The Rolling Stones: “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”

Posted: February 23, 2018 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Cant’s You Hear Me Knocking” – The Rolling Stones
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Bamboos vs. Release vs. Santana featuring Scott Weiland

I Shouted Out,
“Who Ate The Broccoli?”,
When After All,
It Was You And Me…


Read it in the Sunday Papers …

A squirrel caused nearly $500 worth of damage to an English pub after it broke in, got drunk, and went on a rampage. Pub owner Sam Boulter found the premises covered in spilled beer and broken glass and initially thought he’d been burgled, until an inebriated squirrel stumbled out. “He looked a bit worse for wear”, said Boulter. He thinks the rodent inadvertently turned on a beer tap and then drank its fill. “It’s safe to say he is now barred for life,” Boulter added.



The Original

The Rolling Stones:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


The Bamboos vs. Release vs. Santana featuring Scott Weiland
The Bamboos:


Santana featuring Scott Weiland:

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?!!? 


  1. Cuspid says:

    OK, Plotty. Where are you today? You’re not sleeping, are you?!

  2. Cuspid says:

    One of my all-time favorite Stones songs. It sounds as rockin’ today as it did 40+ years ago. And all 3 covers are very respectable.

    When I was in high school I used to always be disappointed when Mick would sing “…all around your town.” and then the breakdown with just the bongo drums, etc. The first half of the song was so good that the second half was always a let down. These days I’ve made my peace with the second half, and enjoy it very much as well.

    But I always wondered what the second half might have sounded like if the Stones had tried to give it the same feel as the first half. Well, that’s exactly what Release did. And for that reason they got my vote, even though the singer messed up the “speed freak jive” line. Still, it sounds excellent. They reminded me a little of what this song might have sounded like had the Runaways covered it.

  3. RDubbs says:

    The Bamboos and Release both performed credible versions. I especially liked Release’s vocals. But how do you top Santana covering a guitar-heavy Stones’ song? I don’t think you can.

  4. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I love this song, but you really have to be in right mindset when you listen to it, i.e. you know that after the very satisfying rocking first half, you’re going to have to put up with many minutes of instrumental noodling. Some days, you get really into it. On other occasions, it’s very tedious. If I’ve put the album on as background music while doing something else, I’m usually fine with it. But most of the time, I just wish the song had ended with the last verse. It’s not unlike Layla in that regard. Yes, most of the time I appreciate that lovely piano and the little bird tweet at the end; other times, I’m like, “okay already, enough!”. Today, I was not in the mood for all that noodling, and that earned Release my vote. Plus, it’s just a pretty darn good version. I couldn’t have imagined the song with female vocals. Now I can. Kudos to them.

  5. Kerry Black says:

    I don’t know the first two acts, but the funky version by The Bamboos wins it for me today.

  6. Pete Black says:

    I voted Santana because they embraced both facets of the song. It opens with a great Richards riff and you can just picture the cocky strut of Jagger as he delivers his lines. Then halfway through the jam you say to yourself “what song is this again?” It’s two songs for the price of one! It’s overtime! Extra innings! Free baseball!

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