Tune du Jour: “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” -Ian Dury & The Blockheads
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Nina Hagen & Freaky Fukin Weirdoz vs. Jewish Monkeys vs. Kurt Gober Band
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Ian Dury & The Blockheads:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Nina Hagen & Freaky Fukin Weirdoz vs. Jewish Monkeys vs. Kurt Gober Band
Nina Hagen & Freaky Fukin Weirdoz:

Jewish Monkeys:

Kurt Gober Band:

Who knew that Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick was such a popular song with children?


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?!!? 


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  1. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Oy gevalt. Three atrocious cover versions of a song that I could take or leave on a good day. It’s like voting for Cruz vs. Jindal vs. Santorum. I held my nose and picked the Nina Hagen version. The Jewish Monkeys’ version was amusing for about 20 seconds. A full seven minutes was painful. The Kurt Gober Band were horrible. Sigh… cover me not impressed.

  2. Cuspid says:

    This has basically always been a stupid song; more of a novelty than anything else. I usually like Nina Hagen. But she’s a little too much over the top with this one. I’m going with the Jewish Monkeys and their klezmer version for proving that a little Yiddish can improve almost any song. And by the way, I think the Kurt Gober Band should be arrested for child abuse.

  3. RDubbs says:

    Wow such hatred for one of Dury seminal works. The Jewish Monkeys’ version would have been great if edited down by a half. In their defense, it was from a live show where bands often extend songs that the audience is getting into. While I the Kurt Gober duo could have run a very successful child care center – well at least until the authorities were alerted – their cover left much to be desired. That leaves me with Nina Hagen’s version, which I suspect Ian Dury would have approved of.

  4. bornunderabadsign says:

    I want the Jewish Monkeys for my next wedding! regardless, I voted for Nina

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