500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Bobby Fuller Four, 'I Fought the Law'
Writers: Sonny Curtis, Fuller
Producer: Bob Keane
Released: Feb. '66, Mustang
11 weeks; No. 9
Singing in his Texas drawl, Fuller seemed to channel his idol, Buddy Holly, on this tune penned by the Crickets' Curtis. "I Fought the Law" was a bracing hybrid of outlaw romanticism, garage rock, surf music, Wall of Sound and British Invasion energy. Keane created the track's rich reverb by using the vault of a bank next door to the L.A. studio as an echo chamber.
Appears on: I Fought the Law: The Best of the Bobby Fuller Four (Rhino)