Saturday, October 13, 2012

1000 SONGS - DAY 244 SONG # 275

DAY 244: A song from my childhood and from one of my favourite movies

This here song has been featured prominently in Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise. The first version I came to know was the one featured on Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut album, on which one can also find one of the best versions of Suzie Q ever recorded. The song was written and first recorded by Screamin Jay Hawkins who did more than one recording of the song. One of his versions is featured in the Jarmusch movie, and the song is one among the 500 songs that are listed in the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for having shaped Rock and Roll. Here is the originbal recording, followed by two performances done by SJH, one from his early years, one from later on. Aesthetically, he uses - in an ironic way -  the stereotypes about the black man's religion - voodoo - as constructed in the white man's imagination. Then there is a live version by CCR and one done by Nina Simone, one of my favourite musicians of all times (and this is a wonsderful version, as sure as hell):

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