Original Song: John Lennon "Gimme Some Truth" (1970)


“I'm sick to death of reading things by stupid little puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-punk rockers”: One of the most pre-fab of early bandwagon bubblepunk bands speed up Lennon's Imagine tongue-twisting (“No short-sighted yellow-bellowed son of Tricky Dicky is gonna Mother Hubbard soft soap me…”) into a street anthem, with gang shouts and everything. And though it's probably impolitic to admit this, Gen X's version basically renders the sainted original useless mush in comparison. Then their singer grew up to be Billy Idol.