Taking Sides: Gladys Knight and the Pips Vs The Chemical Brothers

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The Chemical Brothers are largely gash. "Boom boom boom" music does very little for me. I thought the one that went: "Hey boy, hey girl, here we go" was alright (but after a minute the appeal had worn off) and the one with Noel Gallagher, "Setting Sun", was just about bearable.

Gladys Knight did the finest soul song ever in "Midnight Train to Georgia" and while the disco stuff they did is a bit pisspoor, she did do a cool Bond theme as well and therefore wins, even though she'd easily lose a battle against a far superior band such as Echobelly.

CRW (CRW), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:09 (sixteen years ago) link

You're up late.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Well done for noticing, although it could be that I'm actually up early...

CRW (CRW), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:18 (sixteen years ago) link

This one should really have inspired more intelligent two-ing and fro-ing or are you indie kids not familair with Gladys?

CRW (CRW), Friday, 7 May 2004 10:16 (sixteen years ago) link

This is pretty weak stuff calum.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Friday, 7 May 2004 10:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Here's a thing that has been bugging me lately. Who would win a fatal four way fight between Dario Argento, Steve Guttenberg, Brett Anderson and a Bengal Tiger whose eyes and claws have been removed in vivisection? This is, it goes without saying, a serious question.

Frühlingsj4n (Wintermute), Friday, 7 May 2004 10:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Stop destroying the value of the Taking Sides thread title meme, I keep thinking these are going to be Dave Q and then reading your awful yabbering.

Ronan (Ronan), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:02 (sixteen years ago) link

d00dz let's talk about Gladys Knight, I mean, it doesn't matter that this is a Calum thread, any chance to talk about Gladys should be fully explored!

So, what about her version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"? Not at all like Marvin's, almost Stax-like to a degree, innit? Plus the 70's stuff, man..."You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me", "If I Was Your Woman", the aforementioned "Midnight Train To Georgia"...great stuff. She released a new album two or three years ago that my friend Robert says is very slept-on.

On the VH-1 Behind The Music Little Richard says "I think she's the QUEEN OF SOUL" and then gives the camera that look of "hey, I'm so controversial, because ppl usually say Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul DO YOU SEE?"

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:04 (sixteen years ago) link

(or we can talk about the chemical brothers, too, should I get their greatest hits album?)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:05 (sixteen years ago) link

no, buy all their other albums

stevem (blueski), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I R dreaded CASUAL FAN

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Ronan OTM. the best thing about the Dave Q ones is that they would usually remain kinda unexplained, as if it was obvious what the connection between Nitzer Ebb and Andrea True Connection was

stevem (blueski), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Midnight Train to Georgia is just delightful.

CRW (CRW), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:32 (sixteen years ago) link

i'll take both, thanks

rentboy (rentboy), Friday, 7 May 2004 11:33 (sixteen years ago) link

The awesome power of Gladys Knight stomps all over even other great soul singers -- check their version of "I Wish It Would Rain". The Chemical Brothers? Meh.

briania, Friday, 7 May 2004 11:39 (sixteen years ago) link

The Chemical Brothers are among my favourite acts of the last 10, 15 years - but Calum is quite right that Midnight Train To Georgia is better than any of their records. Almost any other records, too (it's not actually my favourite soul number, but it's not so far away).

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 8 May 2004 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

gladys definitely

Surmounter, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:22 (eleven years ago) link

Seems like an awfully odd juxtaposition --- even for ILM.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 15:11 (eleven years ago) link

You'd be surprised.

Kevin Yates, Phys. Ed. (u s steel), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 17:50 (eleven years ago) link

I don't much like "Midnight Train to Georgia."

neu hollywood (Eric H.), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:05 (eleven years ago) link

There, I said it.

neu hollywood (Eric H.), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:05 (eleven years ago) link

I saw the Chemical Brothers open for New Order and it really sealed my opinion that they are crap. Can't understand why so many people make such a big deal about them. So yeah, I'll take Gladys & The Pips anyday, even if I know very little about their career.

