Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Want To Make A Rap Song Out Of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter?"

A declaration of "holy shit!" seems to be the standard response to this. And I agree. Listen to this vocals-only track of the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter." Listen to the part that comes around 2 minutes and 50 seconds in, when back-up singer Merry Clayton is singing. Is the hair on your arms standing up? No? Then you don't have hair on your arms. Or arms. (In which case, sorry. This is not so funny.) The Dangerous Minds website has put up all the instrumental component tracks that went into making the song. And, again, holy shit. It's awesome.

And tempting fodder, I imagine, for some enterprising young hip-hop producer who might like to sample bits from each of track and make a new song out of them. But then, if one of the Rollings Stones' lawyers found out, you'd have to pay them every cent of every dollar you ever made for the rest of your life. And also sell your house and give them the money. And probably also name your first four kids after the band members. (Or, actually, you'd probably just have to do it, like, Mick, Keith, Mick, Keith. Or maybe just Mick, Mick, Mick, Mick.) And also cut off both arms and fork them over, too. And then, you know, we're back where we started.

You'd be better off working with "Running With the Devil."

Diamond Dave seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about things. (And I will always love him. But, God, this makes me laugh so hard, still, every time I watch it.)

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iantenna (#5,160)

merry clayton is a seriously amazing singer. as awesome as her performance is on "gimme shelter" it's a shame that's about all she's remembered for. her albums on ode are all pretty killer, with great soul versions of "rock" jams like neil's "southern man" and leon russell's "a song for you" (possibly the greatest version ever put to tape, though donny hathaway's version is a serious contender). also, her brother was the percussionist in the 70s best rock band, little feat.

LondonLee (#922)

Her own version of 'Gimme Shelter' is seriously great.

Rollo (#3,202)

Oh! That "Song for You" is deadly. Thank you.

Um, no joke about the rising of the arm hair thing.

roboloki (#1,724)

that was fucking awesome. thank you.

Now that I'm finally home, I just listened to it twice in a row. I'd give…just about anything to ever be that great…at anything.

LostInSF (#563)

yeah so this post was so great! Plus learning about Mary Clayton's version of Gimme Shelter AND Southern Man —- ooooohhh MAN I love The Awl.

vj (#8,825)

That voice cracking just sent me over the edge. Good gawd, y'all.

Annie K. (#3,563)

I GOT that "good gawd, y'all" reference, yay War. The Gimme Shelters sounded like field hollers, or call-and-response in church. Just amazing, amazing.

vj (#8,825)

Field hollers, yes! I can't stop listening.

theheckle (#621)

Just now, a day late, getting to these comments. Cannot wait to hear those songs. Have to say that though I completely knew that vocals were recorded separately, I had never heard them alone. Sort of haunting really.

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