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In Which I Ask the Musical Question

Is there a better Motown cover than the Slits version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine ?"

Gee, I'm having trouble thinking of decent Motown covers. "You Can't Hurry Love" by Phil "Annoying Man" Collins ? bzzt ! Hmm, "Heat Wave" by the Jam, that's pretty good, but the Slits took "Grapevine" and made it their own in a very distinct way.

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absinthian
Apr. 10th, 2003 08:32 pm (UTC)
my vote
Van Halen's cover of "You're No Good"- I think it's on VH2.
rpkrajewski
Apr. 10th, 2003 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: my vote
Oops, I did some research and it's not on Motown, although it does sound like very early more r&b Motown…
absinthian
Apr. 11th, 2003 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: my vote
I stand corrected- mea culpa :)
marm0t
Apr. 11th, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
I don't know the answers, but I know where to FIND the answers.
marm0t
Apr. 11th, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)
Re: I don't know the answers, but I know where to FIND the answers.
Oh, and by the way: scroll down that page.
flipzagging
Apr. 11th, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC)
is this a joke?
rpkrajewski
Apr. 11th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't know the answers, but I know where to FIND the answers.
Wow. Most impressive.
ex_snej373
Apr. 11th, 2003 08:21 am (UTC)
Love And Rockets did a pretty good version of "Ball Of Confusion".
And how about the Beat's cover of "Tears Of A Clown"?
Creedence's "Proud Mary" is better than the original, IMHO (but were Ike & Tina on Motown?)
rpkrajewski
Apr. 11th, 2003 07:07 pm (UTC)
Now yer talkin'
Ike and Tina were on Capitol and/or UNI (my aunt had their singles).

Yes, the Beat cover of "Tears of a Clown (or "Tiaz of a Clone") is indeed first-rate. What I'm looking for are versions that respect the original without aping it. Another Smokey Robinson cover that I really like is the Beatles version of "You Really Got a Hold On Me," which, while not a rethink, is very heartfelt. And I'd also like to make a plug for Robinson's "Agent Double-O Soul," which apparently no one has covered, but is a great song that makes great use of the "secret agent" theme.

I love that cover of "Ball of Confusion," too.
jsd
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:36 pm (UTC)
good call on the english beat tears of a clown. i was just listening to special beat service yesterday. superb.

my vote would be the human league version of "you've lost that loving feeling" just because it's so... i dunno, "them".

erasure recently covered YLTLF (and a bunch of other stuff, on the album "other people's songs") but it is really bad.
rpkrajewski
Apr. 17th, 2003 06:29 am (UTC)
Hmm, were the Righteous Brothers ever on Motown ?

Re: Human League: "Mirror Man" could be a Motown cover, except it's an original !
jsd
Apr. 17th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC)
allmusic.com is the answer to all your musical questions. and no, the righteous brothers were never on motown. dammit.

i therefore revise my previous comment.

my favorite motown cover would have to be "you keep me hangin' on" as performed by colourbox.

there.

and i even double checked that one, it was definitely diana ross & the supremes, and definitely on motown. :)
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