I agree entirely. While the Sonics are pretty much my favorite band, I think that the Kingsmen's version is better. The sheer energy of the live crowd on the "In Person" album is just awesome. They really let loose on that entire record.
Is it really true that the FBI investigated this song in an attempt to determine what the lyrics really were?
(and - Kingsmen version is the one)
I like to play the Black Flag version with the Richard Berry's. Simultaneously.
But my vote goes for The Sonics. It feels more like an homage to the Wailers' version, than The Kingsmen's. I like that.