For the Tom Petty song "Have Love Will Travel", see
The Last DJ
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Have Love, Will Travel" is a 1959 song written and recorded by Richard Berry. Berry also wrote and originally performed the classic hit " [2 ] Louie Louie". The title is a based on a popular television/radio western serial . Have Gun, Will Travel
The Sonics version [ edit ]
In its best known incarnation,
garage rock- protopunkers The Sonics covered the song on their 1965 album . Driven by haphazardly recorded Here Are The Sonics fuzz guitar, a big driving drum sound, screaming vocals and a dirty saxophone break, it epitomized their sound at that time. The Sonics changed the chord progression from the original G-Am-Bb-Am, a 1-2m-m3-2m progression, to a basic 1-4-5-4 progression, which in G would be simply G-C-D-C. This is the version that virtually all other artists copied.
Other versions [ edit ]
The song was released by
Paul Revere and the Raiders as a 1964 B-side. Other notable 60s cover versions include the Gallahads (1964), Hollywood Hurricanes (UK, 1964), Imperialites (1964),
Lee Maye (1964), Off-Beats (1964), and Sano and the Saints Five (1966).
Stiv Bators as a 1986 B-side.
Crazyhead on a 1989 EP.
Thee Headcoatees on their 1992 album Have Love Will Travel.
Blood Sausage on their 1993 release Happy Little Bullshit Boy.
The Brandos on their 1998 release "Nowhere Zone" (although it was originally recorded for their ill-fated Trial By Fire album in 1989). Blues rockers
The Black Keys on their 2003 album , their 7" vinyl single, and their 2004 EP Thickfreakness . The Moan
Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts in 2005 (who named a tour with Dan Aykroyd "The Have Love Will Travel Revue"). Japanese group Portugal Japan on their eponymous 2005 album.
Danish retro rock band
The Blue Van on their 2005 album The Art of Rolling. Lady Dottie and the Diamonds on their eponymous 2008 album.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed it at times on their anti-heroic 1988 Tunnel of Love Express tour; the song appears on a 2015 release from the tour: LA Sports Arena, California, 1988. [3 ] A version by
Sky Saxon, lead singer of The Seeds, was released in 2011. The Portland band Guitarwhals released a version in 2015.
[4 ] The Vinylos on their 2013 EP "No Trash"
Television and movies [ edit ]
The Sonics version appears in the movies
(2008), RocknRolla (2008) and How To Be (2010). Tournée Since 2007, a recording of the song has been used by
LV=, the UK financial services group, in its television advertising for car insurance.
The Basics from Melbourne, Australia covered the song on their 2007 album Stand Out/Fit In, and their 2010 live album, and this version was used in an episode of the David Duchovny series . Californication The song was used in the BBC series
Three Men in More Than One Boat. September 2014 in a promo for season four of the
CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown October 2014 by ESPN for their tennis broadcast ads.
A version by Hard Livings is on the soundtrack of the 2015 film
. Man Up
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