Monday, January 5, 2009

A Musical Oddity

This musical oddity comes courtesy of Hillbilly Jim's Moonshine Matinee show on Sirius/XM radio the weekend of December 27th/28th. Hillbilly Jim played a Yayhoos cover of ABBA's "Dancing Queen". Now, everyone has heard of ABBA, but most, if not all readers, are scratching their heads and thinking "who to hell are the Yayhoos?". The Yayhoos are a rock band fronted by former Georgia Satellites lead singer and primary songwriter Dan Baird. Maybe that piece of information will give you an idea of how this version of "Dancing Queen" sounds.

At first I thought it funny a rocker such as Baird would cover "Dancing Queen", but then I rememberd the Georgia Satellites' hits, Baird's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" and their cover of "Hippy Shake", weren't exactly known as literature set to music. In fact, when the Satellites attempted to move away from such songs and toward Baird's more serious compositions, the band fell from the public eye. During an interview after the glory days of the Georgia Satellites, Baird said

The most gratifying and shameful moment of that whole experience was at the Indiana State Fair. Some woman came up to me and said, "I love that "huggie-kissie" song you do. My two year old dances every time we see it on CMT." I knew then that I had reached the lowest common denominator.

Maybe when you feel you've already hit the lowest common denominator, singing "Dancing Queen" doesn't seem so bad.

More info on the Yayhoos can be found here:

And yes, the aforementioned Hillbilly Jim is the Hillbilly Jim who once wrestled in the WWF.

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