Earl of Gothington Manor (Bimble), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:10 (eleven years ago) link

Ahead of it's time.

Arlen Spectre General (kingkongvsgodzilla), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:14 (eleven years ago) link

its

Arlen Spectre General (kingkongvsgodzilla), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:14 (eleven years ago) link

I'm voting for Gladys Knight for having the good taste and sound judgement to never collaborate with a member of Oasis.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:17 (eleven years ago) link

really this License To Kill song is so weird and good

Surmounter, Thursday, 30 April 2009 16:04 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61lnRFcsjvL._SS500_.jpg

Nothing against the Chemical Brothers, but Gladys Knight is kind of a must-have, no?

This was an odd Cal thread, juxtaposing one ILX fave with a true great.

Usually, the pairing was an ILX fave with some 'less than great' act.

Public Enemy Vs Sleeper, for instance.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:35 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FT5QF4JZUA

can i just

the tune is space, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:26 (nine years ago) link

and also

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPhr04edDsw

the tune is space, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:36 (nine years ago) link

Damn she was fucking beautiful (still is) & love this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgSgIbveiQI

Tired of these edcuated basic bitches. (lilsoulbrother), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 16:32 (nine years ago) link

"On and On" is a must.

yeah, Curtis Mayfield wrote it and Gladys sings the hell out of it- I've always loved that song (in fact my band "covered it" once, yikes- all instrumental, no singing because, well, don't even . . . )"

the tune is space, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 18:28 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Jesus H., this one from her!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kPFrQPdKPM

Ned Raggett, Friday, 21 June 2013 02:10 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

I don't much like "Midnight Train to Georgia."

― neu hollywood (Eric H.), Tuesday, April 28, 2009 1:05 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

There, I said it.

― neu hollywood (Eric H.), Tuesday, April 28, 2009 1:05 PM (5 years ago)

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

j., Monday, 22 December 2014 16:45 (six years ago) link

In my defense, I think "I've Got To Use My Imagination" is straight fire.

Eric H., Monday, 22 December 2014 16:49 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

you need rehabilitation

j., Tuesday, 8 September 2015 14:52 (five years ago) link

I think we need a mashup

skip, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 15:41 (five years ago) link

https://youtu.be/h_Zn-8iHXMs?t=56m29s

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 8 September 2015 16:19 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Anyone rep Gladys in the 80s? Life and Visions are incredibly dope

Heez, Monday, 5 April 2021 18:00 (one week ago) link

I only know some of the bigger singles, not the albums as such - but 80s post-disco boogie/electro r&b fit them like a glove.

About Love (1980):
“Landlord” is good, and both “Taste of Bitter Love” and “Bourgie’, Bourgie’” are sumptuous - all written and produced by Ashford & Simpson.

A&S also did Touch with them the next year, never heard it. just listened to its biggest hit, “I Will Fight”: good, but not a patch on TOBL or BB.

Visions (1983) obviously has the excellent “Save the Overtime (For Me)”. curious about the rest (tracks with Jam & Lewis, Leon Sylvers!)

don’t think I know anything from Life (1985), lots of Leon Sylvers again, should correct

and last but not least, All Our Love (1987):
“Love Overboard” (a [Reggie & Vinnie] Calloway production) is one of my all-time favourite Gladys + Pips songs, although it starts off as a “Somebody’s Watching Me” knockoff. search the extended version if you can find it: ”S-O-S-O-S-O-S-O-S!”

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:33 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkOQ2XCnkHs
Gladys Knight & The Pips • Love Overboard (Extended Version)

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:36 (one week ago) link

Gladys Knight had a surprisingly long top 40 career.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 20:36 (one week ago) link

Need to learn more about Leon Sylvers

Heez, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 21:50 (one week ago) link

listened to Touch today: with the exception of “I Will Fight” (which made me think of Billy Ocean, must be the sax), it’s firmly rooted in the 70s. it’s even got a cover of “I Will Survive” with a Try to Remember-intro.

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:34 (one week ago) link


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