I’m not much for classic music – I don’t mind listening to it, enjoy a few songs, but I never really seek it out and don’t own any albums from beyond the nineties. However, I can always get behind Motown: give me something old, Detroit and black, and I’m in. It just gets me moving, and I love it. It’s the exception to my inadvertent rule. I would love to see a modern rock take on those songs.
One thing I won’t bother doing with this post is speculating on who could cover who, because it’s pointless: covers, especially when whoever’s covering makes the song their own, can be done by anyone. If we started with “oh The Menzingers should cover The Four Tops!” we’d be here all day, although, I totally think a band with multiple vocalists should do my all-time favourite Motown jam: “I Can’t Get Next To You” by The Temptations.
Could you imagine though, a Punk Goes CD with covers of The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, etc? That would just do it for me. So…do it, Fearless. Make Punk Goes Motown one of these days. Please? Seriously though.