Cover vs. Original

Tweeter and the Monkey Man


It's perhaps unfair to try and compare the two versions, with The Headstones high-energy punk metal aiming for a different acheivement than Bob Dylan's mumbled introspective. Yet I remain a fan of the Headstones hard rock version, putting plenty of high energy into the lyrics (Hugh Dillon's raspy growl says the word "hell" like no one else). Tonally the cover stays pretty close to the original, though the notes are not always the same. The lyrics receive a few alterations: for the Headstones, their hometown of Kingston is where everything is legal, and the last three verses are condensed down to two.

- Lars Ormberg, Edmonton, Canada, 25.09.2005


The Headstones
1993

vs.

The Travelling Wilburys
1988

CD-Cover: The Headstones - Picture of Health 56.5 % 43.5 % CD-Cover: The Travelling Wilburys - The Travelling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
The Headstones 1395 Votes The Travelling Wilburys

Further information about song and bands:

The Traveling
Wilburys
Nice site about The Traveling Wilburys. Discography, photos, lyrics, tabs and a comprehensive FAQ about the band.
The Headstones Fanpage about The Headstones. The Canadian band is introduced and all albums are reviewed briefly. More information you can find at the official site.

Comments about Tweeter and the Monkey Man:

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Hey, Michael from Hamburg. Thanks for clearing that up. Where would the world be without Germany to help us through the tough times?
Anyway, both excellent tunes, tough call. Gotta run with the original, though.
- George, Cambridge, Canada, 11.12.2007
The Headstones version totally rocked! I get chills whenever I listen to it... And besides, they're Canadian! How can you NOT love them? And it doesn't hurt that Hugh Dillon's voice is like sex in a can...
- KC, North Bay, Canada, 12.06.2007
I love this song by the headstones! As Devin said, it was meant to be played the way the stones did it!
They were an amazing band!
- Emma, The Shwa, Canada, 02.05.2007
I love this song by the headstones! As Devin said, it was meant to be played the way the stones did it!
They were an amazing band!
- Emma, The Shwa, Canada, 02.05.2007
The Headstones were a national treasure in Canada and their version really kicked the crap out of the Wilburys version. this song was ment to be hard fast and mean and the Headstones hit it. I like TW but this song now belongs to the Headstones
- Devin, Regina, Canada, 12.04.2007
What a great song, it's no wonder it was covered. I think both bands were great, but I love the Headstones' version of this song. BTW, Hugh Dillon's a great actor.
- Rob Boyd, Kamloops, B.C., Canada, 11.02.2007
Michael we are familiar with the Wilburys, but are YOU familiar with the Stones(the Head kind, not the Rolling kind)? J-J-Judy she's got problems. Sometimes Judy finds she really can't cope!
- Todd B., Buffalo, NY, United States, 12.12.2006
Headstones! head Stones! Jean, we miss them in the States as well. They are one of my top 5 things I love from Canada.

1. Tragically Hip
2. Headstones
3. Labatt Blue
4. Hockey (Go Sabres! Sorry Habs, Leafs, Sens, Canuks,and Oilers fans, I'm from B-lo.)
5. Coffee Crisp candybars.
- Todd B., Buffalo, NY, United States, 12.12.2006
In Kingston anythings legal man as long as you don't get caught...
- Ryan, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 28.02.2006
Hugh's the best!
- Grizelda, Toronto, Canada, 07.02.2006
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