Funk Punk Misfits ‘!!!’ Turn TRACEY CHAPMAN And R.E.M. Into Dance Stars

11 September 2021

Band: !!! (also known as Chk Chk Chk)
Who: Veteran funk punks out of (Sacramento, California)
Active: since 1996 / 8 studio albums so far with Wallop (2019)
as the most recent.

The long time funk punk ensemble follows the by now endless
row of artists covering other artists, these past two years.

They picked two not so obvious tracks. Fast Car, the 1988 diamond
by songstress Tracey Chapman and Man On The Moon (a 1992
ode to comic Andy Kaufman) by R.E.M. Two emotive, melancholic
and heartwarming ballads.

If you know those two humdingers, but not really the lyrics, than it’s
possible you won’t recognize them when you hear how !!! turned
them upside down. Suddenly you can dance to both beauts.

!!!: R.E.M. was known as the killer house party band in Athens, years before
they became MTV darlings. We re-imagined “Man on the Moon” as something
they would play at those house parties, in the thick of the James Brown and
Ohio Players sample era. The goal was to make “Fast Car” sound even faster.
Something u would play in a FAST FUCKING CAR. The verses are the bitter
small town feel of it all and the chorus is the fast car on the open highway,
into a night of possibilities.”

It’s party time, folks!!! Get up,
get on up, stay on the scene…



And below the originals

– R.E.M. –


!!!: Facebook

TRACY CHAPMAN – Spine-Tingling And Plainspoken Vox Released Her Soul-Stirring Debut LP 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

4 April 2018


ALBUM: Self-titled debut LP

RELEASED: 5 April 1988 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC/STEPHEN ERLEWINE wrote: “Tracy Chapman’s eponymous debut album became one of the key records of the Bush era, providing a touchstone for the entire PC movement while reviving the singer/songwriter tradition. Chapman’s songs are clearly a result of the Reagan revolution. Even the love songs and laments are underscored by a realized vision of trickle-down modern life. Listen to the lyrical details of ‘Fast Car’ for proof. Chapman’s impassioned liberal activism and emotional resonance enlivens her music, breathing life into her songs. The juxtaposition of contemporary themes and classic production precisely is what makes the album distinctive, it brings the traditions into the present. Chapman’s writing is so keenly observed and her strong, gutsy singing makes each song sound intimate and immediate.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Honest, captivating, brave, passionate, outspoken
and compelling songwriting by a wonderful voice…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Fast Car / Baby Can I Hold You / Talkin’ About A Revolution…

* FAST CAR – magical live version…

* BABY CAN I HOLD YOU – melancholia at its very best…

* TALKIN’ BOUT A REVOLUTION – 1988 all over again today…

Album in full

TRACY CHAPMAN: Facebook – Discography

For heart and soul