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.

It’s Chriiiiistmas!!!

And so the countdown to Christmas continues, and I can’t ignore this little belter from one of the oh-so-many sad losses that we’ve suffered this year.

In case you don’t know them – and I can’t claim to be an expert, but what I have heard I love – this is Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and this is their version of “White Christmas”:

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – White Christmas

More soon.