John Lennon: “Working Class Hero”

Posted: April 10, 2018 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Working Class Hero” – John Lennon
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Manic Street Preachers vs. Marilyn Manson vs. Screaming Trees
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Read it in Sunday Papers …

 Tough manhunt … German police began searching for a drunken reveler who smashed another reveler over the head with a beer stein at an Oktoberfest celebration. They described the perpetrator as having “blond hair and pale skin, and wearing lederhosen.”



The Original

John Lennon:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Manic Street Preachers vs. Marilyn Manson vs. Screaming Trees
Manic Street Preachers:

Marilyn Manson:

Screaming Trees:

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. Pete Black says:

    Great song. This was an easy one for me. I expected to like The Screaming Trees the best and it was no contest. They are my favorite group to emerge from the Pacific Northwest late 80s-early 90s barrage of bands. I love Mark Lanegan’s vocals as a Tree, solo, his collaborations with Isobel Campbell (former Belle & Sebastian) and his contributions to Queens Of The Stone Age.

    I bought one manic Street Preachers disc years ago after reading much hype and was very disappointed. I haven’t listened to them since but I know they are very popular in the U.K. I thought their rendition was decent but no threat to win.

    I wouldn’t have recognized this as Marilyn Manson but I have never listened to his music by choice. Only when it has been in a film or on television. He surprisingly did it straight. I might have expected sound effects, distortion or mechanical noise.

  2. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I’m in agreement with Pete here. The Manic Street Preachers did a hopped-up, surprisingly passionate version, I will say. Marilyn Manson surprised me with a pretty straightforward version, and I kinda liked his gravelly voice. But Screaming Trees did the nicest version overall. Great vocals, nice harmonizing, kinda hypnotic and drone-y. Excellent.

  3. bornunderabadsign says:

    Marilyn was my favorite going in, but after listening to all three, Screaming Trees got my vote.

  4. RDubbs says:

    The Manic Street Preachers’ spirited version very nearly stole my vote. As everybody has noted Marilyn Manson produced a surprisingly good (i.e. normal) rendition. And since I like his Absinthe (Switzerland’s “Mansinthe”) he almost got my vote. But I am in agreement with all thus far; the Screaming Trees nailed it.

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