David Bowie: “Rebel Rebel”

Posted: March 14, 2018 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Rebel Rebel” – David Bowie
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Joan Jett vs. Rickie Lee Jones vs. Lenny Kravitz & Iggy Pop

Ground Control to Major Tom
Eat Your Broccoli and
Put Your Helmet On



“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

  George Orwell



The Original


David Bowie:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Joan Jett vs. Rickie Lee Jones vs. Lenny Kravitz & Iggy Pop
Joan Jett:

Ricki Lee Jones:

Lenny Kravitz & Iggy Pop:


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:

    One of the all-time favorite songs to cover, for sure. All three versions are worthy enough. Iggy and Kravitz are definitely too much over the top. Must be the drugs. But I’m voting for their version because I like the sax and the drummer’s afro.

  2. Lucky H says:

    With all three versions nicely executed musically, this one really comes down to a dance contest, and while the lovely Blanka certainly had me sexually conflicted, nobody beats The Ig when it comes down to the hip-shake

  3. Kerry Black says:

    I’m not normally a fan of Joan Jett, but this is a pretty credible version. I like the aggressive, punchy percussion.

    I don’t know much about Rickie Lee Jones, but I’m surprised she covered this. I thought her style was usually laid back, and this song should be rocked. Nice dancing by the high jumper in the video.

    I went with Lenny and Iggy, who were helped along by the video.

  4. RDubbs says:

    It’s tough to beat the Iggy & Lenny show but that’s just what Ricki Lee’s somewhat sultry performance did. Granted, my vote may have been swayed by the teasingly erotic video but I genuinely liked what Ricki did with the song. Not surprisingly Joan Jett throws down a formidable version but, sorry, she’s pulling up the rear in this event. I hope Joan does not get wind of my opinion. She sorta scares me.

    BTW: I think women’s high jump just became my favorite spectator sport.

  5. Pete Black says:

    I am voting Joan Jett and I never expected to. Iggy Pop is one of my all-time heroes. Although his unbridled music seems to be the the personification of the id, he is an erudite individual. He gives no fucks and yet he call tell you in an intelligent way why. He IS the god of exciting front men to me. Mick Jagger seems like he’s running around like he is supposed to and to keep you interested while Iggy just lives it. I don’t know where this footage is from but it’s okay but it looks like vintage porn. I keep waiting for three women to deliver pizzas and the whole thing to devolve. They don’t disappoint but it was a put together scene that was hard to live up to. Joan Jett, on the other hard just straight rocked this bitch, which should happen. And did.

  6. Pete Black says:

    I would love to see more opinions. When Carl is not fucking the Gator’s chances, what is he doing? I love Carl by the way, straight up guy.You guys insist on Jeff being involved on any of your outings. Where is he? More votes! More opinions!

    • Cuspid says:

      Both Jeff and Carl are MIA, and would certainly we welcomed here and appreciated. But really, Pete, the only opinion you really need is mine. 🙂

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