Play it Again, Sam #42b - "Ring of Fire"

@teamfreak16 (41519)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 23, 2018 9:19am CST
The majority of the "original" songs used so far in my Play it Again, Sam music series have been classics, and this morning's offering is no exception. But we are now on the "cover." #42b, Social Distortion's cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." Led by vocalist/guitarist Mike Ness, Fullerton, California's Social Distortion is one of the all-time great punk bands, infusing genre's such as rockabilly, country, and cowpunk into their sound. It's only natural that Social Distortion covered "Ring of Fire." I often describe Mike Ness as "Johnny Cash gone punk," which is about the best way I can put it. Ness and company recorded "Ring of Fire" for Social Distortion's 1990 self-titled album. The song reached #25 on the Billboard Alternative chart, and remains one of the band's most popular tunes. Social D's version is available for download for the Rock Band video game, and also appears in the video game, Shaun White Snowboarding. "Ring of Fire" has been covered numerous times, notably by Eric Burden and the Animals, who took it into the Top 40 in four different countries, Wall of Voodoo, Dwight Yoakam, Frank Zappa, and Alan Jackson with Lee Ann Womack. Not bad for a song about falling in love (or, if Johnny Cash's ex-wife is to be believed, a female body part.) Not bad at all. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Social Distortion - Ring Of Fire HQ 1990
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@JohnRoberts (63286)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Apr
My psychic abilities are astounding.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Apr
You should open a hotline!
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@pgntwo (22575)
• Tripoli, Libya
23 Apr
I cannot imagine the female body part to which the title may refer... the one I am thinking of is common to all genders.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
Hence the attempt to place it in a Preparation H commercial!
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
@pgntwo - I think I saw that commercial. It sounds familiar.
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@pgntwo (22575)
• Tripoli, Libya
24 Apr
@teamfreak16 Yep, Levi 501s:
Levi's 501 reclame (Campfire) (1993) Music: "Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash
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@crossbones27 (21403)
• Redlands, California
9 May
This one to me is neat, and was really cool how this inspired Mike to put out his own solo country album.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 May
Which is better than anything that they are trying to pass off as "country" these days.
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• Redlands, California
10 May
@teamfreak16 HAHA you got me thought you were about to piss me off, boy how I miss judged that, instinct was so wrong. I know, should know you better than that, me paranoid because friends like to challenge me like that. Very true. I tell people all the time if you like country, should listen to that album. But he is from California and his original band is considered punk. Why would I listen to that? Fake fans, the definition right there.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 May
@crossbones27 - I would listen to anything he puts out, because it's going to be real, and you know that he's going to pour his soul into it.
@Corbin5 (116532)
• United States
23 Apr
I have always loved this song, but only have heard Cash's version. Thanks for the link so I can hear it done by another artist.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
Oh, you're welcome. I hope you liked it!
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@Corbin5 (116532)
• United States
24 Apr
@teamfreak16 I did!!!!
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
@Corbin5 - I'm glad! They did a great job on it.
@FourWalls (15284)
• United States
28 Apr
This song has been given a treatment by countless genres. I kinda figured Social Distortion's version would show up when I saw the Johnny Cash version posted.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Apr
You know it! It's one of my favorite Social Distortion songs.
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@TRBRocks420 (82912)
• Banks, Oregon
24 Apr
Awesome song and, they did pretty well with it.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
They sure did. Social Distortion is awesome.
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• United States
23 Apr
Nope did not like it . . . but thanks for another one !
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
One vote against Social D!
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@andriaperry (58953)
• Anniston, Alabama
23 Apr
I really like this one!
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
One vote for Social D!
@Ronrybs (7506)
• London, England
23 Apr
I've heard a cover of this song, but not by this group. Can't recall who did it, at all
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Apr
Yeah, it's been covered by a lot of people
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Apr
It's at least as good as Cash's. I never was a fan of Cash at all.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Apr
One vote for Social Distortion!
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25 Apr
Open hotline is useful.