Is this the most durable pub rock song ever?

Originally written by Nick Lowe for his first band Brinsley Schwarz in the mid 70s, it was Elvis Costello’s cover that brought the song to my attention. Rather confusingly the initial official release was as a b-side to Lowe’s ‘American Squirm’ 1978 single (but credited to Nick Lowe and His Sound rather than Costello and the Attraction) although it was released on the Costello ‘Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How’s Your Fathers’ compilation in 1980.

More than 40 years later it still seems to be covered on a regular basis and over the years the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Curtis Stigers and the Flaming Lips are amongst the many who have taken on the song.

Sometimes the simplest sentiments are the best and it’s actually rather depressing that the song never seems to lose its relevance.

Here’s the Lips’ version:

And the original Brinsley Schwarz version:

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