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This week's cover is a bit of a rarity; not only in that it was released originally on a CD compilation of which only 500 copies were pressed but also because this industrial band does not have many (if any other) covers in their discography:

Combichrist - Gonna Make You Sweat (C+C Music Factory)

C+C Music Factory was a hip-hop dance-pop vehicle for producers Robert Clivillés and David Cole, who relied on the talents of other vocalists and musicians to help build their group's image and fame. Most recognizable among those talents were Freedom Williams, the rapper on most of their popular hits, and Martha Wash, the vocalist on their first breakout hit, Gonna Make You Sweat. The single, released in November 1990, one month before their album of the same name, was marked with both success and controversy. In a time when the industry was witness to the fallout of Milli Vanilli's lip-syncing debacle, C+C made the error of not only failing to credit the song's vocalist Wash on the album, but also excluded her from the video in favor of having another of their vocalists lip-sync her parts in the song. Both issues seemed to stem from prejudicial attitudes prevalent in marketing and MTV culture with regards to her looks and weight. Wash filed two lawsuits which were settled out of court.
Regardless, the track made its mark on pop culture as a number one hit and has been featured in various advertisements, TV shows, and in over a dozen movie soundtracks (as recently as 2013 on Michael Bay's Pain & Gain.)

In May of 2011, the organizers of the LA-based industrial dance and live music event Das Bunker produced their fifth and most recent in a series of compilations, Choice of a New Generation. Titled after the slogan of the Pepsi ad campaign that ran from 1981 through the mid-nineties, this limited edition CD is a collection of modern industrial artists covering a broad range of popular songs from the same period of time. The CD itself is even pressed with an homage to the old red, white, & blue Pepsi logo, replacing "Pepsi" with "Bunker." A representative from Das Bunker has said that this compilation was "just something we did for fun, with friends." And that is remarkably evident with this selection.
Combichrist's bass-heavy rendition of Gonna Make You Sweat is one of the massive highlights from the disc. Their approach definitely plants tongue firmly in cheek with vocals that are not so much "rap" as "near-sarcastic, slightly off-rhythm, modulated spoken word." Rather than attempt to recreate Wash's portions of the original, they simply sample her vocals, mixing them in with dynamic effect. The production is admittedly a bit rough around the edges: the vocals sound like they were recorded in one take, the samples are unclean, and the overall sound is crunchy. But it works to its favor making for a highly energetic and fantastically fun industrial dance track.

The claim that it's "gonna make you sweat 'til you bleed" is certainly more believable in the cover version. Take a listen and tell me you wouldn't "dance till you can't dance, till you can't dance no more:"

The Cover:

The Original:

Next week:
Thematically, it looks like this blog will be focused on the west coast for most of the month. For next week's Second Sunday Slowly down tempo selection, we'll get ourselves a booking at one particularly creepy hotel.

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome!

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Previous DisCOVERies

July 31 - Bella Morte - Never Let Me Down Again (Depeche Mode)
July 24 - Zeromancer - Send Me An Angel (Real Life)
July 17 - Nine Inch Nails - Get Down Make Love (Queen)
July 10 - Portishead - SOS (ABBA)
July 03 - Mechanical Cabaret - Desperate But Not Serious (Adam Ant)

Directory of All Previous DisCOVERies


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