Devo v Eddie and the Hot Rods: Satisfaction.
Devo: Totally Bananas.
When I first got into Punk in 1977 and started buying records, I remember the Eddie and the Hot Rods’ Teenage Depression album cover staring at me from the record shelves. I was always fascinated by it as a piece of album art.
Released in 1976, it is one of my first ‘Punk’ albums. I also bought their EP ‘Live at the Marquee’ around the same time. I really liked the track that mixed ‘Gloria’ into a cover of the Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’. (See You Tube link below).
Not long after, in 1977, Devo also covered the same track.
I thought Devo were great; they seemed to be completely off their heads. Looking back they were brilliantly packaged and managed, and they also had musical talent and creativity in abundance.
I bought their version of Satisfaction as a single when it came out in 1977. I think this edges the Rods’ version because of its more electronic, innovative treatment, although I still like to listen both tracks.
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Compared to Eddie and The Hot Rods’ version (Satisfaction comes in at 3.10).
And finally, for the purists, but also because I think it’s a superb record which has well-stood the test of time, here’s the original by the Rolling Stones, released in 1965.