Original Song: The Temptations "Ball of Confusion" (1970)


Love And Rockets were three guys from goth godfathers Bauhaus who sold out to mere “Modern Rock” in the late '80s—one of those “alternative” bands that supposedly didn't exist on the radio until Nirvana came along, even though they had a No. 3 hit (“So Alive”) in 1989.

Given the mannered way Daniel Ash tells us to “rap on brother, rap on,” this cover of the apocalyptic Motown psych-out they released as their debut single was perhaps their awkward attempt to jump on that new-fangled hip-hop bandwagon they'd heard about. They even snuck in a Reaganomics mention! But mainly they proved that pompous British people should neither try to sing nor be funky.