I Fought The Law

Early this month, 58 years ago, "I Fought The Law" was released.
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Early this month, 58 years ago, “I Fought The Law” was released.

Tembang ini ditulis oleh Sonny Curtis dan bisa disimak di album The Crickets, In Style With the Crickets. Kurang diminati publik saat dirilis pertama kali pada 4 Desember 1960, “I Fought the Law” baru tenar kala disenandungkan ulang oleh Bobby Fuller Four 6 tahun kemudian, 1966.

Versi Bobby Fuller ini dianugerahi posisi nomer 175 dalam daftar Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Pula dinobatkan oleh Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sebagai salah satu dari 500 Songs that Shaped Rock.

Photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lebih dari satu dasawarsa berikutnya, 1979, The Clash juga mendendangkannya kembali dan memasukkan di album mini The Cost of Living. Lagu ini selanjutnya berevolusi menjadi salah satu nyanyian wajib di skena punk rock.

Tak ketinggalan nabi Rockabilly Revival pun turut berpartisipasi menyodorkan interpretasinya sendiri: Stray Cats menyertakan “I Fought the Law” dalam album keluaran 1993, Original Cool.

Dalam skala arus utama lagu ini pun kerap disenandungkan. Terutama di konser-konser. Sebut saja Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Grateful Dead, Bryan Adams, dan bejibun lainnya.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
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