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Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 17

I’m so fancy. You can see it on my list.

1. Diga Diga Do – Hot Club of Cowtown (Elana James)
2. (Keep Feeling) Fascination – The Human League (Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley)
3. The Body Electric – Hurray For The Riff Raff (Alynda Segarra)
4. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
5. Get Together – Indigo Girls
6. Warpath – Ingrid Michaelson
7. Time Is On My Side – Irma Thomas
8. When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson
9. Whistlin’ In The Dark – Janiva Magness
10. Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight

I love Irma Thomas’ version of “Time Is On My Side”. I’ve been listening to a new Slate+ podcast called “Rock, Race, and the 60’s”, which is by Jack Hamilton and is based in part on his new book, Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination, which explores how rock became predominantly white music during that decade. One of the things that gets discussed is just how many rock songs were still being covered by black artists in the late sixties, as rock groups like the Rolling Stones co-opted blues and R&B for their sound. It’s a fascinating deep dive into some music I know well, or thought I did. Anyway, go listed to Irma Thomas’ version of this song, which the Stones later covered. A more recent live version is here. Happy Friday.

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