Friday, September 22, 2017

The In Crowd

The In Crowd  - original by Dobie Gray (1964)
The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio (1964)
The In Crowd - Brian Ferry (1974)

"A very swinging R&B track with clique-boasting lyrics that many would find “problematic” today, this did well for singer Dobie Grey in 1964, but even better that year for the Ramsey Lewis Trio, whose jazz version charted and made the song iconically cool. The 1974 Bryan Ferry cover recasts the song as a sinister semi-joke, capped by an incendiary and mad guitar solo by Davy O’List."

"Fifty years ago, the Ramsey Lewis Trio sat in a Washington, D.C. coffee shop, musing over what it could add to its set that evening. It was booked for a run at Bohemian Caverns — the group had issued a live album made at the nightclub, and it was gearing up to record a follow-up live album. Over walked a waitress, who inquired about the band's predicament.
Fifty years later, Lewis still remembers her name: Nettie Gray.
"She had a jukebox," Lewis says. "Jukeboxes in coffee shops — people don't know about that any more, but she went over to the jukebox and played: 'You guys might like this! Listen to this!'"
Her recommendation was "The In Crowd," sung by Dobie Gray — a popular hit at the time. Lewis and the band worked out an arrangement quickly, then ended their set with it that evening, to wild applause.
Fifty years later, that song remains Ramsey Lewis' biggest hit.
"If somebody had come up with another song that fit the style of what we wanted, there would not have been an 'In Crowd,' " he says."

Audio interview at this location

I'm in with the in crowd (Do-do-do)
I go where the in crowd goes (Do-do-do)
I'm in with the in crowd (Do-do-do)
And I know what the in crowd knows (Da-da-da-da)

Any time of the year, don't you hear? (Havin' a ball)
Dressin' fine, makin' time
We breeze up and down the street
We get respect from the people we meet
They make way day or night
They know the in crowd is out of sight

I'm in with the in crowd (Do-do-do)
I know every latest dance (Do-do-do)
When you're in with the in crowd (Do-do-do)
It's easy to find romance (Get down)

At a spot where the beat's really hot (Where we are bound)
If it's square, we ain't there
We make every minute count, yeah
Our share is always the biggest amount
Other guys imitate us
But the original's still the greatest

Yeah, yeah

Got our own way of walkin'
We got our own way of talkin', yeah

(Gonna have fun)
Anytime of the year, don't you hear? (Gonna have fun)
Spendin' cash, talkin' trash
Girl, I'll show you a real good time
Come on with me and leave your troubles behind
I don't care where you've been
You ain't been nowhere till you've been in

With the in crowd, yeah
Oh, with the in crowd (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
We got our own way of walkin', yeah (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
We got our own way of talkin' (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
In the in crowd

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