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Tune du Jour: “Get Ready” – The Temptations
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Delroy Wilson vs. Giant Sand
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Broccoli For Miles And Miles And Miles And Miles And Miles ... Oh Yeah!

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And Miles And Miles
And Miles And Miles …
Oh Yeah!

Remember that dance craze called The Duck of the early 60’s, which coincidentally enough was inspired by a song called The Duck? You don’t? Well me neither. But trust me, there was a hit song called The Duck that people apparently were ducking around to in the early 60’s by the droves. Motown execs took notice and enlisted Smokey Robinson to knock out a soulful dance tune, “pronto”, that would be eminently duckable. And so Smokey did just that, writing and producing Get Ready for The Temptations. Released as a single in February 1966, Get Ready was a moderate success enticing spry rug-burners to tune-in to get their duck off. It peaked at number 29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Song chart. The song initially did not do well in the UK; however, in 1969 Get Ready was reissued in the UK and wound up reaching number 10 on the UK pop singles chart.

I found out two interesting facts while researching this song. First of all, while I was aware that Rare Earth had covered Get Ready, I had no idea just how successful their version turned out to be. In 1969, Rare Earth released a rendition of Get Ready on their first album of the same title.  The album version of Get Ready was a 21-minute extravaganza, encompassing the entire second side of the lp. An edited version of the song, pared down to around 3-minutes, was released as a single. Rare Earth’s Get Ready outperformed The Temptations’ version, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold in excess of a million US copies, earning a Gold certification from the RIAA.

Oh, and second thing I learned? In 1969, Rare Earth became the first band signed to Motown’s new rock subsidiary, Rare Earth Records. Again, what are the odds of such coincidences…

 

The Original

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The Temptations:

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More Popular (NOT Better, Mind You, Just More Popular)

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Rare Earth:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Delroy Wilson vs. Giant Sand

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Delroy Wilson:

Giant Sand:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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Broccoli For Miles And Miles And Miles And Miles And Miles … Oh Yeah!

The Original

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles:

The Cover Songs Competition

Two outstanding, yet very different, covers of a masterpiece.

Billy Bragg vs. Soul Asylum

Billy Bragg:

Very old video of Bragg singing a classic. He’s always been a big admirer of Motown and you could see it in his face how much he respects this classic.

Soul Asylum:

These guys are so cool. In 1997 Grand Forks, North Dakota suffered terrible flooding. Torrential downpours caused the Red River to rise threatening homes and the city. High school kids spent the Spring sandbagging the water banks fighting for their home town’s survival. That year the Prom was the furthest thing from those kids’ minds.  Yet, somehow someone got a hold of the band and asked them to play at the Prom. At the time Soul Asylum was at the height of their commercial success. But they gladly agreed and heartily prepared, learning a few standard Prom songs for the occasion. There was massive damage to the city. Soul Asylum played the Prom that evening in an unaffected airplane hanger. For at least one night, high school kids clad in formal attire and townsfolk were able to forget their troubles and enjoy an amazing evening of music. As the town spokesman put it, “As Winston Churchill said after World War II, ‘Never Have So Many Done So Much For So Few.'” Who would have guessed that a hard-rockin’ band like Soul Asylum would receive such a well-earned Winstonian complement?

After The Flood: Live From The Grand Forks Prom, June 28, 1997:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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