Song #22 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “You Really Got Me”, originally by The Kinks and covered by Van Halen. Here’s the original:
Man, I love these old black and white videos – you can tell this one was dubbed from a VHS tape. And I have no idea what that was after the song, but it was easily freakier than most of what you would have seen on MTV in the 80s. Speaking of which, here’s Van Halen:
Ah, David Lee Roth. Why did you ever leave? I love me some Kinks, but I have to agree that VH owns this song. Here’s Eddie Van Halen playing “Eruption”, if you must hear that before you hear “You Really Got Me”.
And for those of us who remember the 90s:
The sad Ken doll at the end slays me every time. Whoever came up with this idea was a genius.