Like pretty much everyone who saw Stranger Than Fiction, I fell in love with this old punk classic. It has been covered over the years by various musicians, and all these different versions got me thinking about how many ways there are of presenting/playing with a single idea.
The thing is, I like all of these, and I'm not the kind of purist who insists that the original is best and should be left alone. I think once you put something out there, a creation of whatever kind -- music, art, fiction -- what have you, then it becomes available for others to become inspired by and perhaps to expand on. No creation is static, and everything is open to interpretation.
Version 1: a melodic and wonderfully accented take by the Proclaimers
Version 2: German punk band Die Toten Hosen, doing it hardcore and in the spirit of Wreckless Eric's original (excuse the bit of rudeness in the beginning)
and Version 3: Will Ferrel's sweetly awkward rendition, one of my favorite moments on film.
Which is your favorite??