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Afternoon Aural: Shirley Bassey


Even at 70-year old, Shirley Bassey continues to astound. The legendary singer covers Pink’s “Get The Party Started” for her forthcoming album of the same name.

And, may we say, the eternally beautiful Bassey’s version’s far superior to Pink’s original. The British Dame has got as much style as sass. Hearing her sing “I’ll be burnin’ rubber, you’ll be kissin’ my ass ” may be the highlight of our week.

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6 Comments

  • adamblast

    Awesome! (Although I have to say, hearing a powerhouse voice doing a modern hiphop-influenced track really brings home how melodically empty they all are.) Much more fun the original, and damn, she’s looking great.

  • Leland Frances

    So you’re saying she finally apologized for spewing long ago, “I saw [‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’] and oh, I couldn’t bear it—probably a personal thing, though. One of the principals, Peter Finch, is a very good friend of mine. In fact, we were lovers, and when he kissed that boy, it destroyed me. It spoiled the whole film for me.”

    I have a “personal thing,” too, Miss Bassey about Divas big and divas small who basically live off their gay fans while actually loathing them.

  • Heather_L_James

    Is it just me or did that sound a whole lot like a Roger Moore era Bond theme song?

  • AndrewDC

    Leland: Too bad that she said that and thanks for sharing. In the end, I think that’s her issue, not ours — clearly she is camping it up here and I am sure she knows this track is likely to appeal most to a gay male audience. If she can make money off a community whose behavior she finds disturbing/etc, then she’s fucked up. I don’t have any problems with enjoying the track. I listened to it once, I’ll forward it to my friends, we’ll all have a laugh, but no one of us is going to buy the record or anything.

    Also, isn’t it kind of tacky that she is naming her new album after a goofy cover song?

  • blondie67

    dame shirley hasn’t a problem with the gays, she has a problem about someone she dated kissing a bloke. She loves the gays we are the only ones that would buy her records and this is one for me. FANTASTIC!

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