We’re climbing on up (or is it down?) The Nest’s Top 30 Cover Song countdown, and another Monday means another entry that will leave you scratching your head about whether or not I am actually tone deaf. Good thing DJ Scratchy and the Sponkies are more than immune by now to my peculiar taste in tunes, so they’re more than ready to illegally download the 23rd best cover of all time for your listening pleasure…. which is not, if you were guessing, The Power Station’s version of “Bang a Gong”….
#23. “Heat Wave” – Linda Ronstadt
Motown was where it was at in the 60’s, and the Detroit label churned an endless array of vocal groups who put countless songs way up in the rarified air of the Billboard charts. One of Motown’s A-list groups was the trio Martha and the Vandellas, who had us dancing in the streets long before Mick Jagger and David Bowie did… and who also were the first to introduce us to a little ditty called “Heat Wave.” I’m not gonna knock on their version of the hit… even 50 years later it still sounds great!
Linda Ronstadt traveled to the beat of a different drum, and during her breakout solo career in the 70’s, she took the Motown classic and gave it a whitebread makeover that makes it one of my favorite musical guilty pleasures…
Ronstadt’s version of “Heat Wave” was riding high on the charts in the first couple months of my life, peaking at #5 in September of 1975, when this little squirrel probably hadn’t even opened my eyes for the first time yet. As much as I love me some horns in my rock music, the pure piano and guitar driven take by Linda and her band still gives me a happy smile whenever I hear it.
There’s your short and sweet edition of The Nest’s cover song countdown for this week! Come back next Monday and be prepared for a truly blasphemous cover that I absolutely adore!