By Huntress Thompson
A little while back I wrote a piece on 5 Songs That Start The Same. Today, I’m following up with its weird little cousin, 4 Songs That Start The Same.
Here are 4 songs that are coolly leaning their elbows on the same beat. 3 are cool. 1 is shit.
The Supremes – Can’t Hurry Love (1966)
The second single off The Supremes A’ Go-Go is now on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song marked The Supremes’ move from teen pop to Motown R ‘n’ B, and was chosen over You Keep Me Hanging On for a July release.
We’re not going to talk about the Phil Collins one.
Martha and the Vandellas – I’m Ready For Love (1966)
Written by the same team behind The Supremes’s hit (Motown masterminds Holland-Dozier-Holland), I’m Ready For Love was released 4 months later. So, to summarise:
- Almost the same song
- Also sung by a 3-piece girl group
- 4 months later than the first one
- Still genius
Iggy Pop – Lust for Life (1977)
Written by Iggy and David Bowie, the song earned some notoriety when Iggy Pop performed it, shirtless (very unusual) and maniacal (more unusual still), live on Dutch television for the show Toppop. During the performance, he damaged a fair amount of the set. The fact that the set consisted of some “potted plants and cardboard scenery”, might tell you everything you need to know about Toppop.
[Side note: You lot need to watch The Velvet Goldmine, if you haven’t yet.]
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl (2003)
I’m not being a Luddite. I don’t hate new things. But this song is in my list of Top 5 Worst Songs Ever. This is the boring rock song for people who want to seem cool, although they “aren’t really into all that heavy stuff, hey”. This is the song for people who use the term ‘rock chick’ without irony. In the Quality Street bag that is rock ‘n’ roll, this song is that hard shard of toffee in the yellow wrapper, with the thin, begrudging layer of shitty chocolate around it. It made the bag, but everyone knows it shouldn’t be there.
In the vacuum between dark and light, Siouxsie Sioux and Emmylou Harris, Amelie and Travis Bickle, Huntress Thompson is an idiot lost, and reporting from the field. If you’re after irrational, impassioned rants about cupcakes and Johnny Cash (and you probably aren’t), she’s grumpy, but she’s your girl.