics. Their songs aim to be comical while also drawing attention to real structural difficulties that Hispanics have to cope with on a day-to-day basis. A few characteristics that typify Manic Hispanic’s creations are that the lyrics are going to be witty; the songs are going to be played with much expertise; and the songs they select to parody are going to be among the best of the punk/hardcore genre.

Come Out And Play (Get Them Immigrated):

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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?!!?

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Votes can be cast up to three months from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

  1. Cuspid says:

    What’s the point, Dubbs? Musically-speaking both of these covers are nearly identical to the original. I also find the vocals on both to be really annoying. But I’m going to give the nod to Manic Hispanic because I do like those little trumpet flourishes between verses.

    Sometimes I’m a bit embarrassed to admit how much I enjoy the Offspring. Like the Ramones, they basically have one song. And like the Ramones they’ve managed to make a career out of it. Good for them.

  2. bornunderabadsign says:

    I voted for Manic Hispanic, but think in all fairness there should have been an option to vote for the The Knack’s “My Sharona”…

  3. RDubbs says:

    Manic Hispanic. I like these guys!

  4. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Pretty faithful cover by Manic Hispanic. I agree with Doug about the Offspring. I really really like them. Nothing I love more than cranking up “Self Esteem” and belting out the lyrics in an unsuspecting person’s ear.

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