Cover vs. Original

Viva Las Vegas


The Dead Kennedys didn't do a lot of covers, but when they did do them they made great parodies of the originals. "Viva Las Vegas", a staple of their live shows, is no different.

- Lance Gagnon, New Bedford, MA, United States, 04.02.2006


Dead Kennedys
1980

vs.

Elvis Presley
1964

CD-Cover: Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 51.3 % 48.7 % CD-Cover: Elvis Presley - Viva Las Vegas
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Dead Kennedys 1054 Votes Elvis Presley

Comments about Viva Las Vegas:

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I have listened to several Dead Kennedys songs and they all suck. Their lead singer's vocals are horrid. He sounds like that dude who used to sing, "Love Shack," with the B-52s, I believe. Annoying and very gay. Comparing him to Elvis is a joke, just like the Dead Kennedys are.
- Rod, Chicago, United States, 20.02.2010
Elvis did the original version of this song written for him by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, two legendary song-writers from the Brill Building era who wrote many of rock's greatest hits.

Elvis by a mile!
- Andrew Odom, Washington, DC, United States, 06.11.2009
Exactly the same ...!
- MT_Anthony, Budapest, Hungary, 15.09.2009
viva las vegas is not an elvis original, however his one is the most famous version. i prefer the kennedys version though, jello biafra is a way better singer than elvis, + the punk style of the cover gives it more life.
- dave, tadley, England, 28.07.2009
Ha!!! It says that right now the vote is split exactly 50%-50%!

Well, I'm gonna tilt things over to the DK's because they're version has a whole layer of drama and meaning and overall menace that The King simply didn't have any use for on this particular tune. The Dead Kennedy's version is like an antidote to a creepy brand of socio-political toxic sludge, yet it's hilarious at the same time.

I bet Jello Biafra couldn't have made it with Anne Margaret (mmm, yummy) in a million years though...

(Oh and I'll take Elvis over Nick Cave on "In the Ghetto" any day of the week.)
- Mucho Moss, San Narcisco, United States, 14.05.2008
Elvis remains the King !!!
- Laurence, Marseille, France, 30.04.2008
ELVIS NO DOUBT - BEST EVER!!
- KEN, LEEDS, England, 26.01.2008
I agree the ZZ Top version is awesome, and whoever said Elvis and the dead Kennedys should have performed together...you're a dumb ass
- Jim, Rome, Italy, 18.01.2008
'Got coke up my nose to dry away the snot' Hillarious
- Matt, London, England, 05.01.2008
THEY SHOULD OF BOTH DONE IT TOGETHER THERE BOTH GOOD
- UPCHUKER, LIVERPOOL, England, 05.01.2007
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