Little Red Corvette

November 20, 2008 10:11 PM

Cover. As requested by arcanecrowbar.

I like a lot of Prince, but I've never cared too much for this song.
The whole "horse" thing he has going on...it's like he's a 12 year-old boy who is way too impressed with himself for discovering what a metaphor is.
The stupidest line ever in a song: "she had a pocket full of horses/Trojans and some of them used." But then he keeps going and going with the horses, jockeys, etc.
At one point after I sang the line (which is hard to sing loud and uninhibited at night in a quiet house when your family is sleeping) "I'm going to try to tame your little red love machine," I said, "'cause it's a vagina!" but I took it out because the song was already shaping up to be goofy enough.

Anyhow, I kind of went for a Sun Studios sort of thing.

posted by chococat (10 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

Another one for the "BetterThanTheOriginal" tag. What did you use for the bass on this one?

The choice of the "Sun" sound was very cool, and you got it down perfectly. And you are up to three requests now, what speed, I gotta catch up.
posted by micayetoca at 6:42 AM on November 21, 2008


Man, I've never liked this song either, but I do now.

I am in awe of your productivity. You're like a musical Dickens.
posted by ORthey at 11:07 AM on November 21, 2008


That was most unexpectedly cool.
posted by bitterkitten at 11:32 AM on November 21, 2008


Holy shit this is cool. David Lynch and Django Reinhardt drink Ouzo out of Prince's navel. Gold.
posted by arcanecrowbar at 2:40 PM on November 21, 2008


Thanks guys. I felt kind of embarrassed of this one this morning, like a musical hangover. It was done so quick and just posted right away; I regretted it today, like a drunk dial or something.

mica: why, that's my giant standup bass, can't you tell? Garageband "upright bass" played thru midi with the Moog.

Funny (to me) story:
I had to do several tracks of those low, moany background vocals, over and over, trying to sound like the Jordinaires. This morning my wife said she had a dream last night that there was some kind of animal moaning in the alley beside our house. She maid the noise and it was exactly my moany singing.
posted by chococat at 4:13 PM on November 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


You just kicked Prince's ass. 2nding the "betterthantheoriginal" tag!

I caught myself really paying attention to the lyrics since you mentioned the horses/trojan thing.

This is REALLY smooth. Diggin' it!
posted by snsranch at 5:35 PM on November 21, 2008


I can't believe you feel embarrassed of it. And the garageband bass does the job alright, doesn't it? This weekend I recorded the bass of that other song with an acoustic guitar and then modified it with a software, some bars it sounds ok, some bars it sounds like an electric and some bars it sounds like a cheap keyboard. A 21st century schizoid bass.
posted by micayetoca at 10:11 AM on November 24, 2008


I smiled -- I'm listening to all the cover requests in a row, and I was like, "what song is this?" Nice.
posted by not_on_display at 1:30 PM on November 29, 2008


Musical hangover my ass this is a great rendition.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:02 PM on December 2, 2008


HAHAHAHA! Best effing cover ever!
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:53 PM on November 5, 2013


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