Alert readers will recall that in the run-up to the most recent Weekend Listomania I made fun of Barry McGuire's 1965 folk-rock protest smash "Eve of Destruction," a P.F. Sloan song that, back in the day, always struck me as low-grade kitsch at best. Apparently, I had forgotten this remake.
That's San Francisco Clash fans Red Rockers from 1984, and I've got to admit, it's a pretty great version; instead of the the whining suburban petulance of McGuire's original, there's actual righteous anger and dread here, not to mention big Byrdsian guitar grandeur. A shame about the Nuevo Wavo fashions, though.
I should also mention that in the early 80s, my skinny tie band used to do a, shall we say, slightly less than reverent version of the song. If memory serves, we actually sang it as "You may leave here for 4 days in space/But when you return, you can't find a parking space."