Saturday, April 23, 2011

30 Songs, 30 Days (2009 Edition), Day Fourteen: Jumping Jack Flash by Aretha Franklin

Yes. You read that right.

And to be fair, it's not as wild a combo as it sounds on the surface--there's always been a little R&B in the Stones, and all Aretha does is coax that little bit out and push it front and center....and you know that no matter what she sings, Aretha is going to sing it into submission. There are some moments here where she starts growling that lyrics which sends chills down your spine.

See, this is the kind of cover I do enjoy--one that tackles the original text from a different direction and maybe makes you look at it in a different light. Granted, the reason this cover was made was far from the best...before it showed up on her album Aretha, it was part of this....
Great artists should never cover great songs for Whoopi Goldberg movies. Seriously. That this turned out as good as it did is a credit to the artists.

Now let's never talk about the time when Whoopi Goldberg was the actress you asked to be in your movie when your star backed out (the film Jumping Jack Flash was written as a vehicle for the then-inexplicably popular Shelly Long; Other films Whoopi acted as stand-in for were Fatal Beauty--originally written for Cher--and, most gob-stopping of all, Burglar, meant for Bruce Willis) again.

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