Monday, December 28, 2009

ROCK Sex: "Time Is Tight!"

ROCK Sex knows sometimes time is timeless.

The premiere instrumental Soul group BOOKER T & THE MG'S counted down the 60's with this proto-Funk classic:

BOOKER T & THE MG'S -"Time Is Tight" (1969)

(Notice their heavy influence on the sound of CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, like for instance Down On the Corner" from the same year.)

Almost as quickly followed a Ska version of the song by SOUND DIMENSIONS:

SOUND DIMENSIONS -"Time Is Tight" (1969)

The song gained new life in 1978 as an into theme for THE BLUES BROTHERS, whose band included guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn from The MG's. (This was often combined with Otis Redding's "Can't Turn You Loose" which The MG's had done the backing on.)

About the same time it was covered by THE CLASH:

THE CLASH -"Time Is Tight" (1978)

ELVIS COSTELLO used it as the basis for his song "Temptation" (1980), and then SQUEEZE molded it into this song:

SQUEEZE -"In Quintessence" (1981)

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