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Jack’s Hits: Blame It On The Boogie And Other Unlikely Cover Songs

Posted May 28, 2013 by Jack in Pop
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A Yorkshire man called Mick Jackson wrote Blame It On The Boogie, then Michael Jackson heard it… Just have a listen to that, it sounds like you are being felt-up in a sleazy underage disco in Liverpool. So Mick wrote the song and in one of those backroom industry type deals it was played to Joe Jackson, who loved it, and both Mick’s and Michael released Blame It On The Boogie on the same week. Dubbed “Battle Of The Boogie” Mick peaked at number 15 in the charts and the Jacksons peaked at eight.

Mick Jackson is quoted as saying, “Blame It on the Boogie had 100% of our heart and soul in it but the Jacksons’ version had the magic extra 2% that made it incredible.” Which just goes to show maths was not his strong suit. Also, his son is called Sam Peter Jackson, so I look forward to an alternative version of The Hobbit that looks and sounds like The Wiz. Bizarrely, Mick’s next song Weekend was released in the same week as The Jacksons’ next single Destiny, peaking at 38 and 39 in the UK Singles Chart respectively, which led them both to appear on the same episode of Top Of The Pops. Sadly YouTube has no proof of this event, so here is footage of a record playing his song Weekend:

Winner: The Jackson 5

Patti Smith’s Because the Night

Probably Patti Smith’s most successful and best know song, Because The Night was written by Bruce “The Boss’ Springsteen. Bruce record this track for the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album but didn’t like how it sounded, and Patti was recording in the studio next door, so waste not want not, he gave the track to Patti.

Winner: Bruce was right, Patti does it better

Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now

It wouldn’t be untrue to say I have only included this so I could side-by-side it with Robin Sparkles from How I Met Your Mother with Let’s Go To The Mall.

Same jacket, same hair and probably same mall. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing since then for poor Tiffany.

In 1988, at the peak of her popularity, Tiffany ended up in the middle of a conflict between her manager George Tobin and her mother and stepfather over control of her career and earnings. This led to a court battle, which included an attempt by Tiffany to have herself declared an emancipated minor. This was rejected by the court, but her grandmother (who supported and sided with Tiffany during the trial) became her temporary guardian. These legal battles took a toll on the singer’s career.

It doesn’t get better, Tiffany appeared nude in the April 2002 issue of Playboy which I have not googled for you, so do you own dirty work. In 2011 Tiffany released the single Serpentine, a country song is taken from the soundtrack of the film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, in which she also stars.

Here is the original I Think We’re Alone Now by Tommy James and the Shondells. It made it to number four, Tiffany went to number one.

Winner: Tie, both have their merits.

Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful

Linda Perry from 4 Non Blondes What’s Up? fame wrote both Get This Party Started by Pink, Which she says “was a total joke,” and Beautiful by Christina Aguilera.

Winner: Xtina

The Prince Section

The Bangles’ Manic Monday

Prince has given away hit songs more times than Collingwood has had to apologies for their fans. Here is the original Prince demo with the group Apollonia 6.

And here is The Bangles performing it live with Prince

Winner: The one with both of them

Further Prince reading:

Stevie Nicks – Stand Back
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Sheena Easton – Sugar walls
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – The Sex Of It
Martika – Love… Thy Will Be Done
Martika – Martika’s Kitchen
New Power Generation – Get Wild
Alicia Keys – How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore”
Inaya Day – Nasty Girl
And that’s not even a full list!

Many thanks to Liam Sketcher for suggestions for this article.



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"Sugarfoot" Jack Franklin attacks the keyboard with the same pugilistic attitude he brings to the sweet science, he is an occasional writer for Beat Magazine and all round bon vivant. You can follow him on Twitter @SugarfootJack.