Run For Covers: Sharon Jones Drops In On Kenny Rogers

Oct 12th, 2006 // 3 Comments

sharon.jpgSharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ blistering rework of “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In”–the Kenny Rogers and the First Edition song that doubled as a dream-sequence soundtrack in The Big Lebowski–has been in our heads ever since last night, when we popped Lebowski into the DVD player for some potential Halloween-costume research. No disrespect meant to Rogers’ performance, which we have much fondness for, but Jones completely owns this song, and we’d love to see what sort of night visions this version would score.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) [MP3, link expired]
Sharon Jones [Daptone Records]

  1. Ozzy

    Sharon Jones scores my (terrifying) night visions of overenthusiastic fratboys doing the mashed potato and “testifying”.

  2. stopmikelupica

    I once saw Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform live at the Tower Records on 66th Street. It was freaking absurd – they were on the second floor, next to the escalator. I was expecting Sharon Jones, and maybe a small band – nope, the entire band, including three horn players, showed up. Eight Dap-Kings in total.

    It reminded of this article I read a few years back (Rolling Stone?) on the 50 greatest live performances. It featured the usual fare – Queen at Wembley, Jimi at Woodstock, etc. Then, out of nowhere, was The Darkness at the London Virgin Megastore… there was this great photo of Justin Hawkins doing a split over stacks of CDs on sales.

  3. TQuid

    I must demur. Ms. Jones and her guys rock but they don’t so much interpret the song as use it for a soul workout. And fair play to’em. But the original is not just camp: it actually captures a bit of the alienation of “bad trips” (of which life is full, even for the drug free), as well as the world-weary surrender to the ride. Kenny was always a cynical follow-where-the-money leads kind of guy – but he had talent.

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