Can A Band Cover Itself?

For folks in a creative field who taste some degree of success, there’s bound to be a temptation to do what worked last time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

But it’s possible to overdo it. As Exhibit A, I offer you the classic 60s tune from The Outsiders, “Time Won’t Let Me.”

A big hit, and justifiably so. It’s a song meant for driving a little too fast with the top down beneath a cloudless summer sky. But then, the band needed a follow up, and they gave us this:

Yes, both tracks were originals, at least insofar as they were written within the band. I’m not really sure that original quite applies to the second one, though.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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3 Responses to Can A Band Cover Itself?

  1. Joseph says:

    I think the Knack did that with “Baby Talks Dirty”….

  2. Michael Dearing says:

    John Fogerty comes to mind…

  3. nightfly says:

    I always do a fake DJ intro to “Time Won’t Let Me”… “On this day in xxxx the first-ever DMV office opened in New Jersey. Two hours later, this was heard from the back of the room…” (lyrics kick in)

    Always would have loved to be a DJ.

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