May 07

THE FT TOP 100 SONGS: 60: DIANA ROSS – “Upside Down”

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Kat Stevens writes:

It’s 1997, and the Brit Awards organisers are trying to recover from the previous year’s Jacko/Jarvis debacle. The Spice Girls steal the show and the Manics’ rendition of A Design For Life ensures sales of Everything Must Go increase by 200%. And then we have Motown legend, Miss Piggy sound-a-like and all-round bonkers diva Diana Ross teaming up with… Jay Kay from Jamiroquai? Jay Kay from Jamiroquai? It’s a terrible duet, both performers sounding breathless and disinterested. Diana stares at Jay’s feet, Jay’s head is encased by a monstrous fluffy ushanka. The seventeen-year-old classic has been chewed up and shat out by the horrific advance of late nineties coffee-table funk. Bernie Edwards must have been turning in his barely-cold grave. Luckily we need never think of this travesty again, and can instead wallow in the deliriously euphoric Nile Rodgers guitar groove and knotty bassline of the original. Not a stupid hat in sight.


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    Pete Baran on 11 May 2007 #

    Here is Diana at said Brits, trying to join the Spice Girls. One assumes her name would have been Scarier.


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    steve m on 11 May 2007 #

    Old Spice

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    Kat on 11 May 2007 #

    Oh bvgger, I mixed up past/present tenses with the grave-turning. That’ll teach me not to proof read before hitting ‘send’.

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    Pete Baran on 11 May 2007 #

    Steve, surely Old Spice is on the far right (in more ways that one in that photo).

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    CarsmileSteve on 11 May 2007 #

    oh come on pete, geri’s not older than diana ross, that’s just nasty…

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    jamiroquai addicted on 14 May 2007 #

    I think that duet was great!


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