Friday, October 01, 2004

Danger Danger

Dusty Springfield - You Don't Own Me

Originally recorded by Lesley Gore and produced by a young Quincy Jones this record was only made because Lesley was asked by Quincy to record a song she didn't like and made a deal with him to record it if he let her record one of her own compositions. She selected "You Don't Own Me" an anthem of women's rights that predated Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" by several years.

Dusty's version is taken from her first LP 'A Girl Called Dusty' which is a fantastic raw, soul drenched collection of covers made to introduce her to a wider audience. In true Dusty style her voice is joyous and desolate in equal measure and the vocal strength and delivery changed the way people were to view 'white girl singers'.

Dusty also recorded for the LP, 'Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa' made famous by Gene Pitney. By taking a song that was essentially male and by singing virtually the same words, it became a completely different song and for the time quite improper.

As Dusty herself says "Now it would be nothing but then, if you turned it around and a woman sang it, it was driving off into the night and being picked up at some gas station and . . . this, that and the other . . . and it was actually quite outre."

I love Dusty, what a lady!

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So with Dusty as the main course I thought some of you might like a little bit of Eddie Bo pudding, if you can fit it in that is...

Eddie Bo - From This Day On

Is this Mr Bo's (Edwin Joseph Bocage) finest moment? perhaps. 'From This Day On' is killer soul of the highest calibre and Eddie sings his heart out for all he's worth. The intro may be familiar as it was used on DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist 'Brain freeze' LP.

Eddie calls his funk "confunktion" because it has a distinct flavour. Now that's a good word.

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