Who Did It Better?! “Bad Man”

“Bad Man” is a personal favorite of mine by the legendary Memphis Blues Punk/Garage band, The Oblivians, whom you should all know by now. Here is the original from their 1996 LP Popular Favorites (Crypt)

and
The first “cover” by Greg Oblivian & The Tip Tops from his 1998 LP Head Shop (Sympathy For the Record Industry). Technically, this isn’t a cover, since Greg Cartwright (Greg Oblivian) was the main songwriter in the original song above, but this is a totally different, mellower, version.

and lastly the second cover by Mister Heavenly with Michael Cera on guitar.

What do y’all think? For my money, the original is the best, but each version is unique in its own way and evokes different emotions. The covers both have almost a sensitive feeling to them, like someone pondering their love life. Whereas the Oblivians’ version is more like “yeah, I fucked her.”

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