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Tune du Jour: “Love of the Common People” – The Four Preps
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Elton John vs. Stiff Little Fingers vs. Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band
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Love of the Common People was written and composed by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and eventually released in 1970 on Hurley’s album John Hurley Sings about People. However, its first release was in 1967 when The Four Preps covered the song. In 1982 Paul Young released what was to become the most popular version of Love of the Common People, reaching No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The prior year Stiff Little Fingers had covered the song on their album Now Then. Jake Burns of SLF recalled this amusing anecdote pertaining to the song. Paul Young met SLF at one of their concerts in support of the album Now Then. Young asked Burns whether SLF were planning to release the song as a single. When Burns told them they weren’t, Young asked if they minded him releasing it as a single. They said he could, not thinking the single would do well. Years later Burns jokingly recalled his feelings at the time: “Pfft! Go ahead. You’ll never get anywhere with that, mate. Yeah, number 2, that’ll teach me!”

The Original

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The Four Preps (1967):

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CMI’s Millenial Most Distinguished Name Award

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The Winstons (1969):

In researching this song I came across a few individuals who felt The Winstons’ cover was the best overall version.

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The Most Popular

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Paul Young (1982):

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Elton John vs. Stiff Little Fingers vs. Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band

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Elton John (1970):

I would have never guessed that this was Elton John!

Stiff Little Fingers (1982):

Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band (2007):

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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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