“Laugh at Me” – Mott the Hoople

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“Laugh at Me” was originally a charming, yet clumsy protest song written and performed by Sonny Bono in the late 1960s. Mott the Hoople covered it in 1967 on their first album and what was once clumsy became majestic. Sounding like an outtake from Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde,” Ian Hunter and the gang slowed down the tempo, gave the song a serious treatment, and let that wonderful organ and guitar sound do the rest. A great example of how a cover can completely transcend an original.