Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LADIES FIRST: 'You're No Good', Warwick> Everett> Ronstadt> Finland!



Here's another classic song that 'she did first'.


We all love "You're No Good" in versions by Betty Everett and later Linda Rondstadt. But actually, it was done first by DEE DEE WARWICK as a B-Side in 1963. Check out the surprisingly tough guitar fuzz in the break (1:17), well ahead of Garage Rock. And Dee Dee sounds both pissed and swinging at the same time!

Beyond being the sister of Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee has gained much love in Soul circles for her own fine body of work.

DEE DEE WARWICK -"You're No Good" (1963)



Sometimes the cover becomes the definitive version, and here's BETTY EVERETT with her great hit take on the song.

BETTY EVERETT -"You're No Good" (1963)



The song went international as a hit for the U.K. band THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS during the British Invasion.

THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS -"You're No Good" (1964)



Which led to the first Finnish version by these amiable moptops.

EDDY & THE LIGHTNINGS* -"Olet Paha" (1964)

*(a.k.a., Eddy & The Boys)


And this terrific French version by PUSSY CAT. Great Garage-style attitude in this one!

Sigh. If only Rhino Records would do a NUGGETS box set of Garage Girls. I could give them a list of eight discs worth in no time flat.

PUSSY CAT -"Mais Pourquoi" (1966)



In America, this Michigan band gives it the full-on Psychedelic Soul treatment!

PHLEGETHON -"You're No Good" (1970)



Sometimes the cover of the cover becomes the new definitive version.

The reason is twofold: LINDA RONSTADT's voice and Andrew Gold's playing. Linda brought a no-nonsense swagger that made the song an anthem during the rise of Feminism. Gold played all of the instruments, bringing the edgy mood, the sultry keyboards, and one of the most letter-perfect George Harrison slide guitar homages ever recorded (1:31).

LINDA RONSTADT -"You're No Good" (1974)



Which reset the template for another Finnish response!

MARION -"Paha Ooot" (1975)



Here's some moody Rock from early VAN HALEN.

VAN HALEN -"You're No Good" (1979)



JILL JOHNSON, a Country Soul artist from Sweden, responds to the Linda Ronstadt template here.

JILL JOHNSON -"You're No Good" (2007)



And here's Punk Pop from the French band THE PLASTICINES that owes a debt to The Ramones. Love that "ah, ah-ahhh/ hey-ho-hey" chorus they throw in!

The band took their name from a lyric in "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."

THE PLASTICINES -"You're No Good" (2010)




Every time I hear this timeless song, I thing, "You're so good, baby, you're so good!"



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