Cover vs. Original

The Guns of Brixton


The Toten Hosen gave a new style to this song with their interpretation. It's sounds much more modern.

- Sebastian Renczikowski, Castrop-Rauxel, Deutschland, 20.04.2007


Die toten Hosen
2005

vs.

The Clash
1979

CD-Cover: Die toten Hosen - The Guns of Brixton - Unplugged (Maxi-CD) 44.2 % 55.8 % CD-Cover: The Clash - London Calling
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Die toten Hosen 538 Votes The Clash

Comments about The Guns of Brixton:

I think the original is Waaay better! toten hosen doesnt give you the special feeling when listening to the song...
- dolettns, London, England, 23.01.2010
I think the original is Waaay better! toten hosen doesnt give you the special feeling when listening to the song...
- dolettns, London, England, 23.01.2010
Die Toten Hosen did a great job, but Paul Simonon makes it sound much more sincere and therefore, better.
- Vanja, Novi Sad, Serbia, 19.04.2009
I definitely have to go with Die Toten Hosen on this one. Don't get me wrong, I'm a long-time fan of The Clash, but.. the song's just got something in it that The Clash's version doesn't. It's hard to explain, it's like there's just one small minuscule thing that just makes a massive difference. Can't explain it more clearly, so.
- TheSkaPunk, Frederick, United States, 09.09.2008
punk bands can do covers but other bands can't cover punk, i thought that was an unspoken rule
- Nuts, Riichmomd, United States, 28.08.2008
Imho the new version does not sound more modern. One would say it's a 60s folk song...quite boring actually! It misses all the power of the original...and it also misses one of the best basslines ever! The beginning of the song without that typical bassline, just sounds like Opus' "Live is live". The new isntrument is an accordion, as you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DOxu8xeBd0

- Bas, Antwerp, Belgium, 04.03.2008
you can't cover the guns of brixton!
Clash song are not just music, they always have great lyrics. and toten hosen don't own those lyrics..they're all a completely different way of living
- SaintJohnny, Padova, Italy, 30.12.2007
i prefer the original. i mean, that unplugged version is really not bad.... but i just love the power of the original, it's very present bass line, just a perfect song for me.
what's that additional instrument in the hosen's version? an organ?
- a, dresden, Germany, 14.07.2007
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