Tuesday, February 9, 2010
ROCK Sex: 'Don't Bring Me Down'
ROCK Sex was brought up to bring friends up.
The running connection this time is a song title; "Don't Bring Me Down", or variations thereof.
Who wants to be brought down? Nobody, so we all like a good defiance or uplift song on that score. Here's decades of both.
JOHNNIE DEE did an R'n'B song (which sadly I don't have a link for) that was covered by proto-garage band THE PRETTY THINGS and became a Top 10 hit in the UK:
THE PRETTY THINGS -"Don't Bring Me Down" (1964)
At the same time, THE ANIMALS asked hit-writing duo Gerry Goffin and Carole King for a song and they came up with this eternal:
THE ANIMALS -"Don't Bring Me Down" (1964)
On their first album, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE did a song called "Bringing Me Down".
Later John Lennon and THE BEATLES turned the warning to a hearfelt request:
THE BEATLES, with Billy Preston -"Don't Let Me Down" (1969)
Of a similar mind, NEIL YOUNG turned the sentiment to solace:
NEIL YOUNG -"Don't Let It Bring You Down" (live, 1971)
(Here's a luminous cover by ANNIE LENNOX.)
Another variant on the theme is this early solo track by MICHAEL JACKSON:
MJ -"Don't Let It Get You Down" (1973)
Alan Clarke and THE HOLLIES had their own angle on it:
THE HOLLIES -"Don't Let Me Down" (1974)
Meanwhile DAVID BOWIE remade the Johnnie Dee/ Pretty Things song.
And here's an empowerment anthem, "Don't Bring Me Down" by LABELLE, written by New Orleans' funkmeister Allan Toussaint.
In the uplift corner is the wonderful embrace of "Don't Let No One Get You Down" by WAR, sung by keyboardist Lonnie Jordan.
Paul McCartney had a second go at that same outlook with this overlooked gem:
WINGS -"Don't Let It Bring You Down" (1978)
Jeff Lynne, a peer and acolyte of many of these acts, topped them all with ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA's smash hit:
ELO -"Don't Bring Me Down" (1979)
Recently new songs in the "Don't Bring Me Down" relay appeared by THE SAW DOCTORS , ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, THE BLACK EYE PEAS, SIA, and SPOON.
Hey, I'm feeling glad all over!