A classic cover, and one of which I’ve been aware since it’s 1991 release. Eek A Mouse’s unique verbal stylings, which he calls ‘Chin-Indian Music,’ is the perfect vehicle for Robert Plant’s staccato, mumbling delivery in the 1973 original.
You’ll have to forgive the ‘elevator reggae’ backing track. As ever, Eek is the star of his own show.
…and a bonus reggae cover of this same song, this time by the legendary Sly & Robbie:
A not entirely unexpected reggae arrangement of the 1972 classic soul tune by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Groovy in the sense of the original song, but lacking all of Teddy Pendergrass‘ bombast and the fantastic string orchestration of the original.
If you don’t know me by now
you will never never never know me…
After a slow start this 1973 recording for California’s The Hues Corporation from the album ‘Freedom for the Stallion‘ eventually skyrocketed to the top of the Hot 100 in July of 1974. Later the same year renowned Jamaican journeymen Inner Circle, backing the inestimable Jacob Miller, released this cover on their eponymously-named ‘Rock The Boat’ LP on Trojan Records.
Our love is like a ship on the ocean
We’ve been sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion
So I’d like to know where you got the notion
Said I’d like to know where you got the notion
To rock the boat (don’t rock the boat, baby)
Rock the boat (don’t tip the boat over)
Rock the boat (don’t rock the boat baby)
Rock the boat…
The 1964 original by Andy & Joey lacks the signature disaffected sloth of The Specials‘1979 version from their eponymous LP, comprised as it is of gravelly urban voices muttering unenthusiastically but with irony intact.
You’re wondering now, what to do, now you know this is the end
You’re wondering how, you will pay, for the way you did behave
C & N Records; Brentford Rd. Recorded at Jamaica Recording Studio.