I just edited it as it said that the Clash's version was the most famous cover version of the song " whereas a few sentences before it is says that the version by the Bobby Fuller Four is the "most noted version" On a personal note, I never even knew the Clash made a version. However, my reason for the edit was a POV sort of thing, as "famous" is rather subjective.
I think that most people are aware of the Bobby Fuller Four version, or for the younger generation, the Dead Kennedies or Green Day version. So in other words, I left the "noted" reference to the Bobby Fuller Four version and took out the "most famous" comment on The Clash. If someone feels strongly about it, feel free to revert back. However, the most well-known cover version - not counting Fuller's - is the Clash's. Much of their initial radio airplay in this country the United States of America, just in case you're reading this in a different country came from that cover when it was released here in the States as part of the US version of the Clash's eponymous album.
With that in mind, I'll fiddle with the article appropriately. Nice job, you and whoever else. Hell, I even learned a thing to do, especially about the Dead Kennedy version. They changed most of the lyrics, most notably 'I fought the law, and I won. It is, in fact the DK version that features the lyric change that you mention. I'm removing the Sex Pistols references until someone can cite a confirmable publication.
The closest thing was that the new president of CNN stated that he agreed with Stewart's general message. I feel that my updated wording is more truthful. This is in the category " songs", but that date refers to the Bobby Fuller Four version. One of the first declarations of rock and roll rebellion, "I Fought the Law" has since been covered by everyone from the Dead Kennedys to the Clash to garage punk bands the world over.
Maybe it was his most recorded tune, but as far as his most recognized tune, I'd say that "Love Is All Around," the theme from the Mary Tyler Moore Show , would be Curtis' most recognized tune, or at least a tie between between the two. Just my two cents! It wasn't a hit in the UK in , and I don't remember it from that era I was 19 at the time. I think that it is probably more concerned with Strummer's attempts to conceal his history as a pub-rocker with the ers change of name, etc , rather than a life-long punk.
Major-league pub-rockers Ducks Deluxe released the song as a single in in the UK RCA at a time when they were playing the same London pub venues as the ers, but rather more successfully. It formed part of the Ducks regular set and Strummer would surely have heard their version many times. If you listen to the three versions it is very difficult to believe that the Clash version derives directly from the Bobby Fuller version, rather than via the Ducks version.
However, Strummer would have been fully familiar with the Ducks performances and recording of the song. It was probably the first time that he realised that it wasn't a Ducks' original and so could be covered without losing cred.