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Secret Agent Man

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Legbamel Not-Pop

I'm a big fan of all things spy--history, novels, movies, and the songs inspired thereby. Secret Agent Man, first recorded in the 1960s by Johnny Rivers, was the epitome of spy music, with its Bondian guitar riff and lyrics of international intrigue.

Devo took a crack at it in 1979, on "Duty Now and for the Future". If you're a geek rock fan, this one will satisfy. I like Devo, but this one didn't have the great feel of the original. Finally, The Toasters took on Secret Agent Man on "Hard Band for Dead" in 1996. The song appeared on "Skandalous: I've Gotcha Covered" as well, also released in 1996.

Buy the Toasters version
Buy the Devo version
Buy the Johnny Rivers version

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