Original Song: Edwin Starr "War" (1970)


Live at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Der Bossmeister grunts out this humongous pacifist-funk protest like he's having a very difficult time on the toilet, getting out what needs to get out. As such, he helpfully readies the nation for Pearl Jam's version of “Rockin' In The Free World”—or maybe just for Eddie Vedder (and all the post-Vedders in Creed, Nickelback, etc.), period. Kinda fishy, too, that gay prog-disco Brits Frankie Goes To Hollywood had covered both “War” and “Born to Run” on their debut album, only two years earlier.