Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: “I Won’t Back Down”

Posted: March 24, 2016 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Johny Cash vs. MercyMe vs. Pop Evil
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Johnny Cash vs. MercyMe vs. Pop Evil
Johnny Cash:


Pop Evil:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 


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

  1. Kerry Black says:

    We’ve had some tough decisions in recent days, but this one isn’t. Johnny in a landslide!

  2. bornunderabadsign says:

    Have to give this one to the Man in Black!

  3. RDubbs says:

    This is the first CMI competition in a long while that I did not pine over a winner. Johnny Cash’s version is simply awesome, no two ways about it. MercyMe does a fine cover. But Pop Evil’s rendition really got me going, especially towards the end. Hate not to vote for my old favorite, Johnny Cash, but gotta give this one to Pop Evil.

    Incidentally, I came across MercyMe and Pop Evil’s versions while searching YouTube and found both worthy of inclusion. At the time I thought: Pop Evil, what an interesting and strange name for a band. After posting last night I realized that MercyMe is a Christian rock band. So I unwittingly set up a duel between good and evil on today’s blog. Ugh! And I couldn’t help but choose Evil!!!

  4. Douglas Zaner says:

    For the record, this is a Tom Petty solo song, not with the Heartbreakers. The original appeared on his Full Moon Fever solo album. Even the video itself has it labeled incorrectly. Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne were never member of the Heartbreakers. Only lead guitarist Mike Campbell was/is. That being said, I also liked Pop Evil’s version the best, although I’m not sure why.

  5. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Wow, if ever there was a song written for a guy like Johnny Cash, this is it. He’s stood at the gates of hell, no doubt. Pop Evil do a fabulous version, I must say. But this just sounds majestic coming from Johnny.

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