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Who Did The Best Version of "Dancing In The Street"? - Opinions Sought
3/02/12

Posted on 03/03/2012 9:04:43 PM PST by MplsSteve

OK, I just got done watching my alma mater win the McNaughton Cup in college hockey. Now I have a musical question for you.

Regarding the song "Dancing In The Street", who did the best version? Fingers crossed, I hope I linked these properly...

Martha And The Vandellas (1964) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvITn5cAVc

Mick Jagger/David Bowie (1985) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-x2fWKbmo

Van Halen (1982) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5qT2C_Ggpg

Or if there's a version that I missed, let me know.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: covers; music; remakes

1 posted on 03/03/2012 9:04:52 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

No one. I hate that song.


2 posted on 03/03/2012 9:07:16 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: MplsSteve

Martha and the Vandellas - no doubt about it.


3 posted on 03/03/2012 9:07:29 PM PST by SatinDoll (No Foreign Naionals as our President!)
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To: MplsSteve
Mamas and the Papas - Dancing in the Street (not really much of a "music video")
4 posted on 03/03/2012 9:09:36 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve

Van Halen... as if it was a real question.


5 posted on 03/03/2012 9:09:43 PM PST by USAFJeeper (Who Dat Nation - Loving the Manning Face!)
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To: MplsSteve

Martha and the Vandellas


6 posted on 03/03/2012 9:10:55 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Ron Paul and Romney in alliance to take out the conservatives in this election)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
A pretty bad version:

The Carpenters Live - Dancing In the Street

I'll have to admit I like the Carpenters. But I think I'm partial to the Dave Bowie version of this particular song, if only because it's the first one I remember hearing.

7 posted on 03/03/2012 9:12:32 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve

The Grateful Dead. Live way back in Ithac NY 1977. I was there.


8 posted on 03/03/2012 9:14:36 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: MplsSteve
Fred Firth -- I can't even describe this as "Dancing in the Street", but the song is in there somewhere...
9 posted on 03/03/2012 9:14:58 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve

The Kinks ...from the album Kinda Kinks , 1965 . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk5VEaC3nGE&feature=related


10 posted on 03/03/2012 9:15:18 PM PST by sushiman
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To: MplsSteve

The Jagger/Bowie version adds to the lyrics, including international locations.

One of those locations (cited by Bowie) is “the streets of Brazil”. Brazil is in the southern hemisphere. Hence it is NOT summer there (the original premise of the song).

On that basis, I would disqualify the Jagger/Bowie contribution. Actually, after “State of Shock” by Jagger/M. Jackson, I would disqualify ANY collaboration including Sir Jagger.


11 posted on 03/03/2012 9:18:11 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: MplsSteve
This one has some interesting features.....

Atomic Kitty - Dancing In the Street

12 posted on 03/03/2012 9:18:27 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MplsSteve

Family Guy called the Jagger/Bowie Version the gayest video of all time.


13 posted on 03/03/2012 9:22:51 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: MplsSteve

Martha and the Vandellas


14 posted on 03/03/2012 9:29:01 PM PST by Figment
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To: LukeL
Family Guy called the Jagger/Bowie Version the gayest video of all time.

While I wouldn't recommend "Family Guy" as an authoritative voice for anything. The video (which I just viewed) is up there. However, Bowie's own "DJ" and "Boys Keep Swinging" (both from the "Lodger" album) are more clearly deviant (and five years earlier!). Of course, I understand that Angela Bowie once caught this pair in flagrante delicto, so that background story makes the charge more compelling.
15 posted on 03/03/2012 9:31:27 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: MplsSteve

Martha and the Vandellas


16 posted on 03/03/2012 9:34:10 PM PST by U-238
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To: LukeL
Family Guy called the Jagger/Bowie Version the gayest video of all time.

Clearly, they don't remember Elton John's "I'm Still Standing."

17 posted on 03/03/2012 9:34:51 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MplsSteve

Martha


18 posted on 03/03/2012 9:42:56 PM PST by fhayek
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To: jmacusa

Whoa - you mean the epic Barton Hall show? Lucky you!

(for those who are wondering - this is widely considered to be the very best show the Dead ever played)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-08.sbd.cantor.sacks.266.shnf


19 posted on 03/03/2012 9:44:00 PM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: MplsSteve

Martha and the Vandellas.

Jagger & Bowie stank like a run-over skunk lying in the hot sun.


