For my August 1 Battle of the Bands, I chose another Clash song, “Train In Vain”, as covered by Annie Lennox and Dwight Yoakam.
As we know, I do not vote unless there is a tie, and I can’t remember ever having to use my tie-breaker vote. But if I had been voting, Dwight would have gotten mine. Both he and Annie Lennox had some pretty bulletproof covers in which they each definitely made the song theirs. I do like Annie Lennox, but much prefer Dwight’s “hillbilly music” to hers. But what really killed Annie’s cover of this song for me was the horns. The way they were played seemed really disjointed and out of place to me, and I couldn’t stand it. And that’s why I would have voted for Dwight Yoakam.
How did the rest of you feel about it? Here are the results:
Annie Lennox – 6
Dwight Yoakam – 3
Be sure to return on August 15 when I’ll have another Battle for your consideration. In the meantime, you can see winners of past Battles here.