Friday, June 08, 2007

Weekend Listomania (Special Video Edition)

Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means.

Yes, my Oriental houseboy Kato and I, inspired by the late Jacques Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso, are off to explore the colorful waterfront bars and nightclubs of Marseilles (we call it our "Allo, Sailor!" tour, for obvious reasons).

So posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a couple of days.

But in my absence, here's a fun project for you.

Best Whiteboy Covers of a Motown Song!!!!!

[utterly arbitrary rule: Nobody is allowed to nominate Soft Cell's Tainted Love, which sucks beyond measure. If anybody does nominate it, I swear to god I'm gonna take a hostage.]

Okay, here's my totally top of my head Top Ten.

1. First I Look at the Purse -- J.Geils Band

2. Where Did Our Love Go (studio version) -- J.Geils Band

3. Come See About Me -- Afghan Whigs

4. Money -- The Beatles

5. You Really Got a Hold on Me -- The Beatles

6. I 'm Losing You -- The Faces

7. Baby Don't You Do It -- The Who

8. Every Little Bit Hurts -- Small Faces

9. Do You Love Me -- Dave Clark Five

10. I Was Made to Love Her -- Beach Boys

Join in, won't you?


cosmic tumbler said...

Ball n Chain by Janis Joplin

JeffCO said...

Dang - was all ready with Vanilla Fudge and People Get Ready, but alas it wasn't Motown!

¡El Gato Negro! said...

Thees ees how joo know that white pipples suck, they weel no tell "The Afghan Whigs" to, for the sake of fuck, STOP ALREADY.

and screw jour infinitives, they already split.


JeffCO said...

steve - there's this guy, you may have heard of him, Bruce something or other - does passable versions of "Do You Love Me" and "Devil with the Blue Dress."

Culture of TrÜth said...

No Michael Bolton?

Ok, how about John Bolton?

steve simels said...

Cosmic Tumbler:

Ball and Chain is not, alas, a Motown song.

Old blues -- forget who by, but not Motown.

Culture of TrÜth said...

All I'm blanking out so I'll just saying CCR on "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," because I like CCR.

Mike said...

JeffCO, you thinking of the Fudge doing You Keep Me Hanging On?

My submissions:

From Head To Toe - Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Come See About Me - Jane Aire & The Belvederes

Baby Don't You Do It - The Band

Please Mr. Postman - The Beatles (and whoever that band of modern rock all-stars was that did it for the soundtrack to Backbeat)

Leaving Here - The Who

You Can't Hurry Love - D.L. Byron

And just for the sake of variety:

Baby Love - Tim Curry

He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' - Bananarama

Anonymous said...

"Baby, Don't Do It" - The Band
"Heatwave" - The Jam
"(Just My Imagination) Runnin' Away With Me" - Stones
(And it always SLAYS me to hear Los Lobos cover "What's Going On' live.)
- Bill Buckner

steve simels said...

I can't believe I forgot the Stones "Just My Imagination."

Which replaces the urbane martini'd regret of the Temps version with desperate me goosebumps just thinking about it.

CoolSchool said...

Darn, I was going to nominate the Stones "Just My Imagination." Their best cover ever but another good one, not sure if it's Motown is "Going to a Go-go".

megisi said...

Rare Earth, a Motown act composed of some pretty homely white boys, turned out a solid effort with the Tempts' "(I Know) I'm Losing You."

They were a terrific live act then, too.

Karin said...

There's practically all of Laura Nyro's "Gonna Take A Miracle" album: Jimmy Mack, Nowhere to Run, Dancing in the Street,etc.
Of course she's not a white boy.

Kid Charlemagne said...

Now that the blog Nazi won't let me use Soft Cell, I will have to go with the Action's ripping version of the Marvellettes' "I'll Keep Holding On."

spacejunk said...

I don't think Gloria Jones' Tainted Love was on the Motown label anyway ... hell, I don't know if "Motown" is referring to the label or just Detroit.
Since I'm confused, I'll throw in a group that aren't all whiteboys:

Tears of a Clown: The (English) Beat

Anonymous said...

I suppose Pat Boone singing "TUTTI FRUTTI" doesn't

banana fanna foe said...

vanilla fudges You Keep Me Hangin' On was Motown as far as I know

Then there's Rare Earth who did vanilla homogenized versions of about three Motown standards

dave™© said...

"I Want You Back" - Graham Parker and the Rumour

FeralLiberal said...

Ain't to Proud to Beg - Rolling Stones

Dancing in the Streets - Mamas and the Papas

Heard it Through the Grapevine - CCR

I'm Losing You - Rod Stewart

War - Bruce Springsteen

The Kenosha Kid said...

Heat Wave - The Who

Dancing in the Streets - Grateful Dead (5/8/77, Barton Hall)

virgotex said...

Ball n Chain by Janis Joplin

1.Janis Joplin was by no stretch of the imagination a white boy. Double for Los Lobos.

2. So what's Johnny Rivers? Chopped liver? "Tracks of My Tears" "Baby I Need Your Lovin"

3. el gato negro for President

steve simels said...

dave™© said...

"I Want You Back" - Graham Parker and the Rumour

How the fuck did I forget that one?


Ripley said...

Dancing in the Streets - Van Halen

I'll Be There - Shooting Star

To be honest, I can't stand Motown. I don't know if it's the music, harmonies or production values, but it just makes me feel oogy. Seriously oogy...

I appreciate its place in the history of modern music but... blech!