The Who: “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”

Posted: March 30, 2016 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” – The Who
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Alex Chilton vs. Flaming Lips vs. Ocean Colour Scene
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And Miles And Miles
And Miles And Miles …
Oh Yeah!


The Original


The Who:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Alex Chilton vs. Flaming Lips vs. Ocean Colour Scene
Alex Chilton:

Flaming Lips:

Ocean Colour Scene:


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. Cuspid says:

    Looking at the match-up ahead of time I felt for sure Alex Chilton would take this one easily. But I think the Flaming Lips are the hands-down winner here. While I generally favor the faster pace of the Lips’ version, it’s their vocals that seal the deal for me. To my ears they sound a lot more inspired than the other two versions.

    • RDubbs says:

      We’re on the same page here, Cuspid. When I first saw that Alex Chilton covered this song I too thought it would be a great one. Unfortunately, his version feels somewhat bland, possibly due to the material given The Who being the most overrated band of all time .. Teehee, across two continents Doug and Arnie, veins bulging from their forehead, simultaneously clutch their hearts, moan, become faint, then, luckily, realize just in time that this is for entertainment purposes only.

      • RDubbs says:

        BTW, Doug, I was unfamiliar with Ocean Colour Scene but am guessing you’re familiar with them. According to AllMusic, Paul Weller was quite the supporter.

  2. RDubbs says:

    No shame for any of our three participants, although I do feel Chilton’s version lags behind those of the Flaming Lips and Ocean Colour Scene. I can say that since Paul Westerberg is not anywhere nearby to punch me repeatedly in the thorax.

    My vote goes to the Flaming Lips. They sound more out-of-control throughout and the snide chuckle at the end seals the deal.

  3. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Well, I’ve always loved this song, and was looking forward to all the covers. This is a real punk song, in the same vein as the Kinks’ “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” or the Animals’ “It’s My Life”. The standout aspect of this song is the screechy, blistering feedback interlude in the middle, which really went against all standards back then. That’s my favorite part of the song. So… I do think The Flaming Lips version is the best, but I was disappointed in their feedback part. Alex Chilton’s version has a great feedback section that almost swayed me, but overall, Flaming Lips win this one. Ocean Color Scene did a pretty good version, I will say. I like all three of these versions better than Bowie’s version, by the way.

  4. Kerry Black says:

    I also looked at the list of contestants before listening. I expected to vote for Chilton, as I’m a Big Star fan. I was pleasantly surprised by the Flaming Lips version, as I’m not normally a fan of theirs. That’s the most I’ve ever enjoyed them. Then, to my surprise, the third and final band, whom I’d never even heard of, came through to win my vote.

    Dubbs, if you wanna write that kinda stuff about The Who, you might wanna wait until April first next time. The public is well aware of a number of other equally blasphemous remarks you’ve made over the years. If you’re not careful, I may come down there and stage an intervention. Oh well, I guess I know now why you use a pseudonym, unlike the rest of us.

  5. Cuspid says:

    Having already trashed the Beatles, the Who and Led Zeppelin, Dubbsy will next tell us that Jimi Hendrix was overrated and never could play the guitar very well.

    • RDubbs says:

      Okay, Dougie, You Asked for It!

      Although I prefer The Rolling Stones to them, I do not recall ever trashing The Beatles. I did once write, in jest, that The Beatles lyrics were sophomoric and lacked substance (or something to that effect). You quickly responded with a spirited defense of the brilliance of The Beatles to which I replied my statement was utter gibberish supposed to be taken as a joke. So, in a word “No”, I am not a detractor of The Beatles. Unless, of course, preferring The Stones to them qualifies as detraction.

      Likewise, I have said I do not hold The Who to the lofty standards that virtually all of my friends do. I just don’t. And although I prefer The Who to U2 I made a very similar statement regarding the Irish guys: by all means I consider both The Who and U2 to be good bands but I don’t feel the hero-worship that most everyone does. I will say that it is interesting during those two debates (i.e. superiority of The Who and U2) you and Arnie really stressed the fact that both bands featured incredibly talented musicians and their bodies of work greatly influenced the direction of the music world; these attributes were proof of their grandeur. Yet when used a similar premise regarding Elvis Presley, you simply dismissed my argument as irrelevant. Elvis had an incredible voice, in fact one of the best in the music world. And I provided you with about 30 quotes from some of your favorite musicians, each fawning over the impact and influence Elvis had on their careers. A list that included the venerable John Lennon. Your response was that Elvis did not actually influence these musicians’ work much (?) and that John Lennon did not actually mean what he was quoted as saying (???). My argument was not about getting you, or anyone else, to enjoy Elvis’ music. You either like a musician’s work or you don’t (Although I imagine the extent of your knowledge of Elvis’ catalog begins and ends with a handful of his overplayed radio mega-hits). During the Elvis debate all I was doing was putting forth the same argument you and Arnie gave to me regarding The Who and U2. But at the end of the day, regardless of the level of talent, influence on future trends in the music world, or sheer size of their following, a person either enjoys listening to a musician/band or they don’t. And, although I have learned to enjoy The Who a lot more than I ever have before (thanks primarily to you and Arnie), I just don’t regularly find myself craving a turn of one of their CDs. Same goes for U2. I really like their first two albums and they have a few songs that I truly love but that is about it. Not enough to be fawn-worthy.

      As for Led Zeppelin they truly suck. I understand that they were great musicians. Okay, that is impressive. Their music, not so much. I guess in their “defense” you could say that having stolen most of their lyrics and music from others they should not be blamed for their inane catalog. But sorry, they still polluted the airways with their ultra-hip crap.

      And Jimi? I’m embarrassed to say that I have not listened to a lot of the man’s work. Other than his standards, I’m familiar with very little of his catalog. I like most everything of the man’s work that I’ve heard. And even a greenhorn like myself, totally devoid of musical expertise, can readily detect the brilliance of Hendrix’s guitar work. Thus, sorry, but I doubt that I’ll be questioning his guitar expertise anytime in the foreseeable future.

  6. Pete Black says:

    I took that email exchange some of us did last year with our favorite bands of all time and ranked mine out to 206 before getting bogged down. I plan on trying to go to 500. Of the artists mentioned above I have The Beatles at 2, The Who at 4, The Stones at 7, Hendrix at 8, Led Zeppelin at 19, U2 at 155 and no sign of Elvis yet. I know he had a great charisma which made watching him compelling in the good years but I don’t get much from listening to his records. he did some hot rockabilly in the very beginning but the edges were as smooth as his belly before long.

    • RDubbs says:

      Pete, I doubt Elvis would make my top 50, maybe top 75 though. I’m not a huge fan. But I’ve long read quotes from some unexpected musicians raving about Elvis, usually qualified as “early Elvis”. But Elvis all the same. So I decided to approach his catalog with an open mind and was rewarded rather nicely. Phenomenal voice, spirited rockabilly, and some rockers that were way ahead of their time. I can now see how he influenced many musicians that I hold in high esteem. And as an added benefit, a lot of Elvis’ catalog is absurd kitsch to the point that it is just plain fun to listen to.

      As for the rest of my rant, just staking out a few positions …

  7. bornunderabadsign says:

    Shortly into the Flamin Lips, I thought they had my vote, then I played OCS…I give this one to OCS. The references to earlier work by British Invasion bands which referenced work by African American blues and R&B did it for me…shades of the Kinks, the Stones, and so on…not to mention the Who…

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