Who Did it Best?

I’ll admit that I went into this week thinking I knew without a doubt which choice I’d make if I were voting. That was until I watched both videos. Now I am a bit stumped. Need your help for sure. So…

Who Did it Best?

Crimson and Clover.

Tommy James and the Shondells (and this is live, people!)


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Prince also did a version, and you can judge for yourself, but I don’t think it should be in the running. Maybe if he covered it when he was still dirty Prince I’d feel differently. You can add it as a write-in vote if you disagree.

While you make up your mind, here’s some information on the song:

Crimson and Clover is a song by American rock band Tommy James and the Shondells. Written by the duo of Tommy James and drummer Peter Lucia Jr., it was intended as a change in direction of the group’s sound and composition. The song features a tremolo effect on the guitar and an ending section with a tremolo effect on the vocals.Crimson and Cloverwas released in late 1968 as a rough mix after a radio station leaked it. It spent 16 weeks on the U.S. charts, reaching number-one in the United States and other countries. The single has sold at least 5 and a half million copies, making it Tommy James and the Shondells’ best-selling song. An extended version was released on the eponymously titled Crimson and Clover, and the song has been covered by many artists such as Joan Jett. Source.


12 responses

  1. With all due respect to Joan’s black leather pants…without question it’s Tommy James and the Shondells. In fact I almost always go with the original.

    One notable exception is Johnny Cash’s version of Personal Jesus which is so much better than Depeche Mode’s. That song just seems to have been written for Cash’s troubled voice.

  2. I really liked the Tommy James version. And agree with you, in most instances, I prefer original.

    Not sure about the Johnny Cash/Depeche Mode comparison. Love Johnny Cash, but still prefer Nine Inch Nails version of Hurt. Think I probably prefer Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus too. Great idea for future Who Did it Best. Thanks, Bernie. 🙂

  3. The originals normally get my vote as incumbents, but in this case I’ll have to cast my vote for Joan Jett. She’ll always be my bad girl I didn’t want to take home to meet the family, and she’s always been able to rock with whatever she had. Go Joan!

  4. I really like both versions. This has been by far the toughest “Who did it best yet” for me.

    When I was in high school I would have been a solid Joan Jett vote. When in college, and the years following I would have voted Tommy James.

    At this stage, I think I am back to Joan Jett. Yeah, I vote for Joan Jett. Wait, …. Yeah The Blackhearts.

  5. Got to go with the original. Tommy James and the Shondells don’t get enough pub. Real question might be who’s version of “I Think We’re Alone Now” is better. Theirs or Tiffany’s? KIDDDING!

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