Today's entry is the last suggestion I have from our dear friend, Anne Marie in Philly. So, I plan on doing this one up big.
There are a dozen versions we will be taking a look at:
Grand Funk Railroad
We have a lot to get through, so let's get started!
The Loco-Motion is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in 1962. It would extend their long list of hit songs, which, at that time, included Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Some Kind of Wonderful, Up On The Roof, and Go Away Little Girl, to name but a few.
Also true? The Loco-Motion is the second song to reach #1 in the US by two different musical acts. The first song to do so? Goffin and King's Go Away Little Girl. The Loco-Motion is also notable for having appeared in the US Top 3 on three separate occasions.
In 1974, Grand Funk Railroad was busy recording their new album with Todd Rundgren on board as producer. Rundgren happened to hear guitarist Mark Farner whistling the song in the studio and decided the group should do a version of it. Initially, AM Radio was reticent to play the song due to the guitar solo. This was remedied by replacing the solo with a repeat of the bridge.
King would record a version of the song for her 1980 studio album Pearls, a collection of songs she'd written with her ex-husband, Goffin.
In the UK in May of 1986, prog-rock keyboardist Dave Stewart (not the Eurythmics guitarist) and Barbara Gaskin would release a version titled The Locomotion as a single. The duo had scored a UK #1 back in 1981 with their cover of It's My Party and were hoping that lightning would strike twice. Despite a huge promo push, the single stalled, never rising higher than #70.
Kylie Minogue, a popular soap opera star who played a schoolgirl turned garage mechanic on the Australian soap, Neighbors, had a fervent following. To capitalize on her popularity, it was decided she should become a singer. She recorded a version of The Loco-Motion, which was released on July 13, 1987. It was released in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and Sweden and proved quite popular.
The song was recorded by the successful UK girl group Atomic Kitten and included on the soundtrack of the 2000 film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad - I have no idea. What? Its as if it was mastered wrong or the record is warped. Worst guitar solo ever. Did they do this as a joke?
Carole King - Inconsequential. A nice record; as in, the kind you file in a cabinet.
Kylie Minogue - Great energy. Charming. The Stock Aitken Waterman sound hasn't aged badly. Kylie's winning ways save this one. My second favorite.
Atomic Kitten - A tad rote. I was expecting it to sound like 2000, though, not 1996. Thinking they phoned this one in.