unknown song comments

Date Added: 9/4/2003
Added By: Great Satan
Identified: Not Yet!

From Great Satan, 9/4/2003 6:28:06 PM:

3 songs:

(1) this song was played on CFNY right up to John Lennon's death. The first line was, "Johnny's in the Big Apple raising cows,"--with "cows" echoing.

(2) Next one was played around 1987 when Ivor Hamilton played a resurrected Ecleptic Spirit. It was a cover of, I believe 10 Years After. "I want to change the world. But I don't know what to do. So I leave it up to you." The voice was whiney in a sarcastic way.

(3) Another was a weird rap tune played in the 80's. Female vocals. Background had what sounded like a steel band. One line that stuck out was a sample of a likely Warner-Brothers character singing, "With a hip hip here and a hip hip there."

My gratitudes and great respect to anyone who can answer these.

From Drew Hasselback, 9/9/2003 1:39:55 PM:

No. 3 is the Tom Tom Club, which is made up of some members of the Talking Heads. The tune is called Genius of Love.

From Mike Sadavoy, 9/10/2003 12:05:14 AM:

The group is the Tom Tom Club. However, the song is called Wordy Rapinghood. Great Satan, I also thought the lyric went "hip hip here.." but it is actually "a rap rap here and a rap rap there".


From Great Satan, 9/17/2003 8:17:06 PM:

I got the song you suggested Mike, and dang, I remember and loved it, but no, it wasn't this Wordy Rapinghood.

It sounded more like a typical rap tune with more precussion--as if she was trying to do a rap song not with a sampler, but steel drums of sorts (not too unlike the percussion in Fun Boy Three's--"T'aint what you do").

Tina Weymouth has a very white voice, the one I'm thinking of is very black--in my mind's ear, she sounds a bit like Eve or Missy Elliot.

I would describe the "rap rap here..," more as a singing chipmunk, when what I remember more is a Warner Brother voice. Indeed, it might be a cosswiring of my memory--as I remember more of Elmer Fudd and Buggs talking.

Thanks for trying. It wasn't what I was thinking, but nonetheless, this serrendipidous (msp?) detour of your suggestion was great.


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