How To Do A Cover Version

Lifted from her third album, 1986’s Control, Janet Jackson co-wrote this with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis:

Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately

At least so I thought; do you remember a few years ago, The Third Degree released a cover of Duffy’s Mercy, and it sounded so authentic many thought it was the original and Duffy’s version was a cover? Well, I was reminded of those records the other day when I heard this from the Dap-Dippin’ with… album:

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – What Have You Done for Me Lately

I was sort of familiar with some of the late Miss Jones’ work (they have featured on these pages before), and if I’m not mistaken, the Dap-Kings also used to perform and record with Amy Winehouse, but somehow this particular gem had escaped me.

What I did know about Jones was that she had a reputation for producing barn-storming cover versions, and this is just one from her canon. For the sake of clarity, Dip-Dappin’ with… came out in 2002, so Jackson’s version is definitely the original.

Although, were he still around, Prince would apparently disagree with me…

More soon.