SLY STONE influenced everybody and here's more proof.
Today's relay baton is "If You Want Me To Stay". Besides its pulsing bassline, this Funk classic is known for the sped-up pitch of its vocal.
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE -"If You Want Me To Stay" (1973)
Here's New Wave cabaret chanteuse RONNY putting her own bend to it.
RONNY -"If You Want Me To Stay" (1981)
GEORGE CLINTON obviously loves Sly and has done the song a couple different ways. On the song "Under The Influence (Of A Groove)" by bass-monster BOOTSY COLLINS, the melody comes into the finale as a vocal chant of "doot-doot-da-doot-doo"s.
A few years later that chorale was used again when George produced an actual cover by THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, which featured Maceo Parker himself on sax.
RHCP -"If You Want Me To Stay" (1985)
At the same time, PRINCE was alluding to Sly a lot in various songs and fashions, and on the B-side LOVE OR MONEY he used the sped-up pitch trick.
The song was designed so that you could play it 'normal' on the 45rpm, but it also worked slowed down at 33 1/3 to a slunky funk mode.
(Ahhh, turntables. Let's see your MP3 player do that!)
NIKKA COSTA grew up at Sly's knee, literally. As a child she remembers Sly visiting her father, famed producer Don Costa, and sitting with her at the piano playing away. This breakthrough song of hers is a clear homage of love to "If You Want Me To Stay"...
NIKKA COSTA -"Everybody Got Their Something" (2000)
Seems like everybody wants the song to stay because it has been covered by
and grand dame ETTA JAMES.
*Sly's pose is from 1973. The compilation album ANTHOLOGY is from 1981.