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1973: Marlena Shaw.
1997:Blue Boy.
2009: Tame Impala.
posted by hermitosis (34 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Practically worthy of its own post: the cover image for Shaw's album "Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?"
posted by hermitosis at 12:43 PM on June 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


ooooooo......
posted by The Whelk at 12:46 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


1965: Evie Sands
1966: The Hollies
1980: Linda Ronstadt
posted by various at 12:58 PM on June 13, 2010


1964: Gloria Jones!
1981: Soft Cell
2001: Marilyn Manson
posted by stavrogin at 1:15 PM on June 13, 2010


Well, if we're gonna do this...

1987: Mr Fingers
1993: The Creator
2009: DJ Sprinkles
posted by koeselitz at 1:18 PM on June 13, 2010


You know, I prefer my examples because they stretch across a longer period of time and refer to current music, and also because the original was such a powerful (and probably still relevant) political statement which has been diluted by its homages, and also because... well, I'm the one who made the damned FPP in the first place.

But you know, do what you gotta do.
posted by hermitosis at 1:20 PM on June 13, 2010


Heh. Sorry herm. The songs in the post are better than any of these, anyway.
posted by koeselitz at 1:22 PM on June 13, 2010


Heh. I'd forgotten about Marlena Shaw.
posted by MuffinMan at 1:28 PM on June 13, 2010


... actually, to be honest, that Tame Impala cover is sort of atrocious.
posted by koeselitz at 1:30 PM on June 13, 2010 [8 favorites]


Yeah, sorry. I didn't mean to derail. Thanks for posting!
posted by various at 1:30 PM on June 13, 2010


The reason I posted in the first place (and maybe I should have fleshed this out more, but I didn't want to editorialize) was that I thought it was interesting how the Blue Boy version sampled Shaw's voice, keeping some of her sound and attitude but nixing her confrontational message and sapping the context from the sampled words. Then, in the new Tame Impala version, you have white guys jamming out and singing those words to a mostly white audience.

Considering the original meaning of those words, which wikipedia cites as being "in reference to black maids raising white children for little pay in America," I find the whole thing pretty interesting (and a little depressing).
posted by hermitosis at 1:30 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like the 2nd one best, I guess because it rolls a bit better.
posted by nervousfritz at 1:40 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


1967 (?): Nick Ashford (demo)
1968: The Fifth Dimension
1968: Gerald Wilson Orchestra
1969: Marlena Shaw
1970: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (...or is it Valerie Simpson?)
2005: Riot Act
2009: Sky Balla feat. The Game


The Marlena Shaw version is best, btw.

Considering the original meaning of those words, which wikipedia cites as being "in reference to black maids raising white children for little pay in America," I find the whole thing pretty interesting (and a little depressing).


The 2005 techno version of "California Soul" was used in ads for KFC, and the 2009 rap version does not have very much left of what Wikipedia describes as "a socially conscious-type of song advocating love and peace."
posted by iviken at 1:41 PM on June 13, 2010


TL;DR thread: YOU CANNOT 'HEAR' Marlena Shaw.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 1:42 PM on June 13, 2010


Also worth pointing out:

197?: Phyllis Dillon
197?: Hortense Ellis
197?: Jennifer Lara
posted by koeselitz at 1:53 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately not much info on rocksteady/reggae/dub records from the seventies.
posted by koeselitz at 1:54 PM on June 13, 2010


the gentrification of Marlena Shaw
is a cultural rhythm with a beat of its own
posted by stbalbach at 1:57 PM on June 13, 2010


Where have I been? Never heard of Marlena Shaw before. The first link gave me chills, all the way to my toes. And yeah, hermitosis, the other two numbers are pale and paler shadows.
posted by bearwife at 1:59 PM on June 13, 2010


Heh. There are apparently a lot of Jamaican covers of this song; seems to have been ridiculously popular over there. A pretty good version (switching it to a male perspective, which may or may not be valid) is Little John's "In The Ghetto" from 1985.
posted by koeselitz at 2:08 PM on June 13, 2010


Is there a reason St. Germain wasn't mentioned? It's not a cover at all, but still a use of her voice and words.
posted by bobobox at 2:08 PM on June 13, 2010


Wow, Marlena Shaw. Thanks so much. I really cherish the blue for all uncovering all those hidden gems. And really, are we doing a 1-2-3? I'm biting:

1935 Lecuona Cuban Boys
1964 The Jokers
1973 Santana

disclaimer: We used to have this beer drinking and dope smoking outfit, consisting of two guys, in a room with loads of 45's and a record player, pulling trio's like this. We used to call ourselves the Church of 1-2-3.
posted by ouke at 2:25 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


1970 - Crosby & Nash
1979 - Miles Davis
1991 - Crosby & Nash
posted by Sys Rq at 2:41 PM on June 13, 2010


I notice that guitarist from Lame Impala is playing in bare feet. A bad idea, given the number of rock stars who have died by electrocution.
posted by Faze at 2:51 PM on June 13, 2010


I'd feel somewhat better about the 2009 version's further dilution if the phrase "tame impala" wasn't basically congruent to "domesticated African animal."
posted by hermitosis at 3:56 PM on June 13, 2010 [3 favorites]


Sections of the lyrics you can credibly sing if you are a white Australian dude:
1. "Remember me? I'm the one who had your baby's eyes"
2. "Gen ge ge gen gen gen gen gen ge ge gen ge ge gen gen gen"
posted by rongorongo at 3:57 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


1978: Warren Zevon
1988: David Lindley
2004: Adam Sandler
posted by Daddy-O at 3:58 PM on June 13, 2010


1. "Remember me? I'm the one who had your baby's eyes"

I think you've got Radiohead on your mind, actually.
posted by hermitosis at 4:21 PM on June 13, 2010


1970: Ray Brown Orchestra
1993: Bjork
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 4:38 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wait a minute, so is she not singing "had your baby's eyes?"
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 4:55 PM on June 13, 2010


Everywhere I can find says, "Remember me? I'm the one who had your babies, I."

Emphasis mine, to show how I interpret the lyric.
posted by hermitosis at 5:14 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


1964: Gloria Jones!
1981: Soft Cell
1985: Coil
2001: Marilyn Manson
posted by stavrogin at 4:15 PM on June 13 [+] [!]

The Coil cover is fascinating because it completely changes the feel of the song. Not coincidentally, all profits from its sale were donated to the AIDS charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, lending an entirely new meaning to the idea of "Tainted Love."
posted by googly at 8:46 PM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure what is going on with the Tame Impala version, but I'd just like to say that they are otherwise incredible and very good live.
posted by june made him a gemini at 9:07 PM on June 13, 2010


lending an entirely new meaning to the idea of "Tainted Love."

That's how I always took the Soft Cell cover in 1981.
posted by msalt at 12:32 AM on June 14, 2010


1966: Charles Aznavour - Parce Que Tu Crois
1999:
Eminem ft Dr.Dre & Xzibit - What's the Difference
2003:
Blu Cantrell Feat Sean Paul - Breath
2006:
Bitter:Sweet - Dirty Laundry
2007:
Koxie - Garçon

posted by Jer1h at 8:39 PM on June 14, 2010


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