Thursday, October 19, 2006

My version is better than yours Part 3 –Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet –Bonnie St. Claire vs Funky Family vs Wild Angels

The sound clip above is an edit of the 3 versions: 1) Bonnie St. Claire 2) Funky Family 3) Wild Angels.

Bonnie St. Claire –Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet/Catch Me Driver –Philips 6012283 (1973 NL)

Bonnie St. Claire And Unit Gloria
did the original version of this great song written by producer Peter Koelewijn. It’s a classic girl song that only a bloke could write! The production is superb and Bonnie’s performance really delivers. What a babe…

Funky Family - Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet/ Allright –Vogue B 4264 (1973 French Issue)

…and speaking of babes, it’s hard to beat a blonde in hot pants clutching a sub-machine gun! Funky Family were probably a German band and they did a pretty good cover from a male point of view, which kind of misses the point. Your version may be better, but our picture sleeve wins out...Nicht wahr?

Wild Angels - Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet/Wild Angels Rock And Roll –Decca F13456 (1973 UK)

The Wild Angels
started out in the late 60’s as a purist Rockabilly band, but by the time they signed to Decca they opened up to more general rockin’ material. Their Out At Last LP from ’72 is great with mean covers of Brand New Cadillac and I Fought The Law sitting nicely next to some choice originals. I’m sure there was some gritting of teeth as they sold out by going all out for a hit. However they really deliver a high octane rockin’ performance of this song admirably produced by a young Martin Rushent.

Enjoy and let’s be having your votes!


Steve said...

I think I'd go for the Bonnie St.Claire, because of the production. Second'd be the Wild Angels. Good song all round!

James D said...

I'd agree with Steve, Bonnie St Claire's is the best. Ozzy 'Kro-Bar' Garvey, drummer with 'top' punk band The Depressions had a spell in the Wild Angels, later than this single though, around late-74/75 I think.