A New Attitude

I have nothing Toulouse by posting this...

I have nothing Toulouse by posting this…

I was so happy to learn about the ability to schedule posts on WordPress last year, because it’s a given that by the time this entry goes live, I’ll be too worn out from my first week back at work to even remember that I pre-typed it in the first place.  So lack of motivation will not be able to stop me from continuing on with The Nest’s ear-numbing look into the Top 30 Cover Songs of All Time.  Scratchy and the Sponks didn’t get any time off, not even for Memorial Day, so needless to say they are without sympathy and pity for me having to carry on… I just hope they don’t play the next song too loud so I can get some sleep!

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#19. “Lady Marmalade” – Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya

Labelle was a trio formed out of the ashes of numerous other girl groups of the late 60’s that was a little bit glam, a little bit disco, and a whole lot of R&B.  The group took its name from lead singer Patti LaBelle, who would go on to have quite the successful solo career after the nightbirds were broken up… but not before she belted it out on the group’s biggest hit, 1974’s “Lady Marmalade.”  The song was quite the provocative little number for the 70’s… especially if you knew French.

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?

Then again… as glitzy glamorous as the Labelle singers looked while propositioning themselves to total strangers, by 21st century standards, the song apparently seemed too prudish.  For the 2001 blockbuster movie “Moulin Rouge,” the biggest sluts divas in pop music were assembled to make “Marmalade” just a little bit hotter.  I never cared much for the Labelle original, but this…… this is just…… well, I’m not sure what it is, but it’s my #19 cover song, dammit!

If you were brave enough to watch that video, I’ll give you a few seconds to recover from what you just saw…

Remember when they thought this was too hot for MTV?

Remember when they thought this was too hot for MTV?

Watching Christina, Pink and the gals strut around and do their best strip club dancing is fun, wholesome entertainment for the whole family.  But it has nothing to do with why this song appeals to me so much (Seriously, I just watched the video for the first time when I looked it up for this post!)  No, this may be the most ironic entry in my cover song countdown simply because my favorite part of the performance is something that doesn’t even appear in the Labelle original…

What?

What?

While Mya, Pink, and Xtina each take turns belting out one of the song’s original verses, Lil Kim ain’t having none of that shit.  She slots herself third in the lineup and goes for hers with one of the most epically badass raps in the history of the human mouth.  Not a thing Miss Kim says was ever uttered by Labelle, but who cares?  Christina may consider herself the star of this quartet, but Lil Kim absolutely fucking stole this song out from every one of them.  Don’t care for it?  Well, that’s you and I’m sorry…

Like, "word" and all that shit!

Like, “word” and all that shit!

Both versions of this song wound up going to #1, but obviously only one of them could crack the Top 30 countdown.  Join me again next week as another diva shows the girl groups of old how it should have been done…

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25 Responses to A New Attitude

  1. I was too young to understand the message behind the song as Labelle performed it… but I liked the new version :o) … and I loved the version of Ozzy Osbourne :o) Have a good Memorial Day!

    • I didn’t know what the French meant until I looked it up in the Wiki article… apparently, I live in the only school district in the country that never offered French classes for foreign language requirements. We only had Spanish and German…

  2. Yeah… loved it when I was a kid and didn’t understand the raunch! Oh, how far we have slid since then!

    • Yeah, you wouldn’t even have to dress that up in French these days… just come right out and say it! I can’t imagine groups like the Starland Vocal Band doing that, though…

  3. I’m proud and ‘umble to admit I missed most of this by being out of the country for nine years, As the parade of nostalgia continues, I’m can see how much I missed, how epically uninformed I am. Proud and ‘umble, that’s me. All the way! Thanks for filling in the historical blanks in what I humorously refer to as “my memory.”

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhh this was fun!

  5. fanrosa says:

    Ahhhh, memories. Way back when Lil Kim pretty much still looked like Lil Kim…

    • I was going to ask, who does she look like now, Isabel Sanford? I see she apparently got a hold of one of Hollywood’s infamous plastic quacks. Creepy clown face is the meaning of expensive taste…

  6. pishnguyen says:

    That really is an awesome remake of a great song. (Which I’ve always loved … even though I know I shouldn’t — lol). I have to say, though … Christina’s hair is scary. o.o

  7. draliman says:

    I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like that, but I did. So there you go.

  8. JackieP says:

    Both versions are pretty good. I must admit, it’s the first time for me to see the video also. So there we are Bill, both virgins no more. hahahahaha

  9. HaHa! All I got was “this video is not available!” I never understood the lyrics either before.

  10. Love love love the remake. Especially Lil’ Kim’s rap. Agreed, she totally stole the show. However, I do think that P!nk rocks and is totally awesome.

    • I love Pink too… except when she’s going on and on about how insecure she is. She needs to do more raising of her glass and stop worrying about being so fuckin’ perfect…

  11. markbialczak says:

    Awesome choice, Bill. I dig both versions. But I can’t believe I’ll with the new one two weeks in a row! Cause I got a new attitude! It’s the Lil Kim verse that tilts the scale ever so slightly in the newbies’ favor. Go sistas.

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