Cover vs. Original

1985


I like SR-71's version a bit better because BFS kinda commercialized it a bit too much with the video. I hate when bands turn covers into their singles.

- X, Nbpt, United States, 04.12.2005


Bowling For Soup
2004

vs.

SR-71
2004

CD-Cover: Bowling For Soup - A Hangover You Don't Deserve 51.1 % 48.9 % CD-Cover: SR-71 - Here We Go Again
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Bowling For Soup 701 Votes SR-71

Comments about 1985:

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It really saddens me that Mitch allowed a band cover the song that did not understand the meaning of the song itself. This is evident in that they excluded a rather important verse.

"How many times will she,
Ask her,
Self what,
Happened,
To me,
Ask her,
Self what,
Happened,
The rubber broke!"

This verse not only acted as a small climax but told that Debbie did not want kids (at least at that point). It changes the song from, " her life sucks..." to "her life sucks because she had kids" and gives it flavor.

Not to mention, Bowling For Soup threw in more eighties references like they were jokes in a Michael Bay movie. And not just in place of that verse but the following verses as well. It's pretty obvious that the 'rubber' and 'ass' references were covered up for radio airplay as well.

Bowling For Soup turned the song from a story about Debbie to a rant about how times have changed. SR-71 has the better version. Maybe with an official state-side release, we may get some airplay with the better version.
- Hiro TDK, Floral City, United States, 09.03.2011
Ok Im personally a HUGE fan of SR-71. But I Like Bowling for Soup's Cover. But I Think they didnt put the emotion in the texture of the song that SR-71 Did. But they made it their own. Its a tough choice but I think SR-71 Won this poll!
- Richard, Texas, United States, 16.08.2010
SR-71 version is MUCH edgier and includes 'the rubber broke' that bfs was afraid to use (they substitute 'on the radio') really?

bfs is a fun band but SR-71 sets the standard for covers themselves . . . check out their cover of 'let it whip'
- jarujammer, cofax, United States, 11.11.2009
SR-71 version is MUCH edgier and includes 'the rubber broke' that bfs was afraid to use (they substitute 'on the radio') really?

bfs is a fun band but SR-71 sets the standard for covers themselves . . . check out their cover of 'let it whip'
- jarujammer, cofax, United States, 11.11.2009
SR-71 rock.
- lady, baltimore, md, United States, 26.11.2008
BFS has much better timing, especially during the bridges. SR-71 just repeats lines and shouts for emphasis, while BFS has a stop-and-go action that really carries the song.
- Lorenzo, Austin, TX, United States, 13.09.2008
acordding to wikipedia:
According to SR-71's website, Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick (a friend of SR-71) heard the song (from their album Here We Go Again) and asked for and received permission to record a cover version. However, according to Bowling for Soup's website, it was Allan that called Reddick to suggest the possible cover.
- Jake, Swansea, Wales, 21.11.2007
kinda sad that all the comments are about "i just realised this is a cover". I like the BFS one because it's a bit more lively than the SR71 one. A lot catchier, too.
- Fen, Bucuresti, Romania, 31.07.2007
I never knew this was a cover till now. lol
I prefer BFS's version, probably because I thought it was really their's
- Sara, Ottawa, Canada, 12.12.2006
i didn't know that this was a cover song...i thought it was an orginal from BFS...omg!!
- sarah, alexandria, United States, 04.07.2006
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