Stream Cheap Trick’s New Cover of John Lennon’s Incendiary Protest Anthem ‘Gimme Some Truth’


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Back on Nov. 29 for Record Store Day‘s Black Friday event, power-pop legends Cheap Trick released a special limited edition vinyl featuring their new cover of “Gimme Some Truth,” the anti-war protest song released by John Lennon in 1971 on the Imagine album.

A fiery anthem of defiance, “Gimme Some Truth” starts off with very pointed lyrics from Lennon:

I’m sick and tired of hearing things from
Uptight short sided narrow minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth
I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic psychotic pigheaded politicians
All I want is the truth, just give me some truth

And continues in much of the same tone for its entirety.

After the initial vinyl release, Cheap Trick’s cover has now surfaced on streaming platforms, and bills itself as a preview of the upcoming Cheap Trick studio album — which, when released, will be their 19th overall and the follow-up to 2017’s We’re All Alright!

For comparison’s sake, here’s Lennon’s original, as remastered for the recent Imagine anniversary reissue:

Speaking about the lyrical and thematic power of “Gimme Some Truth” with Rock Cellar’s Ken Sharp, bassist Klaus Voorman discussed what made the song so powerful:

Yes, I love it. The way John sings “Gimme Some Truth” is great. I remember we recorded and Phil mixed some stuff down and went to New York and was putting strings on and saxophones on various songs.  Then he suddenly realized the bass is too quiet. They said, “Klaus, come over to New York, you have to play the bass part again.” So I flew over and I had double exactly that same bass part. Phil felt it needed to be louder ‘cause it was important to have the bass driving through the song.

 


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