On 26 January, 1980, “Dirty Water” by The Inmates peaked at #51.
This is how you don’t do a cover song. Clearly The Inmates really liked the gritty depiction of Boston in “Dirty Water” and felt that the dank riverside, frustrated women, and hints at the career of a serial killer resonated for people living through London during the recession of the late 70s. I think, though, that their appreciation went a bit too far because their performance is only superficially different from the original by the Standells. Sure the tempo is different and the instrumentation is kind of different, but all in all, it’s a straight-up homage with not enough variation to justify the remake. Even the snarling vocal delivery is the same. Why listen to this when you can listen to The Standells?