Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Good Times

First recorded by The Easybeats (1968).
Also recorded (as “Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight”) by Hindu Love Gods (1984, released 1986).
Hit version by INXS with Jimmy Barnes (US #47/AUS #2 1987 |UK #18 1991).

From the wiki: “‘Good Times’ was released by Australian group The Easybeats (‘Friday On My Mind’, 1966) as a single in December 1968, with guest vocals by Steve Marriot. The song was written for them by famed songwriting and production duo George Young and Harry Vanda. Legend has it when first broadcast on BBC radio ‘Good Times’ was reputedly heard by Paul McCartney on his car radio; McCartney apparently rang the ‘Beeb’ immediately to request a repeat playing.

“In 1986, Hindu Love Gods (a side project of Warren Zevon and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Bill Berry, Mike Mills) released their 1984 recording of ‘Good Times’, re-titled ‘Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight’, as a one-off single.

“In 1987, a cover version by INXS and former Cold Chisel vocalist Jimmy Barnes appeared in the Joel Schumacher film The Lost Boys. This version reached #2 in Australia, as well as obtaining chart positions in the US (in 1987) and the UK (in 1991).”

Hindu Love Gods, “Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight” (1984):

INXS with Jimmy Barnes, “Good Times” (1987):

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