For this installment of The Original vs. The Cover we are going to discuss the Sammy Hagar track “I’ve Done Everything For You” which was later covered, more successfully I might add, by Rick Springfield. The original release of the song was a live version from Sammy back in 1978 on his live album ‘All Night Long’ which did not chart. Rick’s version came out as a single in 1981 and was the follow-up to his massive hit “Jessie’s Girl” and as a result went all the way to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song had been a constant in Sammy’s live shows which is why a live version was released. The studio version was done in 1979 and released as a B-Side to the song “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” an Otis Redding Cover. It finally saw a release in 1982 on his greatest hits compilation called “Rematch” which was only done because of the popularity of the Springfield version.
The song seems to be about a relationship/an affair that was really one-sided. He gave everything to her, but she didn’t return that favor. I’ve also heard that it could possibly be about a manager or label where Sammy worked his ass off for them and got nothing in return. I am not sure which is true, but I am leaning to the relationship as it is spelled out specifically in the song, but Sammy could be using that as a pretty damn good metaphor. Either way, I like it.
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For this version of The Original vs. The Cover, we are covering (pun intended) Ian Hunter’s classic “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. The song was written by Ian and included on his self-titled solo album he released in 1975 after his departure from Mott the Hoople. The song went to #14 on the UK singles chart and was produced by Ian and great Mick Ronson.
The song hasn’t been covered by a whole lot of acts, but one of the most famous was by Great White. So, let’s sit back, have a listen and compare the two and determine who has the best version of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.
The song tells the story of a rock musician who meets a girl why he is out on tour and becomes intimate with her (meaning he has sex with her). He thinks she is young and innocent until to his dismay he discovers she has been around quite a lot and been with a lot of other musicians. It is a classic tale of old!!
The title of the song comes from the old expression meaning once you have been hurt once, you become less trusting and cautious going forward. The phrase dates back to 1484 and is traced back to an English printer (William Caxton), the first to publish a translation in to English of Aesop’s tales. There is your history lesson for the day.
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