20 posted on 03/03/2012 9:48:19 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MplsSteve

Martha


21 posted on 03/03/2012 9:48:42 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: MplsSteve

Little Eva.


22 posted on 03/03/2012 9:55:01 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: MplsSteve

Van Halen.


23 posted on 03/03/2012 10:05:56 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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To: SuzyQue

“Born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina, she moved to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York at a young age. As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Amused by Boyd’s individual dancing style, they wrote “The Loco-Motion” for her and had her record it as a demo (the record was intended for Dee Dee Sharp). Music producer Don Kirshner was impressed by the song and Boyd’s voice and had it released just the way it was. The song became an instant smash, reaching #1 in the US in 1962.”
http://www.last.fm/music/Little+Eva


24 posted on 03/03/2012 10:11:33 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: MplsSteve

Van Halen, hands down.


25 posted on 03/03/2012 10:32:57 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: MplsSteve

Martha and the Vandellas


26 posted on 03/03/2012 10:52:36 PM PST by wontbackdown
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To: MplsSteve

Me, in the shower, but you’ll just have to take my word on it...


27 posted on 03/03/2012 10:58:08 PM PST by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: SuzyQue

Little Eva.

YESSSS!


28 posted on 03/03/2012 10:59:36 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: MplsSteve

I hate the song but of the three you listed—

Jagger/David Bowie (1985) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-x2fWKbmo

gah..don’t. like.


29 posted on 03/03/2012 11:12:49 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: MplsSteve; a fool in paradise

NO question, the original, Ethel Merman.


30 posted on 03/03/2012 11:15:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Boy are you old!


31 posted on 03/03/2012 11:33:59 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MplsSteve

The original version by Martha and the Vandellas includes one of the writers of the song on drums - one Marvin Gaye.


32 posted on 03/03/2012 11:36:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: MplsSteve

I’m gonna go with the original version by Martha and the Vandells. I like the VH version well enough, but I prefer the original.

The Jagger/Bowie version was, IMHO, terrible. I’m a huge fan of both musicians, but that cover was probably the second worst song remake of the 1980s.*

*The first being the Aerosmith/RUN-DMC (c)rap-rock remake of “Walk This Way”, of course.


33 posted on 03/03/2012 11:56:19 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: MplsSteve

I had the fortune of seeing Martha Reese and the Vandellas do it live at the University of Alabama and it was pretty damned awesome. They did that song solid for 40 minutes and the crowd went nuts. They wouldn’t let them stop. I saw many great groups live there while I was in college, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Martha and the Vandellas, Linda Rhonstat, 3 Dog Night, and lots more. I so wish I could go back to that time. Life was much simpler then.


34 posted on 03/04/2012 12:22:10 AM PST by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: MplsSteve

What about Occupy Wall Street? Oh no, wait, that was “Pi$$in’ in the Streets.” Never mind.


35 posted on 03/04/2012 2:00:01 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: MplsSteve

Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians did a showstopper with this tune back in the thirties. Oh you kid! (I might be lying.)


36 posted on 03/04/2012 3:13:16 AM PST by driftless2
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To: 2ndamendmentpa

For a Dancing in the Streets, 1970-05-06 has always been my favorite.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-06.sbd.gmb.95817.flac24


37 posted on 03/04/2012 3:30:52 AM PST by The Free Engineer
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To: MplsSteve
Fred Frith


38 posted on 03/04/2012 4:15:47 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (When is the Queen Haters reunion tour?)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

while i am a fan of the music of bowie and jagger the video alone is enough to swing me back to Martha.....it is rare that any cover beats a good original....another good topic would be beatles or joe cocker in “bathroom window”


39 posted on 03/04/2012 4:34:01 AM PST by CrouchingTiger620
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To: MplsSteve
Martha and the Vandellas. Don't know if this was a Spector "Wall of Sound," but it sure had that feel. I do like Van Halen's version, too.

BTW, Martha and the Vandellas will be at the "Nashville Connection"/Heroes Salute in GREENVILLE, SC June 28-30.

40 posted on 03/04/2012 4:55:59 AM PST by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: 2ndamendmentpa

Yup.


41 posted on 03/04/2012 8:09:14 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Drumbo

Up yer alley, Bud.


42 posted on 03/04/2012 8:21:52 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: 2ndamendmentpa

BTW. Thanks for the link. Jerry lives, Weir everywhere!


43 posted on 03/04/2012 12:36:07 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: MplsSteve

California Raisins


44 posted on 03/04/2012 9:53:48 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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