Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Father Knows Best

In the very early 1990s, The Black Crowes exploded onto the music scene with hits like "Hard to Handle" and "She talks to Angels." At the time, I tried to convince my dad that their "Hard to Handle" was superior to Tony Joe White's or Otis Redding's or any of the other earlier artists to cover this song. Needless to say, he laughed at me. I'll let you judge for yourself:

Here's a version performed by Otis Redding:

Here's The Black Crowes:

Here's a link to listen to Tony Joe's version.

What do you think? Which version did you like better? Are remakes (music or other) ever as good as the original?


  1. Sam votes Otis Redding and I tend to agree Since I grew up listening to the Black Crowes it's hard not to think that their version is the original. Reminds me when I was in 5th or 6th grade when I told my dad that NKOTB were more popular than the Beatles. Gosh kids think they know everything - at least I did - now I realize how clueless i was

  2. I'm partial to Tony Joe White, myself. I think maybe for two reasons: 1) I grew up listening to my dad play his albums and 2) I like the fact that he's a Louisiana artist.

    Otis Redding comes in a strong second for me. :)